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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
Headquarters

P.O. Box 1328
Flat Rock, NC 28731
United States

Reviews

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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!
Steph
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was definitely my most diverse, fun, educational, and memorable summer. I went to camp knowing 2 people from school, but it didn't impact my bonding with the other 10 people and our two leaders. Since we traveled all over the West Coast during the Bold West trip, we got to do everything from rock-climbing to white-water rafting to surfing to exploring Vegas. When I first heard that we would cook all of our own meals, I was terrified that we'd all starve to death, because I didn't know how to cook. During the course of the trip, I learned how to improvise meals and how to cook with limited supplies. (I also really enjoyed food shopping, as I usually got driven around in a cart.) I made so many friends who I still keep in touch with. I'm even meeting up with a friend during the Costa Rica trip I'm doing this summer!! All in all, this was a great experience and I definitely recommend it to every teen out there.

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Kyla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

While I was in south Africa, I was volunteering with the UNESCO waterberg survey. We stayed in these amazing huts that were designed using cow manure. The women who ran the places we were staying did not speak English but spoke sepedi.I felt a sense of connection to these women already and had many conversations with them without having to use words but gestures. I helped them make skirts and fabrics and dry off dishes. It was powerful. They embraced me with hugs and waves every time I saw them. We communicated without words but there was much being said. These women made me feel like I was surrounded by family and considered them as family. Regardless of us not being able to verbally speak the other persons language, I still felt like we were connected and we understood one another. At one point, they gave me a name. They called me what sounded like montewoo which means mother elephant. I think it is spelled mmetlou but I am not sure. Every time I would see them they would shout the name out loud and embrace me with a hug. When I had to say goodbye to them, that was the hardest part of the trip. They knew I was leaving and the hug they provided was even longer.

What would you improve about this program?
I think I would change the cost of the program. I would hope that there could be possible sponsorship or donations so more students could go especially students or people who might not have the funds that the program is requesting. I think many people need this experience of other countries and helping every one out. I think people need to help people out in any country especially when there are young people involved. I think making the program accessible for all people especially college students who might not be able to afford it would be a great way to improve the program.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thank you for such a thoughtful review of your Epic Africa trip! We're so happy to hear you had such a deeply enriching summer with us, and we appreciate that you took the time to share your experience!

Since 1976,
Abbott Wallis & the Bold Earth Team

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Michael
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

My son Tyler died while on the Bold Earth Hawaii tour in the summer of 2012. He was swept out to sea after tour guides failed to follow high surf warnings and lead the group into an unsafe tide pool. These guides, who were responsible for leading the teens on a kayaking and hiking trip that day, were not trained in oceanic conditions - they had no cell phones, and no safety equipment on hand. After my son went missing, company leaders waited 5 hours to contact us and let us know what happened. When we arrived in Hawaii the following day, we discovered that the tour had continued, and no one from Bold Earth was there to meet us. Parents should use extreme caution when selecting a tour company for their children. Research backgrounds and experience of tour leaders and the company as a whole.

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Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My son Mark went on Bold Earth's Bold West the summer of 2013, and it is safe to say this is one of the best experiences we as a parent, and he as a camper has ever had.
Mark got home and could not stop talking about all the places they went, and the amazing adventures they had. One week they were on a two day rafting trip in California, and they were surfing in Santa Cruz the next.
The trip leaders were so great, and Mark went on and on about how cool they were.
The entire time the leaders kept a blog so we could stay informed about what was happening on the trip, and it had pictures of all the activities. The staff in the office was so helpful and knowledgable I didn't have to stress about a thing.
Mark is planning on a trip in Australia for summer 2014.

What would you improve about this program?
We wish it was all year long!

Programs

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Staff Interviews

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

Interview with Noah Wallis - Bold Earth Teen Adventure programs

What position do you hold at Bold Earth? What has been your career path so far?

Noah: I am currently an International Program Director and Trip Leader for Bold Earth Teen Adventures. My main job is speaking with families and students to help find the perfect summer program. Having been a participant on Bold Earth Teen Adventures when I was in High School, I fully understand the importance of choosing the right program and am passionate about our mission and goals. In addition to speaking with parents, I program Bold Earth’s International Programs. These include programs in Southern Africa, Asia, Australia, Fiji, South America and Europe. I enjoy mastering itineraries, speaking with our partners around the world and having the opportunity to travel.

I attended American University in Washington, DC and worked in the U.S. Senate as a Legislative Correspondent and at the Headquarters of the US Peace Corps. Having grown up in Colorado, I always intended to move back and Bold Earth is the perfect job opportunity.

Did YOU study abroad? If so, where did you go and what inspired you to go?!

Noah: During High School, I had the opportunity to travel with Bold Earth on a number of our International Programs. I visited China, Spain and Southern Africa on 3 week summer adventures with my peers and with great Bold Earth leaders. To me, travel was an amazing opportunity for growth. Leaving home, seeing the world and having leadership opportunities helped to define my interests and my future career path. I was inspired by seeing new places, meeting new people and expanding my horizons.

What does the future hold for Bold Earth - any new programs to share?

Noah: 2013 is Bold Earth’s 37th Summer. We have proudly led 13,000 students on exciting, leadership adventures and are excited for the next summer season! For 2013, we have revamped our Spain Adventure program to include a week long homestay in Barcelona as well as awesome surfing, kayaking and cultural activities along the Mediterranean. In addition, we have updated our England’s Best trip to offer more adventure and more culture. This trip is the best of both worlds- explore London and all its culture while visiting the wilderness of Wales. We are very excited for 2013, and are always looking to review our itineraries to make them the BEST possible.

What about the future of the industry? How do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

Noah: More people are traveling then ever and they are doing it younger than ever. We continue to grow every summer, expanding to have students join us from 55 countries and all 50 US States. While we still get a majority of our students from the Eastern USA, we are seeing some change in demographics, as more students are joining Bold Earth from the Western USA, and abroad. We have an Office in Europe that coordinates participation for our European Students and are seeing new interest from Asia. We are hopeful that travel becomes more accessible to more people.