About Rooted Life Adventures

Small group adventure travel abroad with mental health support

Silly, messy, fun is so good for you

Our Mission:

We put the fun back in mental health support. At Rooted Life Adventures, our mission is to provide a transformative experience through international adventures, cultural immersion, volunteering, internships, and group living. Participants gain essential life skills while living in a supportive environment with a dedicated therapist offering in-the-moment coaching and therapeutic support.

We believe in making extraordinary adventures accessible to "kids who have been through hard," helping them develop a sense of self, belonging, capability, and purpose. Our program emphasizes love, laughter, messy fun, nature, and friendship, creating a foundation for holistic growth. By prioritizing these elements, we ensure that personal development and mental well-being come naturally and joyfully.

Whom do we serve?

Adolescents ages 14-17 & Young Adults ages 18-22:

Throughout history, adolescence and young adulthood has been a time of exploration, identity seeking, curiosity in our world, and finding belonging. However, today’s young people are met with unprecedented challenges that exacerbate these needs, including the development of addictive technology and a worldwide pandemic that robbed many youth of critical mental, emotional, and social development.

Our goal is to serve young people who are ready to try something new to work through their current challenges, whether that be increased anxiety, symptoms of depression, loneliness, social challenges, loss of motivation, or feelings of being “stuck” in their life. By adjusting their environment and building skills to manage emotional overload, young people in our program can build resilience and find belonging through the authentic connections they create on program.

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What sets us apart?

1.) Fun and Friendship: We emphasize a lively atmosphere of playful activities and social bonding. Our staff live as housemates and roommates with participants, fostering a supportive environment aimed at building long-lasting peer relationships. We focus on coaching healthy social skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal development, teamwork, and conflict resolution.

2.) Productive Experiences: Our program combines the enriching elements of a summer camp or gap year, including community volunteering, cultural immersion, new adventures, and internship opportunities.

3.) Extensive Therapeutic Support: Our live-in therapeutic coach provides unparalleled access to in-the-moment coaching, supporting students in their personal development and goal achievement. This approach helps them navigate and overcome obstacles that hinder their success.

4.) Life Skills Development: Participants live in a shared house where they learn essential life skills such as independent living, cleaning, kitchen management, meal planning, grocery shopping, budgeting, and becoming an excellent roommate. They gain the confidence and knowledge to manage a home effectively.

5.) Integrated Care: We ensure seamless collaboration with each participant's home therapist through weekly check-ins. This integrated approach allows for a cohesive coaching plan and continuous care, supporting a smooth transition to and from the program.

6.) Parent Involvement: We hold weekly group calls with parents, offering parallel coaching on what students are learning. This creates a community for parents, many of whom feel isolated in their experiences, and fosters lasting relationships among participants and their families after the program.

7.) Group Travel Coordination: Families work with a travel agent, and the group flies together from a U.S. hub airport to Costa Rica or New Zealand.

8.) A BUCKET LIST of adventures most people spend their whole lives dreaming about!

"It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves- in finding themselves."

-Andre Gide

Interested in joining the movement?

We are always looking for talented, bright, enthusiastic people to join our team. If you feel like you would make a great addition to Rooted Life Adventures, please reach out! We are always looking for field instructors and Therapeutic coaches ready to make a difference.

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