If you’ve never been on a teen tour before, it might be a little overwhelming. Any summer program for teens worth its salt will take participants out of their comfort zones, but they also are incredibly exciting, fun, and life changing. Here are a few things you should know before you go, so you can focus on having fun.
6 Things to Know About Summer Programs for Teens
1. Do Not Overpack
Stick to the packing list! Teen travel programs know what they’re talking about, and it’s important to keep to the list. If you don’t, you’ll easily overpack and there’s likely no room for all your stuff in the vans and accommodations. Trust the experts and stick to what they advise.
2. Surprise Yourself
Teen tours are full of activities you may never have thought to try—ice climbing, zip lining, sand volleyball, or SCUBA diving. Step outside your comfort zone and do it all! You won’t regret it.
3. Respect Your Peers’ Space
If this is your first summer program for teens, it’s may your first time dealing with roommates. You don’t have to be friends with everyone, but respecting people’s belongings and personal space will go a long way toward a pleasant summer experience.
4. Be Yourself
It’s tempting to put on another persona when you’re in a new environment—away from people who know you and the reputation you have at school. However, if you want to make true and lasting friends this summer, be yourself.
5. Don’t Be a Snob
You’re going to share space, the food may be unfamiliar, and there might be bugs. However, as long as you’re having fun and making friends, it doesn’t matter! Focus on the positive and you’ll have an incredible summer!
6. Turn Off Technology
While it’s easy to sneak your favorite tech device onto your teen tour, don’t prioritize Snapchats over face-to-face socialization. Try to disconnect as much as possible so you can get to know your new friends and immerse yourself in the moment.
Based in White Plains, NY, Zeal Adventure and Travel provides adventure-based community service trips for teens. Whether you want to learn to surf in Hawaii or trek through Alaska’s Denali National Park, all of their summer programs for teens emphasize learning, community service, and, of course, adventure. Visit the website to see all of their programs and excursions. To request more information, give them a call at (844) 282-9325.