2019 Upward Bound California Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the homepage for the 2019 Upward Bound California Program!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for California!
Travel Dates: May 15, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $1,790 USD - or - $1,690 USD with discount if paid in full
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadline forthcoming

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Program Tuition: $1,790

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Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:


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Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:


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* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Team upon enrollment.

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USA Cultural Journey

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!

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Visit prestigious universities

The Itinerary

We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

May 15Denver - Los Angeles - Santa CruzThe group arrives early into LA where we'll hop on our bus and drive north to Santa Cruz to begin our California adventure. Along the way we'll pay visits to UC Santa Barbara and CSU San Luis Obispo taking tours of their campuses and hearing about their individual strengths as universities. We will arrive in Santa Cruz just in time for dinner and time to get some ice cream at Penny's Ice Creamery!Beach Street Inn & Suites
May 16Santa CruzWe have a relaxing morning and find time to marvel at the famous Mystery Spot where a gravitational vortex distorts perception to an unsettling degree. We then head to UC Santa Cruz for lunch and an uphill walking tour of UC Santa Cruz. After exploring campus we'll have a free afternoon to explore the Santa Cruz boardwalk, beaches and all the wackiness that abounds in town, including loads of funky shops and art galleries.Beach Street Inn & Suites
May 17Santa Cruz - San FranciscoWe are off to Stanford University, labeled the Harvard of the West and then check out the influence of big tech companies in this region with a visit to the Intel Museum. Later, we check into our hotel and have dinner before finishing the evening by exploring Union Square and China Town nearby for some shopping and fun!Tilden Hotel
May 18San FranciscoIn the late morning we will head over to Fisherman's Wharf before going to Alcatraz Island where some of the country's most notorious criminals spent their last days. Depending on our departure time for the island, we will either explore the waterfront's shops and museums beforehand or afterwards, or head over to the Golden Gate Bridge. In the afternoon we will visit San Francisco State University, a highly rated university in the heart of San Francisco. If time permits, we will return to the hotel to relax ahead of our workshop at 1AM, where we will spend the evening practicing our graffiti art skills.Tilden Hotel
May 19San Francisco - DenverEarly morning rise as participants make their way to Big Basin Redwood National Park and spend the day hiking amongst the biggest trees in the world and hanging out on the beach. We will fly out of nearby San Jose later this evening. Your own bed, eventually!

Safety and Support


This being my first experience with an international trip for my child I have nothing to compare it to. However I feel Walking Tree did an excellent job from conception to completion with informing me on costs, what to expect, safety concerns, and sharing the experience through their blog. While I was worried about how safe my child would be on a trip… on the other side of the world, she told me that she felt safer than school safe.

Parent of Brigid, traveler on Japan Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere 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.

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Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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