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Earthwatch Student Group Expeditions immerse young people in hands-on field research and real-world interactions with researchers and local communities.

Teens are full participants in every aspect of Earthwatch projects, from data collection to cooking to attending lectures and workshops.

Earthwatch is a pioneer and market leader:

  • Earthwatch began sending expeditions into the field in 1971, so we have many decades of experience in the field.
  • National Geographic Adventure has ranked Earthwatch as #1 in both volunteering and education volunteer opportunities worldwide
  • Bradt's Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering: The Complete Guide named Earthwatch as one of the top international wildlife and conservation organizations and the only organization to achieve the maximum score for its "demonstrable achievements"
  • Bradt's gives Earthwatch high marks for safety, fieldwork, credibility, and pre-expedition planning
  • Browse our Field Reports with results from our expeditions

EXPAND YOUR WORLD, BUILD YOUR FUTURE.

Many students choose to travel abroad as a way to expand their education, improve their academic performance, and increase the chances of getting into the colleges and universities of their choice. According to the research, that’s exactly what happens.

A recent Student & Youth Travel Association survey revealed some impressive findings on students who have traveled internationally. Among those who traveled outside their countries before the age of 18, more than 88 percent received a college degree and more than 80 percent had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The majority of individuals who participated in youth travel directly credit their travel experiences as positively impacting their education and career.

Youth travel increases the frequency of travel as an adult, as well as increasing the number of destinations explored.


REAL-WORLD ADVENTURE IN A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE SETTING

Students work with top international scientists on projects related to biology, volcanology, climate change, environmental science, or archaeology, among other subjects. They have the opportunity to become full participants in the scientific process – perhaps being among the first in the world to see a newly discovered species or explore an ancient archaeological site.

Although the adventure is real, it’s also carefully managed for safety and welfare. That’s because Earthwatch offers:

  • More than 40 years of experience as a top-ranked provider of travel opportunities for young people
  • Research teams typically composed of three to five staff members, plus one or more teacher-facilitators – so your teens are in excellent hands
  • A safety and welfare policy that ensures the right choices for your child’s accommodations, food, water, and field experience
  • Fully trained field staff and emergency plans for every location and situation

If your students are ready for a Student Group Expedition, you can be sure Earthwatch will make their experience safe, extraordinary, and memorable.




AMONG STUDENTS WHO TRAVELED OUTSIDE THEIR COUNTRIES BEFORE THE AGE OF

18

MORE THAN

88%

RECEIVED A COLLEGE DEGREE


Earthwatch offers over 40 years experience in delivering safe travel opportunities

Earthwatch offers over 40 years experience in delivering safe travel opportunities.





BECOME THE TEACHER YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE

As a teacher, you’re eager to provide the best and most educational experiences for your students. But Student Group Expeditions benefit teachers as well as students:

  • Teachers bringing six or more students pay no expedition fees
  • Teachers gain invaluable educational and personal experience in the field
  • Teachers contribute to the expedition by facilitating their students’ work in the project, counseling them if there are any problems, contributing their professional expertise, and acting as a link to their communities back home