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Tired of people asking you what you're doing in 2016? Guess what... we're hiring! Come work for RLT this summer where you'll experience and share truly life changing travel in some of the most beautiful places in the world. To apply, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1ShwEtA ‪#‎workforRLT‬ ‪#‎makeadifference‬ ‪#‎lifechangingtravel‬ ‪#‎newyearsresolution‬
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Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you're like us, you're looking for sustainable gifts for those adventurers in your life! Check out our holiday gift giving guide: http://www.theroadlesstraveled.com/blog/lies-beneath-bow/
Some of our favorite sustainable holiday gifts for your loved ones!
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Happy Halloween! We hope you have a spooky day filled with your favorite candy 🎃👻🍭
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Is your child homesick for camp? Our new blog post can shed some light on why http://www.theroadlesstraveled.com/blog/child-homesick-for-camp/
Every year around this time, we start getting phone calls in the office from worried parents asking why it is their child seems to have fallen into a post-summer “funk.” “All they talk about is camp,” is what I hear, or “They’re already planning for next summer.” Most people ...
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Our 2016 programs are here! Provide earthquake relief in Nepal, care for elephants in Thailand, experience Cuba and the heart of its culture, or help sea turtles at a sanctuary in St. Kitts! For more information click http://bit.ly/1EWTI6E
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If you love music as much as we do, check out our playlist on Spotify. We've been grooving to this since the beginning of August at the first ever GOH Scholarship Gala.
A playlist featuring U2, Phillip Phillips, Rusted Root, and others
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Are you doing last minute shopping? Why not give the gift of adventure this year! To send your adventurer on a trip of a lifetime, head to https://www.theroadlesstraveled.com/programs-chart
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Where are minority voices in our National Parks? Take a peek at our latest blog post about how age and diversity can save our wilderness.
What needs to happen to expand opportunities to talented young people and those facing socioeconomic barriers to save our wilderness.
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Some of our Call of the Wild 2015 participants having a blast! Check out those smiles! #adventure   #adventuretravel    #rlt    #summertravel   #rafting   #cotw  
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"Most people never see the bright, hidden colors of the wildlife, the stunning waterfalls, the ever changing sky, and the view around every mountain and bend.  Most people don’t feel the serenity and peace when you’re swallowed by nature. And no one else gets to experience all this while surrounded by the most supportive, caring, wonderful people I have ever met. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world so thank you." –El Sendero 2015 Participant 
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"I used to view service as an amount of hours or as a requirement but now I realize that it’s a willingness to serve from within yourself." - 2015 Gulf Coast participant

What does service mean to you?  http://bit.ly/1EA8dkH 
Service Learning Summer Programs Aren't Your Average Summer Vacation Our service learning trips wrap many experiences into a few short weeks. And without the distraction of modern technology, students who travel with us are able to soak in their surroundings without the constant buzz of an ...
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"Every college grad these days has service experience."
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Michael DeMattia
a year ago
The Road Less Traveled has a motto of 'life-changing travel'. They use it often and to an outside observer, it may appear to simply be a clever marketing phrase. However after six years of traveling with them, both my brother and I couldn't agree more with RLT's claims. In this day and age, removing myself from technological overloads and social media distractions was more than just a good idea-it was an antidote for my lifestyle-one full of the stressors most teens see today between school, friends, family and the crafted resumé of extracurriculars. There was no substitute for sleeping under the stars. No substitute for eating meals I had planned, shopped and cooked alongside peers with simple ingredients. No substitute for the pride and self-confidence I gained from 'roughing it' for a few short weeks. From the looks of these reviews, most of the folks on here agree, but for the few who seemed to have had a different experience, I will say this: As a student on trips around the country and across the globe with The Road Less Traveled, there was NEVER even a single moment where I felt unsafe. Anyone who's ever been on a vacation or business trip abroad should be able to tell you that plans are only as good as those executing them, and their ability to think on their feet and adapt when conditions change-because something is always bound to change. My health and safety were paramount to my leaders-their consistent level of care, attention to detail, and engaging activities made it so that we as a community knew how one another were always doing and it was explicitly and implicitly made clear to me that these leaders would stop at nothing to keep me safe, healthy, and happy. They were trained for any emergency, from blisters to sudden thunderstorms-and their calm and cool demeanor was by no means a farce-they had clearly planned it out and with their instructions, we continued on our journey with yet another good story to tell! As for communication, I LOVED not having to call home. While my parents were at first rather uncomfortable with the thought of radio silence, it allowed me to connect with the young men and women I would soon call my friends. It kept me present in my service work and distracted me from the threat of homesickness. And when I finally was forced to call home (about halfway through our trips, we make our calls) I had nothing but incredible stories to tell them-about my new friends, my service work, my new surfing and scuba skills..just to name a few. Years later, I sit in a graduate school classroom, surrounded by young professionals with incredible life experiences. But with my time at The Road Less Traveled, I have something more. Every college grad these days has service experience. But I carry the confidence, pride, and understanding that comes with the immersive experiences in the communities I traveled to, and an appreciation for these cultures that simply snapping photos from a tour bus never could. If you or your child wants a truly life-changing experience, there is no better company, no better family, than this one.
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Ray Roman
4 years ago
Our 14 year old son's trip to Costa Rica was a life changing experience. In his words, "I had the time of my life". He loved all aspects of the trip from the hard work rehabbing a school, living in a tent, learning to surf, seeing the smiles on the children's faces when they saw their school upgraded school, and of course the famous oatmeal mixed with peanut butter for breakfast. He gained a more worldly perspective and a broader appreciation of his own life. The trip exceeded his expectations and ours. RLT is an awesome organization and team that is truly making a difference.
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Susan Love
4 years ago
Jim and Donna Stein and their staff at RLT offer exceptional programs for teenagers all over the world. While they vary in focus, each program our son has participated in has resulted in remarkable experiences and opportunities to grow as a person and as a member of a larger group. They payed special attention to maintaining the well-being of our son while also enhancing his experience as an integral part of the group. RLT fosters the development of interdependence within each group in a way that is both subtle and profound. And of course, each trip offered experiences for our son to see new parts of the world, to develop his resilience in managing new situations and to expand his appreciation for what he and others can offer each other.
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Laura Van
4 years ago
My son just returned from his first RLT trip and once again the reports of experiences and adventure were all that were promised. He is our youngest and our older two children both participated in two RLT trips with similar experiences so we were not surprised by his positive reviews of every part of the trip. What makes RLT trips special are the subtle changes that occur in the kids through how and what they experience and how the staff at RLT reinforce these experiences as more than just part of the service or adventure but the meaning it has to the participants emotional, intellectual and social growth and maturation process. RLT staff go WAY beyond what is expected of them. They keep your child safe, expose them to great things but also are there for every possible issue that might arise, and with teenagers that can mean so many issues! Thanks to the Jim and Donna for creating such a wonderful program and thanks to Emma one of the great counselors (of many) for providing experiences and lessons that will last a lifetime.
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Libby Skamfer
2 years ago
I have been close friends with Jim and Donna Stein for at least 30 years and since the creation of RLT. This superior adventure travel company was built on a foundation of integrity and the desire to contribute to the world in a positive way leaving a legacy of how to live generously and with honesty. The programs they have developed model a world where participating in community service is essential and full filling. Participants ultimately define their own personal growth and maturity as a result of daily experiences with their personal values and individual potential discovered and revealed. "Life changing" adventure is perfectly stated; each individual finding out more about who they are and discovering and augmenting strengths they possibly didn't know they had while partnering with others to increase their group potential while defining trust. Jim and Donna provide strong leadership in all aspects of their work which resonates throughout their organization. Generosity, honestly, trust, giving back, partnership and self-confidence are all terms that define the RLT programs. I highly recommend the incredible trips and programs offered by the RLT.
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Isabel Schwartz
2 years ago
RLT is amazing. The staff is highly professional, the trips are incredibly well run and my overall experience on two RLT trips were incredible. I was able to go to unique places such as a wolf reserve in colorado and to a coffee plantation near Arusha, Tanzania with some amazing people. The logistics were always taken care of, and RLT made sure to provide us with great local connections as well as fostering a positive and immersive environment. We did so many interesting things and got to experience local markets as well as do some valuable service work. I love RLT and would recommend it for any teen looking to become more independent and see more of the world.
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Beatriz Castilho
3 years ago
My 16 year-old daughter just arrived from "Call of the Wild", in Colorado, and I believe she really had a lifetime experience for her trip was extremely funny and she was able to practice respect for the Enviroment, as being part of it, and loved being without electricity for two weeks and meeting good new friends!
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4 years ago
Road Less Traveled is a special place to work and reflects the values of a small and family-run company committed to creating exceptional outdoor and service-oriented experiences for participants. As an employee this means that you have regular and direct interactions with Donna and Jim as Directors, know everyone who works in the office and have a personal support network available throughout your trip. Donna and Jim have been two of the best bosses I have had in my career. As managers, they demand excellence and create an environment where trip leaders can explore their own leadership skills, hone their technical skills, and go go into the field to create a powerful learning experience for participants. They balance allowing leaders to find their own style and providing constant guidance and feedback, helping you to problem-solve as issues arise and guiding leaders through challenges they face. Having the opportunity to be a trip leader has been the best job I have ever had. Beyond the obvious adventure and satisfaction that comes from working with kids in wilderness and service programs throughout the globe, becoming a trip leader has helped me to understand the type of person I am and the kind of leader I strive to be. Donna and Jim have been integral in helping me to see my strengths and weaknesses and bring me closer to the sort of person I'd like to be. Few bosses are able to so artfully accomplish this. In my five summers of working with Donna and Jim, I have been blown away by their commitment to employees and it has been a pleasure to work with them.
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