Caribbean to Mediterranean

Aboard S/Y Argo

4,500 Nautical Miles via British Virgin Islands, Azores, Gibraltar, Spain

We’ve been crossing oceans aboard our 112-ft modern schooner S/Y Argo since her launch in 2006 and she’s already circumnavigated the world three times, but this summer is your opportunity to do something truly remarkable and sail across the Atlantic Ocean.

It all starts in June when we depart from the British Virgin Islands bound for the very beautiful French Riviera via the Azores, Gibraltar and Spain. By necessity this 40-day program will substitute shore time for sea miles as we’ll be covering 4,500 plus miles over the course of the trip. Voyage emphasis? Blue water sailing, and lots of it! Crewing a yacht on a transatlantic voyage is not something many can say they have achieved, yet members of our crew will also earn 3 college credits in Nautical Science and visit Caribbean, Portuguese, British, Spanish and French ports along the way. As a team, your sense of accomplishment will be profound, and as an individual, the experience will set you apart. The skills you’ll develop and challenges you’ll overcome are uncommon. Not only a perfect subject for any job interview, this voyage is likely to contribute long after you have departed the vessel. After all, we are the sum of our experiences and this one will be indexing.

  • Days
  • Credits
  • Students
  • Term
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Summer / Jul 7 - Aug 15, 2018
  • 40
  • 3 credits
  • 24
  • Summer
  • Open
  • $12,870

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

Academic Classes

Certification Courses

Activities

  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
  • Educational & Cultural Tours
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Service
  • Personal Time

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome Aboard!

The journey begins at our home base at Soper’s Hole in the west end of Tortola. It won’t be hard to find our 112-ft schooner, S/Y Argo, tied alongside the dock with an eager crew of 6 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop crystal clear Caribbean waters is now your home and classroom for the next 40 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

Learning The Ropes
3-5 days

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first 5 days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

World-famous British Virgin Island day sails provide the perfect playground for sail drills and applying the theory of sailing. During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for the Nautical Science course. While the structure of the syllabus might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
Caribbean | British Virgin Islands Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Jost Van Dyke
Atlantic The Azores (Portugal)
Mediterranean Gibraltar (UK), Motril (Spain), Monaco (Monaco), Nice (France)
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
Play
Video
seamester-life-aboard-schooner
Typical Day…
There’s no such thing!

The only thing that’s typical about a day with Sea|mester is that it’s going to be anything but typical!

While living aboard you’ll be involved in every aspect of running Argo.  Whether standing watch at 2 AM under a blanket of stars, monitoring the ship’s systems, or planning, provisioning and cooking the meals for your team, by the end of the experience you’ll feel the accomplishment of knowing that you played a big part in the success of the expedition.

Anchors Down -Azores
(2-4 Days)

After a 3,000 nautical mile passage, the volcanic hills of the Azores will be a sight for sore legs to you and your crewmates. Crepes, cafes, and snacks galore will be burned off easily with a few days exploring the natural wonders of this remote archipelago. Soak it all in while you can because as quickly as you arrived, you’ll be back out at sea.

>Next stop: Gibraltar
Gibraltar
(2-4 Days)

The iconic hillsides of this minute territory are almost as captivating a sight as the notorious monkeys that reside there. While climbing, be sure not to take your eyes away from either. This pint-sized peninsula packs a wealth of experiences in the form of elaborate cave systems, UK culture, and cathedral-sized caverns. You and your crew will spend a couple days saying hello to mainland Europe on the gateway to the Mediterranean.

>Next stop: Mallorca
Motril amp; Granada, Spain
(2-4 Days)

Between the Moorish architecture, the light-hearted city center, and the buzzing port of Motril – you’ll wonder how one country can encapsulate so much. You and your crew will head inland to have a day exploring the town of Granada, and spend some time in the exquisite architecture of the Arabic fortress Alhambra.

>Next stop: Nice, France
Nice, France
(2-4 Days)

This picturesque Mediterranean town provides no shortage of novelty as you reflect on your time onboard Argo. Home to quaint shops and cafes staffed with friendly people – France’s southern coast offers the chance to explore multimillion dollar yachts and Roman ruins in the same day. You’ll have one last adventure with your crew mates on a train ride to Monaco for a day spent among the rich and famous.

>Next stop: Real Life
Play
Video
Rite of Passage
Life and Rhythm on the Big Blue

Entering the open ocean can be daunting but once life at sea starts to become your new normal, after you’ve gone through your station drills, man overboard scenarios, fire drills etc. – it will be time to put your new skills to the test on this transoceanic passage. From here on out, the time at sea outweighs the time on land. You’ll cross the prime meridian, battle squalls, navigate the tradewinds and make the currents work for you as you learn to soak in passage life. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship sail. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its intended destination.

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
“From the moment we set foot aboard Argo, we have been hopeful. Even in those moments when my crewmates are bent over the rail, losing a staring contest with the ocean - I have every faith that they remain cheerful and hopeful for what is to come. I mean come on! We're setting out to cross an ocean. How could our hopes be anything but high?”
Harper E.
Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“As we go back to our homes we will try to share what we saw, how we felt and what we learned with our friends and families. This has been an awesome adventure and there are some great photos we can show you, but there are so many things we will find difficult to fully explain. How we now deeply appreciate things we had never given a second thought about before. How much more pride and respect we have for ourselves. What happens when you just throw your whole life at something so vast and completely new. How we now look at the world with new eyes, full of possibilities and opportunities rather than problems or changes to be feared.”
Day 36
By Everybody

Day 39/40 – The Argonauts

Dear Parents/Family,As a final blog we feel it necessary to quote a favorite movie among the crew, all be it …

Read More
Day 34
By Mary. B

Day 34 – Major Mallorca Memories

An incredibly bright sun welcomed the crew this morning in Mallorca. After a quick breakfast, we ventured off to hunt …

Read More
Day 28
By Ben. D

Day 28 – We Have Crossed The Atlantic!!!!

As we arrived in the Azores just about a week ago, we discovered that you can actually smell land from …

Read More
Day 21
By Steven. G

Day 21 – Mists of the Azores

The Azores is a place of true beauty. For myself it is a stark reminder of home; today the mist …

Read More
Day 20
By Alyssa. P

Day 19 – Journey Across Pico

Our first full day in the Azores has not only brought steady land and delicious food (not that boat food …

Read More
Day 12
By Keenan. M

Day 12 – Midway

5,310 meters deep, 1477 nautical miles traveled, 900 nautical miles from the closest shoreline, 12 days at sea, and three …

Read More
Day 6
By Madeleine. M

Day 6 – Catch of the Day

Well, good evening parents, friends, and other visitors of this blog to our fantastic, yet daring aquatic navigation of the …

Read More
Day 2
By Rebecca. S

The Adventure Begins

This morning started off with a scavenger hunt: I had to hunt down the crew to wake them up. Most …

Read More
Day 49
By Ben D.

Appreciation

 Today we started on the final Boat Appreciation. Up the rigging, down in the bilges, even inside the freezer – …

Read More
Day 48
By Julia S.

It’s Nice To Be In Nice

Today was a very busy but exciting day in Nice. We left Villefranche and then docked in Nice. It was …

Read More

Trip Logs

Welcome Aboard!

The journey begins at our home base at Soper’s Hole in the west end of Tortola. It won’t be hard to find our 112-ft schooner, S/Y Argo, tied alongside the dock with an eager crew of 6 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop crystal clear Caribbean waters is now your home and classroom for the next 40 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
Caribbean | British Virgin Islands Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Jost Van Dyke
Atlantic The Azores (Portugal)
Mediterranean Gibraltar (UK), Motril (Spain), Monaco (Monaco), Nice (France)
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.

Learning The Ropes
3-5 days

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first 5 days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

World-famous British Virgin Island day sails provide the perfect playground for sail drills and applying the theory of sailing. During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for the Nautical Science course. While the structure of the syllabus might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Play
Video
seamester-life-aboard-schooner
Typical Day…
There’s no such thing!

The only thing that’s typical about a day with Sea|mester is that it’s going to be anything but typical!

While living aboard you’ll be involved in every aspect of running Argo.  Whether standing watch at 2 AM under a blanket of stars, monitoring the ship’s systems, or planning, provisioning and cooking the meals for your team, by the end of the experience you’ll feel the accomplishment of knowing that you played a big part in the success of the expedition.

Anchors Down -Azores
(2-4 Days)

After a 3,000 nautical mile passage, the volcanic hills of the Azores will be a sight for sore legs to you and your crewmates. Crepes, cafes, and snacks galore will be burned off easily with a few days exploring the natural wonders of this remote archipelago. Soak it all in while you can because as quickly as you arrived, you’ll be back out at sea.

>Next stop: Gibraltar
Gibraltar
(2-4 Days)

The iconic hillsides of this minute territory are almost as captivating a sight as the notorious monkeys that reside there. While climbing, be sure not to take your eyes away from either. This pint-sized peninsula packs a wealth of experiences in the form of elaborate cave systems, UK culture, and cathedral-sized caverns. You and your crew will spend a couple days saying hello to mainland Europe on the gateway to the Mediterranean.

>Next stop: Mallorca
Motril amp; Granada, Spain
(2-4 Days)

Between the Moorish architecture, the light-hearted city center, and the buzzing port of Motril – you’ll wonder how one country can encapsulate so much. You and your crew will head inland to have a day exploring the town of Granada, and spend some time in the exquisite architecture of the Arabic fortress Alhambra.

>Next stop: Nice, France
Nice, France
(2-4 Days)

This picturesque Mediterranean town provides no shortage of novelty as you reflect on your time onboard Argo. Home to quaint shops and cafes staffed with friendly people – France’s southern coast offers the chance to explore multimillion dollar yachts and Roman ruins in the same day. You’ll have one last adventure with your crew mates on a train ride to Monaco for a day spent among the rich and famous.

>Next stop: Real Life
Play
Video
Rite of Passage
Life and Rhythm on the Big Blue

Entering the open ocean can be daunting but once life at sea starts to become your new normal, after you’ve gone through your station drills, man overboard scenarios, fire drills etc. – it will be time to put your new skills to the test on this transoceanic passage. From here on out, the time at sea outweighs the time on land. You’ll cross the prime meridian, battle squalls, navigate the tradewinds and make the currents work for you as you learn to soak in passage life. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship sail. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its intended destination.

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
“From the moment we set foot aboard Argo, we have been hopeful. Even in those moments when my crewmates are bent over the rail, losing a staring contest with the ocean - I have every faith that they remain cheerful and hopeful for what is to come. I mean come on! We're setting out to cross an ocean. How could our hopes be anything but high?”
Harper E.
Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“As we go back to our homes we will try to share what we saw, how we felt and what we learned with our friends and families. This has been an awesome adventure and there are some great photos we can show you, but there are so many things we will find difficult to fully explain. How we now deeply appreciate things we had never given a second thought about before. How much more pride and respect we have for ourselves. What happens when you just throw your whole life at something so vast and completely new. How we now look at the world with new eyes, full of possibilities and opportunities rather than problems or changes to be feared.”
Day 36
By Everybody

Day 39/40 – The Argonauts

Dear Parents/Family,As a final blog we feel it necessary to quote a favorite movie among the crew, all be it …

Read More
Day 34
By Mary. B

Day 34 – Major Mallorca Memories

An incredibly bright sun welcomed the crew this morning in Mallorca. After a quick breakfast, we ventured off to hunt …

Read More
Day 28
By Ben. D

Day 28 – We Have Crossed The Atlantic!!!!

As we arrived in the Azores just about a week ago, we discovered that you can actually smell land from …

Read More
Day 21
By Steven. G

Day 21 – Mists of the Azores

The Azores is a place of true beauty. For myself it is a stark reminder of home; today the mist …

Read More
Day 20
By Alyssa. P

Day 19 – Journey Across Pico

Our first full day in the Azores has not only brought steady land and delicious food (not that boat food …

Read More
Day 12
By Keenan. M

Day 12 – Midway

5,310 meters deep, 1477 nautical miles traveled, 900 nautical miles from the closest shoreline, 12 days at sea, and three …

Read More
Day 6
By Madeleine. M

Day 6 – Catch of the Day

Well, good evening parents, friends, and other visitors of this blog to our fantastic, yet daring aquatic navigation of the …

Read More
Day 2
By Rebecca. S

The Adventure Begins

This morning started off with a scavenger hunt: I had to hunt down the crew to wake them up. Most …

Read More
Day 49
By Ben D.

Appreciation

 Today we started on the final Boat Appreciation. Up the rigging, down in the bilges, even inside the freezer – …

Read More
Day 48
By Julia S.

It’s Nice To Be In Nice

Today was a very busy but exciting day in Nice. We left Villefranche and then docked in Nice. It was …

Read More

Trip Logs

Need More Information?

Vocational Certifications

Students will have the opportunity to complete a number of sailing certifications during their voyage. Since this trip focuses on extensive blue water sailing, scuba diving is not able to be included. Those looking for scuba should consider our 20 and 40-day summer Caribbean trips.

  • Seamester is an International Yacht Training partner school

    Sailing Certifications

       International Crew
       VHF Operator
       Navigation Master
       Learn more about sailing

Need To Know

What is the main focus of this voyage?

Our 40-day Global Summer Sea|mester Voyage offers a unique opportunity to cross the Atlantic Ocean gaining over 4,500 sea miles while earning up to 3 academic credits for the Basic Seamanship classes taught aboard. For more information on our classes, please visit our academics page.

What Experience Do I Need?

None at all. All you need is a great attitude and a willingness to fully participate in every aspect of the experience.

Who will be my staff?

Six professional staff members live aboard full-time. There will be the Skipper, the First and Second Mate and two Marine Biologists (who are typically scuba diving instructors) and a sixth staff member who could also be an EMT or someone with other special skills. Take a look through our team page for more information.

What's the weather like?

Starting in the Caribbean we should experience some classic hot tropical weather with the refreshing Caribbean trade winds. Once heading north and east into the northern Atlantic it’s likely that we will see varying weather conditions with an overall cooling trend. The weather in the Mediterranean is likely to be very pleasant with highs in the high 70’s during the day, cooling to 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night.

How do I communicate with home?

When we are ashore or close at anchor there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate with friends and family at home. That said, while aboard we have guidelines as to when it is appropriate to use your personal communications devices. The environment we strive to create relies heavily on each individual remaining focused on the group and our experience. Being tied to the modern world of “instant communications” can, in certain circumstances, be a hindrance to the personal and group processes aboard.

Cell Phones: Check with your provider before you go, but so long as you have a sim card, your cell phone will likely work in most global locations.

Internet: While our vessels are not wifi equipped, another way to communicate is by email, text, Facetime or Skype using shore side internet. The internet is often free or available to purchase in most of the locations that we visit.

What is the food like?

Both on the vessel and ashore, the answer is up to you. The vast majority of the meals during your trip are prepared and eaten aboard. For meals aboard each person on the crew takes a turn as head chef to plan and cook the meals for an entire day with the help of another person acting as sous-chef. We all work to stay within a budget, with both students and staff responsible for stocking the vessels. We endeavor to accommodate everyone aboard while providing what any alumni will tell you, was a great dining adventure. During your free time ashore you will have the opportunity to eat more adventurously. With this voyage starting in the Caribbean, students will get to sample some traditional West Indian meals such as Chicken Roti or some local Salt Fish! Once across the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean influence will take over and by the end of the trip most of the crew will have sampled some Spanish Tapas and classic French bread with stinky cheese!

Nitty Gritty

Flights
As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

This voyage will begin in West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands and end in Nice, France.

Arrival: Students flying from the US to join us in the BVI may select from one of these two travel options:

  • Fly via St. Thomas (airport code STT): Flights direct to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands are typically a less expensive option, and once arrived, students need to make their way to Tortola, which is about 25 miles away by ferry from Charlotte Amalie (10 minutes in a taxi from the St. Thomas airport to the ferry port).
  • Fly to Tortola (airport code EIS) via San Juan, Puerto Rico (airport code SJU): Typically a more expensive route, an alternative way to arrive in the BVI from the US is via San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cape Air, Liat and Seaborne Airlines currently offer scheduled connections from San Juan to Tortola.

Departure: Students will leave the program at any time during the final day out of Nice in the South of France (airport code NCO).

Booking Travel

When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Skip the stress and plan ahead

Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

Tuition
Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
  • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
  • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
  • Full room and board
  • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
  • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs

Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

Insure Your Investment

Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
Learn More about Travelex

Voyage Itinerary

Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Voyage Itinerary
  • As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

    This voyage will begin in West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands and end in Nice, France.

    Arrival: Students flying from the US to join us in the BVI may select from one of these two travel options:

    • Fly via St. Thomas (airport code STT): Flights direct to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands are typically a less expensive option, and once arrived, students need to make their way to Tortola, which is about 25 miles away by ferry from Charlotte Amalie (10 minutes in a taxi from the St. Thomas airport to the ferry port).
    • Fly to Tortola (airport code EIS) via San Juan, Puerto Rico (airport code SJU): Typically a more expensive route, an alternative way to arrive in the BVI from the US is via San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cape Air, Liat and Seaborne Airlines currently offer scheduled connections from San Juan to Tortola.

    Departure: Students will leave the program at any time during the final day out of Nice in the South of France (airport code NCO).

    Booking Travel

    When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

    For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

    Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

  • Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
    • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
    • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
    • Full room and board
    • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
    • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs

    Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

    Insure Your Investment

    Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

    This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

    Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
    Learn More about Travelex

  • Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

    For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

    With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

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