From Facebook to Ford, Hollywood to hamburgers, Beyonce to baseball, no country has more influence on global culture than the United States. With 50 states spanning 4 million square miles, and over 300-million citizens from dozens of ancestry groups, the United States has astounding cultural, political, and geographic diversity. During your program, we will explore a small corner of the country in the Golden State of California. With winding streets, rambling trolleys, rolling fog, and savory treats from Chinatown, San Francisco is a feast for the senses. The gurgling waterfalls, warm campfires, and open sky of Big Basin National Park will provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Surfers, swimmers, and sand castle connoisseurs alike will enjoy the abounding beaches of Santa Cruz. Yet the heart of the program will be our time spent in the city of San Jose. Despite being often labeled as the “wealthiest country in the world,” America still contains many citizens that struggle to survive. We will join up with Sacred Heart Community Services to provide food and clothing to homeless and low-income individuals and families. And of course, no visit to Northern California would be complete without a tour of its finest universities – UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Whether you seek to help an under-served community in your own country or want to take your first trip to America, an incredible adventure awaits you!
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Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Visit colleges and explore career opportunities in conservation and environmental sustainability
Visit prestigous Universities
Get certified as a Leave No Trace trainer
Complete a rugged trek through the white mountains and New England's highest peaks
Complete meaningful community service with local conservation organizations.
This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.