British Virgin Islands

Preserving Paradise

Explore and protect some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and threatened natural resources while living aboard a 50-foot sail yacht in the picturesque British Virgin Islands. Tag sea turtles, clean and restore the marine environment, and act as a role model for local school children while you and your crew connect with the islands in ways that no tourist ever could. Service and adventure blend seamlessly through meaningful projects and authentic once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

  • Days
  • Service
  • Students
  • Age
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Session 1 / Jun 15 - Jul 5, 2018
  • 21
  • 80 hours
  • 26
  • 14 - 18
  • Open
  • $5,670 $5,370
Session 2 / Jul 7 - Jul 27, 2018
  • 21
  • 80 hours
  • 26
  • 14 - 18
  • Open
  • $5,670 $5,370
Session 3 / Jul 29 - Aug 14, 2018
  • 17
  • 60 hours
  • 26
  • 14 - 18
  • Open
  • $4,870 $4,570

Focus

  • Humanitarian Support
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Wildlife Stewardship

Adventure

  • Hiking & Walking Tours
  • Water Sports

Environment

  • Urban
  • Rural
  • Ocean

The Journey

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome the the British Virgin Islands

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying to St. Thomas (STT) in the USVI on a preselected group itinerary, or students can fly independently and directly to Tortola (EIS) in the BVI. For students flying via STT, GoBeyond’s professional staff meet them and assist with the transfer to Tortola then on to our comfortable and clean floating home. For those flying via EIS, students are met by an airport representative. Students spend the day preparing for life aboard and getting to know one another while the sun sets behind the dock.

First Day Out

No time to waste!

After a morning briefing from GoBeyond directors and staff, the student leader of the day will take our monohull or catamaran off the dock and set sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Students get acquainted with the BVI waters by snorkeling the infamous caves of Norman Island. After the student chefs of the day serve dinner to the crew, we’ll begin our training for the tag and release of sea turtles.

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

6 days

School Visits – Students go onshore for the day to coordinate activities and lessons for students at local schools. Ages may vary but the students will undoubtedly be excited to see you. Keep up the energy because the work is incredibly rewarding!

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

(cont.)

The Baths – One of the Caribbean’s most iconic landmarks, and there’s almost nobody here! Students have a wet landing to explore the boulders and caves before finishing it up with some time on the beach.

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

(cont.)

Manta Tow – It’s not only one of the most effective ways to spot turtles but it’s also a ton of fun. Students gear up and are pulled through the water in search of the elusive marine reptiles. Once a turtle is spotted, it takes some serious team work to catch it and bring it to the surface. After the chase is over, we’ll switch over to “research mode” and go through the procedure of measuring and tagging the animal.

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

(cont.)

Beach Barbecue and Dance – After a long day of service work, what more could somebody want than to dance the night away? GoBeyond meets up with the larger fleet of students in the BVIs to do just that. Students will eat their fill, make new friends, and dance to “the best DJ on the island.”

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

(cont.)

Build, Paint, Treat, Repeat – There’s always work to be done on an island in the sun. We work directly with the community to maintain schoolhouses, landscape parks, and even help at the recycling center.

The Need We Address

The British Virgin Islands are well known for their astonishing natural beauty and pristine marine environment. Their location within the Tradewinds and Atlantic currents give the wind shaped hills an almost fantastic appearance. The sheltered waters, breath-taking beaches, and robust forests provide an ideal waypoint for many threatened animals at vulnerable points in their life cycle. These same features also make the islands sensitive to even small changes in the environment. Marine ecosystems are particularly fragile and human interference has strained the delicate balance that has been at work since the archipelago’s formation. Add to that a convoluted history of colonialism as well as an ever expanding economic reliance on tourism, and you have an ecosystem and culture at a pivotal fork in the road.

We partner with local organizations whose objectives are as diverse as the islands themselves. The Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) trains GoBeyond students to tag and release sea turtles for an international monitoring initiative. On the environmental side, we team up with the BVI National Parks Trust in a long term effort to replant Tortola’s decimated mangrove forests and survey beaches for trash. We also partner with schools, youth organizations, and community centers to facilitate activities and programs for local children. The service work often jumps around as much as we do since the community needs change faster than the Caribbean weather. With several projects happening in multiple locations, GoBeyond students have the flexibility to lend a helping hand wherever the wind may take them.

Learn More

Turtle Tagging

After being hunted to the brink of extinction, the global sea turtle population has made a massive comeback over the past century. That being said, these marine reptiles are hardly guaranteed a future with nearly all species of sea turtle being classified as “endangered.” While the scientific community has made huge strides in understanding a turtle’s life cycle and learning to protect it – there’s a clear lack of data in terms of population, nesting locations, and migratory patterns. Between the animals unpredictable movements and the enormous amount of effort involved to actually catch them, the quest for understanding has been long and difficult.

The Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) in the BVI is part of an international effort to collect this data and ultimately protect the juvenile population of the Caribbean. ARK trains GoBeyond students to safely spot, capture, tag, and release the animals so they can actually contribute to this body of research. While the act of chasing and capturing a wild turtle is enough to provide anyone a serious adrenaline rush, the scientific process of measuring and recording data can require contrasting discipline and focus. Students will experience the excitement and importance of hands-on scientific field work and foster a set of skills they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Anegada

4 days

This remote island differs from the rest of the archipelago in that it is flat, sandy, and undeveloped. Most tourists never make it to the emerald green waters that surround Anegada but GoBeyond students will spend 3 irreplaceable days there.

Anegada

(cont.)

Beach Surveillance Hike – The remote beaches of Anegada’s northern shore are rarely visited by anyone. Students will collectively hike the entire beach in search of turtle nests and unique items that have washed ashore. Previous GoBeyond groups have found messages in bottles, entire boats, and even products from China.

Anegada

(cont.)

Rock Iguana Headstart Facility – Anegada is home to one of the world’s most endangered species. The Anegada Rock Iguana used to thrive on the island until humans introduced invasive predators. We work with the National Parks Trust to feed the animals, maintain their grounds, and find nests in the wild.

Anegada

(cont.)

Rodeo Style – Since the water around Anegada is too shallow for traditional methods of catching turtles, we enlist local guides to help us catch turtles their way. Don’t hesitate, because you won’t be able to catch the turtle without the element of surprise!

North Shore & Jost Van Dyke

7 days

During the winter months, the northern shore of Tortola is pummeled by frequent squalls and fierce swells but during our time there, the lack of development and steady breeze makes for some hauntingly beautiful views and fantastic sailing.

North Shore & Jost Van Dyke

(cont.)

Local Youth Organizations – Despite growing up on an island, many youth in the BVI rarely have the opportunity to explore their territory via sailboat. We team up with the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society and the BVI Youth Empowerment Project to buddy up with local students and take them out for the day. GoBeyond students can coordinate everything from painting murals to a fun day at the beach – it’s the interaction that counts.

North Shore & Jost Van Dyke

(cont.)

Hike Mount Sage – Conquer the BVI’s highest peak with your team as you climb from sea level to 1,700 feet (not included in third session itinerary).

North Shore & Jost Van Dyke

(cont.)

Ocean Conservancy Cleanups – Much of the coastline in this part of the BVI is rarely visited. As a result, the garbage that washes ashore can give us a clear idea of just how much plastic is actually in the ocean. GoBeyond doesn’t only clean up the beaches but also contributes data to an international organization that monitors the amount of trash in the ocean. For science!

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“I created unbreakable bonds with my shipmates like I had never experienced with anyone else before. Living so closely with fifteen different people, all from fifteen different places with fifteen different perspectives on life has given me a much broader view of the world. One I will take with me for the rest of my life. ”
Alli C.Fonda, NY
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Closing Activities

2 Days

The last days are always so hard! Who would have thought that what was an unfamiliar sailboat filled with strangers could so quickly feel like home? The journey comes full circle and ends on the dock where it all began. Students enjoy one final barbecue the night before departing with an often tearful goodbye. Without fail, there is a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there is sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues for each individual in undefinable ways. The lessons we learn and the personal growth we gain through GoBeyond BVI are things we can never forget.

By Zack S.

Elliot the Honcho

Today was our final real day of the trip. We woke up bright and early in order to stay on...

Read More
By Alexis M.

A Day On The Water

The day started at 6:30 am waking up to another morning playlist full of happy songs. After a breakfast of...

Read More
By Alec R.

Ballad About a Salad

This morning the boat woke up to the delicious smell of French toast, prepared for us by our two lovely...

Read More
By Clarence C.

Remoras and Rainstorms

Today we began our morning to some lovely music and the smell of pancakes. We then jumped into our morning...

Read More
By Shayla W.

BZ Says French Fries for Dinner

The day started off with an early wake-up and breakfast of cereal so that we could all be on the...

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Trip Logs

Welcome the the British Virgin Islands

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying to St. Thomas (STT) in the USVI on a preselected group itinerary, or students can fly independently and directly to Tortola (EIS) in the BVI. For students flying via STT, GoBeyond’s professional staff meet them and assist with the transfer to Tortola then on to our comfortable and clean floating home. For those flying via EIS, students are met by an airport representative. Students spend the day preparing for life aboard and getting to know one another while the sun sets behind the dock.

First Day Out

No time to waste!

After a morning briefing from GoBeyond directors and staff, the student leader of the day will take our monohull or catamaran off the dock and set sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Students get acquainted with the BVI waters by snorkeling the infamous caves of Norman Island. After the student chefs of the day serve dinner to the crew, we’ll begin our training for the tag and release of sea turtles.

The Need We Address

The British Virgin Islands are well known for their astonishing natural beauty and pristine marine environment. Their location within the Tradewinds and Atlantic currents give the wind shaped hills an almost fantastic appearance. The sheltered waters, breath-taking beaches, and robust forests provide an ideal waypoint for many threatened animals at vulnerable points in their life cycle. These same features also make the islands sensitive to even small changes in the environment. Marine ecosystems are particularly fragile and human interference has strained the delicate balance that has been at work since the archipelago’s formation. Add to that a convoluted history of colonialism as well as an ever expanding economic reliance on tourism, and you have an ecosystem and culture at a pivotal fork in the road.

We partner with local organizations whose objectives are as diverse as the islands themselves. The Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) trains GoBeyond students to tag and release sea turtles for an international monitoring initiative. On the environmental side, we team up with the BVI National Parks Trust in a long term effort to replant Tortola’s decimated mangrove forests and survey beaches for trash. We also partner with schools, youth organizations, and community centers to facilitate activities and programs for local children. The service work often jumps around as much as we do since the community needs change faster than the Caribbean weather. With several projects happening in multiple locations, GoBeyond students have the flexibility to lend a helping hand wherever the wind may take them.

Learn More

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

6 days

School Visits – Students go onshore for the day to coordinate activities and lessons for students at local schools. Ages may vary but the students will undoubtedly be excited to see you. Keep up the energy because the work is incredibly rewarding!

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

(cont.)

The Baths – One of the Caribbean’s most iconic landmarks, and there’s almost nobody here! Students have a wet landing to explore the boulders and caves before finishing it up with some time on the beach.

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

(cont.)

Manta Tow – It’s not only one of the most effective ways to spot turtles but it’s also a ton of fun. Students gear up and are pulled through the water in search of the elusive marine reptiles. Once a turtle is spotted, it takes some serious team work to catch it and bring it to the surface. After the chase is over, we’ll switch over to “research mode” and go through the procedure of measuring and tagging the animal.

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

(cont.)

Beach Barbecue and Dance – After a long day of service work, what more could somebody want than to dance the night away? GoBeyond meets up with the larger fleet of students in the BVIs to do just that. Students will eat their fill, make new friends, and dance to “the best DJ on the island.”

South Shore and Virgin Gorda

(cont.)

Build, Paint, Treat, Repeat – There’s always work to be done on an island in the sun. We work directly with the community to maintain schoolhouses, landscape parks, and even help at the recycling center.

Turtle Tagging

After being hunted to the brink of extinction, the global sea turtle population has made a massive comeback over the past century. That being said, these marine reptiles are hardly guaranteed a future with nearly all species of sea turtle being classified as “endangered.” While the scientific community has made huge strides in understanding a turtle’s life cycle and learning to protect it – there’s a clear lack of data in terms of population, nesting locations, and migratory patterns. Between the animals unpredictable movements and the enormous amount of effort involved to actually catch them, the quest for understanding has been long and difficult.

The Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) in the BVI is part of an international effort to collect this data and ultimately protect the juvenile population of the Caribbean. ARK trains GoBeyond students to safely spot, capture, tag, and release the animals so they can actually contribute to this body of research. While the act of chasing and capturing a wild turtle is enough to provide anyone a serious adrenaline rush, the scientific process of measuring and recording data can require contrasting discipline and focus. Students will experience the excitement and importance of hands-on scientific field work and foster a set of skills they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Anegada

4 days

This remote island differs from the rest of the archipelago in that it is flat, sandy, and undeveloped. Most tourists never make it to the emerald green waters that surround Anegada but GoBeyond students will spend 3 irreplaceable days there.

Anegada

(cont.)

Beach Surveillance Hike – The remote beaches of Anegada’s northern shore are rarely visited by anyone. Students will collectively hike the entire beach in search of turtle nests and unique items that have washed ashore. Previous GoBeyond groups have found messages in bottles, entire boats, and even products from China.

Anegada

(cont.)

Rock Iguana Headstart Facility – Anegada is home to one of the world’s most endangered species. The Anegada Rock Iguana used to thrive on the island until humans introduced invasive predators. We work with the National Parks Trust to feed the animals, maintain their grounds, and find nests in the wild.

Anegada

(cont.)

Rodeo Style – Since the water around Anegada is too shallow for traditional methods of catching turtles, we enlist local guides to help us catch turtles their way. Don’t hesitate, because you won’t be able to catch the turtle without the element of surprise!

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North Shore & Jost Van Dyke

7 days

During the winter months, the northern shore of Tortola is pummeled by frequent squalls and fierce swells but during our time there, the lack of development and steady breeze makes for some hauntingly beautiful views and fantastic sailing.

North Shore & Jost Van Dyke

(cont.)

Local Youth Organizations – Despite growing up on an island, many youth in the BVI rarely have the opportunity to explore their territory via sailboat. We team up with the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society and the BVI Youth Empowerment Project to buddy up with local students and take them out for the day. GoBeyond students can coordinate everything from painting murals to a fun day at the beach – it’s the interaction that counts.

North Shore & Jost Van Dyke

(cont.)

Hike Mount Sage – Conquer the BVI’s highest peak with your team as you climb from sea level to 1,700 feet (not included in third session itinerary).

North Shore & Jost Van Dyke

(cont.)

Ocean Conservancy Cleanups – Much of the coastline in this part of the BVI is rarely visited. As a result, the garbage that washes ashore can give us a clear idea of just how much plastic is actually in the ocean. GoBeyond doesn’t only clean up the beaches but also contributes data to an international organization that monitors the amount of trash in the ocean. For science!

“I created unbreakable bonds with my shipmates like I had never experienced with anyone else before. Living so closely with fifteen different people, all from fifteen different places with fifteen different perspectives on life has given me a much broader view of the world. One I will take with me for the rest of my life. ”
Alli C.Fonda, NY
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Closing Activities

2 Days

The last days are always so hard! Who would have thought that what was an unfamiliar sailboat filled with strangers could so quickly feel like home? The journey comes full circle and ends on the dock where it all began. Students enjoy one final barbecue the night before departing with an often tearful goodbye. Without fail, there is a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there is sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues for each individual in undefinable ways. The lessons we learn and the personal growth we gain through GoBeyond BVI are things we can never forget.

By Zack S.

Elliot the Honcho

Today was our final real day of the trip. We woke up bright and early in order to stay on...

Read More
By Alexis M.

A Day On The Water

The day started at 6:30 am waking up to another morning playlist full of happy songs. After a breakfast of...

Read More
By Alec R.

Ballad About a Salad

This morning the boat woke up to the delicious smell of French toast, prepared for us by our two lovely...

Read More
By Clarence C.

Remoras and Rainstorms

Today we began our morning to some lovely music and the smell of pancakes. We then jumped into our morning...

Read More
By Shayla W.

BZ Says French Fries for Dinner

The day started off with an early wake-up and breakfast of cereal so that we could all be on the...

Read More

Trip Logs

“Our daughter had an amazing experience and has grown in so many ways! She learned so much about the environment and how to make an impact in preserving our planet. Best of all, she learned independence. Over and over she keeps saying that the staff was unforgettable. It is an experience every child should have. There are no words...she will be back next year! ”
Vivian C. - Atlanta, GA
“My son is a different man! He had so much fun that he forgot about needing 100 community service hours and got them while having a blast with his new friends! ”
Margaret C. - Parkland, FL
“This trip was an amazing combination of quality and inspiration. How you can take a boat full of texting/snap chatting/insta-everything teens to one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and have them return home babbling most excitedly about the work they were able to be part of? Thank you so much for giving this experience to my child and for returning to us a passionate, engaged, and lit-up young woman. ”
Jeanne K. - Boulder, CO
“This was pretty much the first time our daughter has ever gone anywhere on her own, let alone for three weeks. With her becoming an adult and about to go out on her own soon, this trip alleviated all my worry and anxiety to send her so far away for so long! Such an awesome experience all the way around. Our daughter loved this adventure and is truly appreciative to have had the experience. Thank you for making it all so easy for us parents and rewarding for our kids. The trip was VERY well organized and packed with awesome experiences and memories that my child will have for a lifetime. ”
Gina H. - Benicia, CA
“GoBeyond is a great program for young students to broaden their horizons and to get them out of their comfort zone. Living so close together for so long with a group of strangers is a great experience for teenagers. It was a very well planned, well organized, and well run program. Enriching, rewarding and transformative for my daughter from start to finish. ”
Michael M. - Newton, MA

Need More Information?

Affiliates

GoBeyond is a proud supporter of local, national, and international service organizations around the world.

In all locations, our students have the opportunity to work closely with local people, on projects where the need is authentic and the results are long-lasting. When our time is up, we provide much needed financial help with direct donations, which helps fund projects in an ongoing way. Consider your impact…join GoBeyond this summer and make a difference!

  • BVI National Parks Trust

    The mission of the BVI National Parks Trust is to preserve and manage designated natural and cultural areas in order to improve the quality of life in the British Virgin Islands.

  • Association of Reef Keepers

    The Association of Reef Keepers seeks to manage the natural resources of the British Virgin Islands in a sustainable manner. It was formed specifically to address the growing environmental stresses that the British Virgin Islands are experiencing.

  • Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR)

    VISAR is a voluntary organization dedicated to saving life at sea. It is the officially recognized search and rescue service in the British Virgin Islands, where it provides 24-hour cover every day of the year in close cooperation with the Royal British Virgin Islands police, fire and ambulance services.

  • Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society

    The JVDPS is a British Virgin Islands not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation of the island of Jost Van Dyke – its land, the surrounding sea, its living creatures, and its culture through conservation, cultivation, education, and research.

Need To Know

Is this journey right for me?

Whether you’ve been sailing your entire life or you’re a landlocked lubber, you’ll become accustomed to life aboard quicker than you think. Between the service work, raising sails, and even washing dishes, everything you do becomes a mini-adventure as you live alongside the rest of your crew. Completing 100 hours of community service over the span of 3 weeks makes this trip better suited to those students who don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and getting involved. If you like the water or you have an interest in hands-on science then hop aboard.

What's the group like?

There’s really no rigid mold that GoBeyond participants are cut from. Since our students come from different backgrounds all over the world, the groups end up being naturally diverse. Everyone arrives with different goals, expectations, hopes, and fears but they quickly find common ground and begin to bond. The GoBeyond environment allows team members to connect quickly and become closer friends than anyone would expect. Many students report leaving feeling as though they had known their fellow students much longer than they actually had.

Our philosophy revolves around small group sizes that are still large enough to foster a sense of community. For this program, we can have a maximum of 13 students onboard each boat. This program does not require any previous experience, skills, or language fluency – only a willingness to get involved and appreciate each incredible adventure.

Who are the staff?

GoBeyond is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff consists of avid world travelers, highly qualified professionals, and fun and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented, and passionate individuals with a devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

The average age of our summer staff is 26. Staff skills are journey specific, such as holding a maritime license in the BVIs or having a background in childcare for China. All staff are First Aid and CPR certified, and many hold advanced training certificates such as Wilderness First Responder or EMT. Along with local guides and our community service partners, the ratio of staff to students is approximately 1:5. This enables close interaction and individualized attention during the journey.

Learn More About Our Staff

What do I need to bring?

GoBeyond students are responsible for carrying their luggage from place to place. As such, we recommend that you keep things simple and avoid overpacking. Students are given the opportunity to do laundry throughout the trip, so there’s no need to pack several weeks worth of clothing.

Our hope is that families will have minimal purchases prior to the trip, so we’ve compiled our packing lists in a way that you’ll find most of what you need in your closet at home. Around mid to late March, we make available our Pre-Trip Packet to enrolled students, which contains a detailed packing list for this year’s journey. If you’d like to see last year’s packing list as an example, you can download it here.

Download Sample Packing List

During the Preserving Paradise trip, students will need approximately $735 USD in cash. This cash is used for two purposes…

“Travel and Reserve Cash” ($435) is held in safekeeping by our staff during the journey. Its intended use is for anticipated travel needs to and from the journey destination and for any unanticipated emergency costs that might arise such as doctor’s visits. Any leftover cash at the end of the journey is returned to the student.

GoBeyond will pay all major journey costs while traveling and working, but there will also be opportunities for students to spend money on personal items. For a student’s personal “Spending Cash” ($300-$350), the most common expenses include phone/internet time, souvenirs, and snacks. Based on our past experience, some students will spend less and some will spend more than our recommendation above. Judge this amount by the spending habits of your student. Please set up boundaries for its use, as GoBeyond cannot be responsible for monitoring student spending. If you are concerned about loss or theft, students can give staff up to $150 of their spending cash to be put into safekeeping/drawn later.

Where do we stay?

GoBeyond utilizes clean, comfortable, and safe accommodations during our trips – we aim for an authentic stay in the places we go, which rarely equates to luxury. In the British Virgin Islands, students spend their entire stay onboard a ~50’ sail yacht. Each student is designated a cabin down below with up to 4 other students of the same sex. While there is bunk space in each cabin, many students prefer to sleep under the stars by stringing up a hammock or sleeping on the ship’s trampoline.

The tight-knit community that results from living onboard a yacht is a huge part of the experience for this journey. Student shipmates will rotate through responsibilities while learning to clean, care for, and even be at the helm of their floating home. Everyone comes to rely on one another over the course of a few short weeks, and students are often surprised at how much they have learned about life at sea – no matter what their experience level might have been coming into it.

What do we eat?

GoBeyond’s tuition covers all meals after arrival in the host country. We strive for healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals, and serve a mixture of local and international fare. Student chefs of the day prepare meals onboard with help from the staff using a mixture of goods we have imported and local fresh food we pick up onshore every few days. On occasion throughout the trip, students will have the option to eat at a restaurant during shore time to sample the local offerings. Living onboard a boat for three weeks in the British Virgin Islands poses its own difficulties in terms of provisioning and cooking but when it’s all said and done, meal-time is often a highlight of each day.

Note, as GoBeyond is a health-conscious program, our staff do not provide large quantities of “junk” food (i.e. sodas, chips, candy bars, large desserts, etc.). Students can always supplement our meals and snacks by shopping locally for their own items. During the application process, families can inform us of any dietary allergies or restrictions. We are usually able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians, etc., as well as various food allergies. However, if your student has a severe allergy to peanuts or other common substances, please call our office to discuss the options.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the destination country is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

When should I book flights?

We suggest you wait until March 20th, and here’s why. The quality of the experience is in large part defined by the makeup of the student team, and unfortunately we can’t determine the status of a specific journey or session until we receive the appropriate number of enrollments to guarantee a great experience (which is typically no fewer than six). Therefore, unless you select a ticket fare type or flight insurance policy that allows flexibility for date modifications, refunds, or credits, we suggest that families wait until after March 20th to book their international flights.

What is the preferred itinerary?

Students have the option of flying to Beef Island (EIS), though our recommended route is to St. Thomas (STT).

Does GoBeyond provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary.

For students flying via STT, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer to Tortola via ferry. After arrival in Tortola, students are met at the ferry dock by more of GoBeyond’s professional staff, then collectively continue onto a taxi that takes them to the boats.

For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
SKIP THE STRESS AND PLAN AHEAD

GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports do not need a visa but must have 3+ months of passport validity after the entry date to the British Virgin Islands. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local British embassy or consulate.

GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

Tuition
GOBEYOND TUITION FEES COVER THE FOLLOWING:
  • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
  • Full-time service adventure staff, local guides, and tips
  • All group activities including service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
  • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations
  • One certificate of the President’s Volunteer Service Award upon successful completion of the journey

Not included in the GoBeyond tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included. Please see our Flights tab for more details. A one-time total tuition fee deduction of 5% is granted for any two journeys or for two or more students from the same family.

OUR 6-WEEK PROGRAMS

Any two consecutive journeys can be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between journeys, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each journey and subtracting the 5% extended course discount (this discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program ActionQuest). GoBeyond and ActionQuest enrollment for any two journeys in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Itinerary
Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches to our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions on this page should give all families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. We also suggest last year’s Trip Updates if you need more descriptions. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

Service Hours
SERVICE HOURS, LETTERS & AWARDS

After the completion of summer, all students (U.S. and non-U.S. alike) receive a GoBeyond service letter reflecting their participation on the journey.* The GoBeyond service letter describes the type of service work performed, the number of hours awarded, and is printed and signed on our letterhead. Typically, our letter is accepted by most high schools/colleges as proof of community service participation. If your school needs a specific form signed or evaluation filled out, please make sure to bring this on the trip so a staff member can assist you.

President's Volunteer Service AwardPresident’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) – In addition, GoBeyond is a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation established the award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. GoBeyond is able to award the PVSA to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have completed 100 hours of service during his/her journey. Learn More >>

* Note: Presence alone does not necessarily earn students the community service hours. GoBeyond reserves the right to deduct hours due to non-participation and/or early dismissal. Only participants who work hard and participate in all journey activities will receive the full number of service hours available for their journey.

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Itinerary
  • Service Hours
  • Are flights included in the tuition?

    Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the destination country is not included in the program tuition.

    Who should we contact to book travel?

    Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

    When should I book flights?

    We suggest you wait until March 20th, and here’s why. The quality of the experience is in large part defined by the makeup of the student team, and unfortunately we can’t determine the status of a specific journey or session until we receive the appropriate number of enrollments to guarantee a great experience (which is typically no fewer than six). Therefore, unless you select a ticket fare type or flight insurance policy that allows flexibility for date modifications, refunds, or credits, we suggest that families wait until after March 20th to book their international flights.

    What is the preferred itinerary?

    Students have the option of flying to Beef Island (EIS), though our recommended route is to St. Thomas (STT).

    Does GoBeyond provide support on travel days?

    Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary.

    For students flying via STT, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer to Tortola via ferry. After arrival in Tortola, students are met at the ferry dock by more of GoBeyond’s professional staff, then collectively continue onto a taxi that takes them to the boats.

    For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

  • SKIP THE STRESS AND PLAN AHEAD

    GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports do not need a visa but must have 3+ months of passport validity after the entry date to the British Virgin Islands. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local British embassy or consulate.

    GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

  • GOBEYOND TUITION FEES COVER THE FOLLOWING:
    • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
    • Full-time service adventure staff, local guides, and tips
    • All group activities including service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
    • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations
    • One certificate of the President’s Volunteer Service Award upon successful completion of the journey

    Not included in the GoBeyond tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included. Please see our Flights tab for more details. A one-time total tuition fee deduction of 5% is granted for any two journeys or for two or more students from the same family.

    OUR 6-WEEK PROGRAMS

    Any two consecutive journeys can be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between journeys, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each journey and subtracting the 5% extended course discount (this discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program ActionQuest). GoBeyond and ActionQuest enrollment for any two journeys in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

  • Living in the moment

    Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches to our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions on this page should give all families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. We also suggest last year’s Trip Updates if you need more descriptions. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

    With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • SERVICE HOURS, LETTERS & AWARDS

    After the completion of summer, all students (U.S. and non-U.S. alike) receive a GoBeyond service letter reflecting their participation on the journey.* The GoBeyond service letter describes the type of service work performed, the number of hours awarded, and is printed and signed on our letterhead. Typically, our letter is accepted by most high schools/colleges as proof of community service participation. If your school needs a specific form signed or evaluation filled out, please make sure to bring this on the trip so a staff member can assist you.

    President's Volunteer Service AwardPresident’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) – In addition, GoBeyond is a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation established the award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. GoBeyond is able to award the PVSA to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have completed 100 hours of service during his/her journey. Learn More >>

    * Note: Presence alone does not necessarily earn students the community service hours. GoBeyond reserves the right to deduct hours due to non-participation and/or early dismissal. Only participants who work hard and participate in all journey activities will receive the full number of service hours available for their journey.