Southwest Domestic Service Trip for Teens

SUMMER SERVICE PROGRAM WORKING WITH IMMIGRATION IN THE USA

Join us on this unforgettable Southwest journey that takes you from the Land of Enchantment  to the California Coast. Adventure through New Mexican rivers on a multi-night river rafting trip. Connect with local migrant communities at the Arizona-Mexico border. Through conversations with those that live in the borderlands, we will build connections and join the fight for migrant justice. Hit the waves and catch some rays in San Diego. This program combines meaningful service and connection with adrenaline pumping adventure!

Itinerary

DAYS 1-7: ORIENTATION & NEW MEXICO EXPLORATION

We meet our fellow travelers and trip leaders in Albuquerque. The program begins with getting to know each other and the city through orientation and exploration. We also get our start at community service while volunteering at a local food bank. After that we head to Santa Fe, an epicenter of southwestern history and culture. While here, we explore Meow Wolf, an immersive art museum that will transport you to another world. Before heading onto our next adventure, we take a day trip to Bandelier National Monument to climb into cliffside dwellings lived in by Native Americans thousands of years ago.

DAYS 8-10: RIVER RAFTING ADVENTURE

Now that we’ve become more acquainted with the history, culture, and people of New Mexico, we head into its astounding nature! We hop on rafts on the Rio Chama, and begin floating through gorgeous canyons and down exciting rapids. During this three day adventure, we camp along the river and eat delicious barbecue. Evenings are spent getting to know each other around a campfire and winding down after an exhilarating day on the river.

DAYS 11-16: WORKING WITH MIGRANT COMMUNITIES AT THE BORDER

We head to Arizona, where we begin our immersive journey into the world of migrant workers and immigration. This time is spent partnering with non-profits on projects ranging from supporting local asylum seekers to helping with environmental impact in the area. We also have the opportunity to understand the experience of local migrant workers as we follow in their footsteps walking along the border, make pupusas with them, and more. These conversations and direct connections are a unique and valuable chance to understand firsthand how immigration unfolds at our border.

DAYS 17-21: SAN DIEGO BEACH TIME & TRIP WRAP UP

After this impactful experience, we hit to road for San Diego! The end of our trip is spent enjoying the sand and sunshine of the California coast. We will take surf lessons, taught by professional instructors. We also will visit the world renowned San Diego Zoo. After getting some time to relax at the beach, we wrap up the trip with a celebratory dinner. We say goodbye to our new friends and head to the airport with unbelievable new memories.

Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.

Community Service Projects

Community Development

Work at a Local Food Bank

Immigration Support

Work with local non-profits to assist with immigration support

Adventure & Cultural Activities

Multi-Night River Rafting

Visit Meow Wolf

Surf Lessons

San Diego Zoo

Gallery

Accommodations

NEW MEXICO

While in New Mexico, we will be staying at locally run hotels and lodges. Typical rooms hold 2-4 students.

ARIZONA

Our comfortable lodging will be in downtown Tuscon. We will be staying in dorm style rooms that house 2-3 students per room. We will also be eating home cooked meals every day at our lodging during our time here.

SAN DIEGO

We will be staying at a funky hostel close to the beach! Rooms will be private and dorm style and typically house 6-8 students. With a perfect location near the ocean and plenty of fun hang out spots, this will be a great place to wrap up our incredible journey.