The service projects we get involved with tend to be in collaboration with already established local partners, making them very real and very needed.
They range from human to environmental based, and most of our programs incorporate a combination of the two. This, in turn, leads to a rewarding experience for all involved.
Whether participating in a turtle tagging and release project, removing plastics from shorelines or brightening a school with a fresh coat of paint in the Galapagos, the rewards are huge.
The number of service hours awarded for our BVI programs is dependent on the Adventure and ranges from 20 to 60. For those looking for a more diverse range of service offerings, consider our sister program, GoBeyond Student Travel.
GoBeyond opens eyes, fosters curiosity, and broadens horizons through a variety of service focuses.
Have you been described as a “people person?” Are you looking for a program that allows you to help others through genuine connections? GoBeyond students can foster those connections with people of all ages from all over the world. Whether working with orphans, refugees, families or entire communities – you can help the plight of the impoverished and misplaced through the diverse interactions our programs facilitate. From orphanages in China to palm hut schools in the Amazon rainforest; from slums in Thailand to Barrios in Costa Rica; you can start to make a difference in the lives of others by simply being there.
Want to get your hands dirty? We’ve cleared land, painted murals, dug wells, built schools, playgrounds, community centers, and more. The list of places our students have helped to improve is endless. Over time, even the small things have had a huge impact on the communities we work with. Give your strength, give your creativity, and at the end of a project you’ll have tangible evidence of a job well done.
The health of our planet’s environment affects everyone. Since ecosystems rarely show signs of distress before catastrophic failure, we work with organizations on the cutting edge of conservation and research to fight the degradation of the natural world. Remove invasive species in the Galapagos, plant trees in the Amazon rainforest, and help fight pollution on the beaches of the Caribbean. GoBeyond service trips for teens allow you to gain hands-on experience with fieldwork as you and your team contribute to critical environmental research and conservation efforts.
At least 200 species of animals become extinct every year. Between loss of habitat, environmental changes, and human interference, wildlife and biodiversity is undeniably threatened all over the world. Since humans cause many of the threats animals face, it’s up to us to help mitigate those threats as well. On our community service programs for teenagers, you’ll get up close and personal with this planet’s astounding wildlife and lend a helping hand to the international organizations working directly with these dwindling populations. You’ll get hands on by feeding, tagging, releasing, and interacting with some of the world’s most critically endangered species. Lend your heart and mind to these astounding creatures and you’ll gain more than you could ever expect.
We operate programs and lend a hand in these countries…
Galapagos & Ecuador
Listen, learn and lend a hand. Earn 60 service hours getting to know the complex issues facing the environment and communities of Ecuador and the Galápagos. Between projects you’ll discover the diversity of this colorful region through exploration of its island, jungle, and mountain vistas.
Discover nature in its purest form. Walk in the footsteps of pioneers and explorers like Charles Darwin and earn 30 hours of service. Your conservation efforts will be complemented by a beautiful boat tour of the Galápagos, time in the High Andes and an exploration of the legendary Amazon rainforest.
Live and let live in the Far East. Whether you’re staring at 8,000 Terracotta soldiers or into the eyes of one orphaned child, inspiration is the backbone of this journey. Earn 100 hours of life-changing service and immerse yourself in China’s culture while enriching the lives of its orphaned children.
“Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible.” Earn 65-100 service hours by teaching English to the Tibetan refugee population in the home of the Dalai Lama. Become a part of northern India’s cultural melting pot and spread compassion in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Fortune favors the bold. Earn 100 hours of service as you help to fight poverty and immerse yourself in Costa Rican daily life. Travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific in a perfect balance of adrenaline spiking adventures and meaningful service work.
¡Pura Vida! Earn 50 service hours while blazing a trail through the stunning Costa Rican countryside. Build, explore, eat, repeat in this fast-paced and meaningful survey of Central America’s landscapes and communities.
Focus on the future. Invest 65-100 service hours in the environment and the next generation of Peru’s people. Afternoons and weekends are for fun – experience traditional Peruvian culture, feed an alpaca and hike to majestic Machu Picchu.
Ancient beauty meets modern brawn. Depart from the beaten path and discover a side of the Andes high country that few people get to experience. Earn 40 hours of service by lending a hand to underserved populations and spend 4 days trekking through the breathtaking Peruvian back country.
Everyone deserves the chance to be happy. You’ll experience heart racing adventure activities and work to enrich the lives of underprivileged communities in Thailand. Find your own happiness completing 30 hours of service as you discover the sights and sounds of the Land of Smiles.
You’ll never get over the land down under. Revel in all that Australia has to offer by catching waves at Manly Beach, diving or snorkeling the stunning Great Barrier Reef and much more. Get a chance to earn 20 hours of service and make a positive impact in Australia’s rainforest.
“These programs changed our son and daughter's lives, by freeing them from a narrow frame of reference and opening up the world. Through direct experiences, they discovered that they could be whatever and whoever they want to be. It matured them beyond their years and their peers. They returned with more purpose, self-understanding, self-confidence, and acceptance of themselves and others, including parents. They saw themselves in a future full of possibility and responsible for it. I can't overstate the importance of your program for all of us.”
“The best thing about GoBeyond is that the program is encouraging teens to take a leap of faith to a different country with strangers and come out a completely different person with friends that they'll have for a lifetime.”
“My child came home with a great sense of himself. He experienced a diverse group of students that he doesn't get to interact with in our small town and he loved it. He found a deeper love and meaning for serving others and giving of yourself. He had a wonderful trip and learned so much about himself and serving others! He came home asking to go on another trip. He loved every minute of his experience.”
“I have learned a lot from GoBeyond. I have learned to put others first, to spread awareness of social and political issues, also a world perspective. Traveling at a young age and viewing peoples' hardships in other countries allows me to put my life in perspective.”