British Virgin Islands

Focused, Land-Based Community Service Program

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 special land-based community service trip is a brand new journey that allows students to respond directly to local needs and show the people of the Caribbean that they have not been forgotten.

*GoBeyond offers 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. See below for details.

  • Appropriate Age

    High school ages

  • Student Groups

    Grouped within +/- 3 years of age

  • Students & Staff

    15 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 $$5,870
Session 1 Jun 15 - Jun 28
Days 14 Availability Closed Tuition $$3,970
Session 2 Jul 07 - Jul 27
Days 21 Availability Open Tuition $$5,870
Session 2 Jul 07 - Jul 20
Days 14 Availability Closed Tuition $$3,970
Session 3 Jul 29 - Aug 14
Days 17 Availability Open Tuition $$4,970
Dates Days Availability Tuition
Session 1 Jun 15 - Jul 05 21 Open $5,870
Session 1 Jun 15 - Jun 28 14 Closed $3,970
Session 2 Jul 07 - Jul 27 21 Open $5,870
Session 2 Jul 07 - Jul 20 14 Closed $3,970
Session 3 Jul 29 - Aug 14 17 Open $4,970
 
 
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Activities

Marine Biology
Watersports
Service
Island Exploration
Requirements
  • No experience necessary
Certifications
  • 60-100hrs. Community Service
  • Sailing Experience

The Adventure

It all starts here
British Virgin Islands Map

GXG BVI Update

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

Hurricane Irma Relief Trip High School

First Day Out

Time to roll up your sleeves. After an orientation with GoBeyond directors and staff, the group will set out on a survey of Tortola to get a better sense of the culture, history, and people of the BVI. This will be your first glimpse at the harm that Hurricane Irma caused and is bound to make you eager to jump in and get started rebuilding the BVI.

Hurricane Relief Teen Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 1-7)

West End – Tortola
  • Frenchman’s Cay has been a starting point for thousands of GoBeyond students and staff over the years, so when it was hit by Hurricane Irma, we were hit too. The people of West End are not only our friends and neighbors but also our family. GoBeyond’s on-the-ground efforts to help rebuild this community began the day after the storm passed.
British Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 1-7)

West End – Tortola (cont.)
  • The waterfront businesses and properties were hit the hardest by the storm, and even though cleanup happened quickly, it’s going to take quite a bit of work to restore life in this vibrant community.
High school students

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 1-7)

West End – Tortola (cont.)
  • There’s no shortage of work to be done, as humanitarian aid and building materials are currently arriving to the territory from all over the world. You’ll have the chance to learn new skills and passions while giving back as much as you gain.
High School Volunteer Trip Tortola
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 the good feeling of rebuilding the BVI. We’ll break apart the hard work with snorkeling, hiking, bonfires, and just messing around on the beach.

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 11 other excited students, you are ready for…

Hurricane Irma Relief Program Teens
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.

As a home base for GoBeyond, we want to help our neighbors and friends rebuild. On these community service camps, we’ll travel across the three major islands 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. 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.

Make a difference
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat

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 moving earth 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.

Community service for teens
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat (cont.)

We rarely think about how much work and motivation it takes to raise a structure and how fast it can all come crashing down, but many hands make light work. So 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, not only with a sense of surprise of how much got done but what you are actually capable of.

Student Hurricane Relief Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-14)

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.
Hurricane Relief Teen Summer Program Bvi

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-14)

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.
Volunteer Rebuild Hurricane Damage
Hurricane Relief Teen Summer Program
Help Puerto Rico Summer Program High School
High School Service Adventure Bvi

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 14-20)

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 14-20)

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.
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Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye is to use the words of one of our past students, parents or staff members…

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
British Virgin Islands Map

GXG BVI Update

Below you will find the itinerary for our Rebuilding Island Life voyage, 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 11 other excited students, you are ready for…

Hurricane Irma Relief Trip High School

First Day Out

Time to roll up your sleeves. After an orientation with GoBeyond directors and staff, the group will set out on a survey of Tortola to get a better sense of the culture, history, and people of the BVI. This will be your first glimpse at the harm that Hurricane Irma caused and is bound to make you eager to jump in and get started rebuilding the BVI.

Hurricane Relief Teen Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 1-7)

West End – Tortola
  • Frenchman’s Cay has been a starting point for thousands of GoBeyond students and staff over the years, so when it was hit by Hurricane Irma, we were hit too. The people of West End are not only our friends and neighbors but also our family. GoBeyond’s on-the-ground efforts to help rebuild this community began the day after the storm passed.
British Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 1-7)

West End – Tortola (cont.)
  • The waterfront businesses and properties were hit the hardest by the storm, and even though cleanup happened quickly, it’s going to take quite a bit of work to restore life in this vibrant community.
High school students

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 1-7)

West End – Tortola (cont.)
  • There’s no shortage of work to be done, as humanitarian aid and building materials are currently arriving to the territory from all over the world. You’ll have the chance to learn new skills and passions while giving back as much as you gain.
Hurricane Irma Relief Program Teens
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.

As a home base for GoBeyond, we want to help our neighbors and friends rebuild. On these community service camps, we’ll travel across the three major islands 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. 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.

Make a difference
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat

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 moving earth 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.

Community service for teens
Rebuilding Island Activities

Community Service

Rebuild, Revitalize, Repeat (cont.)

We rarely think about how much work and motivation it takes to raise a structure and how fast it can all come crashing down, but many hands make light work. So 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, not only with a sense of surprise of how much got done but what you are actually capable of.

High School Volunteer Trip Tortola
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 the good feeling of rebuilding the BVI. We’ll break apart the hard work with snorkeling, hiking, bonfires, and just messing around on the beach.

Student Hurricane Relief Program

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-14)

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.
Hurricane Relief Teen Summer Program Bvi

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 8-14)

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.
Volunteer Rebuild Hurricane Damage
Hurricane Relief Teen Summer Program
Help Puerto Rico Summer Program High School
High School Service Adventure Bvi

Rebuilding Island Life Itinerary (Days 14-20)

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 14-20)

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.
ActionQuest brochure icon
  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

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Teen Summer Leadership Development Program Camp

Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye is to use the words of one of our past students, parents or staff members…

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.

Bvi Npt Affiliate Logo

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.
Jvdps Affiliate Logo

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 trip 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?

GoBeyond offers 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!