When I was 16 my dad saw fit to send me off for the summer to work in Las Vegas on his friend’s concrete crew. Being away from home with new people in new surroundings changed my perspective on life. I can’t tell you how glad I am that my parents sent me off on that adventure. I came home more grateful, more focused in school, and I loved my family and my hometown more than ever. You have heard the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”?
If you are a parent looking for a good experience for your teenager I want to recommend a great week long opportunity in Guatemala on a farm run by a good friend of mine and his family. We have stayed with our friends on this farm two times and I promise this would be a life changer.
The farm is located in the hills of Solola, Guatemala in Mayan country. It is a beautiful and safe location away from just about everything we call modern. Greg and Lucy have worked to help local families learn modern farming techniques so they can be self sustaining. It is really amazing! As part of this expedition your child will take a boat across Lake Atitlan, eat local foods (delish), and help on the farm and meet locals. You can look at the weeklong itinerary here: https://cultivainternational.org/expeditions/