In Asia, we care for Elephants and explore ancient temples on Thailand: Tham Dee Dai Dee. Connect with locals affected from Agent Orange and discover the rich landscape of one of Southeast Asia’s treasures on Vietnam: Ban Than.
On The Road Less Traveled, we trek, tour, learn, teach, work hard, and have fun. We accompany and support each other along the way.
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 return to travel with us again in Asia.
Instructors selected for our Asia programs have deep experience with RLT, with young people, and with international travel. Beyond this, they are centered, thoughtful, inspiring, skilled, committed, selfless, and dedicated.
During the school year, our instructors attend school or work as teachers, authors, adventure guides, artists, scientists, emergency medical technicians, and as entrepreneurs across the globe. Previous Asia Instructors have taught English to children in Nepal, completed photography assignments in the Himalayas, worked as backcountry wilderness guides, and traveled extensively in Asia.
While we strive to make sure at least one of our instructors has traveled to the destination country, we believe that other criteria are more important in assigning our instructor teams. We take into consideration the ability to speak the language, relevant skills, gender mix, and personality.
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 entrust 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 our Instructor Page.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION:
Safety and communication are important to us. We provide our leaders with the latest emergency communication systems and strive to update parents with detailed emails and photos as often as we are able. Our office keeps in close communication with our trip leaders and complete detailed check-ins that provide us with specific information on each child's experience abroad. We also share photos on an online trip tagboard for you and your family to access at any time.
In case of emergency, many of our programs carry an Iridium Satellite phone and can communicate back and forth with local medical facilities, our office, and contact our 24/7 on-call doctor even in areas with little to no cellular service.
Because of Sean, Bree, and Sorcha I felt like I belonged there and they made me so comfortable and confident along with my peers who went on the trip. The confidence that was given to me on this trip will always be with me for the rest of my life," - Jorge O., Thai Dam Dee Alum
I wanted to especially thank James, Julia, Emma and Liz, Shane’s group leaders, for contributing their knowledge, experience and passion for travel. Although Shane has been home now for over a month, we are still hearing and learning about his adventures. The pictures, of course, tell a story, but to hear the verbal descriptions and details of various happenings that occurred on the trip, are simply amazing," Karen H., Parent
Nicole loved interacting with the Vietnamese people she met on the trip. The program section at Friendship Village was eye-opening for her - it's a part of American history that wasn't really discussed in her American history class, so to see the effects of Agent Orange first-hand definitely made an impact. She wants to start a club at school raising awareness and funds for Friendship Village, so we are thrilled that this trip has provided a push towards thinking about philanthropy and taking an active role in educating others. She really enjoyed talking to her fellow group members, and loved the international feel of the group and how everyone brought so many interesting stories from their background experiences. She's always loved to travel, but now she really would like to do it more and actively seek out opportunities to experience more long-term stays abroad. And of course - she raved about the food!," Eileen T., Parent of a Ban Than Alum
Interested in hearing more? We have hundreds of alumni families who can tell you more about their RLT experience. Please contact our office at 773-342-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. If you'd like to read more about our safety record and our accreditations, click here.
READY, SET, GO!
We invite you to begin your journey to Asia today.