2019 Elite Academy Bay Area Cultural Journey

USA

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!

Program Highlights


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.

The Itinerary


We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible. 

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Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.

Andrea
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!

FUNDRAISING CENTER              REFERRAL BONUS

WTT coffee
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