- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States, Hawaii
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Sub-Categories: Hiking
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
If your ideal summer involves surfing on world-class beaches, exploring spectacular landscapes, and volunteering with a wildlife conservation project, look no further than this program that brings you to the best of Hawaii, California, and the Grand Canyon! Enjoy a series of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that showcase the best of the US!
This summer, experience some of America’s most beautifully unique states on this one-of-a-kind adventure to the Aloha State and the great American Southwest. The first part of our journey will include service projects focused on wildlife conservation in Hawaii, where we will learn about sea turtle conservation and participate in several community service projects to protect the endangered hawksbill sea turtles. Projects include snorkeling and reef surveying, nest watches, night patrols, and watching over sea turtles as they bask on the island’s beaches. Our service work will also include a special visit to the Boys and Girls Club in Honolulu, where we’ll meet local youth and spend the morning with them.
Visit a small village tucked away in a private valley and fully immerse yourself in the traditional Hawaiian lifestyle. Only those with an invitation can visit this special place and we will have the unique opportunity to spend the day. Connect with a local Hawaiian family and help out with their sustainability projects while embracing the traditional Hawaiian way of life. This is a true cultural immersion experience and a wonderful way to experience the true meaning of Ohana in Hawaii!
After our time in Hawaii, we will venture to the mainland to live out the last days of summer in the Golden State and Grand Canyon State! From LA to San Diego, you’ll soak up the SoCal sun in two of California’s greatest cities. We’ll begin this leg of our journey in the star-studded city of Los Angeles where you’ll stroll the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and admire the city lights at sunset from Griffith Observatory. Enjoy the Pacific Ocean while hanging out at Venice Beach and ride the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier. In San Diego, hang ten as you learn to surf at one of the city’s most famous beaches and kayak through secret caves in La Jolla while looking out for sea lions. If the San Diego Zoo or Disneyland* has been on your bucket list, check them off here!
On our way to the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, we’ll make a pitstop in Nevada in the vibrant city of Las Vegas. Ride the High Roller Ferris wheel and enjoy a delicious feast at an interactive dinner show! There’s no downtown in America quite like the Las Vegas Strip! The flashing lights and fountains complement the high energy of Vegas.
There’s no better way to end this road trip than through some of the most famous places in America than at one of the seven natural wonders of the world: the Grand Canyon. See it for yourself and try to envision how the Colorado River created such a masterpiece over hundreds of thousands of years. We’ll continue on to Page, Arizona to see lesser-known hidden gems: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend! These natural wonders are not to be missed sites in the Grand Canyon area. We’ll even stop in beautiful Sedona before ending our journey in Phoenix.
So grab your bathing suit and your hiking boots as we go from beaches to canyons on the adventure of a lifetime!