Talk to alumni about ActionQuest and a few things are immediately evident…

Bright and highly articulate, they are clearly motivated and independent, determined to travel their own path through life to make the most of the opportunities they have.

They also uniformly say the same things about AQ: that the experience took them out of their comfort zone and gave them a new-found confidence in their abilities. That the passion, enthusiasm, and dedication of their instructors and the staff for what they do was inspirational. That they realized some of the best things in life aren’t things.

And that they formed lasting bonds with their shipmates and have memories of an experience that will stay with them all their lives.

Over the years, we’ve received countless phone calls, notes and emails from our alumni and their parents that describe the impact AQ has had on them. Their words say more than we ever could about our programs, so this page is dedicated to the written, typed, and spoken word of our alumni and their families!

AQ Students & Parents TELL US ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE

Parents tell us...

“The opportunities, the forged friendships, the professionalism of the AQ team. Parents are kept informed of any medical problems and treatment is sought quickly. Magnificent experiences in amazing parts of the world and learning life-skills at the same time.”

LINDA D. - UNITED KINGDOM

“This is why I chose Go Beyond instead of other service programs that were similar. I am a huge fan of ActionQuest and knew every detail would be taken care of and any questions or concerns I had would be addressed. Truly the most professional program around.”

CAROLYN B. - NEW YORK, NY

“Since the first trip - 3 years ago- I have never worried for one second about Parker on these trips. This year we had the added complication of a celiac diagnosis and he has reported that he was never exposed and was able to eat well.”

REBECCA, L. - ARLINGTON, VA

“The portal is easy to use and informative as to what paperwork, etc is needed. The travel booked through Leah is fantastic!”

DONNA K. - TELLURIDE, CO

“ActionQuest gave Emma confidence and supported her desire to become a marine biologist.”

KELLY C. - BOW, NH

“It was all really easy! There are a lot of arrangements to make and ActionQuest has a process that works perfectly.”

CHARLES M. - MADISON, MS

“I was very impressed with the program after initially talking to Jake on the phone. He spent a lot of time answering my questions and making me feel that the program was a good fit for Aiden. The staff was always helpful when I called with questions before the trip. Leah was also very easy to work with for travel plans. Aiden's travel days went seamlessly. It was great that there were a few kids flying together from Boston, as he did not know anyone. These kids were very friendly right away, which was great. The blog was wonderful - bravo on that!!”

LAURA D. - KEENE VALLEY, NY

“Michael came home so much more mature than he was before the trip. That maturity, and more importantly self-confidence, is evident still, 3-4 weeks later. He has come up with concrete goals, clear thoughts about college and the ability to make French Toast. What great achievements while having a great time with leaders that he admired, respected and liked.”

JACKIE N.- GA

“Professional, responsible, constructive, adventurous, life-changing, wonderful organization. This program is an investment and worth every penny. The return on your investment is your child with increased confidence, life skills, sense of adventure in the most positive sense, great stories and memories.”

MARY G. - LOCUST, NJ

“For parents, the administrative staff instilled real confidence in the care and attention our child was receiving. We could tell from Ian's experience and his reports that his counselors were as responsible as they were enthusiastic. Obviously what they are doing - diving, sailing - is exciting and interesting, but the experience, the personal growth, the real value, is personal. Ian told us he felt like his crew was family - and that includes the difficulties too. I am sure Jess, Fritz, and Pip are the reason for that. For our son, ActionQuest was unquestionably a positive life experience.”

TRACY H. - BOULDER, CO

“The best with ActionQuest was that you succeed to be an eye-opener for Lina in many different perspectives/areas and that's quite impressive! For instance, we thought that you will concentrate mainly on water activities of any kind but Lina came back home with much wider impressions then so, wow!”

BO L. - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

“The customer service was extremely knowledgeable and professional. We were looking at other programs but this group sounded like they knew what they were doing. Also, I got the information thru the USA Gap year program which gave it even more credibility. I am extremely happy with this choice of program.”

ELSY A. - FAIRFAX, VA

“Porter said the program was amazing. Perfect pace - mix of busy days and slower paced days. Instructors were good role models. Boat had a great mix of people from different countries. Porter came back passionate about sailing and scuba diving. He got exposed to something he really wants to work at and continue to develop - this was perhaps the best part! He LOVED the food - coming from my child, that is a huge compliment. We also loved the phone calls and check ins.”

CAROLIN C. - CONCORD, MA

Students tell us...

“Stumbling upon the ActionQuest website has turned out to have created my best summer in 16 years. I have never imagined that camp could be this way and I really hope I continue to come back in the years to come. I dream of being on the media team with my sister and spending my full summer in this magical place. AQ hasn't changed my life, but rather it has bettered it and made me realize so much about myself and how fortunate I am. Thank you a thousand times.”

JEAN T. - OAK PARK, IL

“AQ has changed me completely and it's not just the certifications that did that but also the people. It was the best summer program I have ever done!”

MATTHEW A. - NEW YORK, NY

“Everything you guys do down here from sailing to scuba diving to the Lifeworks Forums is simply perfect.”

THOMAS J. - CHINA

“I would like to thank you for making this the most memorable summer yet. ActionQuest has opened up a new gateway in my life to sailing and diving. This experience was like no other! Thanks for making it possible.”

BRENT P. - NEW YORK, NY

“Yet another year has passed, and the boats on which I've made homes and found families remain my favorite places in the world. Every time I step off the plane home, I itch to get back to the place where I always feel my best. No other place challenges me to push myself and do amazing things with such a loving and inspiring environment. I spend my winters missing AQ, talking to the groupchats of my original boat, all of whom talk amost everyday. In no other place have I found groups of people who are so similar to me, but also inspire me to be more, and I think that speaks very clearly as to the incredible environment you guys have successfully created. I cannot extend a large enough amount of gratitude for the once in a lifetime experiences and lifelong friends I've gained here. There are few places in the world that are this special.”

HANNAH W. - NEW YORK, NY

“When I signed up for the program I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I can truthfully say that this has been the best three weeks of my life. Your program is fantastic. There are not many opportunities in life when you can become close to people from all over the world, sail, scuba dive and live in paradise, all at the same time. I am very fortunate to have been part of something so great.”

TAYLOR C. - MA

“The ActionQuest program has to have been the most enriching experience I have ever been on and has literally changed the way I view myself and the world.”

JAMES W. - CANADA

“I can't even begin to thank you for everything you've done. The opportunities, skills, friendships, and realizations that you work so hard to provide are so important to me and every student that is fortunate enough to experience these amazing 3 weeks. Although we haven't even left yet, I know that the things I've learned and the friendships I've made will last forever. I appreciate how much effort and love you all put into each and every element that makes this all possible. I notice how Mike takes his time to learn each of his students names and actually learn about them individually. This shows how loving and concerned he is with everything he does. I admire this of Mike because not many people will take so much time to truly care about so many people. I hope I can adopt this trait from him and install it into myself. As a returner I have already experienced and am familiar with the months of anticipation between AQ summers and although I don't even want to register the fact that we have to go home in two days, I know that I will miss absolutely everything about this amazing camp with easily the best people and environment I have had the privilege to be a part of. Thank you doesn't describe the gratitude I have for you all and your team. But thank you so so much... for these memories, these experiences, these fits of laughter, these people, and most of all thank you for building me a second family.”

ISABELLA E. - KEY BISCAYNE, FL

“The people were amazing, the staff was amazing and the activities were amazing. I became stronger, tougher, built a better character and have acquired all of the other admirable qualities that my fellow shipmates possess. Thank you for creating one of the best experiences of my life.”

CAMERON M. SCARSDALE, NY

“The staff are fantastic! The boats are amazing and never felt cramped. ActionQuest is all I ever talk about and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to have the time of their life.”

MADISON D. - ATLANTA, GA

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