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    Earthwatch Institute Teen Expeditions


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, United States, Bahamas
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: January, May, June, July, August, September, December
    • Session Length: One Week, Other
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: STEM, Animals/Nature, Environmental Science, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Earthwatch Teen Expeditions are designed for 15- to 18-year-olds interested in tackling today’s most pressing environmental concerns. These expeditions are different from any other experience teenagers can have. Expeditions allow teen volunteers to accompany researchers in the field to participate in and learn from environmental conservation projects. 

    No scholarships are available for this program, however, Earthwatch offers other student fellowship programs.

    Our hands-on expeditions allow teens to undertake peer-reviewed scientific field research projects. Locations include Canada, Maine, Costa Rica, Utah, Belize, and Andora. Program cost covers accommodations, food, permits, scientific equipment, on-site staff, and more. Emergency medical and evacuation (MedEvac) insurance is included in the contribution, however, medical or other costs not covered by this insurance policy will be your responsibility. 


    • The expedition taught me first and foremost, that I am tougher than I thought I was. Through the tasks that were given to us each day, coupled with the long, tiring hikes, I had doubted my capabilities, but as each day went on, I found that I was more than capable of being able to do it all and enjoy the experience at the same time. This also altered my perception of science as it gave me a whole new understanding of how research is really done. This expedition changed the way that I viewed research because it shattered the stereotypical image of research in labs wearing coats and working under a microscope. This really changed my whole understanding of climate change research and made it feel very tangible and relevant to our current society.

      - karna - August 1, 2019
    • I could go on forever. It was really the best in every possible aspect. I could not be more grateful for this trip. It was quite literally pure joy.

      - Selena - October 5, 2019
    • I am much more interested in pursuing some sort of science in college after the expedition. I felt inspired by the work we were doing and I hope to feel that kind of excitement and motivation in the future. The trip certainly clarified my interest in science and gave me the confidence to go outside of my comfort zone and take some classes next year that I otherwise would have avoided.

      - Wilson - July 25, 2019