What’s the basic concept?
Long-time mental health professionals partner with world-class explorers, scientists, and artists to create transformative therapeutic adventures for young adults. Each adventure centers on an authentic and important project mission, much like a team from National Geographic “on assignment” or a team of scientists on a research expedition.
What’s the duration of each expedition?
Around 45 days (6 weeks). 4 expeditions per year.
What’s the scheduling framework of each expedition?
Initial 1-2 week orientation at a lake cabin in Wisconsin, followed by 3.5 weeks on the expedition, ending with 3-4 days back in Wisconsin before departure home.
Who is on each expedition team?
Our world-class expedition leader, plus Ben Thwaits (program director), Hillary Giller (Therapist), and four or five young adult students
How do I apply?
What travel documents will I need?
For our current expedition locations, a passport is all that is required. No visa needed. There are a number of resources for rush passport acquisition.
What immunizations should I get?
Talk to your personal physician about this and look over this information for travel to Panama: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/panama and this information for travel to Mexico: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/mexico
Is this going to be safe?
Safety is always at the forefront of our approach. All of our travel will occur in tourist-friendly destinations. Our guides have deep local connections that will ensure a high level of predictability and safety. All of our locations are near quality health care in the event of emergencies, and staff are trained in Wilderness First Aid.
This list is still growing, and contact us if you have more questions.