Westcoast Connection Programs
This program is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the American Red Cross and Westcoast Connection. Washington, D.C. is not only the vibrant capital, but it’s been
This program is for teens who have an interest in fashion and are completing the equivalent of US grades 9-12 (approximately 14-17 years old). The Fashion Experience is...
This program is for teens who have an interest in fashion and are completing the equivalent of US grades 8-12 (approximately 13-17 years old). The Fashion Experience is...
On this awesome community service trip in Hawaii, make a difference by: - Running a day camp - Helping to save the environment - Assisting families in their own home Added...
Come experience a world-class college stay at UCLA and get a sneak peek at college life! Explore your personal interests with your choice of one morning course and one afternoon...
For high school students aged 14-17. Imagine yourself in Florence, Italy. The heart of the Renaissance, filled with the art of the grand masters, world class eateries
Experience the summer of a lifetime in California, getting the best of all worlds with several different service opportunities that will leave participants feeling rewarded,...
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.
This trip affords the right amount of flexibility to explore three different countries in Europe, and still become immersed with the small tour groups. From whitewater rafting...
This is a fully planned adventure tour of Italy and Greece, with a smaller group to allow maximum flexibility for visits and experience value. There is a bounty of arts and...
Discover the beauty of France and the majesty of the Swiss Alps on this incredible adventure. Rail pass and metro maps in hand, see the masterpieces and monuments: the
Westcoast Connection Reviews
Submitted by Helene Andolena - Byram, NJ United States | August 17, 2017
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!
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.
WCC 360 Thailand community service was exceptional
Submitted by Helene Andolena - New Jersey United States | August 11, 2017
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!
So much fun!
Submitted by Leslie Yowall - Staples High School | August 01, 2017
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!
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!
Westcoast Connection amazing teen trip
Submitted by Hayley - Toronto Canada | July 16, 2017
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 - 18 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