Utah Adventure Trip Overview

Volunteer at the largest animal rescue center in the nation and explore two of America’s greatest National Parks — Arches & Canyonlands — on this exciting outdoor adventure.

Learn about the inner workings of an animal rescue sanctuary and discover how you can help homeless animals in your own community. Tour the facilities, participate in educational talks with the coordinators, and provide hands-on help with a variety of projects.

After volunteering, head to magical Moab for some outdoor adventure! Explore both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Hike through the stunning red rocks unique to this region of the world and cool off with a swim at a secret local watering hole.

This is the perfect trip for travelers looking to explore the great outdoors with a small group of like-minded peers.

This program limits exposure to outside groups and the majority of our time, other than our work at the shelter, will be spent outdoors where we can easily social distance and ensure the health and safety of our participants.

 

Price

$2295 + Airfare

Departures
  • Jul 3 - Jul 9 Available
  • Jul 10 - Jul 16 Available
Days

7 Days

Finishing Grades

9, 10, 11, 12

Who Can Go On This Trip?

Students from around the world!

Where We Go

Salt Lake City, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park

Arrival Airport

Salt Lake City, Utah

Departure Airport

Salt Lake City, Utah

Countries

United States

During this program, you will…

  • Volunteer at a famous animal rescue sanctuary and earn 12 hours of service credits
  • Catch a breathtaking sunrise from Isle of the Sky in Canyonlands National Park
  • Explore the densest concentration of natural arches in the world at Arches National Park
  • Hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
  • Cool off in a hidden local swimming spot underneath a waterfall
  • Explore the wide variety of trails in both parks and admire the views, red rocks, mesas, and arches that give them their claim to fame
  • Picnic at Salt Lake and drive across the iconic salt flats

 

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY UTAH

Say hello to your new friends for the next week! Our travelers are curious individuals excited to volunteer with the local community and explore one of the most beautiful states in the country. Your staff will facilitate plenty of group bonding activities and ice breakers so everyone can get to know each other on the first day! You will be amazed at how fast your fellow travel companions become lifelong friends.

DAYS 2-3: SALT LAKE CITY & ANIMAL RESCUE SANCTUARY

Our home base in exciting Salt Lake City is the perfect location to spend the next few days volunteering at the animal sanctuary. Explore the surrounding landscapes and picnic at the expansive lake that gave this city its name.

Volunteer at the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the nation. Learn about the inner workings of an animal rescue from the coordinators and participate in educational talks about how you can help homeless animals back home. Participate in a variety of hands-on projects around the shelter including light maintenance work.

*Please note, while there were be some opportunities to work directly with the animals, volunteer work that has the largest impact will be more focused on maintenance around the shelter. We kindly ask that our volunteers come prepared to work hard and make a difference. 

DAYS 3-6: MOAB: ARCHES & CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS

After wrapping up our hard work and quality time with the animals, we will take a well-deserved trek to Moab — one of the areas most loved adventure playgrounds. Choose from adrenaline-pumping activities like rock climbing, a sunset hike to the famous Delicate Arch, and escape the desert heat by the local watering hole.

A trip to Utah wouldn’t be complete without exploring a couple of its legendary National Parks. You’re in luck — Moab is the perfect location between Arches and Canyonlands, which offer every desert adventure you can dream. From the awe-inspiring red rock formations of Arches to the sprawling views of Canyonlands, you are sure to fall for lovely Utah.

DAY 7: RETURN HOME

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of teen typically participates in this program? What are the requirements to join?

Teens from all over the world join this program! Typically, our participants are culturally curious  individuals who are excited to make new friends, experience something unique, and interested in stepping out of their comfort zones and expanding their horizons.

This program is exclusively for students who are currently in grades 9th through 11th and approximately 14 to 17 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!

Where do we stay?

Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.

All accommodations on this trip have been selected to ensure quality while still maintaining character of the places we are visiting.

For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.

Do most travelers go on their own?

Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!

If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.

What is included?

Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, program related activities, program related activity admissions, taxes and tips.

Not included in cost (this not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; visas and visa application fees; lunches; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.

What is the average group size?

We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 14 and 21 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.

Who leads the program?

Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.

We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.

Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old and have prior experience working with TFT.

What are the safety qualifications for our staff?

Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid.  We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.

How does this program connect to other programs?

Our program dates are designed specifically so that participants can opt to combine trips throughout the summer.  When connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the program and assist you in meeting your next group at your new destination.

Families who sign up for more than one program will also receive a 15% discount on the lesser-priced program.

What is the food like on this program?

In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food is an integral aspect of the travel experience, and we make an effort to eat at authentic establishments whenever possible. There is no better way to immerse ourselves in the culture of a place then through sampling the local delicacies. We stray away from westernized restaurants and chains that cater to tourists, because every true traveler knows the best food is found where the locals are eating!

Of course, we are always willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.

Do we ever get time to go off on our own?

Our staff and teens are nearly always together, but we do provide the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to allow for flexibility and customization within the itinerary.

We offer free time in defined safe areas – for example, shopping in a market or exploring a museum. During these times, students remain in groups of at least two and are given no more than an hour. Of course, the counselors remain nearby and available. Additionally, a lifeguard-certified counselor supervises the campers any time they are involved in water activities.

Do I need any vaccinations for this program?

We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor.

What kind of visa do you need for this trip?

US citizens need a passport to visit Canada.

When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.

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