Reviews By Program Type
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This is the 5th trip my family has taken – We love you and feel comfortable sending our children on your trips. The photos and blogs were great and they kept coming until the very end!
Barbara & Jeffrey Scheine, Pleasantville, New York
What an amazing trip and experience for Julia. I was extremely hesitant to send her but Westcoast Connection exceeded all of my expectations. I was particularly impressed with the professionalism, accessibility, and reliability of the staff. Westcoast Connection provided a meaningful and fun experience for Julia, while keeping me informed weekly with pictures and blogs. By all reports, the leaders were fabulous! Thank you! I would without hesitation send one of my children on a Westcoast Connection trip.
Liz Corsini, Englewood, New Jersey
Matt had a 10 out of 10 trip – He enjoyed every part of it and made some really nice friends. He thought his leaders were just great and speaks very highly of them. Matt has told many fun filled stories of his adventures, loved learning to skate and surf. I am so happy to say that everything was just great and he loved his trip and said “we made the right decision by going on Westcoast Connection!!!” Thanks for a great summer.
Bev Chaimberg, Montreal, Quebec
Every aspect of Whitney’s trip was carefully executed, well-thought out and I never questioned her safety.
Karen Rosenberg, Swampscott, Massachusetts
I have gone to sleep away camp for 5 years, and this by far has been the best summer of my life. I have made amazing friends that I know I will definitely keep in touch with! I will never forget the memories I made this summer.
Morgan Levy, New York, New York
Our trip director was truly amazing. This program was so eye-opening. It helped me try new things that I never thought I could do. The friendships we have formed are amazing and I hate having to say good bye to everyone. This summer was the best by far. I will never forget these past 4 weeks and the memories I have made. I had an amazing experience that I am very thankful for.
Jamie Honowitz, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Amanda had an amazing time this summer! She loved all the places they saw and all the people on the trip. It was amazing how close she became with the kids so quickly! When they came off the plane they wanted nothing to do with their parents! Thanks for a great trip. I knew she was well taken care of which made my 4 weeks with her away very relaxing!
Andrea Gabay, Short Hills, New Jersey
Jared really enjoyed his experience with Westcoast Connection. He really seemed to be excited with all of the activities and met a great group of kids. We were extremely happy with the communication and photos during the trip. Thank you so much for making Jared’s summer so wonderful. We look forward to another Westcoast Connection experience next year!!
Stephanie & Steve Grabell, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
This was a great first experience going away for Conor. He really enjoyed all the activities and meeting new people. As parents, we appreciated the excellent communication and attention to detail, balanced with giving the kids a real sense of independence.
Heidi & Brian Dunleavy, Larchmont, New York
Jesse had an amazing time. He made a lot of new friends and said the staff was awesome. He enjoyed all aspects of the trip and we would definitely recommend the trip to friends. Thanks for the blog and photos they were wonderful as well. First class act!
Tracey Geffin Dikes, Weston, Florida
This was my third Westcoast Connection trip, I see how much planning and work goes into these trips to make them meet and exceed expectations. Thanks for another amazing summer!
Jeffrey Rosen, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
This is a great trip for any kind of teenager because you get a little bit of everything, from camping to hotels to museums to amusement parks!
Anthony Cucco, Killdeer, Illinois
Everyone is so friendly and I became friends with everyone immediately. You become so close with everyone at the end and it’s so hard to leave. It honestly was the summer of a lifetime. Europe feels like a dream and I wish I never had to wake up and leave.
Molly Nolan, Wayzata, Minnesota
Last summer on my western tour the staff was amazing and everyone was fun-loving, easy going, and a pleasure to live with. The trip was perfect. This summer in Europe all of the sights were fantastic. My favorite place to visit was Paris and the sights in London. I learned the value of the history of the places. Adam my director was hilarious! This summer changed my life. I am so grateful to have visited these places and to share it with such wonderful people.
Samantha Donsky, Armonk, New York
I have made lifelong friends from all over the world and I am so grateful to Westcoast Connection for providing this experience for me! I feel like I really saw Hawaii and will always remember the incredible activities we did and the people I met!
Sydney Edelstein, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The experience was amazing, it was a great summer. My favorite places were Whistler and Seattle. Friends and staff were all so sweet and caring. I became more independent and learned how to do a lot more things. I am for sure doing it again next year!
Danielle Caller, Cincinnati, Ohio
The program was a fantastic way to explore the west coast of the USA. All of the activities were great, well thought out and very fun. Along the way you have unforgettable experiences. It lets you meet people from near and far and it creates bonds and relationships that last a lifetime.
Shane Gould, Thornhill, Ontario
I thought I would regret not going back to camp, but as the days went by and as I made new friends I realized it was a smart choice that I made, to go on a Westcoast Connection trip. The staff made the trip 10x better.
Max Greenberg, Boca Raton, Florida
Brandon’s trip director Mike was incredible. The bond that he and Brandon developed was priceless (like a big brother). I thought the experience of traveling would be great for Brandon but never imagined that such a strong friendship and bond would be built between the two. This will be a friendship that will last a very long time.
Robin Schwartz, Phoenix, Arizona
This was the best summer of my life. I loved it and didn’t want it to end. Our trip director was great!! We had the best staff and amazing trip members, people I will remain friends with for the rest of my life.
Gail Cohen, Reisterstown, Maryland
The friends I made on this trip in 25 days feel like I’ve known them forever. I could not ask for a better trip and I will never forget my summer. The locations were beautiful and I have a new family. Westcoast Connection is my home away from home.
Camille Jonna, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
It was an awesome experience, far above what I expected and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. Anyone who doesn’t go is missing out. Phenomenal staff, lifelong friends, personal accomplishment – everything was just perfect. I learned how needed my help was in other cities. The kids seem to truly appreciate my service and that was the most rewarding thing of all!
Claire Yerman, West Bloomfield, Michigan
I really enjoyed the balance of service and adventure. This program is awesome because you enjoy the adventure and the beauty of Costa Rica. However, at the same time you are humbled by the community service. It’s the perfect mix of work and fun.
Carly Kempler, Clarksville, Maryland
This was a life changing experience. I will never forget the people that I shared this with or the amazing things I have done. At the orphanage we created really tight bonds with the kids and it was heartbreaking when we had to leave. I got out of this trip a lot more than I could get in an entire lifetime!
Margot Neveux, Paris, France
Rachel loved every minute of it! She made amazing friends and participated in life changing community service programs. She came back so grown up and ready to take on the challenges of the world. Our hats go off to all of the people who made this trip so meaningful for her. She had the summer of a lifetime and the memories that she will have the rest of her life.
Jill & Mark Sassower, New York, New York
Doing community service in Africa was the most rewarding experience I have ever had. The relationships formed with the kids during service will never be forgotten and I will always remember them.
Amelia Eskenazi, Indianapolis, Indiana
Westcoast Connection was an amazing experience. This was my second trip and once again it exceeded my expectations. I truly grew as a person and would recommend this trip to anybody. I met many great people and our memories will last a lifetime. The service we did was very meaningful and it helped me mature by participating with others. My favorite project was the Boys and Girls Club because I really connected with the kids. Courtney, the director, ran a well organized trip. She did everything possible to please us.
Cody Flanzer, Parkland, Florida
My service trip was a life-changing experience that opened my eyes in a new way to the difficulties people have and gave me lasting friendships.
Gwen Byrne, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Alaska was amazing. It was beautiful and the community service was extremely rewarding. My favorite project was Peterson Bay because afterwards I got to see my work being used. Participating on this program has opened my eyes to the beauty of Alaska and helped me change the lives of other people. It is an amazing place.
Sarah Evan, Forest Hills, New York
I loved all the people that came on the trip and have made many amazing friendships that will be everlasting. Boys and Girls Club was my favorite project because I loved making a bond with the children. I will always remember the service that we did and how we made such an impact on strangers.
Sasha Aaron, Atlanta, Georgia
This was the BEST summer of my life! My favorite service project was Ronald McDonald because I stepped out of my comfort zone and felt that I made a difference. It was unforgettable. It is a very eye-opening experience and a chance to meet great people.
Sydni Grossman, Jericho, New York
The Boys & Girls Club was my favorite service project because I could see the effect I was making. I am more aware of diverse backgrounds and I have met people I will never forget. The community service was rewarding and I loved it. The friends I met in California are truly my best friends ever.
Micaela Berz, Chicago, Illinois
During the trip I have learned that happiness isn’t only achieved by what you get, but also what you give. Volunteering and doing community service is truly a wonderful feeling. Traveling is exciting and a great experience, especially when you are with great people who are there for the same reason.
Ricki Schilowitz, Remsenburg, New York
At Habitat for Humanity, I liked how you could really feel like you were helping. And at the Boys and Girls Club, I feel like we made connections with the kids. I knew that the service would be hard work but I never expected to enjoy it so much and feel so rewarded.
Arielle Hamburg, Pikesville, Maryland
This program was better than what I was expecting. My favorite community service project was the Boys and Girls Club because we had the chance to have fun with little kids and make them smile, also to teach them some things. The staff was just so awesome. Making friends is not a problem, everyone is friendly, sweet, and it was great to meet them all.
Nour Amhal, Casablanca, Morocco
I got to see the immediate effects I was having on the community. It was really rewarding to see the kids smile as I was playing with them. Both the community service and adventure activities were amazing experiences.
Zoe Henry, Los Angeles, California
Community service programs really open your eyes to what is going on in the world. The activities were so much fun and a lot more than I expected. The Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation was my favorite because I loved working and playing with the babies at the daycare. This program has changed my life.
Alexandra Goodman, Montclair, New Jersey
The impact I saw being made was incredible and the work itself was very fun. Painting the woman’s house was my favorite service; hearing her story was amazing. I have learned to be more thankful for what I have and want to be more active in my community. There was a perfect amount of service, adventure, work and fun which made the experience that much better. The leaders were very fun to be around and extremely helpful. I had an amazing learning experience with memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Being able to do amazing service work in such a beautiful place was incredible. Best summer of my life.
Sarah Togman, Thornhill, Ontario
Last summer in Costa Rica, I loved the trip – it changed my life! I feel like I learned so much about other cultures. I loved building at the school because the kids were so sweet and appreciative of what we were doing. The service, adventure and fun were spread out perfectly and I enjoyed all of it. This summer, Ecuador & the Galapagos was an amazing trip! I learned and experienced so much! Westcoast Connection rocks! My friends on the trip and my leaders are like family! So many great memories were made!
Stephanie Mordoh, Briarcliff, New York
The program made me more understanding of different communities and lifestyles. The service taught me that giving it your all in helping others is very rewarding. Julie’s the best director!
Zachary Davidson, Newton, Massachusetts
I absolutely LOVED the trip. The service opportunities were extraordinary and outstanding. The projects were rewarding and I feel like a better person now that I’ve done the trip. The orphanage was my favorite because it felt like I made a difference. Loved this trip, amazing kids and activities. I made amazing friends. I recommend this trip to everyone!
Jake Martin, Toronto, Ontario
It was a perfect combo of giving back to the welcoming community, seeing majestic beauty, and creating lasting friendships. This trip could not have possibly been better! I can honestly say that I’ve had the adventure of my life thus far. I’ve made so many friendships, had so many laughs, and feel so fulfilled. I know that the memories I have made will stay with me forever, and the experiences will shape the person that I will become.
Grant Besner, Davie, Florida
Everything was amazing and changed my life. I liked working at the Boys and Girls Club because the kids I met are so amazing and changed me. They were so nice and I had so much fun being with them. The community service is life-changing, I see things differently and it makes you appreciate things so much more. I made friends on this trip that will last forever. The leaders were lots of fun, they made the trip great. Every memory was amazing.
Brooke Shepetin, East Brunswick, New Jersey
The community service program was incredibly rewarding and had a perfect balance of service and adventure. I loved the Boys and Girls Club because we formed bonds with the children. This program has made me more independent and more aware of how I can contribute to serving the community. Robyn was an amazing director! I made friendships that I know will last a very long time. I would recommend this program to anyone in a heartbeat!!
Allie Mayers, Montreal, Quebec
My favorite project was the orphanage because you could really interact with the girls and see how happy they are. I have been opened up to different cultures and styles of life. I was able to really experience how interacting with the local people for only a short time could really help them and make them happy.
Jenna Kubiak, Sharon, Massachusetts
Sammi had the time of her life. She seemed to embrace and love every part of the trip. She truly enjoyed every minute of the trip, remarked that the community service piece felt genuine and has not stopped talking about the trip.
Michele Levin, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Thailand was the best summer of my life. The Lahu Village service project was my favorite. It was so rewarding to see an entire building that we constructed in one day. It was so eye-opening. My experience on Westcoast Connection has been amazing. The relationships and friendships that I have created have been better than I ever could have imagined. Melissa the director was so much fun! This truly was the best summer of my life.
Carly Leiter, Summit, New Jersey
I loved the trip, it was an unbelievable experience. I was able to use Spanish a lot. This was truly a trip of a lifetime and a summer I will never forget.
Samantha Lerner, Needham, Massachusetts
The program was great. It was the perfect balance of culture, language, and free time. I made many great friends. My Spanish improved a lot, my speaking and listening were the two areas that improved most. The staff all want you to have a great time.
Bradley Fallick, Armonk, New York
All the staff was terrific and worked hard to ensure we had a great experience. The touring was excellent, and I learned a lot of Spanish and culture. It’s great to discover the wonders of Spain with a group of friends. Everyone helps each other cross cultural and language barriers.
Jason Claman, Short Hills, New Jersey
Not only did I improve my Spanish, but my eyes were opened to a new culture and I was able to experience this phenomenon while gaining independence and making lifelong friends.
Andrew Shatz, Southborough, Massachusetts
This trip was the best experience that Juliet has ever had being away from home! I can’t express how grateful I am for the wonderful director and leaders you selected for this trip. She loved the people in Costa Rica as well. She especially loved all the other teens on the trip. What can you say when you see your child come home with beautiful memories that she have for the rest of her life!
Mary Schneider, Manhasset, New York
I never expected this trip to be so much fun. I enjoyed all the activities and wouldn’t change any of them. Working at the orphanage was my favorite service project because I put a smile on the children’s faces and learned Spanish at the same time, it couldn’t have gotten any better! I noticed an improvement in my Spanish within the first couple of days. I have formed new friendships that will last a long time and learned a language that will help me in the future. I had an amazing experience and I got to fulfill all of my adventure dreams all in one trip! I would love to go on another trip when I get a chance. I have memories that I will never forget.
Halle Berger, Weston, Florida
The trip itself was outstanding. Jack had a wonderful time and said great things about his trip director. The language classes were good, as was the food and the accommodations. He thoroughly enjoyed EVERY aspect of the trip.
Anthony Camoratto, Moorestown, New Jersey
This trip was just so much fun. The staff always had such a good attitude, they were really safe and fun. In just 2 weeks you experience so much of Costa Rica. The Spanish, the service, and adventures; it’s the best of 3 worlds!
Lauren Hartman, Scarsdale, New York
This summer was awesome. I did not expect language classes to be so much fun – the games helped me memorize so much more Spanish. This program has really changed me and I am so grateful for the opportunity. You really cannot go home unchanged by this. We bonded more as a family than we did as a group. I am going to miss everyone and I couldn’t have asked for a better director or leader.
Aria Johnston, Potomac, Maryland
I was surprised by how much I actually loved all the teachers and classes, I learned so much and it will help me in many years to come. I met so many cool people and practiced so much Spanish, I can’t wait to tell my friends all about this trip and show off my new language abilities!
Caneel Dixon, Tampa, Florida
This trip was fantastic. I met many people and made lots of friends. My Spanish improved a lot. My favorite service project was the nursing home, and I loved riding the dune-buggies. Normally I forget Spanish over the summer but this summer I learned new vocabulary and practiced grammar. I feel like I’m more independent now and as if I can make a difference in people’s lives. It was the trip of a lifetime.
Zachary Krooks, Chappaqua, New York
Monte really enjoyed the program and his Spanish improved. He loved Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle. He had a great time and made a lot of new friends. In fact, I took him to NYC a few weeks ago and six of his fellow travelers in the surrounding area met up and spent the afternoon together. I’d be happy to recommend this program to anyone. I’m just sorry I didn’t discover you when he was younger.
Bruce Krohn, Alameda, California
I had the best summer of my life. I learned a lot about myself and improved my Spanish speaking. I learned to not take things for granted and to appreciate the important things in life such as family and friends. My director Kara was very kind and passionate about helping us to improve our Spanish.
Erica Simon, Boca Raton, Florida
This was our 4th experience with Westcoast Connection and once again, it was fabulous on every level. Each trip has been different and yet extremely well supervised, organized and enlightening. Well done!
Carol Nussbaum, Short Hills, New Jersey
My Pre-College Enrichment program to Barcelona, Spain was an amazing experience. I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful sights and had a good time 24/7. The staff was amazing and Lauren was an amazing program director. I definitely made friends for life.
Allyson Paul, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
I gained being an independent individual. There was so much to do, so fun! My community service elective was rewarding and I got to use my Spanish everywhere I went. Dayna and Lauren, the directors, were both lovely. I enjoyed my program and if I could, I would do another Westcoast Connection program because everything surpassed my expectations.
Dylan Livers, Great Neck, New York
Staying in Barcelona for a month was amazing because we were able to make a connection with the neighborhood and learn a lot of Spanish. The staff was a great part of the program and added to the experience. The group was great and the overall experience was incredible.
Ellery Faller, Scarsdale, New York
Kevin had a wonderful experience on his Pre-College Enrichment program in Barcelona!
Joanne Takemoto, Tampa, Florida
A ‘fantastico’ program for teens that have an interest in Spanish culture, want to see Barcelona and learn Spanish. I loved the Dali Museum and Parc Guell.
Olivia Gutherz, Westmount, Quebec
The staff was excellent along with every location we visited in Spain. My favorite was Madrid & Sagrada Familia. My Spanish very much improved and I feel that I am much more fluent and am able to understand people better. The program was very organized and a fulfilling experience.
Nicole Lieblich, Roslyn, New York
My Spanish improved and I got better ordering at restaurants. This was a very well organized, very good program!
Amanda Weisel, Stamford, Connecticut
My favorite activities and sites were the Barcelonetta beach and Las Ramblas. I learned how to use Spanish in conversation. All of the staff was excellent and it was a very fun program.
Zack Elias, Parkland, Florida
Everything was a worthwhile experience. My favorite site was Parc Guell. I learned and practiced Spanish in class, and I learned to listen to and speak Spanish by traveling around Barcelona.
Evan Garfinkel, Westfield, New Jersey
It was an amazing experience. I improved my Spanish and the staff was excellent. I recommend it to everyone.
Fara Kramer, Weston, Florida
Kathleen loved her program – the kids, the leaders, the Spanish classes, her teacher and Barcelona! The program was all that was promised, really well run, a great summer experience. We will sing your praises. Thank you!
Jim Sullivan, Ossining, New York
I learned so much about Spanish culture. My favorite place was Sitges and Parc Guell. I learned a lot of colloquial sayings and more grammar. Dayna was a responsible and at the same time fun director.
Lauren Mushro, Westport, Connecticut
I am happy I came because I’ve become really close with a bunch of people and it was amazing exploring Spain. I can talk better in Spanish and understand it better now. Spain was all beautiful.
Amanda Mancini, Harrison, New York
I met a lot of great people and Spain was such a beautiful country to explore.
Sydney Soll, Penn Valley, Pennsylvania
You run a high quality program. From a customer stand point as a parent, from start to finish, the whole organization is very well run. From Olivia’s standpoint, she had a great time!
Jill & Jacques Cornet, New York, New York
I enjoyed Sagrada Familia and my Spanish improved. Dayna and Lauren were excellent directors!
Alexander Morse, New York, New York
Spanish cuisine is amazing. I loved the residence, it was like home. The hotels were just perfect. The program was so great, I loved it, I only wish it was longer.
Badr El Amari, Sar Manama, Bahrain
My Pre-College Enrichment program in Barcelona helped me improve my Spanish while making friends that will last a lifetime! This program took me places I could have only imagined going to!
Rebecca Kesselhaut, Livingston, New Jersey
I learned so much Spanish and met amazing people from around the world! My leaders were great!
Tess McIntyre, Valhalla, New York
The experience I had in Barcelona will be with me for the rest of my life. I grew so close to my program members, I really feel like we’re a family. Barcelona turned into my home and I loved feeling like I belonged in a place so far from where I come from. I loved this program!
Nora Gordon, Shaker Heights, Ohio
My Spanish improved more from this program than taking it in school for five years. My conversational Spanish got much better. My director Lauren was flexible, respected, and a great leader. This program was perfect balance between the sight-seeing and living actual life in Barcelona. It was the best summer.
Nicole Chernick, Irvington, New York
I gained life experiences that I could not have achieved anywhere else and have helped shape who I am. The trip leaders and the trip itself made for the most unforgettable summer of my life.
Rebecca Clark, Avon, Connecticut
Ronen the director was extremely patient, hardworking and responsible. He’s the best. I really enjoyed traveling in such an authentic style. Backpacking Europe has taught me an endless amount of skills and responsibilities that I will be able to practice in future travels. The experiences I had this summer were only possible with the incredible Westcoast Connection group of leaders. Thanks for an outstanding summer experience!
Sophie Rosenblatt, Boulder, Colorado
This trip increased my confidence and desire to travel and learn different languages. The Staff was awesome and I had an amazing time!
Jordan Goodman, Monterey, California
This was one of my first trips going away. I did not expect to have so much fun and to meet so many different people. The program is a blast. My favorite place was Interlaken and Tignes and I loved the skiing and white water rafting. You meet people that you wouldn’t expect to meet. The staff is hilarious. They are so fun and joyous. I’ve seen the most beautiful places in the world.
Cindy Rahmanan, Great Neck, New York
I loved experiencing a different culture with a trustworthy and fun group!
Michael McGrew, Bethesda, Maryland
Backpacking is incredibly fun and enriching. The program was fantastic. The staff was intelligent, friendly, and prepared. The kids all had great attitudes and the sites were magnificent. I have gained the confidence to travel by myself now and am ready for future trips.
Michael Galka-Giaquinto, Brooklyn, New York
I learned a lot about the culture of Greece and about mythology and I made some incredible friends on this trip. They are all so amazing and I feel like I will stay in touch with them for a long time.
Carly Zomick, Deerfield, Illinois
You are able to experience things outside of your comfort zone. I learned how to travel around Europe using public transportation and gained many new friends. The activities are very exciting and the places to see are very interesting.
Megan Nathel, Woodbury, New York
Elizabeth very much enjoyed her time. She loved her group leaders and said they were wonderful. She had a fabulous time and made friends for life. She loved Italy and looks forward to going back someday.
Jean Ryan, Bedford, Massachusetts
Looking back on the first day of my trip, I now realize how truly incredible it is that complete strangers became some of my best friends. I’ve learned teamwork and the importance of being yourself to become close to others.
Jeremy Shapiro, Atlanta, Georgia
Westcoast Connection was a fantastic experience and one I would recommend for anyone to do. It was a great way to make new friends, see amazing sites, and stay active during the summer. The staff is extremely friendly and very inspiring. I gained confidence in myself to be able to conquer any task given to me. This is a program all teenagers should do!
Molly Plotkin, Princeton Junction, New Jersey
New Zealand was awesome, well organized, fun activities, overall amazing. Blue duck was the best part of trip! I liked the rafting, luging, zorbing, skiing and I visited the absolute coolest most amazing places.
Noah Letofsky, Toronto, Ontario
This trip was amazing, and I met the most incredible people! It is the best thing that ever happened to me! I signed up by myself and was nervous at what to expect, this trip blew my expectations away! I met my best friend on this trip and a ton of amazing new friends that I will stay in touch with for many years to come! My favorite activities were the small things we did as a group that brought us closer. Thank you so much for the summer of a lifetime!
Morgan Wagner, Henderson, Nevada
This summer has honestly been the best of my life. Backpacking around Europe was incredible and it far exceeded my expectations.
Robby Attia, Mt. Kisco, New York
Before the trip started, I was a little nervous about traveling to another country with people that I have never met, but the staff and the other kids were so amazing. It was one of the best summers I have ever had. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to broaden their minds and make lifelong friends.
John Davis, Lancaster, Ohio
Shayna had a wonderful time. The trip incorporated just the right mix of “cultural” activities with adventure, downtime and fun. I was very impressed with the organization, the communications we received and the amount of Europe Shayna was able to experience. Shayna loved her trip leaders, and the kids all seemed like nice kids that all got along well. Bravo for a well planned and executed trip for 15/16 year olds!
Patti Goldberger, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coming alone I would have never expected to make as many friends as I did. Thank you so much for the two most incredible summers of my life. Europe changed my life and I now see the world differently than I ever have before.
Rachel Stauber, Melville, New York
Thank you for the amazing program you run! Alex went on Backpack Italy, knowing absolutely no one, and had no idea what was in store for him. Alex arrived home today, with 20 new wonderful friends, and visited cities and places that moved him deeply. He said the trip was truly magical and has forever changed his life for the better. It was hard for Alex to say goodbye to everyone on the trip; he will truly miss all the friends and staff. I am extremely impressed with your program and I would highly recommend it to all teens looking to broaden their summer experiences. Thank you for giving my son the “summer of his life”. We look forward to traveling with you again!
Lisa & Mark Rush, Highland Park, Illinois
My experience on the European Escapade was amazing. It really exceeded my expectations. The sights, activities, food, and friends made all contributed to a new and exciting adventure. Thank you so much!
Dillan Jacobson, Thornhill, Ontario
Annica had an absolutely wonderful trip. She was so sorry to see it end! There were so many unusual activities which made the trip unique and perfect for the age group. Along with all the wonderful locations, the leaders were terrific, and the camaraderie of the group made this a very special experience which will be remembered for a very long time.
Jane & Per Hellberg, Yorktown Heights, New York
I loved my director Sarah and all of the staff! The Backpack Europe trip was great. I truly enjoyed being able to experience Europe with this unique group of people. It allowed me to appreciate each sight and activity so much more.
Abby Fivel, Carmel, Indiana
I went on European Experience and loved everywhere we went, all the sights we saw, and meeting new people. The locations were mind-blowing. This would not have been made possible without the hard work and dedication of many people, including my Trip Director, Matt. He was really cool and easy to relate to, we got along really well. I am definitely going on another Westcoast Connection trip next summer. Thank you for an amazing summer!
Lydia Rosmarin, North Caldwell, New Jersey
I loved the opportunity to see so many historic sights of Europe with a group of other teenagers. There was a great balance of sightseeing, beaches, and free time. Thanks for an amazing summer!
Allison Lavine, Weston, Massachusetts
Hayley came home from her trip and said “best trip ever! I had the most fun I have ever had, learned so much, and met so many great people! Thank you mom and dad for sending me on this trip!” What wonderful words to hear from your daughter! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Aileen Weycer, Bellaire, Texas
Honestly the greatest summer. I’ve made so many amazing memories and everlasting friendships that I know I’ll cherish forever. This has been the trip of a lifetime, thanks to all the leaders, my director, and other trip members. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer.
Danielle Mashal, Las Vegas, Nevada
This was Brandon’s third year on Major League Madness and he loved it even more. He had a great time and thought the staff was great. He enjoyed every minute of the trip.
Linda Acca, New City, New York
Max LOVED the Major League Madness trip! It was just so perfect for him. Whoever thought of it, was a genius! What an experience for an avid baseball lover! The staff, the kids, the activities, the travels were all wonderful. Looking forward to next year!!!
Debbie Prince, North Caldwell, New Jersey
I got 65 autographs including All-stars, made new friends, and had a great overall experience! Loved the baseball trip!
Greg Ackerman, Roslyn, New York
Getting autographs and going to Fenway to see my favorite team was so much fun. All of the trip leaders were so nice and so much fun to hang out with.
Bobby Bailey, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Major League Madness was the best trip of my life, I love baseball! The trip was perfect for me. The staff was great and the food was great. This experience changed my life and I also made a lot of new friends from all over the country.
Jesse Baren, Los Angeles, California
Best trip of my life. Great baseball tour to explore the country and its different cities and ballparks. My favorite place was Milwaukee because it was a lot of fun and a nice ballpark. I also enjoyed the DC pitching and tour.
Sam Ferbin, Melville, New York
My Trip Director was very calm and a pleasure to be around. I can’t count how many times my trip leaders made me laugh. The staff was fun and responsible. I made some great friends that I hope to keep in touch with, and I also got to watch and talk about a ton of baseball.
Jeremy Comer, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Being able to explore the town of Cooperstown and getting autographs and used baseballs from the game was one of my favorite things. It was great meeting Lou Piniella, Denny McClain and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar!
Dylan Bernstein, Roslyn, New York
Major League Madness is an experience of a lifetime. My favorite stadium was AT&T Park. I loved this trip!
Marc Dori, Hewlett, New York
Andrew had an absolutely amazing time on the Major League Madness trip this summer. It was his first time away from home and he loved it. He liked his leaders very much, loved every minute of it and made terrific friends along the way. Thank you for all your help and advice as we prepared for the trip.
Perri Stopera, Briarcliff Manor, New York
I learned SO MUCH about the fashion industry, the work that goes into a magazine, internships and how to be prepared for it all. This trip was unlike any other and can help anyone who is interested in fashion, beauty, journalism, photography and so much more!
Marisa Whitaker, Dallas, Texas
My favorite part was meeting with all the Editors and different teams at Hearst as well as the launch party. I learned there is way more to fashion than just clothes. The whole experience was awesome. I wouldn’t change anything about it!
Catherine Castle, Bailey, Mississippi
This program was well beyond what we imagined or expected. In addition to Stephanie making the most wonderful friends, she had experiences that were absolutely amazing. This tour included opportunities for the girls to meet higher ups within the Hearst Building at Seventeen and Cosmopolitan, in addition to visiting all the hot spots in and around New York City. Stephanie received so much extremely helpful information that she will definitely use as she begins her higher education and career in the cosmetic industry. All the girls shared the same interests and they all got along great.
Stacie Mishler, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Abbey had an incredible time. She thoroughly enjoyed every aspect, feeling it was the perfect mix between fashion and sightseeing. Abbey appreciated the time that the professionals took out of their day to meet with the girls as well as the time they took to inspire and encourage them. We were very impressed with the amount of supervision that was provided and acknowledge the organization it took for everything to run smoothly.
Moira & Hart Kaminker, Toronto, Ontario
I loved the Hearst sessions with the social media team because we felt really involved and got real life advice. There are so many more jobs in fashion and journalism than I thought. It was very easy to make friends. Great hotel! Great location. This was very enlightening. We actually got to meet very important people like the CEO of Macy’s.
Marie Debarbieux, Paris, France
The Seventeen Fashion Experience was the most amazing two weeks of Morgan’s life. She learned so many life changing experiences and made the greatest new friends from all over the country. She met the most inspiring creative executive teams at so many different fashion avenues. Every day was better than the day before and all the night planned activities were so fun for the girls. The hotel was beautiful and safe as well. She adored the staff that ran the trip and said they were very sweet, organized, professional and caring. She returned a changed teen after two weeks living in New York and learning from all the inspiring, strong, powerful, entrepreneurial women she met! Thank you to all the speakers and business associates they met for their time and encouraging, emotional achievements. Thank you so much for the best experience of a lifetime.
Melanie & Kevin Killoren, Deerfield, Illinois
This was the best two weeks of my life! Having the opportunity to meet the Creative Director and Photo Director of Seventeen was a dream come true because that is exactly what I hope to do in the future. I feel more prepared for a future in fashion publications all thanks to this program. I met amazing girls as well as learned a lot all while being in one of the greatest cities in the world. Thank you!
Kelly Guidry, Brea, California
Hearing Donna Lagani, head of Cosmopolitan, speak was very inspiring to me. It was a lot of fun and I learned many valuable tips from her! She is very empowering! I gained so much experience and knowledge from this trip – it was cool and very enjoyable.
Natalie Hooker, Pleasantville, New York
This was a great experience I will remember for the rest of my life. I learned so much more in depth about how the fashion industry works and its many parts. I made really close friendships.
Katie Fried, Ashland, Kentucky
I had an incredible summer and learned much more than I thought I would. I would highly recommend the Seventeen Fashion Experience to anyone with even a slight interest in the industry.
Tess Tamar, Potomac, Maryland
The program was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I learned so much and feel closer to my dream job.
Abigail Navarro, Hutchinson, Minnesota
During sessions at Hearst, my dreams came true and I learned so much. It opened my eyes to all sorts of possibilities and I made friendships with people who had all the same interests as me. Time of my life!
Alexa Hunn, Short Hills, New Jersey
Three days into the trip, Kyra was worried that it was going to end too soon. She had an amazing time, made some lasting friendships, and has started to think about Public Relations as a career after her time with the Seventeen staff and their partners. I would say that’s a successful experience!
Carol Flynn, Foster City, California
I knew that I would have fun and learn about fashion, but it was so much more!!! The staff was amazing, and the activities were so much fun and exciting. I had a lot of fun! The sessions at Hearst Tower were my favorite! Meeting the Editors and visiting the Seventeen and Cosmopolitan offices! Also speaking with Donna Lagani, meeting the CEO of Macy’s, every executive at Seventeen and the PR offices!
Tal Shefa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Emma had an amazing experience. It was a great mix of learning a lot about the magazine business and getting the opportunity to live in New York, not to mention meeting a great group of girls. Her absolute favorite part was her time at Seventeen and Cosmopolitan, where I hope she can keep in touch with some of the talented editors she met.
Liz & Richard Lund, Highland Park, Illinois
I loved the sessions at Hearst with the Art Department because you saw how much work goes into making the magazine. This was an eye-opening experience on what the industry is all about! I will cherish the connections with staff and friends for the rest of my life!
Sarah Bender, Los Angeles, California
Getting to go around and have small groups with the editors of Seventeen gave me a lot of insight into the company and allowed me to connect with them on a personal level. I met some great friends while exploring one of my favorite cities in the world! Best summer and learning experience.
Emily Zobitz, Summit, New Jersey
Isabella had the time of her life. She enjoyed her trip so much and has been talking about her friends, places she went, and what she might study in college so that she can join the fashion world some day. The trip really was what we were hoping for. Thank you very much for putting it all together and seeing it through so well!
Lynne & Tony Roccisano, Billings, Montana
I honestly learnt so much and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I loved the session we were asked our opinions for the next few issues (fonts, text, who should be on the cover) – we were part of the production of the magazine. This was such an incredible experience.
Julia Sable, Toronto, Ontario
Sidney loved interacting with the professionals at Hearst. This trip definitely helped her narrow down her field of study for college. It also gave her exposure to New York City, which she loved. It was an excellent experience. I would highly recommend Westcoast Connection to anyone. In fact I wish we would have learned about these opportunities sooner.
Deborah Milne, Munster, Indiana
My favorite sessions were at the Hearst Tower. I absolutely loved touring the departments of the magazine and talking to them in small groups. They gave us the opportunity to connect with the Seventeen staff on a more intimate level. I learned about the magazine business from so many angles: editing, art, social media, public relations, marketing. It helped me figure out exactly what I am interested in. I gained so many valuable skills from this program. From conversing with magazine editors, to touring headquarters, to exploring the city…I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing experience with girls who have the same interests as me!
Erin Eagle, Essex Fells, New Jersey
Mikaela spoke very highly about the staff on the trip. The activities in the fashion field were varied, interesting and eye opening. She would not have otherwise been exposed to so many “behind the scenes” jobs and fields of interest. Furthermore, the girls were very lovely and kind, which is a huge part of a shared group experience. She had a wonderful time and recommends this trip to anyone interested in fashion, media, or New York City.
Irina & Zach Katz, Sherman Oaks, California