Discover your passion & purpose. Travel the world with your Boys & Girls Club!
The program taught me that I could do more than I thought I could. It taught me issues can be resolved in a positive productive way where everyone can be happy in the end. It pushed me to where I was comfortable but challenged.”
Global education is an integral part in preparing young people to be successful leaders in the 21st century.
- Be or become a Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston member in good standing at the Club where your travel program takes place.
- Talk to your Club’s teen staff to learn how to apply for an Experiential Travel Program.
- Be at least 15 years old by the date of your Club’s travel program trip date.
- Attend all pre-trip workshops. If you must miss a pre-trip workshop, be willing to make up the time with a special assignment.
- Be an active participant in your travel program with a positive attitude.
- If you have questions about a Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston membership or how to join an Experiential Travel Program, contact us.
- You spend one year in a supportive learning environment with positive peers and caring, adult staff.
- You and your friends will embark on a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime adventure to a unique destination in the world.
- You’ll get out of your comfort zone.
- Traveling builds confidence.
- You will develop cultural sensitivity.
- You’ll learn to adapt to globalization.
- You become part a growing Experiential Travel Programs Alumni Network consisting of over 250 people. This group provides opportunities for continued friendship, professional networking, scholarships and other forms of support.
This experience has positively impacted me because I feel like I’ve grown tremendously as a person. I’ve realized my love for helping others, and giving back. This experience has also humbled me in ways unimaginable.”
- Is there a cost to the program? These programs are funded by the Fish Family Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Families are only responsible for the costs of Boys & Girls Club membership, necessary travel documents (such as a passport) and required immunizations for travel.
- Where are the programs located? Explore India operates out of the Edgerley Family South Boston Club and the Yawkey Club of Roxbury. Explore Japan operates out of the Charlestown Club and Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club. The Native America Program operates at the Jordan Club of Chelsea.
- Who supervises the teens while they are traveling abroad? Teens travel with 2-3 Boys & Girls Club staff that have spent the past several months in pre-trip workshops with the teens. Also, we partner with No Barriers Youth who will place an Expedition Leader with the group for the entire trip. Expedition Leaders are trained in emergency medical response, youth development and travel.
- What are the sizes of the groups that travel? We travel with smaller groups so there are more opportunities for bonding between the teens and between teens and staff. There are no more than 12 teens for each trip. This puts the staff to teen ratio at 1:6 or better.
I know what I want to pursue in the future for sure. I want to travel more and learn more about other cultures. I understand the importance of tradition. I feel like I’m more open minded as a person.”