1. Teens simply don’t have time; they need to be participating in activities that they can put on their college applications and improving their test scores
Guess what? Colleges care about much more than the sum of your numbers (GPA/standardized test score/class rank). Sure it’s important to get good grades and do your work on those pesky ACT/SATs, but remember, the world, (and admissions offices!) want to see who YOU are, as a person. With more and more colleges placing importance on your interests and essays, our advice is to get your head out of the vice and get out into the world. Learn and experience a thing or two that isn’t being taught in the classroom. (Plus, it doesn’t hurt to get a Presidential Service Award when traveling with RLT!)
2. It’s unsafe for teens to travel without their parents
RLT takes safety incredibly seriously. With over 20 years of experience, we understand that safety is the most important aspect of travel. We have an exceptional record to prove it. The physical and emotional well being of our travelers is the most important aspect of our work. Safety is SO important to us, we could never include all of our safety standards and precautions here. Read all about safety with RLT here.
3. It’s an unnecessary luxury and isn’t really hard work
We can’t speak on behalf of other summer programs, but our participants not only work hard teaching English, building schools and homes, working with wildlife and restoring damaged habitats, they also work hard together as a team. Being able to work as a team is one of the most practical but difficult skills to learn, and we facilitate this learning. On top of all that, they work hard on themselves. Very few things are more challenging than taking yourself outside of your comfort zone and opening yourself up to a new type of experience.
4. Teens are too young to appreciate all the things they are seeing and doing
Not only we do we find that young people take these experiences very seriously, and we also have found that they make memories that stick with them for a lifetime. In other words, their appreciation is so great that it very really fades. These young people are the policy makers of the future. Experiences like this are going to shape their values, their understanding of the world, and their appreciation of others. Trips like these create mature and insightful individuals. You can meet some of our RLT alums who are doing and creating inspiring things here.
5. Too many teens in one place means trouble
Quite the contrary! We find teenagers to be some of the most respectful, cooperative, insightful and giving people, when treated with respect and encouragement. The teens who choose to travel on The Road tend to be extremely gifted and giving individuals, who choose to travel with us because they really want to give back, learn and step outside of their comfort zone. We have a “challenge by choice” culture on The Road, and these teens have chosen to take part in our mission of taking themselves outside to seek adventure, experience challenge, make new friends, build community and understand the world and its people in a different way.