Travel For Teens Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Italy Photography

Italy Photography was the best trip I have ever taken!! Not only did we learn so much how to professionally capture photos, but we also were emerged in the culture. We had a fabulous National Geographic photographer, Simon Bond, who tagged along and he taught us all the structure and settings of our cameras along with certain photography techniques. Marguax was the other counselor on the trip who was AMAZING. She taught us all the historical background on each city we visited and she showed us how to eat some gelatto!:) If you love pasta and pizza, then you sure are in for a treat! Although we had a full itinerary, the trip was very laid back and the schedule was very flexible. Italy was a breath taking place to visit and being able to really capture moments from the trip was the coolest thing. I HIGHLY recommend Italy Photography.

Program: Travel for Teens: Italy Photography - Tuscany and Venice

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Personal Development

    10

Italy photography trip

I had the most amazing time traveling with TFT this past summer! I came into this trip having taken a film photography class in school but still not knowing/understand the basic mechanics of a camera, and by the end of the trip, I could quickly and comfortably change the settings to capture the perfect picture. Our photography lessons were brief (maybe 15-25 minutes) yet incredibly interesting. We were taught the basics and then day by day were introduced new "mini projects" to keep in mind during the day, such as street photography, portraits, the rule of thirds, framing, ect. Believe it or not I left this trip with over 2,000 pictures! This trip was also the first time I traveled without my parents, and although I arrived at the airport nervous the second, I meet everyone I was instantly put at ease. I instantly become friends with all the girls and we are all still in touch today! Finally I have to give a HUGE shoutout to our head counselor Margaux and our photo teacher Simon. Marqaux was so sweet and funny telling us stories and joining in on our conversations, but she also did an incredible job making everything run smoothly. Simon was incredibly knowledgable and it was pretty amazing being taught by someone who has been featured in National Geographic! I am so grateful that I found TFT and am already planning what trip I will be going on this upcoming summer!

Program: Travel for Teens: Italy Photography - Tuscany and Venice

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Satisfaction

    10

Best two weeks of my life

I had the best experience on this trip. Everyday there was a new adventure, from sun up to sun down. I met lifelong friends and have memories that I will treasure forever. When you travel with TFT you get the full experience to be a traveler, not a tourist. Staying in hostiles, traveling by train, and trying authentic cuisine was truly spectacular. I got to experience the most amazing landscapes and incredible activities. I got to check some things off the bucket list: paragliding in the Swiss Alps, go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, see the Statue of David, etc.

Program: TFT Older Teens: Florence, Cinque Terre, Switzerland & Paris

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Satisfaction

    10

Across the globe but just like home

TFT did an amazing job with this trip! The traveling was seamless and the activity organization was superb! I got to try everything I could have hoped to get my hands on and learned even more in the process! As the title suggests, I traveled across the world but never once felt unsafe or nervous. TFT creates an experience which makes you feel apart of a family! Without question, I wish I could re-live the experience!!

Program: Travel for Teens: Australia and New Zealand Service

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Adventure of a lifetime

I had the most unforgettable experience traveling with TFT to Thailand. Not only was I able to enjoy the most picturesque landscape of the country but I was able to become immersed in the Thai culture like never before. We took traditional Thai cooking classes, learned phrases in the language, and were able to interact with the locals. The service was so interesting as we learned more the amazing creatures that elephants are. The travel around the country was also fascinating. Visiting beautiful temples and exploring city markets was so fun. The islands were gorgeous with light blue, warm water. I created so many unforgettable memories and met so many incredible people on this trip, I would definitely recommend.

Program: Travel for Teens: Thailand Elephant Service and the Islands

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    9

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Satisfaction

    9

Ultimate Europe (30 days)

Ultimate Europe was a life changing experience for me and one I will never forget. I visited 7 countries in 30 days and formed close friendships with people I still keep in touch with and visit today. I highly recommend this trip in particular, because it offered a great mix of active, tourist, historical, and art related activities. The wide range of activities kept the trip interesting and fun, and I never felt as if we were doing the same types of activities throughout the trip. For instance, we hiked in Cinque Terre, visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, visited the Van Gough museum in Amsterdam, and took the train to do a tour of Dachau in Germany. I also relished learning how to use the public transportation systems abroad and believe it helped me develop a stronger sense of direction. One of the reasons I chose TFT was because in comparison to other competitors who tend to use large buses to transport everyone, we primarily used public transportation, which afforded me an incredible opportunity to experience each place as if I were a local, observing the people who boarded the trains. TFT also stands out from competitors because it embraces flexibility and fosters independence, allowing participants to sometimes choose between activities based on personal interests. Overall, Ultimate Europe was an unbelievable trip that instilled in me a passion for traveling.

Program: Travel for Teens: Discover Europe - Italy, Spain, and France

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Amazing experience !!!!

My experience with TFT has been nothing short of great. I loved my trip, the people, and sharing so many great adventures with everyone. I hope to do it again sometime soon! We went on so many different adventures like ziplining, white water rafting, an alligator tour, and even the community service was an adventure in itself. We visited schools to help clean the walls, we picked up trash in the streets and at the beaches. It was an amazing time. Definitely would recommend.

Program: Travel for Teens: Costa Rica Adventure and Service

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Beautiful Hawaii

I traveled to Hawaii with Travel For Teens over the summer of 2017. I had such an amazing experience and made so many friends from across the country! Each day we did something new and exciting. It was such a great experience. We went scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing and so much more. My personal favorite was snorkeling with sea turtles every morning! I also learned a lot sea turtles while getting community service hours for school! I would highly recommend Travel For Teens.

Program: Travel For Teens - Aloha Hawaii: For Younger Teens

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Personal Development

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Program Opportunities

    9

You must go in this TFT trip!

As a person who has always dreamed of going to Greece, this was the perfect program to do it with! Although nerve-wracking going on a trip with complete strangers, I have made friends that I still talk to on a day-to-day basis. The TFT staff is so nice and supportive and go out of their way to make you comfortable in a strange country. This experience allows you to immerse yourself into the culture of Greece, gain independence, eat AMAZING food and gain once in a lifetime experiences that you would never forget. How many people do you think can say they went scuba diving off the coast of Santorini?

Program: Travel for Teens : Greece - Athens and the Islands

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Satisfaction

    10

Southeast Asia with TFT

I loved my experience on the Southeast Asia for Older Teens trip with Travel for Teens! This trip goes to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Packing in so many countries is difficult, but TFT has created an itinerary that leaves everyone satisfied at every stop. There was a wonderful mix of history, culture, and adventure on this trip. I loved getting to experience so many cultures and countries on this trip, and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering travel in Asia! I always felt safe, and the staff did a wonderful job dealing with any bumps in the road. 10/10!

Program: Travel for Teens: Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia