Every September, TFT core staff gather at our top secret bat cave and high-tech training facility in Wayne, PA to discuss the summer’s adventures, share photos and experiences, and delve into planning for the upcoming year.

This also happens to be the time when we decide which destinations we may be adding for the next year! All staff are encouraged to throw any ideas they have into the pot, we let them stew together for a bit, and then only the very best destinations are selected, fleshed out, and given the full quality treatment you’d expect from TFT. We are more excited this year than ever to unveil our new destinations in 2012 – we think you’ll be pleased! Check out our brand new trip map to get the full picture.

So without further ado, we present to you our full complement of exciting new destinations in 2012!

Dominican Republic Service & Spanish – Multiple dates during Spring Break

You could be here in March

Spend your spring break doing something meaningful and fun! Our 8 day adventure to the Dominican Republic includes 16 hours of community service, 4 hours of Spanish classes, and full day excursions of zip lining, horseback riding, and sailing to remote Caribbean islands for snorkeling and relaxing in the sun.

The Dominican Republic is a country of contrasting natural beauty and third world poverty; this carefully crafted service adventure trip aims to expose participants to both of those elements of this small Caribbean nation and foster an understanding for the needs of its people as well as an appreciation for its natural beauty. Join us on this unforgettable adventure and experience for yourself everything that the Dominican Republic has to offer. ¡Vamanos!

Thailand Service & Adventure – 2 sessions, June 26 – July 12 and July 12 – July 28

Paradise on Earth: Kho Phi Phi Ley

(Technically not a new trip, but we are bringing Thailand back this year after a 3 year hiatus!)

Thailand is an earthly paradise full of beauty and adventure. You’ll experience the world’s bluest waters, world-class diving, saffron-cloaked Buddhist monks, temples adorned with mother-of-pearl inlay and golden Buddhas, mouth-watering cuisine, Thai cooking lessons, and the gentle smiles of the Thai people. Our 20-hour service project involves working alongside indigenous Thai hill tribes to improve their infrastructure (such as rebuilding or painting schools) and spending time participating in a cultural exchange with local children.
Thailand Photography – July 28 – August 8
The Reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya
Perfect your travel photography skills and build an incredible portfolio in Thailand as we journey to the ancient, crumbling temples of Ayutthaya and over the mountains and into the jungles of Northern Thailand. Our talented Staff Photographers will guide you in the arts of travel photography, giving you the tools you’re seeking to capture the culture and identity of this unique place and its people.
China Discovery – 2 sessions, June 26 – July 12 and July 12 – July 28
Define “cute”
Discover the wonders of ancient and modern China with Travel for Teens. Ancient civilization fuses with high-tech modernity in today’s China, and the time to experience this incredible transformation is right now. Visit Shaolin monks who practice kung fu, commune with endangered Pandas in Chengdu, walk the Great Wall, and so much more. Experience the best of China on this amazing journey of discovery.

Peru Community Service – 2 sessions, June 29 – July 15 and July 15 – July 31

Majestic Machu Picchu

Come explore the raw beauty and culture of Peru from the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu to the lush Amazon Jungle. Learn about ancient indigenous cultures as you volunteer in the Sacred Valley to help out in a rural community painting houses, cooking with families, or helping with their animals. Explore ancient temples and colonial Spanish churches in Cuzco, visit the floating Islands of Uros, stay in a culturally vibrant town on the shores of lake Titicaca, play a game of soccer with local kids, and marvel at the exotic flaura and fauna in the Amazon Jungle. In this incredible 17 day adventure you’ll learn all about the people and culture that make Peru so unique and unforgettable.

Swiss & Italian Alps Expedition – July 31 – August 9

Breathtaking mountain vistas and adventure await on this expedition in the Italian and Swiss Alps. This amazing trip features hiking in the Italian Dolomites and the Alps in Switzerland, mountain biking and canyoning, and relaxation and cultural immersion in charming Verona. If your thing is outdoor adventure and incredible natural beauty, this is the trip for you. Come with your hiking boots and a sense of adventure!

Our home in the Dolomites