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Families should absolutely send their children to Bold Earth. They also need to prepare their hearts because the child they sent will not be the same the person upon return; we received a young adult whose eyes were opened to the endless potential of life and opportunities that await him. sites. Whatever your desires, Bold Earth has a trip that’s just right for you.

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Helen B, first-year parent from Los Angeles, CA

The people from my Bold Earth trip are some of the kindest, most amazing people I have ever met, and that connection that I have formed with them will have a huge impact on my life forever.

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Olivia K, first-year student from Seattle, WA

At first glance Bold Earth sounds like it could be a great trip and a great experience, but the reality is it is better than great. It was more amazing than we could have hoped for. The program as a whole package is all encompassing of team building and character growth while throwing in fun activities and unforgettable sights!

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Amanda C, second-year parent from Dallas, TX

Bold Earth is the perfect combination of adventure and personal growth. It’s a leap of faith to let your child travel alone, but Bold Earth eased all those fears. Our daughter pushed herself and proved to herself that she could do all the amazing things the world has to offer, and she made some lifetime memories and friends along the way.

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Stephanie V, first-year parent from New Hyde Park, NY

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