British Virgin Islands

Rebuilding Island Life

A small archipelago in the heart of the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017. Few people get to see this place beyond its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters but you’ll spend 2-3 weeks working directly with the local population to rebuild the communities left bruised by the storm. This special land-based program is a brand new journey that allows students to respond directly to local needs and show the people of the Caribbean that they have not been forgotten.

  • Days
  • Service
  • Students
  • Age
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Session 1 / Jun 15 - Jul 5, 2018
  • 21
  • 100 hours
  • 18
  • 14 - 18
  • Open
  • $5,470 $5,120
Session 1 / Jun 15 - Jun 28, 2018
  • 14
  • 60 hours
  • 18
  • 14 - 18
  • Open
  • $3,870 $3,520
Session 2 / Jul 7 - Jul 27, 2018
  • 21
  • 100 hours
  • 18
  • 14 - 18
  • Open
  • $5,470 $5,120
Session 2 / Jul 7 - Jul 20, 2018
  • 14
  • 60 hours
  • 18
  • 14 - 18
  • Open
  • $3,870 $3,520
Session 3 / Jul 29 - Aug 14, 2018
  • 17
  • 100 hours
  • 18
  • 14 - 18
  • Open
  • $4,670 $4,320

Service Focus

  • Humanitarian Support
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Environmental Conservation

Adventure

  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking & Walking Tours
  • Water Sports

Environment

  • Urban
  • Rural
  • Mountains
  • Ocean

The Journey

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome to the British Virgin Islands

Let’s jump right to it! 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 first round of accommodations in Tortola. For those flying via EIS, students are met by an airport representative. Students spend the day preparing for the work ahead and getting to know the new community that they’ve joined.

First Day

Time to roll up your sleeves. After an orientation with GoBeyond directors and staff, the group will set out on a survey of Tortola to get a better sense of the culture, history, and people of the BVI. This will be your first glimpse at the harm that Hurricane Irma caused and is bound to make you eager to jump in and get started.

West End – Tortola

Frenchman’s Cay has been a starting point for thousands of GoBeyond students and staff over the years, so when it was hit by Hurricane Irma, we were hit too. The people of West End are not only our friends and neighbors but also our family. GoBeyond’s on-the-ground efforts to help rebuild this community began the day after the storm passed.

West End – Tortola
(cont.)

The waterfront businesses and properties were hit the hardest by the storm, and even though cleanup happened quickly it’s going to take quite a bit of work to restore life in this vibrant community.

West End – Tortola
(cont.)

There’s no shortage of work to be done, as humanitarian aid and building materials are currently arriving to the territory from all over the world. You’ll have the chance to learn new skills and passions while giving back as much as you gain.

The Need We Address

On September 6th, 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in the territory and damaged much of the infrastructure across the islands. After the storm passed, the people of the islands emerged determined to rebuild their country and have asked for all the help they can get in the process.

As a home base for GoBeyond, we want to help our neighbors and friends rebuild. We’ll travel across the three major islands of the BVI to help wherever we can, with projects focusing on areas that are less likely to receive attention from government and relief organizations over the next few years. There is no shortage of confusion or uncertainty in the BVI right now; as the wants and needs of the people on the ground change, our resolve to lend a helping hand will remain constant.

Learn More

Work Hard, Play Hard

There’s an immense amount of satisfaction to be gained in seeing a project through from beginning to end but all work and no play is bound to diminish that good feeling. We’ll break apart the hard work with snorkeling, hiking, bonfires, and just messing around on the beach.

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat

Underneath the rubble lies a world of opportunity. With many wooden homes and buildings being marked as complete losses, the process of rebuilding gives us the chance to make things better than they were before. Woodwork, painting, pouring concrete, and moving earth are all needs for the foreseeable future. We’ll lend our hearts, hands, and focus to ensure that no corners are cut and that the structures of the BVI will be better suited for the next generation.

We rarely think about how much work and motivation it takes to raise a structure and how fast it can all come crashing down, but many hands make light work. So you and your team will gain tangible results from the work you put in. You’ll be able to step away at the end of the day, not only with a sense of surprise of how much got done but what you are actually capable of.

Jost Van Dyke

As an Island on the outskirts of the BVI, Jost van Dyke relies heavily on visitors to support its residents. The Jost van Dyke Preservation Society was founded so that the people living on the small island could take ownership of their culture, identity, land, environment, and future.

Jost Van Dyke

One of the primary aims of the JVDPS is to empower the youth of the island to take ownership of their home and learn the skills it would take to improve the island or rebuild if necessary. Now is their chance to show what they’ve learned and teach you a thing or two as you work together rebuilding Jost’s world-famous attractions.

Virgin Gorda

As the second largest island in the chain, Virgin Gorda is sometimes left to its own devices in terms of services and infrastructure. Here you’ll work with community organizations to make sure that future generations enjoy a more sustainable and efficient island.

Virgin Gorda

A safe place for students to learn, interact, and grow should be one of the first steps on the path to recovery. You’ll continue GoBeyond’s work at local schools to make sure that the children have a place to go that is clean, comfortable, and fun.

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“It's definitely something I will never forget, and I will always keep with me. Not only did I connect with people and make new friends, but I also got the chance to give back to the community and feel like I was making a difference in other people's lives and their community around them.”
Gigi R.
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Closing Activities

2 Days

The last days are always so hard! Who would have thought that what was a group of strangers in an unfamiliar country 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.

Welcome to the British Virgin Islands

Let’s jump right to it! 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 first round of accommodations in Tortola. For those flying via EIS, students are met by an airport representative. Students spend the day preparing for the work ahead and getting to know the new community that they’ve joined.

First Day

Time to roll up your sleeves. After an orientation with GoBeyond directors and staff, the group will set out on a survey of Tortola to get a better sense of the culture, history, and people of the BVI. This will be your first glimpse at the harm that Hurricane Irma caused and is bound to make you eager to jump in and get started.

The Need We Address

On September 6th, 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in the territory and damaged much of the infrastructure across the islands. After the storm passed, the people of the islands emerged determined to rebuild their country and have asked for all the help they can get in the process.

As a home base for GoBeyond, we want to help our neighbors and friends rebuild. We’ll travel across the three major islands of the BVI to help wherever we can, with projects focusing on areas that are less likely to receive attention from government and relief organizations over the next few years. There is no shortage of confusion or uncertainty in the BVI right now; as the wants and needs of the people on the ground change, our resolve to lend a helping hand will remain constant.

Learn More
West End – Tortola

Frenchman’s Cay has been a starting point for thousands of GoBeyond students and staff over the years, so when it was hit by Hurricane Irma, we were hit too. The people of West End are not only our friends and neighbors but also our family. GoBeyond’s on-the-ground efforts to help rebuild this community began the day after the storm passed.

West End – Tortola
(cont.)

The waterfront businesses and properties were hit the hardest by the storm, and even though cleanup happened quickly it’s going to take quite a bit of work to restore life in this vibrant community.

West End – Tortola
(cont.)

There’s no shortage of work to be done, as humanitarian aid and building materials are currently arriving to the territory from all over the world. You’ll have the chance to learn new skills and passions while giving back as much as you gain.

Work Hard, Play Hard

There’s an immense amount of satisfaction to be gained in seeing a project through from beginning to end but all work and no play is bound to diminish that good feeling. We’ll break apart the hard work with snorkeling, hiking, bonfires, and just messing around on the beach.

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat

Underneath the rubble lies a world of opportunity. With many wooden homes and buildings being marked as complete losses, the process of rebuilding gives us the chance to make things better than they were before. Woodwork, painting, pouring concrete, and moving earth are all needs for the foreseeable future. We’ll lend our hearts, hands, and focus to ensure that no corners are cut and that the structures of the BVI will be better suited for the next generation.

We rarely think about how much work and motivation it takes to raise a structure and how fast it can all come crashing down, but many hands make light work. So you and your team will gain tangible results from the work you put in. You’ll be able to step away at the end of the day, not only with a sense of surprise of how much got done but what you are actually capable of.

Jost Van Dyke

As an Island on the outskirts of the BVI, Jost van Dyke relies heavily on visitors to support its residents. The Jost van Dyke Preservation Society was founded so that the people living on the small island could take ownership of their culture, identity, land, environment, and future.

Jost Van Dyke

One of the primary aims of the JVDPS is to empower the youth of the island to take ownership of their home and learn the skills it would take to improve the island or rebuild if necessary. Now is their chance to show what they’ve learned and teach you a thing or two as you work together rebuilding Jost’s world-famous attractions.

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

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Virgin Gorda

As the second largest island in the chain, Virgin Gorda is sometimes left to its own devices in terms of services and infrastructure. Here you’ll work with community organizations to make sure that future generations enjoy a more sustainable and efficient island.

Virgin Gorda

A safe place for students to learn, interact, and grow should be one of the first steps on the path to recovery. You’ll continue GoBeyond’s work at local schools to make sure that the children have a place to go that is clean, comfortable, and fun.

“It's definitely something I will never forget, and I will always keep with me. Not only did I connect with people and make new friends, but I also got the chance to give back to the community and feel like I was making a difference in other people's lives and their community around them.”
Gigi R.
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Closing Activities

2 Days

The last days are always so hard! Who would have thought that what was a group of strangers in an unfamiliar country 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.

“Alyssa had an amazing time. The process was easy and the communication was fantastic. Alyssa seemed to work hard and at the same time have a lot of fun. She has been non-stop talking about her friends she made and the crew she adored.”
Kirk R. - Kodiak, AK
“My trip with GoBeyond was the most impactful experience of my entire life and I want my friends and family to have it as well!”
Elana F. - Englewood, CO

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.

  • Jost Van Dyke 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.

  • 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.

Need To Know

Is this journey right for me?

Whether you’ve been building your entire life or you’ve never held a hammer or paint brush – this trip is for the student looking to learn through experience and make a genuine impact. You’re bound to make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories but it’s likely to be the stories of compassion and selflessness that stick with you the most. If you like the idea of challenging yourself by breaking ground on an adventurous and meaningful program then this is the adventure for you.

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 18 students. 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 Rebuilding Island Life 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. While nobody can be certain about what accommodations will even be available to our students for this program, we are confident that with our connections on the ground we will find comfortable accommodations near each program site that students will be happy to call home after a day of work. Rooms and roommates are divided by sex where applicable and rearranged with each move. Dormitory and homestay living is a very likely scenario at some points as we utilize community centers and friends to support our humanitarian projects. Spending multiple days at the same project sites allows us to stay and get comfortable in our accommodations. Common spaces are key for group meals and evening programs.

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 breakfast and dinner 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 free time to sample the local offerings. Meal-time is often a highlight of each day.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
How To Book Flights

GoBeyond students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is of vital importance. For this reason, we strongly suggest that students book flights with our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Since we have no ability to access or modify flight bookings that are not purchased through Leah, GoBeyond cannot be responsible for the coordination of flights not booked through TRC Travel Center.

Students have the option of flying to Beef Island (EIS), though our recommended route is to St. Thomas (STT). Our office team actively monitors and supports our participants on travel days. We suggest that students travel with a cell phone, as this can be useful for communication to and from the program. 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.

Air transportation to and from the program is not included in the GoBeyond tuition fee. Please contact Leah for sample itineraries and an estimation of the international flight cost. 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 6+ 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 Thai 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 journeys 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.

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
  • How To Book Flights

    GoBeyond students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is of vital importance. For this reason, we strongly suggest that students book flights with our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Since we have no ability to access or modify flight bookings that are not purchased through Leah, GoBeyond cannot be responsible for the coordination of flights not booked through TRC Travel Center.

    Students have the option of flying to Beef Island (EIS), though our recommended route is to St. Thomas (STT). Our office team actively monitors and supports our participants on travel days. We suggest that students travel with a cell phone, as this can be useful for communication to and from the program. 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.

    Air transportation to and from the program is not included in the GoBeyond tuition fee. Please contact Leah for sample itineraries and an estimation of the international flight cost. 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 6+ 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 Thai 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 journeys 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.

    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.