See the World Differently
Build a home, plant a seed, lend a hand, live with families, and lift the village as it lifts you.
"I am humbled to be a part of a group that is able to contribute towards improving the living conditions for families both locally and internationally with the help of teenagers like myself.”
"I now see that there are kind and selfless people out in the world that will be there for you when you need them. The community around you is for you to take care of, and you are the only one in charge of your actions. If you want change you have to make it yourself."
At Teens Inc, we encourage stepping into the unknown. Find out what you don't know you don't know. Your gratitude increases as your perspectives shift and you become a global citizen.
Our international service trips are safe, challenging, designed to uncover your personal contribution while seeing the world differently. Immersion, service, social entrepreneurship, and cross cultural competency for a better world and a better you.
We have been leading trips to Guatemala and Costa Rica for the past 10 years. Over 300 teens have traveled with us. Many have joined us again and again. Others have traveled on their own, enrolled in study abroad programs and pursued a life of travel and giving back.
In Costa Rica, the families of Barrio San Rafael, Turrialba and Sitio de Mata host our teens, fill their bellies and their hearts. Students consistnetly report back of the lasting impact of the homestay.
For 10 years, we have rehabbed soccer fields and playgrounds, continued work on local sustainability projects, built a long standing relationship with local elementary schools and high schools, and worked with senior citizens. The adventure in Costa Rica is like no other. Amazing whitewater rafting on one of the top rivers in the world, zip-lining over the canopy of tropical rain forest, and hikes to waterfalls are all part of our adventure.
In Guatemala, we build houses. Three days of hard work for a family living in poverty, the house gives them a safe place from the elements to call home. We have a vegetable distribution, work at a homeless shelter and play with elementary and high school kids. Our homestays are in Antiqua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we are surrounded by volcanoes and history like none other.
The Teens Inc difference is our preparation and assistance with fundraising. The journey starts at home, within, and bringing the team together. Over fundraisers, community service, and preparation meetings the teens get to know the group and the individuals. The fundraising can make the difference for many families. Everyone is welcome.
“The experience made me become even more independent and responsible than I've been in the past. I also became a more humble person because of the trip.”
Interest Form and Application
TIPs for Trips: Teens Inc Process for Trips
Dream Flip Flow Realize
Dream - Why do you wan to go abroad and participate in community service? What one problem would you solve in the world? What do you want to gain from this experience?
Flip - Help others...here at home...and learn how to make money...by asking, "How can I help?"
Flow - Participate fully in the preparation and the TRIP. Watch you mind shift and be fully present in the experience.
Realize - Come home, tell others of your personal journey and see the world differently
HOW CAN I HELP?