Earthwatch Teen Expeditions are designed specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds who understand their role in tackling today’s most pressing environmental concerns and want to be part of the solution. These expeditions are different from any other experience teenagers can have.
Our 10 expeditions for teens are hands-on, engaging, and meaningful and provide unrivaled opportunities to undertake vital, peer-reviewed scientific field research under the supervision of skilled research teams in a professional setting on projects all around the world. Locations include Canada, Maine, Costa Rica, Utah, Belize, Colorado, Italy, and France.
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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.
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.
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.