British Virgin Islands

Community Service: Infrastructure Development & Environmental Conservation with Sailing

A small archipelago in the heart of the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017. Few people get to see this place beyond its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters but you’ll spend 2-3 weeks working directly with the local population to rebuild the communities left bruised by the storm.

This unique hurricane relief camp is run as part of our GoBeyond service programs where you will live with the rest of your service team aboard a sailing vessel. Living aboard allows us to visit most every island while providing a perfect floating home. It’s refreshing to be out on the water where there are cool breezes, and a great sense of camaraderie comes from working together as a crew. Respond directly to local needs and show the people of the Caribbean that they have not been forgotten.

*ActionQuest/GoBeyond offer a 21 and 14-day version of this journey. While the core projects are similar, the shorter itinerary will only include projects on two out of three major islands.

  • Appropriate Age

    High school ages

  • Students & Staff

    14 students and 3 staff

  • Itinerary

    This program follows a unique itinerary exclusive to Rebuilding Island Life that hops between the three major islands of the BVI

  • Program Detail

    This adventure is run in conjunction with our sister program GoBeyond

Session 1 Jun 15 - Jul 05
Days 21 Availability Open Tuition
$5,870 $5,520
Session 2 Jul 07 - Jul 27
Days 21 Availability Open Tuition
$5,870 $5,520
Session 2 Jul 07 - Jul 20
Days 14 Availability Open Tuition
$3,970 $3,620
Session 3 Jul 29 - Aug 14
Days 17 Availability Open Tuition
$4,970 $4,620
Dates Days Availability Tuition
Session 1 Jun 15 - Jul 05 21 Open
$5,870 $5,520
Session 2 Jul 07 - Jul 27 21 Open
$5,870 $5,520
Session 2 Jul 07 - Jul 20 14 Open
$3,970 $3,620
Session 3 Jul 29 - Aug 14 17 Open
$4,970 $4,620
Use code EE2019 & save $350 before Nov 15th (prices above reflect saving)
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Activities

Marine Biology
Watersports
Service
Island Exploration
Requirements
  • No experience necessary
Certifications
  • 70-100hrs. Community Service
  • Sailing Experience

The Adventure

It all starts here

GXG BVI Update

Below you will find the itinerary for our Rebuilding Island Life community service summer camp, but here’s some background on where the archipelago stands today after the storm.

Community Service Summer Camp Caribbean

First Day Out

After a morning briefing from ActionQuest directors and staff, the student leader of the day will take our monohull or catamaran off the dock and set sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Students get acquainted with the BVI waters by snorkeling the infamous caves of Norman Island. After the student chefs of the day serve dinner to the crew, we’ll begin our training for the necessary construction skills for the projects ahead.

Community Relief Program Teens Construction

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 2-7)

Virgin Gorda
  • As the second largest island in the chain, Virgin Gorda is sometimes left to its own devices in terms of services and infrastructure. Here you’ll work with community organizations to make sure that future generations enjoy a more sustainable and efficient island.
Teen Volunteer Relief Summer Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 2-7)

Virgin Gorda (cont.)
  • A safe place for students to learn, interact, and grow should be one of the first steps on the path to recovery. You’ll continue GoBeyond’s work at local schools to make sure that the children have a place to go that is clean, comfortable, and fun.
Visit The Bvi The Baths Teen Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 2-7)

Virgin Gorda (cont.)
  • After a busy morning of service, you’ll take the rest of the day to explore one of the Caribbean’s most iconic ladnmarks. Climb, leap, crawl, and wade through the spectacular rock formations of The Baths and top it all off with some time on a beach that has to be seen to be believed.
Save Turtles Summer Camp High School Teens

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 2-7)

Virgin Gorda (cont.)
  • In such a small country, the people, environment, and wildlife overlap in meaningful ways every single day. Our service efforts include projects that aim to understand a major storm’s effect on such a country. Virgin Gorda’s eastern shore acts as an ideal venue to work with GoBeyond’s ongoing turtle tag and release efforts.
Learn Life Skills At Fun Camp For Teens 16
Preserving Paradise Activities

Life Aboard AQ

The Job Wheel

At ActionQuest, there are no passengers, only shipmates. Being a shipmate means that you will share the day to day responsibility of running a 50 ft. sailing vessel! While the staff are there to teach and help, your daily job will be assigned by using the famous “AQ job wheel”. Have you ever been the head chef for 15 people? You will with AQ! Each day, the wheel turns and you will get a new job, and at the end of the trip, you can truly say that you were involved in every aspect of making your adventure happen.

Teen Development Leadership Adventure
Preserving Paradise Activities

Life Aboard AQ

Lifeworks Forum

It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself when you are living in close quarters with a bunch of strangers…

Beyond all the exciting activities, it is this personal growth that we find equally important, and at AQ we highlight this growth through an element of all AQ programs called the Lifeworks Forum. Held at intervals throughout the voyage, the forum is designed to complement the learning that takes place through the everyday interaction aboard. Students have the opportunity to participate in – and lead – discussions on topics like personal responsibility, values, integrity, communication and goals. Of all the skills that students take from their voyages, it is the life skills that can carry them the farthest. At AQ, we feel that while building one’s life, it is important to be sure it is based on a foundation of compassion and personal integrity.

Volunteer Rebuild Jost Van Dyke Foxy

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 12-16)

Jost van Dyke
  • As an Island on the outskirts of the BVI, Jost van Dyke relies heavily on visitors to support its residents. The Jost van Dyke Preservation Society was founded so that the people living on the small island could take ownership of their culture, identity, land, environment, and future.
Student Hurricane Relief Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 12-16)

Jost van Dyke (cont.)
  • One of the primary aims of the JVDPS is to empower the youth of the island to take ownership of their home and learn the skills it would take to improve the island or rebuild if necessary. Now is their chance to show what they’ve learned and teach you a thing or two as you work together rebuilding Jost’s world-famous attractions.
Rebuild After Hurricane Teen Volunteer Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 12-16)

Jost van Dyke (cont.)
  • As the third most populated island in the territory, Jost van Dyke has fewer resources than others and often has to fend for itself. We’ll do what needs to be done to get the coastal businesses back up and running and help JVD back on its way to being a world-renowned destination.

ARRIVING TO ACTIONQUEST IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Your community service trip begins! The majority of students will be flying to St. Thomas (STT) in the US Virgin Islands. For students flying via STT, ActionQuest’s professional staff meet them and assist with the beautiful ferry ride to Tortola then on to the entire camp which awaits you in West End, Tortola. There you will go through the formal check-in process and make your way to your new comfortable and clean floating home. For those flying directly into the BVI (EIS), students are met by an airport representative.

Students then get to spend the rest of the first day preparing for their community service trip spent rebuilding the BVI by getting to know one another while the sun sets over the water.

After the first night spent sleeping on your new floating home alongside 13 other excited students, you are ready for…

Consruction Project Volunteer High School 1
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

The Need We Address

On September 6th, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the territory and damaged much of the infrastructure across the islands. After the storm passed, the people of the islands emerged determined to rebuild their country and have asked for all the help they can get in the process. Add to that a convoluted history of colonialism as well as an ever-expanding economic reliance on tourism, and you have an ecosystem and culture at a pivotal fork in the road.

As a home base for ActionQuest, we want to help our neighbors and friends continue to rebuild. We’ll travel across the population centers of the BVI to help wherever we can, with projects focusing on areas that are less likely to receive attention from government and relief organizations over the next few years. In addition to the human interests, the natural environment of the BVI was heavily damaged in the storm. We’ll partner with international research efforts that are helping it to bounce back and become even more resilient.

There is no shortage of confusion or uncertainty in the BVI right now; as the wants and needs of the people on the ground change, our resolve to lend a helping hand will remain constant.

Community Service Hurricane Relief For Teens
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat (cont.)

Underneath the rubble lies a world of opportunity. With many wooden homes and buildings being marked as complete losses, the process of rebuilding gives us the chance to make things better than they were before. Woodwork, painting, pouring concrete, and clearing ground are all needs for the foreseeable future. We’ll lend our hearts, hands, and focus to ensure that no corners are cut and that the structures of the BVI will be better suited for the next generation.

The rugged Caribbean terrain makes any development or cleanup effort more difficult than it should be, but many hands make light work. You and your team will gain tangible results from the work you put in. You’ll be able to step away at the end of the day surprised by how much you got done and what you’re capable of.

Save Sealife Turtles Community Service Program
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat (cont.)

The BVI is known as “Nature’s Little Secrets” and upon arriving it’s not difficult to see why. Indeed, the natural beauty of this tropical oasis is what makes it so appealing to visitors from around the world. The brutal storm season of 2017 didn’t discriminate between human and natural resources so the environment and wildlife were just as devastated as the human interests.

The fragile environment of the Caribbean was threatened before the storm but some organizations are taking this opportunity to restore the archipelago’s natural resources and make them even more resilient. We’ll team up with local and international efforts to gather baseline data on wildlife and ecosystems and help make that dream a reality.

Virgin Islands Summer Camp Service Sail

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-11)

Anegada
  • The remote beaches of Anegada’s northern shore are rarely visited by anyone. Students will collectively hike the entire beach in search of turtle nests and unique items that have washed ashore from the storm. Previous groups have found messages in bottles, entire boats, and even products from China.
Hurricane Relief Teen Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-11)

Anegada (cont.)
  • Being 20 miles from the main archipelago, Anegada experienced less devastation than the rest of the BVI. That same isolation means that clean up and recovery has come slow. We’ll lend a hand to get the communities back up and running.
Turtle Tag Hurricane Relief Summer Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-11)

Anegada (cont.)
  • The fragile environment and small population of this remote island creates a genuine need for as much scientific assesment as possible. The shallow waters that surround the island create one of the only venues in the world in which researchers can catch turtles “rodeo style.”
Fun Service Program Virgin Islands Relief
Rebuilding Island Activities

Work Hard, Play Hard

The Need We Address

There’s an immense amount of satisfaction to be gained in seeing a project through from beginning to end but all work and no play is bound to diminish that good feeling. We’ll break apart the hard work with snorkeling, hiking, swimming, and just messing around on the beach.

Volunteer Rebuild Hurricane Damage
Hurricane Relief Teen Summer Program
Help Puerto Rico Summer Program High School
Virgin Gorda Hurricane Relief Trip

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 17-20)

Tortola (cont.)
  • Frenchman’s Cay has been the starting point for countless ActionQuest students over the years and given us, as a program, a place to come home in the BVI. Now it’s time for us to give back to the community of West End by rolling up our sleeves and improving this vision of paradise in any way we can.
Mangrove Community Service Project

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 17-20)

Tortola (cont.)
  • For nearly two decades, ActionQuest and GoBeyond have spearheaded a mangrove reforestation program on Tortola with the BVI National Parks Trust. With almost all of the territory’s mature mangrove forests being whiped out completely, our work is even more important to make sure that this crucial habitat bounces back quickly.
Hurricane Irma Relief Trip High School

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 17-20)

Tortola (cont.)
  • Virgin Islands Search and Rescue or VISAR is a volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives in the BVI. The heroic volunteers that make up this organization don’t typically have much time to mantain their heavily used base in Road Town so we spend a day lending them a hand with whatever they need. Trimming, shoveling, painting and mantaining are all on the list and at the end of the day we’ll typically have the chance to stage a rescue scenario out on the water.
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Teen Summer Leadership Development Program Camp

Time to Say Goodbye

There’s always a mix of emotions on departure day. The excitement to go home is always overwhelmed by the realization that the Adventure is over and that it’s time to say goodbye to the people you’ve grown so close to over the last few weeks. Day 1 will simultaneously seem like the day before and a lifetime ago as you and your crew take a private ferry for the last leg of your journey together.

It's definitely something I will never forget, and I will always keep with me. Not only did I connect with people and make new friends, but I also got the chance to give back to the community and feel like I was making a difference in other people's lives and their community around them.”

Gigi R. / Seattle, WA

GXG BVI Update

Below you will find the itinerary for our Rebuilding Island Life community service summer camp, but here’s some background on where the archipelago stands today after the storm.

ARRIVING TO ACTIONQUEST IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Your community service trip begins! The majority of students will be flying to St. Thomas (STT) in the US Virgin Islands. For students flying via STT, ActionQuest’s professional staff meet them and assist with the beautiful ferry ride to Tortola then on to the entire camp which awaits you in West End, Tortola. There you will go through the formal check-in process and make your way to your new comfortable and clean floating home. For those flying directly into the BVI (EIS), students are met by an airport representative.

Students then get to spend the rest of the first day preparing for their community service trip spent rebuilding the BVI by getting to know one another while the sun sets over the water.

After the first night spent sleeping on your new floating home alongside 13 other excited students, you are ready for…

Community Service Summer Camp Caribbean

First Day Out

After a morning briefing from ActionQuest directors and staff, the student leader of the day will take our monohull or catamaran off the dock and set sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Students get acquainted with the BVI waters by snorkeling the infamous caves of Norman Island. After the student chefs of the day serve dinner to the crew, we’ll begin our training for the necessary construction skills for the projects ahead.

Community Relief Program Teens Construction

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 2-7)

Virgin Gorda
  • As the second largest island in the chain, Virgin Gorda is sometimes left to its own devices in terms of services and infrastructure. Here you’ll work with community organizations to make sure that future generations enjoy a more sustainable and efficient island.
Teen Volunteer Relief Summer Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 2-7)

Virgin Gorda (cont.)
  • A safe place for students to learn, interact, and grow should be one of the first steps on the path to recovery. You’ll continue GoBeyond’s work at local schools to make sure that the children have a place to go that is clean, comfortable, and fun.
Visit The Bvi The Baths Teen Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 2-7)

Virgin Gorda (cont.)
  • After a busy morning of service, you’ll take the rest of the day to explore one of the Caribbean’s most iconic ladnmarks. Climb, leap, crawl, and wade through the spectacular rock formations of The Baths and top it all off with some time on a beach that has to be seen to be believed.
Save Turtles Summer Camp High School Teens

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 2-7)

Virgin Gorda (cont.)
  • In such a small country, the people, environment, and wildlife overlap in meaningful ways every single day. Our service efforts include projects that aim to understand a major storm’s effect on such a country. Virgin Gorda’s eastern shore acts as an ideal venue to work with GoBeyond’s ongoing turtle tag and release efforts.
Learn Life Skills At Fun Camp For Teens 16
Preserving Paradise Activities

Life Aboard AQ

The Job Wheel

At ActionQuest, there are no passengers, only shipmates. Being a shipmate means that you will share the day to day responsibility of running a 50 ft. sailing vessel! While the staff are there to teach and help, your daily job will be assigned by using the famous “AQ job wheel”. Have you ever been the head chef for 15 people? You will with AQ! Each day, the wheel turns and you will get a new job, and at the end of the trip, you can truly say that you were involved in every aspect of making your adventure happen.

Teen Development Leadership Adventure
Preserving Paradise Activities

Life Aboard AQ

Lifeworks Forum

It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself when you are living in close quarters with a bunch of strangers…

Beyond all the exciting activities, it is this personal growth that we find equally important, and at AQ we highlight this growth through an element of all AQ programs called the Lifeworks Forum. Held at intervals throughout the voyage, the forum is designed to complement the learning that takes place through the everyday interaction aboard. Students have the opportunity to participate in – and lead – discussions on topics like personal responsibility, values, integrity, communication and goals. Of all the skills that students take from their voyages, it is the life skills that can carry them the farthest. At AQ, we feel that while building one’s life, it is important to be sure it is based on a foundation of compassion and personal integrity.

Consruction Project Volunteer High School 1
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

The Need We Address

On September 6th, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the territory and damaged much of the infrastructure across the islands. After the storm passed, the people of the islands emerged determined to rebuild their country and have asked for all the help they can get in the process. Add to that a convoluted history of colonialism as well as an ever-expanding economic reliance on tourism, and you have an ecosystem and culture at a pivotal fork in the road.

As a home base for ActionQuest, we want to help our neighbors and friends continue to rebuild. We’ll travel across the population centers of the BVI to help wherever we can, with projects focusing on areas that are less likely to receive attention from government and relief organizations over the next few years. In addition to the human interests, the natural environment of the BVI was heavily damaged in the storm. We’ll partner with international research efforts that are helping it to bounce back and become even more resilient.

There is no shortage of confusion or uncertainty in the BVI right now; as the wants and needs of the people on the ground change, our resolve to lend a helping hand will remain constant.

Community Service Hurricane Relief For Teens
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat (cont.)

Underneath the rubble lies a world of opportunity. With many wooden homes and buildings being marked as complete losses, the process of rebuilding gives us the chance to make things better than they were before. Woodwork, painting, pouring concrete, and clearing ground are all needs for the foreseeable future. We’ll lend our hearts, hands, and focus to ensure that no corners are cut and that the structures of the BVI will be better suited for the next generation.

The rugged Caribbean terrain makes any development or cleanup effort more difficult than it should be, but many hands make light work. You and your team will gain tangible results from the work you put in. You’ll be able to step away at the end of the day surprised by how much you got done and what you’re capable of.

Save Sealife Turtles Community Service Program
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat (cont.)

The BVI is known as “Nature’s Little Secrets” and upon arriving it’s not difficult to see why. Indeed, the natural beauty of this tropical oasis is what makes it so appealing to visitors from around the world. The brutal storm season of 2017 didn’t discriminate between human and natural resources so the environment and wildlife were just as devastated as the human interests.

The fragile environment of the Caribbean was threatened before the storm but some organizations are taking this opportunity to restore the archipelago’s natural resources and make them even more resilient. We’ll team up with local and international efforts to gather baseline data on wildlife and ecosystems and help make that dream a reality.

Virgin Islands Summer Camp Service Sail

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-11)

Anegada
  • The remote beaches of Anegada’s northern shore are rarely visited by anyone. Students will collectively hike the entire beach in search of turtle nests and unique items that have washed ashore from the storm. Previous groups have found messages in bottles, entire boats, and even products from China.
Hurricane Relief Teen Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-11)

Anegada (cont.)
  • Being 20 miles from the main archipelago, Anegada experienced less devastation than the rest of the BVI. That same isolation means that clean up and recovery has come slow. We’ll lend a hand to get the communities back up and running.
Turtle Tag Hurricane Relief Summer Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-11)

Anegada (cont.)
  • The fragile environment and small population of this remote island creates a genuine need for as much scientific assesment as possible. The shallow waters that surround the island create one of the only venues in the world in which researchers can catch turtles “rodeo style.”
Fun Service Program Virgin Islands Relief
Rebuilding Island Activities

Work Hard, Play Hard

The Need We Address

There’s an immense amount of satisfaction to be gained in seeing a project through from beginning to end but all work and no play is bound to diminish that good feeling. We’ll break apart the hard work with snorkeling, hiking, swimming, and just messing around on the beach.

Volunteer Rebuild Jost Van Dyke Foxy

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 12-16)

Jost van Dyke
  • As an Island on the outskirts of the BVI, Jost van Dyke relies heavily on visitors to support its residents. The Jost van Dyke Preservation Society was founded so that the people living on the small island could take ownership of their culture, identity, land, environment, and future.
Student Hurricane Relief Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 12-16)

Jost van Dyke (cont.)
  • One of the primary aims of the JVDPS is to empower the youth of the island to take ownership of their home and learn the skills it would take to improve the island or rebuild if necessary. Now is their chance to show what they’ve learned and teach you a thing or two as you work together rebuilding Jost’s world-famous attractions.
Rebuild After Hurricane Teen Volunteer Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 12-16)

Jost van Dyke (cont.)
  • As the third most populated island in the territory, Jost van Dyke has fewer resources than others and often has to fend for itself. We’ll do what needs to be done to get the coastal businesses back up and running and help JVD back on its way to being a world-renowned destination.
Volunteer Rebuild Hurricane Damage
Hurricane Relief Teen Summer Program
Help Puerto Rico Summer Program High School
Virgin Gorda Hurricane Relief Trip

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 17-20)

Tortola (cont.)
  • Frenchman’s Cay has been the starting point for countless ActionQuest students over the years and given us, as a program, a place to come home in the BVI. Now it’s time for us to give back to the community of West End by rolling up our sleeves and improving this vision of paradise in any way we can.
Mangrove Community Service Project

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 17-20)

Tortola (cont.)
  • For nearly two decades, ActionQuest and GoBeyond have spearheaded a mangrove reforestation program on Tortola with the BVI National Parks Trust. With almost all of the territory’s mature mangrove forests being whiped out completely, our work is even more important to make sure that this crucial habitat bounces back quickly.
Hurricane Irma Relief Trip High School

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 17-20)

Tortola (cont.)
  • Virgin Islands Search and Rescue or VISAR is a volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives in the BVI. The heroic volunteers that make up this organization don’t typically have much time to mantain their heavily used base in Road Town so we spend a day lending them a hand with whatever they need. Trimming, shoveling, painting and mantaining are all on the list and at the end of the day we’ll typically have the chance to stage a rescue scenario out on the water.
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Time to Say Goodbye

There’s always a mix of emotions on departure day. The excitement to go home is always overwhelmed by the realization that the Adventure is over and that it’s time to say goodbye to the people you’ve grown so close to over the last few weeks. Day 1 will simultaneously seem like the day before and a lifetime ago as you and your crew take a private ferry for the last leg of your journey together.

It's definitely something I will never forget, and I will always keep with me. Not only did I connect with people and make new friends, but I also got the chance to give back to the community and feel like I was making a difference in other people's lives and their community around them.”

Gigi R. / Seattle, WA

Need More Information?

Partner Organizations

Rebuilding Island Life is a focused community service program run through our sister program GoBeyond Student Travel. In addition to the incredible BVI experience, you’ll have the chance to work alongside some of these organizations during our international community service trips.

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National Parks Trust

  • The mission of the BVI National Parks Trust is to preserve and manage designated natural and cultural areas in order to improve the quality of life in the British Virgin Islands.
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Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society

  • The JVDPS is a British Virgin Islands not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation of the island of Jost Van Dyke – its land, the surrounding sea, its living creatures, and its culture through conservation, cultivation, education, and research.
Association Reef Keepers Affiliate Logo

Association of Reef Keepers

  • The Association of Reef Keepers seeks to manage the natural resources of the British Virgin Islands in a sustainable manner. It was formed specifically to address the growing environmental stresses that the British Virgin Islands are experiencing.

Need to know

Is this adventure right for me?

Whether you’ve been building your entire life or you’ve never held a hammer or paint brush – this community service summer camp is for the student looking to learn through experience and make a genuine impact. You’re bound to make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories but it’s likely to be the stories of compassion and selflessness that stick with you the most. If you like the idea of challenging yourself by breaking ground on an adventurous and meaningful program then this is the adventure for you.

What is the difference between the 14 and 21 day itinerary?

We offer two itinerary lengths to better suit your summer schedule. Though we are not sure where our students will be needed or when – the 14-day itinerary will exclude either Jost van Dyke or Virgin Gorda.

What's the group like?

There’s really no rigid mold that ActionQuest participants are cut from. Since our students come from different backgrounds all over the world, the groups end up being naturally diverse. Everyone arrives with different goals, expectations, hopes, and fears but they quickly find common ground and begin to bond. The ActionQuest environment allows team members to connect quickly and become closer friends than anyone would expect. Many students report leaving feeling as though they had known their fellow students much longer than they actually had.

Our philosophy revolves around small group sizes that are still large enough to foster a sense of community. For this program, we can have a maximum of 15 students. This program does not require any previous experience, skills, or language fluency – only a willingness to get involved and appreciate each incredible adventure.

Where do we stay?

ActionQuest utilizes clean, comfortable, and safe accommodations during our trips – we aim for an authentic stay in the places we go, which rarely equates to luxury. While nobody can be certain about what accommodations will even be available to our students for this program, we are confident that with our connections on the ground we will find comfortable accommodations near each program site that students will be happy to call home after a day of work. Rooms and roommates are split between boys and girls where applicable and rearranged with each move. Dormitory and homestay living is a very likely scenario at some points as we utilize community centers and friends to support our humanitarian projects. Spending multiple days at the same project sites allows us to stay and get comfortable in our accommodations. Common spaces are key for group meals and evening programs.

Call into our office to ask what accommodation options we’re exploring!

Who will be my staff?

AQ is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff includes professional maritime captains and medical professionals. Above all, we hire responsible and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented, and passionate individuals with a devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

What's the food like?

At AQ we strive for nutritious, and delicious meals. Student chefs of the day prepare meals with help from the staff using a mixture of goods we have imported and local fresh food we pick up onshore every few days. On occasion throughout the trip, students will have the option to eat at a restaurant during shore time to sample the local offerings. Moving around the British Virgin Islands poses its own difficulties in terms of provisioning and cooking but when it’s all said and done, meal-time is often a highlight of each day.

During the application process, families can inform us of any dietary allergies or restrictions. We are usually able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans etc., as well as various food allergies. However, if your student has a severe allergy to peanuts or other common substances, please call our office to discuss the options.

Sample Menu Download

What do I need to bring?

Given that students will be mobile for the majority of their adventure, we recommend that you keep things simple and avoid over packing. Students are given the opportunity to do laundry once in the middle of the trip, so there’s no need to pack several weeks’ worth of clothing.

Our hope is that families will have minimal purchases prior to the trip, so we’ve compiled our packing lists in a way that you’ll find most of what you need in your closet at home. Around mid to late March, we make available our Pre-Trip Packet to enrolled students, which contains a detailed packing list for this year’s adventures.

Nitty Gritty

Flights

Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the British Virgin Islands is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator:

Leah Hernandez – AQ and GB Travel Coordinator
Tel: +1.281.528.7727
Toll Free: 800.329.9000
Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

How do we get there?

Our recommended route is via St. Thomas (STT) in the USVI although students also have the option of flying to Beef Island (EIS).

Does AQ provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary.

For students flying via St Thomas, ActionQuest arranges for a staff member to assist with the transfer to Tortola via ferry. After arrival in Tortola, students are met at the ferry dock by more of ActionQuest’s professional staff, then collectively continue onto a taxi that takes them to the boats.

Looking for more detailed information on travel?

Visit the travel page

Travel Docs & Vaccinations

Travel Docs & Visas

All students traveling to the BVI need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of three months after the date of departure from the BVI. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas.

For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local British embassy or consulate or the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office.

One important point to mention is that most students joining us in the BVI do so by flying via St. Thomas, which is part of the US Virgin Islands. This means that those students not flying on a US or Canadian passport need to consider whether they need to apply for a U.S. visa or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Please call us with any questions.

Vaccinations

For visiting the BVI, the CDC recommends that all travelers are up-to-date on routine vaccinations that most of us had as children (measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine.

That said, we understand that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, AQ does not supply medical advice. For this reason, we recommend that all families refer back to the expertise of the CDC from time to time (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic to gain the most up to date information.

Tuition

AQ Tuition Covers the following:

  • All accommodation and group meals once the adventure is underway
  • Lodging and related government fees
  • Staff, local guides, and tips
  • The use of all AQ equipment

Not included in the AQ tuition:

  • Air transportation and related travel expenses (baggage, taxes, visas etc.)
  • Personal spending money

Discounts and Savings

  • A one-time total tuition fee deduction of 5% is granted for any two adventures or for two or more students from the same family.
  • Any two consecutive programs may be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between programs, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each program and subtracting the 5% extended course discount. (This discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program GoBeyond.) ActionQuest and/or GoBeyond enrollment for any two programs in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Itinerary

Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our adventures don’t change, specific logistics evolve as we get closer to the summer and then day by day based on weather. The animated map along with the adventure overview portions on this page should give all families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the voyage. Since this is the first year we are running this program, we expect changes in the itinerary leading up to and even throughout the summer.

With this in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment”. Traveling by boat requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take any bumps in your stride, and enjoy the adventure!

Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the British Virgin Islands is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator:

Leah Hernandez – AQ and GB Travel Coordinator
Tel: +1.281.528.7727
Toll Free: 800.329.9000
Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

How do we get there?

Our recommended route is via St. Thomas (STT) in the USVI although students also have the option of flying to Beef Island (EIS).

Does AQ provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary.

For students flying via St Thomas, ActionQuest arranges for a staff member to assist with the transfer to Tortola via ferry. After arrival in Tortola, students are met at the ferry dock by more of ActionQuest’s professional staff, then collectively continue onto a taxi that takes them to the boats.

Looking for more detailed information on travel?

Visit the travel page

Travel Docs & Visas

All students traveling to the BVI need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of three months after the date of departure from the BVI. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas.

For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local British embassy or consulate or the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office.

One important point to mention is that most students joining us in the BVI do so by flying via St. Thomas, which is part of the US Virgin Islands. This means that those students not flying on a US or Canadian passport need to consider whether they need to apply for a U.S. visa or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Please call us with any questions.

Vaccinations

For visiting the BVI, the CDC recommends that all travelers are up-to-date on routine vaccinations that most of us had as children (measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine.

That said, we understand that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, AQ does not supply medical advice. For this reason, we recommend that all families refer back to the expertise of the CDC from time to time (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic to gain the most up to date information.

AQ Tuition Covers the following:

  • All accommodation and group meals once the adventure is underway
  • Lodging and related government fees
  • Staff, local guides, and tips
  • The use of all AQ equipment

Not included in the AQ tuition:

  • Air transportation and related travel expenses (baggage, taxes, visas etc.)
  • Personal spending money

Discounts and Savings

  • A one-time total tuition fee deduction of 5% is granted for any two adventures or for two or more students from the same family.
  • Any two consecutive programs may be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between programs, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each program and subtracting the 5% extended course discount. (This discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program GoBeyond.) ActionQuest and/or GoBeyond enrollment for any two programs in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our adventures don’t change, specific logistics evolve as we get closer to the summer and then day by day based on weather. The animated map along with the adventure overview portions on this page should give all families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the voyage. Since this is the first year we are running this program, we expect changes in the itinerary leading up to and even throughout the summer.

With this in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment”. Traveling by boat requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take any bumps in your stride, and enjoy the adventure!