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Morocco Off the Beaten Track Summer Abroad Program is designed for college or high school students from English-speaking countries who are 18 or older. During the program, the organization will take participants on a discovery of Moroccan hospitality and its cultural diversity, within ancient cities, and in the heart of Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival in Morocco, the org...

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Take this opportunity and join us for an incredible journey in one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Explore the incredible and varied regions of alpine grasslands, snowfields, rain forests, rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and broad valleys that New Zealand's South Island has to offer through awesome adventure activities such as sea kayaking, cycling, hiking, camping, skiin...

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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the volunteer organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year. Established in 2007, IVHQ has supported over 55,0...

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Camp Europe offers specializes in language & adventure sport camps for children & youth throughout Europe. We offer different positions, such as: Language Coach, Camp Counselor, Program Area Director & Group Leader. Camp Europe provides an intense training through which you will obtain professional instruction in many outdoor education fields, form canoeing, kayaking, swimming, archery, clim...

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Maximo Nivel work-study-travel programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. We have been a leading educational travel and study abroad provider since 2003. - Volunteer Abroad - International Internships - TEFL Certification & Paid Teaching work - Native Spanish Program - and more... VOLUNTEER ABROAD and get involved! Volunteer projects include Working with Kids, Construction, ...

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Intern abroad with Linguistic Horizons in the Sacred Valley of the Incas! Our program is located between Cuzco & Machu Picchu in the town of Urubamba, Peru. This program is ideal for people who want to go off the beaten path and have a truly immersive experience. You'll learn about the local culture of the people in Urubamba as well as the indigenous Andean communities in the surrounding ar...

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Vermont-based Volunteers For Peace (VFP) has been collaborating with community and grassroots organizations in Haiti for over 15 years! Our focus is on education, access to clean water, and environmental conservation through the lens of cultural exchange. Our projects work to empower local leaders, provide meaningful activities for children, and leave behind sustainable projects in the communit...

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Immerse yourself in New Zealand and Fiji’s incredible environments and unique cultures. This one month summer program combines two weeks of hands-on and rewarding service-learning conservation work in some of the New Zealand’s most interesting national parks and reserves, and two weeks of adventurous travel as we road-trip through New Zealand and enjoy the spectacularly beautiful Yasawa Islands...

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Join us this summer for an unforgettable experience in Berlin, Paris and London, three cities that are not only historically intertwined but also among Europe’s most vibrant and cultural. See Berlin by bike, visit its museums and memorials, and get a glimpse of what it was like to live during WWII with a tour of its bunker system. In Paris, stroll the wide boulevards and browse the quaint river...

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The Study Arabic and Engage in the Life in Palestine is a wonderful opportunity for people from all over the world to come Palestine to study Arabic, stay with a local host family, live the daily life of an ordinary Palestinian, while at the same time, getting a deeper understanding about the political situation in Palestine. The Excellence Center invites people from all over the world to ap...

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Querétaro is an enchanting colonial Mexican city where old world charm and history meet modern innovation. The city was the third most important city during Mexico’s colonial era, when Spain governed the country and remains to be a growing cultural and economic center. In 1996, the historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and Querétaro has repeatedly been recognized as the c...

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Experiential education is swiftly becoming an essential part of the global curriculum, vital in teaching young people important skills such as teamwork, self-confidence and determination. This program is an outstanding method to teach English through integrated subject learning, as well as a lasting love and respect for the natural environment. During this internship, participants harness an...

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Volunteers on the Wolf Conservation Volunteer Program have the amazing opportunity to contribute to the conservation and protection of one of nature’s most beautiful and mysterious creatures – the Iberian Wolf. The work of the volunteers is of extreme importance to maintain the Wolves preservation and its habitat. The volunteers will be lodged in very comfortable wooden houses on a Natural R...

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Join a Master Diver program in the Caribbean. This advanced, scuba-intensive adventure provides the opportunity to see just how far you can push yourself and your dive skills. Program participants will sail from St. Martin to the the island of St. Barts and the cliffs of Ile Fourche. They get teh chance to seek out elusive lobsters and marvel at beautiful turtles. They will then set off to ...

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Our exciting Teen Program is a combination of adventure and language study that is bound to be a valuable, life-changing experience. Undoubtedly, the best way to advance quickly in Spanish is through total immersion. Our students are surrounded by Spanish in classes, around town, and in the home of a local Costa Rican family. Students absorb the culture and apply the Spanish they learn in class...

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Summer Camps Abroad

With more options for your summer camp adventure than gelato flavors in Rome, you’ll find plenty of ways to add check marks to your bucket list. Offering the perfect amalgamation of adult-oriented adrenaline-fueled adventures, exotic cultures, and awesome travel buddies, participating in summer camps abroad will make your friends glean with envy as they scroll through your Instagram profile. Think complete cultural immersion, activities you didn’t know were possible, and visits to corners of the country that most other tourists don’t even know exist. Better yet, summer camp organizers are out there specifically to help you have the an adventure of a lifetime!

Locations

They say variety is the spice of life, and if that’s true, then when it comes to location, adventure summer camps come with a health warning and a plethora of options! The challenge certainly won’t lie in finding something that whets your appetite, but more in choosing which stamps you want in your passport first. A good starting point is definitely to consider your priorities, whether it is an activity you wish to complete, a climate, geographical region, or specific language or culture you want to experience, begin narrowing the field for your summer camp abroad with some key foci. 

If wildlife is high on your list, check out summer camp opportunities that include whale watching in Iceland. Or for something even fishier, explore the crystal-blue ocean depths whilst assisting with marine conservation projects in Belize. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, you won’t only have a chance to see over 500 species of incredible marine life, but also to contribute to its’ protection at a time when climate change is having a huge impact on marine ecosystems.

In contrast, if you’re craving cultural and community interactions, maximize those opportunities through summer camps that involve assisting at life-saving health clinics in Nicaragua or coaching sports to low-income communities in South Africa. A destination not to be missed, South Africa has more than one thing for everyone! From the incredible Table Mountain and beaches swarming with penguins on the Western Cape to the densely-populated (with amazing wildlife no less) Kruger National Park on the North-Eastern side. South Africa plays host to a unique range of traditional, tribal, and modern cultures, world-famous wildlife, stunning coastlines, and awesome mountain trails to boot.

Feeling the need for to get outdoors and active? Try working with rescued elephants in Northern Thailand. As awareness around elephant tourism grows, so does support for ethical projects working to combat the damage that years of shows and elephant rides have caused. Participating in one of these adventure summer camps will allow you to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures, something that you’ll surely remember forever!

Summer Camps Abroad

Joining a summer camp adventure is like diving into the deep end of a vibrant cultural swimming pool. Where other travelers gloss over the real veins of the culture, eating in restaurants designed for tourists, and interacting with other travelers but not local residents, a summer camp will allow you to tap into the heart of a country. This means finding attractions unbeknownst to the travel guide and experiencing life as the locals do from food to lodgings, transportation to markets, cooking classes to language schools, and more. With a summer camp adventure you will reap the benefits of the camp organizers’ local knowledge and connections—turns out, summer camps aren’t just for kids, there’s heaps of fun for adults as well!

The array of summer camp options available will allow you to design a trip that meets all of your deepest desires, whether that means trekking across snow-capped mountains, assisting with environmental conservation projects, or attending a foreign language school. It’s not only about putting the right stamp in your passport though, summer camps allow you to grow, develop, and learn as part of your experience. The hard skills you collect along the way will not only allow you to maximize the experience by further integrating you into local life, but also provide core skills for your resume that you can implement when you come home.

As if that’s not reason enough to hit “reserve” on the experience of your dreams right now, there’s also the amazing collective of like-minded travel companions with whom you’ll share the trip and no doubt develop lasting friendships for years to come. Traveling solo can be a daunting prospect, so having the support of the other travelers will help you navigate the experience, and will also offer you great networking opportunities, just like when you were a kid with a heap of new friends at the end of the summer!

Of course, you will also have someone to laugh with over a glass of wine when you accidentally order an extra spicy fried scorpion for dinner. Add that to all of the softer skill development like cross-cultural communication (something you’ll really practice after the scorpion incident), teamwork, leadership and adaptability—resume boosters to send your employability rating through the roof when you get back home and need to work to save up for your next adventure abroad!

Tips & Advice for Summer Camps Abroad

You know when a bug gets stuck on its back and lies helplessly flailing its legs because it can’t get upright without help? Don’t be that person as your 50-pound backpack throws off your balance, pack light! You aren’t going to care whether your shirt matches your pants when there are far more interesting ways to occupy your mind, and remember, they use soap and shampoo in most places, so unless you’re going completely off the radar, you should be able to stock up along the way! 

When it comes to funds, budget realistically and keep in mind what your expenses are likely to be on the ground. Discuss with your summer camp organizer what they advise before you travel, after all, you don’t want to miss out on those once-in-a-lifetime unique opportunities for adventure because of your dwindling bank balance! If you need help to boost your savings before you travel check out FundMyTravel, a crowdfunding platform designed to support meaningful adventures, and look into scholarship opportunities through your summer camp abroad. 

Most importantly of all, keep in mind that joining a summer camp is a unique experience. You’ll reap the immensely rewarding benefits in action, and the more effort you expend on contributing to the goals at hand, the more you will take home with you. It may not always be easy or comfortable, but the biggest challenges will become the stories that drive your friends back home crazy with envy with for months to follow!

Benefits & Challenges

As well as boosting your resume with career relevant skills and experience, you will add to it all those bonus competencies like resourcefulness when learning how to build a bonfire and communication skills as you gel with people whom you would never have otherwise encountered. These kinds of experiences build employability from more than just the obvious angle: think confidence, understanding, problem solving, and creativity!

It’s not all hard work either: you will also be fulfilling your dreams and seeing places you may never have otherwise had the opportunity to visit, like hiking Macchu Picchu or learning to salsa dance in Buenos Aires. You’ll have the added bonus of a readily-recruited team of travel buddies to share the experience with, supporting each other during the challenges and celebrating the triumphs.

On the flip-side, you will have to work hard and prepare yourself for unexpected challenges during your summer camp abroad. Being immersed so completely in another culture is eye-opening and amazing but also deeply confronting, as it forces you to re-shape your beliefs and ideology to integrate all of the new things you have seen and learned. You’ll also have to be prepared to work hard and contribute to the camp.

Adventure summer camps offer both a geographical and metaphorical world of opportunity for personal development and meaningful travel. Ideal for both less-seasoned travelers and providing opportunities for unique and diverse trips for experienced-global explorers, there is something for everyone and the result is almost certain to be a mind filled with memories that last a lifetime!

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