The Road Less Traveled programs take students outside to seek adventure, find challenges, make friends, build community and understand the world in a different way.
The Road Less Traveled covers it all. We paddle, hike, swim, dive, surf, explore and learn. We accompany and support each other along the way.
Our teen and middle school travel programs in Central America are put together with unmatched expertise and attention to detail. Our office staff and local guides create experiences that balance excitement with safety.
We have safe houses set up in every location
Our leaders (average age, 26) are Wilderness First Responder Certified
Our leaders attend a 10-day intense training program
We have a leader return rate of 50%
We register ALL of our travelers, itineraries and contact information with the US embassy in the destination country so that they can contact us should the need arise.
We always have a doctor on call, 24/7, and no traveler has spent a night in a hospital due to an injury
Everyone returns securely home from our international service trips, always changed for the better, and often dreaming of their next adventure with The Road Less Traveled. In fact, many of our teens are returning travelers.
WHO WILL BE LEADING YOUR TRIP?
Instructors selected for our Central American programs are Spanish-speakers and have deep experience with RLT, young people, and international travel. Beyond this, they are centered, thoughtful, inspiring, skilled, committed, selfless, and dedicated. All leaders have a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (or higher) medical certification.
During the school year, our instructors attend graduate school or work as teachers, authors, adventure guides, artists, scientists, emergency medical technicians, and as entrepreneurs across the globe. Former Central America leaders have included Spanish teachers, international biologists and ecologists, emergency medical technicians, those who have taught English in Central America, wilderness guides, travel authors, ivy leaguers, and those who have studied abroad and backpacked in Central America.
Get to know last year's Central America program instructors on this page. We will be updating this page with this year's trip leader assignments in the spring.
Each leader is selected personally for their ability to prevent and solve problems in the field, their capacity to relate to and enjoy our young people, their language skills and travel experience, and their knowledge and love of the places we visit.
RLT demands the ultimate responsibility in life. They are more than just leaders, instructors and mentors. They are guardians, in the most genuine sense of the word – essentially a parent to every child.
Directors and founders Jim and Donna would not hesitate to trust the physical and emotional safety of their own children with any of our instructors. To learn more about our instructors and their backgrounds please visit this page.
It depends on the program! Belize is an English speaking country, so you do not need to have any previous Spanish-speaking skills to travel there. Our Panama, and Middle School Costa Rica programs are suitable for any Spanish experience level. Students on these programs are immersed and exposed to Spanish daily.
Our Costa Rica El Sendero program is designed for those with at least 2 years of previous Spanish experience. Prior to the trip starting, participants are asked to sign an agreement to speak Spanish to the best of their ability while on the program. Participants will speak Spanish at our service sites, throughout our time in the community in which we live, and during our adventure activities, immersing themselves in the language. Part of the service expereince is teaching English to high school students.
We are so proud of Camile having done this, as well as the advanced scuba licence she obtained. She made so many dear friends, hopefully with a few will she will stay in touch and perhaps come again on another trip with you! Really wanted to say that you did a great job teaching and safe guarding these children, which I know wasn’t easy at times, the responsibilities for trips like these are daunting. I am happy to see the outcome, a nicer, stronger and confident person," Eliza N., Gud Mawin Parent
Thank you so much for all of the effort that went into developing such a wonderful experience. It was educational, cultural, and environmentally friendly and safe. She had a wonderful experience and we appreciate the fabulous support of her counsellors. " Andrea P., Gud Mawin Parent
Without even having picked up Jack from the airport, the communication from you is more than convincing evidence that RLT is an extraordinary organization that goes far beyond the usual, end-of-summer communique. The care and thoughtfulness that you and your staff demonstrated prior to the "send off" was extraordinary," Jack W., El Sendero Parent
I want to thank you and the entire RLT team for putting together a life-changing journey for our daughter, Christina. Tina told me she had a spiritual awakening and has been empowered to continue her service to communities that are in need. Tim and I cannot thank RLT enough for all you did. What you guys do cannot be taught by books or teachers – only experience," Cynthia M, El Sendero Parent
Interested in hearing more? We have hundreds of alumni families who can tell you more about their RLT expe
rience. Please contact our office at 773-342-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
OUR AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS:
The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
Our work with children is serious business. Our commitment to safety is unrivaled and we always place quality before quantity. This conviction has empowered and inspired us to provide only the best in training, emergency preparedness, and staffing over the years. To learn more about our ACA accreditation, our exceptional safety record, our Markel's Safety 1st Recognition, B-Corp Certification, and extensive leader training please visit this page.
READY, SET, GO!
We invite you to begin your journey to Central America today.