California: San Diego Service Adventure



Journey to America’s Finest City – enjoy panoramic views and Southern California’s surf culture while learning about public health and the environment.
  • Lend a hand on healthcare initiatives near the California/Mexico border
  • Support marine conservation efforts along the coastline
  • Observe dozens of species of marine animals
  • Take to the water for a kayaking excursion
  • Visit 5 different habitats: sandy beach, rocky reefs, sea cliffs, kelp forest and deep water canyons

On This Program you will...

Discover Southern California, known for its rugged coastline and spectacular beaches. Draped alongside the Pacific Ocean just north of the U.S. border with Mexico, and a known hotspot for biomedical advances, San Diego provides a unique chance for visitors to explore both opportunities and challenges related to the environment and global health. During your time on this program, learn about the conservation efforts at-hand for both land and marine protected areas in San Diego, and contribute to public health and community care projects alongside the nearby border with Mexico.

Program Type:

Environmental Stewardship
and Public Health & Medicine

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Help tackle service projects focused on public health and environmental stewardship, specifically San Diego clean waterway and healthy canyon initiatives. You may work on projects such as plastic-free campaigns, community clean-ups, supporting local watersheds, and/or invasive plant species removal in an urban canyon trail system. In addition, you’ll contribute to health workshops and participate in a community health and advocacy program near the border. Learn how essential community advocacy and preventative care are and what barriers may be faced, such as cost of treatment or pending legal status.

Immersive Learning

From the remnants of Old Town San Diego to the bustling metropolis of Downtown, “America’s Finest City” is a treasure trove for those interested in history, healthcare, border issues, the environment and beyond. Alongside an immersive university campus experience in one of the collegiate capitals of the world, you will explore everything from San Diego’s marine-protected areas, and its history as the first settled location in California at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, to the modern opportunities and challenges facing this biomedical research hotspot. Learn from local leaders and guest speakers and spend plenty of time outdoors as you learn.


Kayak in La Jolla Cove, known as “California’s Jewel” for its incredible marine wildlife. The knowledgeable guides will teach you plenty about this marine-protected area and its role as both a popular tourist spot and an ocean wildlife hub. Look up and you’ll see nesting peregrine falcons and cormorants on the cliffs, alongside sea lions sunbathing on stunning rock formations. With a little luck you might spot sea turtles, dolphins and even leopard sharks! Then, tour the city and see what the oldest settled region of California has to offer.

Dates & Tuition


San Diego Service Adventure

10-Day Program
2022 Dates
Coming soon…
Duration: 10 Days
Tuition: $5,299
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials