Dominican Republic: Spanish Service and Adventure Join Sra. Gibson and Sra. Boone on a 6-day Spanish and Service adventure to the Dominican Republic, on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean region. Get immersed in the unique Caribbean culture while learning about the flora and fauna of the tropics with our guide from Appleseed Expeditions. The Dominican Republic has many diverse ecosystems and each of these unique habitats is rich in plant and animal biodiversity. The trip will include a mix of adventures and service opportunities where students will get to really use their Spanish. Adventures will include: a cool cable car ride and tour of Mount Isabel, snorkeling in Sosua Bay’s beautiful coral reef, visiting a series of 27 Waterfalls, and the Del Oro chocolate factory tour. Students will use their Spanish skills while helping others in a variety of settings including a local school and orphanage.
Estimated Cost: $1850 – $1950
Trip cost includes Appleseed Tour guide, round-trip airfare, ground transportation, dormitory-style accommodations, meals in country, activities listed on itinerary, tips, photo/video package and T-shirts. Cost does not include checked baggage fees, optional travel insurance, and other incidentals. We will depart from SeaTac on the evening of Sunday April 21st and return the night of Saturday April 27th
Kayaks, Caves, and The Channel Islands
Estimated Cost $1250 – $1400
Join Ms. Andrada on a 5-day/4.5-night aquatic adventure to Channel Islands National Park in Southern California. Over the course of the trip, we’ll log about 12 hours of paddling and at least 10 miles of hiking, explore sea caves (weather/conditions permitting), cook our own food, and sleep under the stars. Our talented guides will lead us in the natural history of the island and the marine ecology of the sea caves and surrounding waters. Students will need to be able to comfortably paddle a tandem ocean kayak for up to 4-5 hours at a time to participate fully. Participants will be given a safety orientation for all water activities and will be provided with all necessary gear for kayaking and snorkeling. The campground on Santa Cruz Island is primitive, and there is potable water available for drinking and cooking, but not showering.
Trip cost includes round trip airfare, ground transportation in California, and all meals, activities, equipment rentals, and kayak guides/naturalists while in the Channel Islands. Checked baggage and other incidentals are not included in the cost of the trip. Students will need to bring a sack lunch for the first day and about $10-15 for an airport meal on the last day. We will depart from SeaTac via Alaska Airlines early Sunday morning, April 21st for LAX, and return to SeaTac LATE on Thursday night, April 25th.
Dunes, Caves, Craters, and Waterfalls of Oregon
Estimated Cost: $400 – $500
Join Mr. Healy on a 6-day/5-night adventure throughout Oregon! On this trip we will hike into the Oregon Dunes and spend an afternoon sand-boarding with expert instruction. We’ll also hike behind large waterfalls at Silver Firs State Park, explore the famous Oregon Caves, and snowshoe at Crater Lake. Our adventure will also include touring the world-famous Evergreen Aviation Museum and the renown Oregon Coast Aquarium. Travelling in vans from Seattle, we’ll camp in tents, prepare our own meals, and have nightly campfires. Throughout the trip we will also meet with park rangers and working scientists in the field, who will help us learn more about the ecology, history, and geology of Oregon’s varied regions. Monday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 27th
Estimated Cost: $850 – $950
Join Ms. Minato for a 5-day/4-night expedition to Yosemite National Park and northern California, with an emphasis on photography. We will be flying into Oakland and quickly journeying to Yosemite National Park where students will explore waterfalls, meadows, and hiking trails. Gaze upon El Capitan and Half Dome, photograph all the Valley has to offer before we head to historic Monterey and the redwoods on the California Coast. Activities on this trip will include hiking, biking, kayaking, and photography. Other highlights of the trip will be seeing the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. All transportation, meals, and camping for this expedition will be provided by Green Tortoise Inc. Departing from SeaTac on Saturday, April 20th and returning LATE on Wednesday, April 24th.
School of Rock
Estimated Cost: $550
Mr. Rose will lead a 5-day trip expedition to the Seattle School of Rock and surrounding creative arts institutions in Seattle. We will be utilizing the professional music instructors at the Seattle School of Rock to form rock bands around the interests and ability levels of the students enrolled. Students will be personally challenged to improve their skill on an instrument, work effectively with a group, and be creative in the process. The week will include 20 hours of group instruction as well as use of rehearsal studios during the time we are at the school. Drums and pianos are located at the school and do not need to be rented by the student. Guitars, bass, horns will need to be rented, borrowed, or bought for the program. Admission to other creative arts institutions will be paid for by the tuition.
Trip fee includes transportation, and instruction by the artists. We’ll depart E.A.S. daily at 8:45 and return by 4pm. Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26 and a show on Friday April 27.
The Riotous and Riveting Amazing Race Challenge
(Not for the weak of heart, mind or body)
Estimated Cost: $400 – $500
This will be a 5-day/4-night expedition called The Amazing Race with Mr. Hamilton. This adventure is loosely based on the television program where you will participate in small groups to undertake certain mental and physical challenges, perform daring exploits, mastermind solutions to fiendish puzzles, outperform, outlast and outwit challengers – all in order to claim victory and win the grand prize. Our group will be traveling to the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, and the San Juan Islands. Our challenges include golfing, zip lining, bowling, athletic endeavors, beach games, obstacle courses, puzzle solving, cooking competitions and more- all whilst staying in cabins, yurts, bungalows and officer quarters and cooking and eating 5-star meals.
Who should sign up? Unlike other trips, you can sign up with team-mate suggestions. For example, if you have a group of friends that would like to participate on this adventure together, you could suggest the team as a possible combination for competition. Teams may consist of 2 to 5 persons. Individuals without teams will be drafted into existing team groups. Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26