GoBeyond Student Travel

Program Reviews

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Suzana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My son, Rex went to Australia with Go Beyond. He had an amazing time. Excellent staff and service. I can't say enough good things about this company. Everything was very well planned and organized, starting with booking the flight through them.
An unforgettable trip! The kids spent time in Sidney and then flew to Whitsunday islands.
The summer before, my son went to the Caribbean with their sister company Action Quest, and spent time on Tortola.
Your child will get memories to last a lifetime.

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Dara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was a GoBeyond student right before my sophomore year of high school, and to this day, it's still one of the most transformative several weeks I've been fortunate to experience. Living aboard a catamaran in the beautiful British Virgin Islands and waking up to the sound of small waves against the boat is hard to beat... And when coupled with actual marine research and genuine humanitarian service projects, the experience becomes so much more than just "fun" (though it was definitely a blast!). Students have the opportunity to travel away from home, live in a unique (and sometimes challenging) environment, meet a group of people that practically becomes family, learn new hard and soft skills, and serve local communities in meaningful ways. Though I was only 15, I remember coming back from the summer and my grandma commenting on changes she had noticed in me -- new compassion and care for others. I'm thankful for GoBeyond staff and fellow students alike, and I couldn't recommend the program more highly!

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Hayley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This trip was absolutely incredible and will forever hold a place in my heart. I love every single thing about GoBeyond and can't thank this trip enough for helping me become more independent, brave, confident, and environmentally aware! I did the preserving paradise trip twice and could not have had more fun! The trip was educational, exciting, challenging and so worth it!! The staff onboard are sweet, caring, smart and it is really clear they love what they are doing. Every day you do something different and the relationships you form in those 3 weeks are so special and different from any friendship you have back home. GoBeyond truly changed the way I think about the world and even myself and I 100% recommend signing up!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Honestly I was most nervous about using boat bathrooms! However, everyone was nervous at first and we pretty much much all made jokes about it. In the end, bathroom situation was NOT bad at all!
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was an amazing trip, and it was everything I wanted and more! Although I’m definitely an introvert and I’m very awkward, this trip widened my horizons. It helped me understand what I would like to do in the future, and how I can accomplish these goals. This program also helped me become more comfortable in my own skin and it helped me understand other people better. This trip made me understand the hardships other people go through in different societies and cultures, and it fed my passion for learning about new things.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would improve upon with this program is a proper packing list. They said to bring many things we didn’t need, and they didn’t say to bring certain things that we ended up needing.
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Chloe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had so much fun on this trip. I meat friends that will last a life time. So many memories and inside jokes that were made. The people were wonderful and I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I learned so much in three weeks about everyone on the trip and more about myself. The little children we worked with were so much fun. They’re smiles and laughs made all of us smile. I’ll never forgot singing Let it Go with everyone on the train ride to the children. These memories and friendships I have made will travel with me everywhere I go. All I say is thank you Go Beyond for making this possible.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Remember that you all choose to come on the trip for your own reasons. But yours there together. You can’t let little things and bumps in the road get in the way of fun and special memories. You can get over any bumps that come in your way by talking and working them out. Enjoy all the times together because three weeks those just fly by. I know they sure did for me. So live every bus ride, train ride, and any place you tour to its fullest. It’s a life changing trip it sure was for me. The people and relationships make all the difference. So don’t hesitate to jump into conversations and just have a great time.
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Carly
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This trip was a life changing experience for me. I was nervous going into it but came out so much better for it. I gained so much independence, through things like my airport experience, and leading my group through train stations and cities/villages. I also gained so many valuable conflict management, team work, and people skills, when my group experienced conflict we were able to work together to solve it, and I learned to interact with a variety of different personality types. My communication skills were also strengthened as I don't speak mandarine, so I had to learn to use other forms of communication to get my message across. The biggest part for me was the life long bonds and meaningful relationships I created with some of the children and nannies at the orphanage. I still follow their progress and development through the companies various sites, as I feel I am forever connected to them. I am beyond grateful for this incredible experience.

What would you improve about this program?
Although my conflict management skills were strengthened in this program I think they could have become even better with some more further support from my group leaders. I also think the hotel style sleeping arrangement maybe wasn't the best possible set up, as it was a source of conflict.
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Chase
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience was absolutely life changing. This trip Truly taught me who i am. It taught me so much about friendship. My leadership skills developed so much during this trip. the people around me supported me through everything, i met some of my best friends for life now. The staff exceeded all expectations i had. My captains name was BZ. She became someone who I look up to. She taught me so much about sailing but the most important thing she taught me was that you should always be yourself no matter what. The other staff was also amazing, they all made very good connections with everyone. The trip itself was some of the most fun i have ever had. We helped the community and everything we did was so fulfilling. I believe that if you are interested in stepping outside your comfort zone and you are willing to work hard then this trip is for you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to you future travelers is to be yourself when you get there, no one knows who you are so you have the ability to be you. Also bring lots of athletic shorts.
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Johnny
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was tediously making through my Junior year when I suddenly realized that I have made it all the way from September to March, and summer was just less than 3 months away! And it got me thinking: what new&fun things would I like to do for this upcoming summer. I knew I wanted to do traveling and also explore the art of serving. As I was searching online, GoBeyond stood out to me the most because of their orderliness and the beauty of their vision to offer students the incredible opportunities to transform communities and environment by hands-on projects that we would be intimately a part of. While GoBeyond also offer the social and fun aspects of the trip that perfect the well-rounded trip.

It turned out even better than the vision of the trip! I had tons of fun with my teammates and the staff, and got to know people form all over the country and the foreign leaders. More importantly, I was able to contribute to serve various local communities, schools, and villages, where we built fences, bricks, and painted murals using our own hands and feet. It is a great feeling! It truly made a unique and ireplacable impact on my life.

What would you improve about this program?
I thought it would be great if the GoBeyond leaders could provide more of their personal insight to this trip.
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Mika
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go Beyond was the best possible thing I could dedicate 17 days of my summer to. I was able to do many things I would have never been able to do otherwise. From meeting some incredible people (including staff) to interacting with the environment to disconnecting from the virtual world, I learned some crucial lessons and had so much fun doing it. While I initially signed up to complete my volunteer hour requirement for high school, by the end of the trip that was the very last thing on my mind. I learned basic sailing skills, how to wakeboard, and so much more. I met some friends that, despite the distance between our homes, I will never stop talking to. All the students had day-to-day responsibilities that kept us busy and made us rely on one another. All in all, I would recommend this trip to any high schooler looking for an amazing experience.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish I would have signed up for the three-week option!
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Valentin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

During the Tibetan Village experience I learned a lot about about Buddhist philosophy as well as immersed myself in a new culture. I'm definitely proud of the service we did as well as teaching English to Tibetans mutual partners. Even though at times it was difficult to express our selves in English in a way they understood it was fun and interesting to help them learn and improve their English. We also learned a lot about how they came to live in their situation and how they enjoy life. Furthermore, it was extremely lovely to be able to visit the Taj Mahal and other iconic monuments. Overall I extremely recommend this service trip to those interested in learning more about Tibet and the culture as well as practice educating English to them.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was meeting new people and visiting a foreign country that I had never visited before. Meeting Rabsel was a delight he was super kind and funny and was great to have him with us as he originally came from Tibet as well.