Explore underwater seascapes and tropical rivers on our Belize: Gud Mawnin program. In Costa Rica, high school students work alongside a local school on El Sendero while middle school students work to help maintain a local conservation organization on Pura Vida. Of course, all of our Central America programs explore the intense biodiversity and cultural significance of the area.
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.
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.
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 our Instructor Page.
No: you do not need to speak Spanish to attend one of our programs! For our Pura Vida and El Sendero Costa Rica programs, our group will be immersed in the Spanish language and encouraged to develop and practice skills. On Belize: Gud Mawnin, English is the primary spoken language. Participants can 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.
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 Mawnin 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 Mawnin 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.
READY, SET, GO!
We invite you to begin your journey to Central America today.