A Westwind Community School
We offer an accredited high school summer program for high school students aged 15 or older. As a Westwind Community School, we are accredited by the NCA-CASI Division of AdvancED. Students will spend approximately 90+ hours earning 1/2 credit per course. A typical summer school session consists of 2 courses, 1 being an academic course, and the other being a service learning course (volunteer program). Students will receive a grade for each course on an official transcript from Westwind Preparatory Academy of Phoenix, Arizona, as well as a certificate of completion for volunteer hours from the EcoGalapagos Foundation Inc. Students will live with local families when not traveling during this course. Interested in coming as a high school student, but not desiring an official transcript or the required 90 hours, contact us about just being a short term volunteer!
Our one semester course is designed to give students a study abroad experience for a longer duration. As a Westwind Community School, we are accredited by the NCA-CASI Division of AdvancED. Students will spend approximately 120+ hours earning 1/2 credit per course. A typical semester course consists of 4 academic courses, and the other beomg a service learning course (volunteering program). Students will receive a grade for each course on an official transcript from Westwind Preparatory Academy of Phoenix, Arizona, as well as a certificate for volunteer hours served from the EcoGalapagos Foundation Inc. Academic courses offered are electives and subject to change each semester. Usual courses would be a science elective, Spanish immersion class (taught by a local Galapagos instructor), an International Literature elective or similar elective, which may also be taught by a local instructor, and one other elective taught by a teacher from the United States or other approved English-speaking country. Instructors must be approved by Westwind Community Schools to insure accreditation requirements are fulfilled. The semester normally consists of 3 months in Galapagos and 1-2 weeks on the mainland of Ecuador. Students will live with a host Galapagos family when not traveling. The service learning (volunteer) program will also receive a grade and have formal assessments. Volunteer assignments will typically include a variety of conditions, such as working with local students, businesses, the community and the Galapagos National Park. Currently not available for 2015, but please contact us if you are interested in this opportunity.
High school students and graduates of high school may apply to earn volunteer hours only. We will still offer these people fantastic chances to see much of Galapagos outside of the volunteer program, but this is designed to give these students the opportunity of adding international volunteer experience to their resumes without taking a formal class. This program currently is not accredited, and completion will receive a certificate of volunteer hours service from the EcoGalapagos Foundation Inc. We are hoping to be able to offer college credit for this in the future, please stay tuned. Write or call for further information on this program. Participants 18 years old or older have the choice of staying with a local family or living in an apartment. duration should be at least 2 seeks Priced by the length of stay and additional travel experiences desired. Not a Westwind Community School program.
On your bucket list and jealous of your student's experience? Since all high school credit programs close with a final trip to several other islands and a host of typical "tourist" visitor sites, parents and/or family members or friends can join in the fun of the final trip. You will travel to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where you will be met by a staff member and spend a day "acclimating" and touring just like your student did when they arrived. Then you will head for San Cristobal, Galapagos, for a few great days of site seeing. Your nights are free and you can mingle with your student, or just enjoy the night life on your own. When the class heads out on their final trip, so will you. You will not be interrupting their formal classes, but paralleling their experiences with your own guides and accommodations. At night you are free to mingle and you will be treated to watching their final project presentation. After "graduation" you can travel home together or continue on with your vacation. This program is sponsored by our Galapagos Education L.L.C. partner - please email for further information if you are interested in this trip!