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Conservation Expeditions

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Conservation Expeditions

Are you interested in helping conserve endangered species and experiencing diverse wildlife? Join an SSA Conservation Expedition for the chance to work alongside wildlife researchers and conservationists in some of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. You might find yourself on a remote beach helping newborn turtles travel safely to the ocean, trekking through the rainforest to observe endangered monkeys, or working with elephants in the middle of a Thai jungle. While our conservation work will be the focus of these expeditions, we spend the rest of the program adventuring in beautiful locations with a group of students from across the U.S..

Why Conservation?

The natural environments of our world are in danger. Millions of unique species are at risk of extinction, which impacts everything from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, and the land on which we live. Our approach is to get you, the next generation, involved through hands-on learning from people on the front lines of wildlife conservation. SSA’s goal is to support, inspire, and empower our participants to explore and pursue conservation-focused careers.

Disciplines covered include:

  • Community-Based Conservation
  • Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Tropical Rainforest Ecology
  • Zoology and Animal Behavior
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Botany and Agroforestry
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Issues
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Open Enrollment Programs

Open Enrollment programs are available to individual high school students who are interested in traveling with other students from across the country.

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    2017 Costa Rica 10 Day Osa Wildlife Conservation Expedition

    $2,699

    Program Highlights
    • Experience sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, and Costa Rican wildlife up close!
    • Lend a hand on important conservation efforts, including environmental education in local communities.
    • Learn to surf and experience the natural beauty of Ballena National Marine Park.
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    2017 Thailand 21 Day Elephant Expedition

    $4,199

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center
    • Visit the Mae Cham Elephant Sanctuary
    • Explore the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary
    • See Koh Talu Sea Turtle Conservation
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    2017 Thailand 15 Day Elephant Expedition

    $3,699

    Program Highlights
    • Explore the Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok
    • Volunteer at Bring The Elephant Home
    • Visit the Kanchanaburi Elephant Sanctuary
    • See Koh Talu Sea Turtle Conservation
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    2017 Galapagos 11 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,999 - CLOSED

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer with local scientists
    • Explore wildlife in Floreana
    • Hike active volcano
    • Full day snorkeling expedition
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    2017 Costa Rica 15 Day Sea Turtle Conservation Expedition

    $3,799 - CLOSED

    Program Highlights
    • Experience hands on interaction with wildlife
    • Volunteer with international researchers
    • Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
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    2017 China 15 Day Panda Expedition

    $5,399 - CLOSED

    Program Highlights
    • Hand feed Giant Pandas in Dujiangyan
    • Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Base
    • Homestay in Anlong Village, an organic farm
    • Experience traditional cormorant fishing
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    2017 Belize 10 Day Marine Conservation Expedition

    $3,299 - CLOSED

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer at the ECOMAR Field Station
    • Survey underwater manatees and sea turtles at Drowned Cayes
    • Visit the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
    • Visit the Green Iguana Conservation and Rehabilitation Center

Custom Group Sample Itineraries

Below please find a selection of sample itineraries that have been custom-tailored for high school educators and their students to fit specific learning objectives and goals.

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    Guatemala 10 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,399 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Learn about history and chocolate in Antigua
    • Participate in a threeday conservation project
    • Tour Maya metropolis with locals
    • Wildlife Rescue with monkeys
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    China Beijing & Sichuan 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,499 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Trek to world's Largest Buddha
    • Hand feed Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Climb the Great Wall of China
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    China Beijing & Sichuan 15 Day Conservation Expedition Homestay

    $4,499 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the unrestored portion of the Great Wall of China
    • Hand feed Giant Pandas in Dujiangyan
    • Homestay in Anlong Village, an organic farm
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
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    Thailand 21 Day Conservation Expedition

    $5,899 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center
    • See the Mae Cham Elephant Sanctuary
    • Explore the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary
    • See Koh Talu Sea Turtle Conservation
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    Thailand 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,799 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Explore Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok
    • Volunteer at Bring The Elephant Home
    • Visit the Kanchanaburi Elephant Sanctuary
    • See Koh Talu Sea Turtle Conservation
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    Galapagos 9 Day Conservation Expedition

    $$5,699 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Study unique wildlife with scientists
    • See sea lions up close in Floreana
    • Hike an active volcano
    • Snorkel with marine life in Isabela
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    Galapagos 14 Day Conservation Expedition

    $8,499 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer with local scientists
    • Explore the wildlife in Floreana
    • Hike an active volcano
    • Enjoy a full day snorkeling expedition
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    Galapagos 11 Day Conservation Expedition

    $6,899 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer with local scientists
    • Hike an active volcano
    • Snorkel through lava tunnels
    • Adventure around Quito
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    Costa Rica 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,299 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Interact closely with wildlife
    • Volunteer with international researchers
    • Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
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    Costa Rica 15 Day Osa Conservation Expedition

    $3,299 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Participate in a cultural exchange, and explore Costa Rican culture.
    • Work with the Reserva's crocodile monitoring project
    • Conduct research surveying mammals such as monkeys and river otters
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    Thailand 12 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,299 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Stroll in a Bangkok flower market
    • Volunteer at Bring The Elephant Home
    • Stay on a houseboat in Sai Yok National Park
    • Visit the Kanchanaburi Elephant Sanctuary
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    Costa Rica 12 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,099 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Assist with critical conservation efforts and scientific research at a sea turtle research field station
    • Release baby sea turtles into the wild, and interact with wildlife in a highly diverse ecosystem
    • Venture to an indigenous village in the mountains and learn about organic chocolate production.
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    Costa Rica 10 Day Osa Conservation Expedition

    $2,699 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Assist with research at the Playa Tortuga Research Station
    • Enjoy private surf lessons
    • Whitewater raft down the Savegre River
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    Panama 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,099 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Meet with a representative from the Guna General Congress
    • Assist researchers at the Howler Monkey Research Center
    • Kayak in the waters off San Cristobal Island
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    Panama 12 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,399 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the Panama Canal Museum
    • Assist researchers at the Howler Monkey Research Center
    • Hike to a secluded waterfall in the cloud forest
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    Panama 10 Day Conservation Expedition

    $2,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Meet with a representative from the Guna General Congress
    • Assist researchers at the Howler Monkey Research Center
    • Zip-line through the cloud forest
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    Panama 7 Day Conservation Expedition

    $2,699 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Explore indigenous artisan and fish markets
    • Assist at the Howler Monkey Research Center
    • Visit the Panama Canal Museum
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    China 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $5,299 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Hand feed Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan
    • Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Base
    • Homestay in Anlong Village, an organic farm
    • Experience traditional cormorant fishing
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    China 12 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,799 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Hand feed Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan
    • Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Base
    • Homestay in Anlong Village, an organic farm
    • Explore the ancient village of Fuli
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    Ecuador 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,899 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Tour the historic downtown Quito
    • Experience Latin American culture in Otavalo
    • Explore Santa Lucia Nature Reserve in the cloud forest
    • Soak in the hot springs in the Andes
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    Guatemala 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Join a seven-day conservation project
    • Stay with local families
    • Swim and zipline in Lake Atitlan
    • Visit a monkey sanctuary
    • Experience the amazing nature of Tikal
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    Ecuador 12 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,299 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Stay in an inhabited volcanic crater
    • Experience Latin American culture in Otavalo
    • Explore Santa Lucia Nature Reserve in the cloud forest
    • Relax in the hot springs in the Andes
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    Ecuador 10 Day Conservation Expedition

    $2,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Stay in an inhabited volcanic crater
    • Shop at the large market at La Plaza de los Ponchos
    • Explore Santa Lucia Nature Reserve in the cloud forest
    • Experience ziplining and hot springs in the Andes
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    Guatemala 12 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,799 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Learn about history and chocolate in Antigua
    • Join a five-day conservation project
    • Tour Maya metropolis with locals
    • Visit a monkey sanctuary
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    Ecuador 7 Day Conservation Expedition

    $2,599 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the Presidential Palace in Quito
    • Stay in an inhabited volcanic crater
    • Help researchers at the Santa Lucia Nature Reserve
    • Shop at the large market at La Plaza de los Ponchos
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    China 10 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,199 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Hand feed Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan
    • Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Base
    • Visit Wuhou Temple in Chengdu
    • Explore Longji Rice Terraces
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    Guatemala 7 Day Conservation Expedition

    $2,499 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Hike the Picaya Volcano
    • Stay with a local host family
    • Work on a conservation project
    • Immerse yourself in Mayan culture
    • Zipline through a jungle reserve
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    South Africa 12 Day Cultural Journey/Conservation Expedition

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    Costa Rica 10 Day Conservation Expedition

    $2,799 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Practice your Spanish skills with locals
    • Zip-line through the rain forrest
    • Whitewater raft down the Pacuare River
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    Belize 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $5,199 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer at ECOMAR Field Station
    • Survey underwater manatees and sea turtles at Drowned Cayes
    • Kayak on the river with Maya Guides
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    Belize 12 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,499 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer at ECOMAR Field Station
    • Survey underwater manatees and sea turtles at Drowned Cayes
    • Enjoy Maya Jungle Wildlife Night Walks
    • Kayak in the rainforest with Maya Guides
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    Belize 10 Day Conservation Expedition

    $3,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer at ECOMAR Field Station
    • Survey underwater manatees and sea turtles at Drowned Cayes
    • Visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve
    • Green Iguana Conservation and Rehabilitation Center
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    Belize 7 Day Conservation Expedition

    $2,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer at ECOMAR Field Station
    • Survey underwater manatees and sea turtles at Drowned Cayes
    • Visit Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center
    • Green Iguana Conservation and Rehabilitation Center
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