Mission & Commitment

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire students to become global citizens by taking an active interest in the world around them. We achieve this by providing international travel programs in the areas of cultural immersion, wildlife conservation, and leadership development.

Walking Tree Travel (WTT) offers a curious and compassionate approach to travel. Unlike a typical tour, our programs are designed for a select group of travelers who seek an authentic international experience that offers the opportunity to effect positive change at home and abroad.

Our Commitment

Our Commitment to our Planet

In addition to serving human communities, we are dedicated to the exploration and protection of the biological communities that support people around the world. Our Conservation Expeditions are designed to emphasize the interconnectedness of human society with the fragile ecosystems that support it.

Walking Tree is proud to partner with Sustainable Travel International to give participants the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions of their programs. In order to reduce the amount of paper we use in application forms and printed catalogs, we maintain a regularly updated and mobile-ready website where students, teachers, and parents can contact us, apply for a program, see their flight schedules and packing lists, and learn all they need to know before embarking on one of our adventures.

We also give our team and travelers reusable water bottles to reduce the amount of material that we, our participants, and our associates put into the waste stream both at home and abroad.

Our Commitment to our Host Communities

The experiences that students have when they travel with us would be impossible without the hospitality, kindness and cooperation of our host communities. The families that open their doors to our students donate their time, energy and love to receiving our students in their homes, and they do everything they can to provide a fun, safe, meaningful experience.

Although our host families do this out of the kindness of their hearts, we make sure that your tuition not only covers the cost of your stay with your family, but helps contribute to their household. In this way, your travel with Walking Tree has a positive impact on the sustainable development of rural communities in developing countries. Our commitment to truly sustainable travel is of paramount importance to our mission.

Our Commitment to our Travelers

We are committed to providing our travelers with the most authentic experience possible while simultaneously allowing each individual the opportunity to develop leadership skills, realize new passions, and consider their role in our global community. Our programs have the potential to alter perspectives on what is important in life and expose students to new paths they haven’t considered before.

Our leaders take an individual interest in each traveler and work to facilitate the successful achievement of your personal goals. Whether you hope to improve your language skills, devote yourself to the community service project, or start planning your next international adventure, our leaders and in-country staff are there to help make it happen.

Finally, we are committed to helping you continue to explore the world even after your program is over. Upon completion of your program you become part of our every-growing alumni family which is spread across the globe and will provide you access to an amazing network of globally-minded, well-connected people that will prove a great resource as you move into college, the job market and beyond!

Our Commitment to our Alumni

One of the primary advantages of traveling with Walking Tree Travel is the fact that after your program, you become family! You also join the ranks of a worldwide network of students, educators, families, and community leaders. It is our goal to see each and every one of our travelers continue to explore and engage the world in a meaningful way. For that reason, the Walking Tree Alumni Network can be a valuable resource as you choose a university, seek advice on your college essays, consider further studies abroad, and search for employment. Many of our alumni make lifelong friendships and stay involved with us long after their return home, often through becoming Program Leaders, interns, or other positions in our team.

Our Collaboration

For 170 years, the Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through its steadfast dedication to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge”. In a globalized world, it is more important than ever to promote the Smithsonian values of Discovery, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity, Integrity, and Service. That is why Walking Tree Travel, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to offer a collection of dynamic programs for high school students – Smithsonian Student Adventures. These educational immersion programs, launched in November 2017, highlight our shared mission of learning and discovery, and offer a unique opportunity for student travelers to explore the world in a meaningful way.

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