Holistic adventure travel with built-in mental health support
We recognize that it can be difficult to cultivate meaningful change at home. There can be a lot of distractions such as busy schedules, technology, and schoolwork. There may be a lack of motivation to change at home, or collusion cycles occurring in the family system. Creating space between all that may be going on provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their challenges, and focus on their own personal growth without previous distractions.
Travel is a unique tool that offers students an opportunity for exponential growth, a chance to challenge themselves, test their limits, and expand their knowledge of the world and themselves. Our program is intentionally designed to create connection and foster change by taking a small group of teens and young adults on the journey of a lifetime. Students will take on our many intentional program challenges as a team. They will be living together in community, embarking on daring adventures out of their comfort zone, diving into cultural immersion to expand their perspective of the world, engaging in hands-on volunteer service learning projects to experience purposeful work, and practising home stewardship to prepare for independent living.
On Site Wellness Director & Group Program Experience
A therapeutic coach serves as our Wellness Director and lives on site 24/7 with the student’s for the entirety of the program. The group is supported by additional field staff at a 1:4 ratio. The Wellness Director supports the group’s collective journey by integrating intentional wellness practices into the daily routine as well as facilitating psychoeducational core curriculum groups and wellness workshops. These groups have a large impact on the group culture, as students learn the language to challenge each other, ask for help, and provide and accept feedback. Over time, the conversations between students become more vulnerable and growth based, which sets us apart from other traditional gap year programs.
Our Wellness Director also does in-the-moment therapeutic coaching and feedback, skills development, and social development with the students individually or in group settings. Community is a key element of the program allowing students to create meaningful relationships that cultivate a strong sense of belonging. We are one of the few therapeutic programs that allows the students to share a collective journey - start to finish - for the entire program.
Continuity of Care: Virtual Family Therapist
We prioritise continuity of care by partnering with our student's current at-home therapist. Families have already spent careful time and attention selecting the right therapist for them, someone the student has already been working with and who knows the student well. We believe that their therapist should be able to support the student throughout the program, as well as sustain their learning when transitioning back home. Prior to the program, the student's therapist will be contacted by our team and be intimately involved through the intake and goal setting process.
During the program, each student will have a weekly virtual appointment with their at-home therapist to discuss their program experience, learning, challenges, goals, and anything else they may have been working on prior to joining the program. Our program's Wellness Director will be in contact with each student's home therapist for wrap around care and to fully support each individual student’s development. If a student is not currently seeing a therapist at home and would like to, we are happy to refer one in their home state.
Parent/ Guardian Involvement
Although exponential growth can happen through travel, sustainable growth happens at home. It is pivotal when parents and guardians are involved in the growth process.
Parents are engaged from the start in the intake process, assisting with preparation and goals setting. During the program, our Wellness Director will communicate with parents weekly regarding the group and individual student journey. In addition, all families are offered parent coaching sessions. Three sessions at the beginning of the program, and three sessions at the end, will be given to prepare families to aid in students adjusting to program life and during reintegration back home.
At the end of the program, the Wellness Director will have final calls with parents and at-home therapists. Clear bridging of care is essential in reintegrating the student back home, supporting the sustainability of their growth, and applying that growth to future chapters of their lives.
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