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Service Adventures

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Service Adventures

Explore the world and make a difference in a community abroad. SSA Service Adventures are tailored for students that want to make a positive impact on a host community, while enjoying a thrilling adventure and making new friends. Programs range in duration from 10-30 days, where you will live with a local host family, speak the local language, and forge deep connections with people from a different culture. The focus of your program will be a community service project that addresses the needs of the people in your host community. The program is spent participating in exciting activities such as biking, kayaking, surfing, encountering exotic wildlife, or whitewater rafting. Choose your next adventure below!

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Why Service?

Ghandi once said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Our leaders and travelers are dedicated to serving small communities in countries around the globe. SSA believes it is a privilege to visit beautiful places and stay with such compassionate host families, so in order to give back, we step up and lend a hand to the community. Our Country Directors collaborate with local community leaders to plan and implement projects that address the critical needs of our host communities.

Some examples of projects include:

  • Implementing projects that support public health and safety
  • Renovating old and outdated infrastructures
  • Building handicap accessible recreational facilities
  • Upgrading and constructing water supply systems

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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    Guatemala: Environmental Leadership

    $2,990

    Program Highlights
    • Learn about the history and chocolate of Antigua
    • Join a seven-day service project
    • Tour the Maya metropolis with locals
    • Visit a monkey sanctuary
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    Peru: 15 Day High Andes Community Project

    $3,990

    Program Highlights
    • Join a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco
    • Participate in a Latin dance class
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Tour Machu PIcchu
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    Nauyaca Waterfal, Costa Rica
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    2018 Costa Rica 10 Day Service Adventure Session 2

    $2,490

    Program Highlights
    • Stay with a community in the Costa Rican highlands
    • Explore the three-story giant, Nauyaca Waterfall
    • Adventure to the gorgeous beach and National Park of Manuel Antonio
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    Costa Rica: Surf and Service Session 2

    $2,790

    Program Highlights
    • Learn to surf from local professionals
    • Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
    • Contribute towards an environmental service project
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    2018 Costa Rica 10 Day Service Adventure Session 1

    $2,490

    Program Highlights
    • Stay with a community in the Costa Rican highlands
    • Explore the three-story giant, Nauyaca Waterfall
    • Adventure to the gorgeous beach and National Park of Manuel Antonio
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    Costa Rica: Surf and Service Session 1

    $2,790

    Program Highlights
    • Learn to surf from local professionals
    • Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
    • Contribute towards an environmental service project
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    Senegal: 21 Day Service Adventure

    $4,790

    Program Highlights
    • Learn about and visit the slave trade island
    • Spend four days with local host families
    • Volunteer on a service project
    • Embark on a safari at a game park
    • Kayak and hike a waterfall
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    Senegal: 15 Day Service Adventure

    $4,290

    Program Highlights
    • Learn about and visit the slave trade island
    • Spend eight days with your local host families
    • Volunteer on service projects
    • Embark on a safari at a game park
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    Peru: 30 Day High Andes Community Project

    $4,990

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the islands of the top-hatted Uros people
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Canoe through Lake Sandoval in the Amazon
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    Peru: 30 Day High Andes Community Project

    $4,999

    Program Highlights
    • Tour the massive complex of Saksaywaman
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Tour Machu Picchu
    • Hike through the Amazon
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    Peru: 21 Day High Andes Community Project

    $4,490

    Program Highlights
    • Join a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco
    • Participate in a Latin dance class
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Tour Machu PIcchu
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    Guatemala: 21 Day Service Adventure

    $3,490

    Program Highlights
    • Hike the Pacaya Waterfall
    • Join a 10-day service project
    • Stay with local Maya families
    • Visit a monkey sanctuary
    • Experience the amazing nature of Tikal
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    Guatemala: 15 Day Service Adventure

    $2,990

    Program Highlights
    • Learn about the history and chocolate of Antigua
    • Join a seven-day service project
    • Tour the Maya metropolis with locals
    • Visit a monkey sanctuary
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    Guatemala: 10 Day Service Adventure

    $2,490

    Program Highlights
    • Hike in Antigua
    • Stay with local host families
    • Join a five-day community service project
    • Kayak and zipline in Lake Atitlan
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    Costa Rica: 21 Day Service Adventure

    $3,490

    Program Highlights
    • Fully immerse yourself in a homestay family and community
    • Explore Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Hike to one of Costa Rica's most impressive waterfalls
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    Costa Rica: 15 Day Service Adventure

    $2,990

    Program Highlights
    • Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
    • Explore the gorgeous Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Contribute towards a meaningful service project
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    Costa Rica: 10 Day Service Adventure 1

    $2,490

    Program Highlights
    • Stay with a community in the Costa Rican highlands
    • Explore the three-story giant, Nauyaca Waterfall
    • Adventure to the gorgeous beach and National Park of Manuel Antonio

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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    2018 Miss Hall's Peru Service Adventure

    $4,399 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Enjoy a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco
    • Participate in a Latin dance class
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Tour Machu Picchu
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    Ecuador 15 Day Service Adventure Copy

    $3,899 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Tour the historic downtown Quito
    • Stay in an inhabited volcanic crater
    • Stay with host families
    • Work extensively on community service projects in Nanegal
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    2018 Boy Scouts Costa Rica Service Adventure

    $2,199 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
    • Volunteer in a small community
    • Contribute towards a meaningful service project
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    Thailand 15 Day Service Adventure

    $4,399 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer with Chiang Mai Hill-Tribe Communities
    • Homestay at Lisu Village
    • Join a community project in Lisu Village
    • Visit the Golden Triangle
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    Thailand 12 Day Service Adventure

    $3,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Volunteer with the Chiang Mai Hilltop communities
    • Homestay in Lisu Village
    • Volunteer with Lisu Village community
    • Explore the Grand Palace of Bangkok
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    Image of a cow, Costa Rica
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    Costa Rica 30 Day Service Adventure

    $5,199 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Fully immerse yourself in a homestay family and community
    • White water raft down Costa Rica's best river for two days
    • Gain valuable confidence practicing your Spanish language skills
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    Costa Rica 21 Day Service Adventure

    $4,099 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Fully immerse yourself in a homestay family and community
    • Explore Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Hike to one of Costa Rica's most impressive waterfalls
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    Costa Rica 15 Day Service Adventure

    $2,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Experience an extended stay with homestay families
    • Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes
    • Learn to surf on an idyllic beach
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    Costa Rica 12 Day Service Adventure

    $2,699 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Hike to the Nauyaca Waterfall, one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica
    • Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
    • Learn to surf with private lessons
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    Peru 30 Day Service Adventure

    $5,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the islands of the top-hatted Uros people
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Canoe through Lake Sandoval in the Amazon
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    Peru 21 Day Service Adventure

    $5,599 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Tour the walled complex of Saksaywaman
    • Work on service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Tour Machu Picchu
    • Hike through the Amazon
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    Image of a group of students and the mountains, Peru.
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    Peru 15 Day Service Adventure

    $5,699 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Enjoy a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco
    • Participate in a Latin dance class
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Tour Machu Picchu
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    Peru 13 Day Service Adventure

    $4,799 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Participate in a Latin dance class
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Visit Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
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    Peru 10 Day Service Adventure

    $4,399 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Enjoy a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco
    • Participate in a Latin dance class
    • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
    • Tour Machu Picchu
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    Image of a group in a rainforest under a big tree
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    Ecuador 15 Day Service Adventure

    $3,899 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Tour the historic downtown Quito
    • Stay in an inhabited volcanic crater
    • Stay with host families
    • Work extensively on community service projects in Nanegal
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    Guatemala 21 Day Service Adventure

    $3,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Hike the Pacaya Waterfall
    • Join a ten-day service project
    • Stay with local Maya families
    • Experience the amazing nature of Tikal
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    Guatemala 15 Day Service Adventure

    $3,199 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Learn about history and chocolate in Antigua
    • Join a seven-day service project
    • Tour Maya metropolis with locals
    • Visit a monkey sanctuary
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    Ecuador 12 Day Service Adventure

    $3,299 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the Presidential Palace in Quito
    • Stay with host families
    • Work on community service projects in Nanegal
    • Zipline in the Andes
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    Ecuador 10 Day Service Adventure

    $2,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the Presidential Palace in Quito
    • Shop at the large market at La Plaza de los Ponchos
    • Stay with host families and work on community service projects in Nanegal
    • Experience ziplining and soak in the hot springs
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    Guatemala 12 Day Service Adventure

    $3,199 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Work on a community service project
    • Stay with local families
    • Swim and zipline in Lake Atitlan
    • Experience the amazing nature of Tikal
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