Beyond experiencing the adventure of a lifetime and creating lasting memories, we believe GoBeyond’s international summer volunteer programs enable lasting positive change in the world.
For over forty years, we’ve been transforming communities, environments, and students’ lives through meaningful, collaborative adventures and service that develop skills and a more sophisticated worldly outlook—ultimately shaping the person they become.
We are parents too, so we understand that you want your kids to grow to be independent; capable of making positive choices that enable them to maximize their strengths, overcome their weaknesses and reach their fullest potential.
Perhaps our hope for their happiness and success is at its strongest as kids reach the formative teen years. This is a pivotal time in their lives because these experiences and influences build the bridge from the children they once were to the adults they will become.
At GoBeyond, we provide our students with the tools they need to build a strong foundation for this transition. We do this by creating an environment that promotes self-discovery as well as social, emotional and intellectual growth.
Our journeys may vary in destination and focus, yet all are built around the same core principles and philosophy. The result? GoBeyond promises to deliver an experience that will provide opportunities to learn, grow and develop skills that have a lasting educational impact.
“These programs changed our son and daughter's lives, by freeing them from a narrow frame of reference and opening up the world. Through direct experiences, they discovered that they could be whatever and whoever they want to be. It matured them beyond their years and their peers. They returned with more purpose, self-understanding, self-confidence, and acceptance of themselves and others, including parents. They saw themselves in a future full of possibility and responsible for it. I can't overstate the importance of your program for all of us.”
“My child came home with a great sense of himself. He experienced a diverse group of students that he doesn't get to interact with in our small town and he loved it. He found a deeper love and meaning for serving others and giving of yourself. He had a wonderful trip and learned so much about himself and serving others! He came home asking to go on another trip. He loved every minute of his experience.”
“The best thing about GoBeyond is that the program is encouraging teens to take a leap of faith to a different country with strangers and come out a completely different person with friends that they'll have for a lifetime.”
“I have learned a lot from GoBeyond. I have learned to put others first, to spread awareness of social and political issues, also a world perspective. Traveling at a young age and viewing peoples' hardships in other countries allows me to put my life in perspective.”
“Both our boys have participated in these programs for many years. They come home with multi-cultural experiences, an appreciation of how lucky they are, new friends and a maturity they did not have before they left.”