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Thailand

Thailand Community Service - 25 Days

From the canals of Bangkok and nearby floating markets, to magnificent stone ruins and truly spectacular temples in Ayutthaya, and on through the limestone cliffs and Railay...

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Hawaii Community Service - 25 Days

Aloha! Hawaii is a paradise to visit. However, like many tropical islands, booming tourism threatens the fragile environment. Additionally, the economic benefits fall unevenly...

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Spain

ON TOUR Spain Global Adventure - 12 Days

An ideal adventure for older students completing 11th and 12th grades, our ON TOUR trip promises 12 days of sophistication, culture, cuisine, and nightlife in Spain. The

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Spain

Spain Global Adventure - 12 Days

Explore off-the-beaten paths in Spain and see the country from the perspective of a local during this global adventure trip. Engage in various activities that will let you...

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Spain & Portugal - 18 Days

Join this global adventure program, which is open to students completing 9th and 10th grades. If you are completing 11th and 12th grades, sign up for our ON TOUR Spain &

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ON TOUR Spain & Portugal - 18 Days

Join this ON TOUR trip, which is specially open to older high school students completing 11th and 12th grades. Together with other young people from around the globe, you...

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ON TOUR Spain & Portugal - 28 Days

This ON TOUR trip to two beautiful European countries is specifically created for older high school students completing 11th and 12th grades. It comes with a culturally enriching...

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Spain & Portugal - 28 Days

This global adventure program offers the best experiences - pristine beaches, cosmopolitan cities, interesting medieval towns, stunning sights, and vibrant nightlife! So

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United States

California Community Service - 28 Days

Lifestyles of the rich and famous, swaying palm trees, warm sunshine and pristine beaches might be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of SoCal and LA.

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Greece

Greek Islands - 10 Days

Somewhere between SCUBA diving in Naxos, kayaking around Santorini and touring Athens you’ll fall in love with Greece. Sure, you’ll see the famous monuments and major...

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Greece

Greece, the Islands, and Italy - 25 Days

Ancient ruins, beautiful scenery, incredible food, and one unforgettable adventure await you on this program that will take you off the beaten path. Be amazed standing in...

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Italy

Greece & Italy - 17 Days

Incredible scenery, ancient ruins, crystal blue waters and one unforgettable experience! Browse the local galleries, sample the best espresso, dine in the most amazing restaurants...

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Netherlands

European Discovery - 21 Days

Travel through The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Italy this summer on one unforgettable journey. You will see the big cities of Amsterdam, Paris and Rome, the quaint...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Community Service - 10 Days

Whether you’re volunteering or enjoying the adrenaline rush from adventure, this trip will expose you to the magic of this incredible country. In your interaction with

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Westcoast Connection Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Exceptional!

Westcoast Connection’s Community Service Program in Thailand was absolutely incredible! This was my 16 year old daughter’s third Westcoast trip and she did not want to come home! From the wonderfully enthusiastic, uber friendly and engaging staff to an itinerary that provided full emersion into the Thai culture and life changing community service projects, this program was exceptional!
The adventure began with an introduction to the country itself, exploring the hustle and bustle of city life in Bangkok and it’s markets, sampling the cuisine and visiting some of Thailand’s most beautiful building and temples, including the Grand Palace and the White Temple. With their native Thai guides at their sides, the travelers got an in depth and first hand history lesson about the country while utilizing all of the local modes of transportation including the sky train, canal river boats, vans, buses and Thailand’s famous tuk tuks.
Traveling from the northern most region of Chiang Rai to Krabi in Thailand’s southern portion, with stops in between, the group also got to experience life in Thailand’s very rural, if not rustic, parts of the country as well – what an incredible cross section of Thai life! The community service projects included beautification projects, working, teaching and playing with Thai children and epitomizing teamwork in mixing and pouring a concrete court/playground for the Lahu Tribal Village. The community service projects wrapped up with the global adventurers spending a day at the Patara elephant farm where each student traveler was assigned an elephant for the day. Aside from feeding, washing, riding and playing with their elephants, the students were educated about the ever changing role of the elephant over time. It was amazing!
WCC also does a fabulous job incorporating fun location specific activities into the community service program. So whether it’s attending a cooking class, a kick boxing class, scuba diving, snorkeling or zip lining, rest assured, student travelers get to live like the locals and they are in for the experience of a lifetime!
Having experienced 3 years with another student travel program, I can say confidently and without hesitation that Westcoast Connection is the gold standard in student travel! They are, hands down, the Best of the Best! Thank you Westcoast Connection 360 for another phenomenal summer!

Program: Thailand Community Service - 25 Days

  • Westcoast Connection responded to this review August 21, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Thank you, Helene, for highlighting all of your favorite parts of this program! We couldn't be happier that your daughter had a great time and are certainly looking forward to next year as much as you are. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our other programs, as always, we are happy to be of help.

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10 / 10

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  • Personal Development

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WCC 360 Thailand community service was exceptional

My 16 year old daughter took her 3rd WCC trip and spent 25 days this summer in Thailand on a community serviced based program . . . and it was nothing short of spectacular! The trip leaders were just fantastic! Super responsible and organized, very friendly, professional, and fun, they set the pace and the tone for an amazing adventure! The itinerary gave the students the best opportunities to experience the essence of everything Thailand. An up close and personal travel adventure, the group lived and experienced Thai culture, customs, cuisine and sites, shopped markets, took several modes of local and country specific transportation (including riding in Tuk Tuks ) and visited some of the country's most beautiful and architecturally ornate temples! The community service projects were absolutely life changing! From working with Thai children and exchanging cultural dances and games, to the physical labor of the group projects (teamwork at its finest) to spending the day at an elephant preserve, it was like living world history up close and personal! And they traveled all over the country! What a tremendous opportunity for students to experience another country and it's culture! The things she learned and got to experience first hand are unparalleled! And she did not want to come home! As a parent, I could not have asked for more! Well done WCC! Exceptional job well done!

Program: Thailand Community Service - 25 Days

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

So much fun!

My trip to Thailand was amazing and a great experience! Every day was planned so well - we had so many fun activities planned. Also the staff were all very nice, helpful, and accommodating. Out your guides were also amazing and taught us about the culture and places we were touring. The service was, although tiring at times, amazing. We got to interact with the locals during service and many other times throughout the trip. The healthcare was also very nice- close to the hotel and very clean!

Program: Thailand Community Service - 25 Days

  • Westcoast Connection responded to this review August 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time, Leslie! You and your fellow trip members worked really hard and we're sure that the the people and animals(!) you helped really appreciate it. Continue being of service to the people around you and we hope we'll cross paths again soon!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

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  • Living Situation

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  • Cultural Immersion

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  • Program Administration

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  • Health & Safety

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  • Satisfaction

    10

Westcoast Connection amazing teen trip

My son just returned from his fourth Westcoast Trip, this one to Hawaii, and he could not have had a better experience! The time he spent with the Boys and Girls club was truly meaningful and he thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities, the highlight being the incredible surfing. I can't say enough good things about Westcoast. It is a professional, well run organization staffed by caring, responsible and fun trip leaders and counsellors. They all go the extra mile to ensure your kid has an exceptional experience. THANK YOU WESTCOAST for giving my kids memories that will last forever. Kid #3 will be on deck shortly!!

Program: Hawaii Community Service - 25 Days

  • Westcoast Connection responded to this review August 21, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    We're thrilled and honored that we've been able to consistently give you and your son four amazing summers! We consider ourselves very lucky to do what we do and an amazing experience for each and every trip member is what we strive for. This involves planning and reviewing every trip detail to provide an experience that is as safe as possible while also fun, friendly, rewarding, meaningful and as you say, unforgettable! We can't wait to meet Kid