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About

Welcome to Bold Earth! Since 1976, we have served more than 20,000 families through our adventure and travel programs. Our itineraries are designed to maximize fun, foster personal growth, and create close-knit communities. Our goal is to create the safest, most exciting, and most substantive summer adventure travel experiences for teenagers through our personal attention to every student, our caring, and our competence.

Website
boldearth.com
Founded
1976

Reviews

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Kayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went on the Ultimate Costa Rica trip with Bold Earth last summer, and it was such an unforgettable experience! I made so many new friends around the world through this trip and they quickly became family as we spent 3 weeks together. This trip pushes you out of your comfort zone by allowing you to interact with people you've never met and pushing you to do activities that you may not be able to do back at home. We did so many fun activities that I can't do in my state like surfing, snorkeling, and ziplining! We also got the chance to participate in service work which gives back to the community and gives you the opportunity to connect with the locals. This trip not only improved my Spanish, but it also taught me a lot about the culture as we stayed with host families, ate local food, and explored different areas of the country! I would definitely recommend traveling with Bold Earth!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would recommend to be present and live in the moment. It's very easy to wonder about what is going on back at home or to think about what you are going to do when you return, but doing this takes away from the limited time that you have on your trip! The time flies by so fast, so you should definitely enjoy the time that you have together!
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Sellers
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved the Costa Rica trip and feel like it helped me grow not only in my Spanish but as a person as well. It pushed me out of my comfort zone constantly with all of our adventures and doing stuff that I had never done before. Traveling by myself to a new country was probably the scariest thing I have ever done but I met some of the coolest people who I still talk to today. Staying in homestays with strangers who speak a different language is something I will never forget. This trip taught me how to live courageously and be willing to take risks. It exponentially improved my Spanish as well as my ability to look at things through a new perspective. Costa Rica was life changing and I would highly recommend to everyone!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment for me was the first time we met our host families. I was super nervous because my Spanish was not super good. Very quickly though, I overcame my fears because of how nice my family was. They were super sweet and approachable, always helping me with my Spanish while I helped them with their English.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're so glad your Bold Earth trip made a positive impact on you! You were a great student, and we're proud of all you accomplished. Thank you Sellers!

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Jordan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was a part of the Hawai’i trip in the summer of 2019. The leaders of the trip became my friends and I created life long bonds with the other campers. Everyone was so nice and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect community! Coming in I was an introvert and was scared of not making any friends. After only one week it felt like you hade known these people for years and years. There wasn’t one day that I went to bed hungry do to the amazing cook crews. I would recommend this trip for anyone looking for a big adventure and some new friends.

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks for the great review Jordan! You were a big part of what made that trip successful, and we love that you're still close with all your Bold Earth friends!

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John
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My daughter Allison went on a summer trip with Bold Earth to Hawaii, and I can't say enough about the experience. When we signed her up, we thought it would be a fun teen tour (which it was). We were grateful to hear that she learned some useful skills (cooking), and that the counselors were kind and focused on teaching her leadership skills. She continues to stay in touch with all the kids from the trip, and she's planning to do an international trip with Bold Earth. Thanks to Bold Earth for taking such great care of her!

What would you improve about this program?
Bold Earth has some great looking trips, but would love a trip to Belize!
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're thrilled to hear how much Allison enjoyed her trip, thank you for your kind words! We feel a Bold Earth experience can make a huge impact on young people's lives, and we're glad that it did that for your daughter. Hope you've enjoyed the meals she's been cooking!

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Amelia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have a stellar time spending time the three beautiful countries we visited. The cuisine was excellent and housing was comfortable. Every one participating was friendly, unique, outgoing and caring! This is my third year with bold earth and I’m so excited for next year with them! I would recommend this to anyone looking for adventure and new friendships. Every person I met hade a fantastic story to tell, I’ve e learned so much culture that books could never capture. I’ve learned that the little acts of kindness the show every create a better day for someone else, even if you aren’t able to speak the same language. I’ve been home for two weeks and I’m missing the friends I’ve made and of course the food. I hope anyone reading this we be inspired to check out this amazing trip!

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment of the trip is when we completed our trip leaders challenge of farting to 15. We received ice cream for the win!
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Hi Amelia,
So glad to see you enjoyed your trip! You were a great student, and we're thrilled to have you join us in Thailand this coming summer!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Emory Capps

Job Title
Director

What is your favorite travel memory?

In 2016 I was traveling with a group of Bold Earth students in Fiji. We had just had our nightly meeting around a campfire, and were walking back to our homestay families, when we noticed that the stars were so bright that we didn't need our headlamps.

We all laid down on the sand and looked up at the greatest light show of all time. Unforgettable.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Over my years of working at Bold Earth I have learned to appreciate the fact that details matter. It is important to understand the greater picture, but paying close attention to the nitty gritty of travel experiences is something that I pride myself in.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A couple of years ago I got a call from a former Bold Earth participant. It turns out that she and another camper on her trip got into the same college. They became college roommates and spent one summer traveling around Europe together.

Bringing people together is what Bold Earth is all about.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I am crazy about so many of our trips, and there are too many to choose from. But, if I had to pick one, it would be our Peru Machu Picchu trip. Peru has such a rich history and beautiful culture, and the Peruvians that I have met have been so warm and welcoming.

Also, on Peru Machu Picchu, Bold Earth hikes the Inca trail. This is for sure a bucket list item, and I am not sure how much longer there will be such free access to the ancient site of Machu Picchu.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Bold Earth is unique in the way that we get to know each and every one of our families, and how we build the best groups in the business because of our relationships with families.

We take the time to interview every participant that joins Bold Earth and at least one of their parents through an interview over the phone. The Bold Earth team really knows how to connect with teenagers and listen.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think that caring and listening to our participants and their families is the most important thing that a travel company can do.