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GoBeyond Student Travel

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Transforming communities, environments, and students’ lives through meaningful cross-cultural service adventures.

If you’re searching for something more than just a typical summer trip; if you want to travel with real purpose, then GoBeyond. We go beyond ordinary high school travel programs and build cross-cultural service adventures perfectly geared to your interests and curiosities. Whether you’re looking to contribute to authentic service projects, experience exhilarating adventure, or develop your language skills, GoBeyond will immerse you in a new culture where you can make a meaningful difference while on the journey of a lifetime.

Founded
2001

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Annelise
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go Beyond was an exceptional experience for my son, on an extremely organized and thoughtful trip. The small group size of 12 and wonderful counselors made this an unforgettable experience. The Icelandic locations were outstanding, so much to see and do. Taking turns grocery shopping and cooking provided a great bonding/learning experience for the group.

My son stretched himself in many ways: socially and in terms of responsibility, and truly got out of his comfort zone! Timing for him (age 15) to do this was perfect and he’s super excited to go back and try another adventure. We were happy to know he took the service seriously and felt it had a real impact on him, particularly the Ecovillage. Wonderful new friendships made the trip a 10/10.

Also, the office staff was extremely helpful and positive. I really appreciated the scheduled call where I could ask any questions, and the portal was easy to use.

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Josie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The experiences I have had at Go Beyond are like no other. The staff are some of the nicest and most interesting people I have ever met. I have created so many different friendships that I know I will have forever. The British Virgin Islands feel like a second home to me. I have been to almost every island, getting to see the different activities and vibes of them. The trip is 21 days long and each day has a different objective. No matter what the task is, you have an amazing time. My favorite project that I have been able to do, is cleaning up a park on West End Tortola. I helped to clean it up on the first year I went to Go Beyond. Going back the second year, it was amazing to see the progress that the other Go Beyond groups had made. Another one of my favorite projects was catching turtles on Anagada. During the trip I made friends that I will have forever. The bonds that the students and staff members have are like no other. Go Beyond helped me have some of the best experiences I have ever had!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Go Beyond allows students to interact with turtles in some pretty amazing ways. One style of catching turtles is called Rodeo Style. First, you and some of your friends get into a small dinghy and go look for turtles. Once you spot one you chase it around for a little while. When you are able to get close enough, someone from the boat dives onto the turtle and catches it. All of the turtles that are caught are used for research through a program called ARK. None of the turtles are harmed in the process. We let them go after we collect all of the research. This activity is super fun and it is crazy that Go Beyond gives the students the chance to do this.
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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The whole process was very easy. The staff was very attentive and easy to contact. We had high hopes that the experience would be eye opening and engaging for Bryan. The experience exceeded our hopes. He LOVED the whole experience. The daily blog pictures showed him with huge genuine smiles which thrilled us. He was sad the trip was over and has kept in constant contact with all his shipmates from both boats. He has plans to raise money and go back next summer. Absolutely awesome! The hard work, experience of seeing various levels of habitat, helping those less fortunate, learning about the marine environment, learning how to sail and live on a boat. WOW! Bryan hopes to return next summer for another experience by working and saving his money!

What would you improve about this program?
Being able to tip the crew members! The staff on each boat is so talented, smart and awesome. I wish we had access to them to thank them and let them know the impact they each have on the kids and how amazing they are. I hope they understand their hard work and dedication to each session is so appreciated. Our son(s) really took away so much from the experiences because of the crews enthusiasm and dedication to the program. Thank you all!
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kendall
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program not only gave me an opportunity to do so many incredible things, but I also met friends who will be at my side for a long time. The service projects were by far my favorite part. There was enough variety in location that each service project came with new knowledge and understanding of the BVI and the people that live there. The talks and team building activities were so much fun for me because I love getting to know the people around me! My favorite team building activity was Squeeze every night at dinner because it sparked really strong conversation and I loved being able to learn more about all of my shipmates through these questions.

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Amber
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I got to know the locals very well through all of our activities. This trip was amazing. It gave me the opportunity to itch my travel bug, do meaningful work, and make incredible new relationships. This trip gave me the opportunity to learn new things, see new places, and meet new people that I wouldn’t have other wise. The service projects brought us face to face with some of the most dire problems in these communities.

What would you improve about this program?
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