About Us

Why Broadreach?

Since 1993, Broadreach has led students in summer experiences abroad that encourage growth, relationship building, teamwork and responsibility while exploring the world. Designing extraordinary adventures is simply what makes us tick, and our team is constantly raising the bar when it comes to delivering fun and engaging summer programs. We are driven by designing intentional and student-centered programs, relationship building, rigorous risk management and a love of community.

Student-centered program design

We manage every aspect of our programs in house so that we can continuously ensure the quality and standards that Broadreach families have come to expect.

Our programs focus on and feature:
  • Exceptional instructors who embody and often exceed the qualifications required to lead the adventures they facilitate, and who serve as both educators and mentors to students. Standard qualifications include Wilderness First Responder certification, Master’s or PhDs for instructors leading academic programs, professional sailing and scuba instructor certifications, etc.
  • Structured program flows that lead students through group development to orient and motivate students to work as a team from day one, exploration in which students experience a variety of locations and topics and are supported through hands-on learning, numerous opportunities for applied learning to practice new knowledge and skills in the field, and a periods of reflection and transference for students to process what they’ve learned and experienced, and to consider how they can integrate their learning into their day-to-day lives and the larger world.
  • Activities that are appropriate to students’ age and experience levels while still challenging them to explore and to take on leadership roles that help them develop openness, confidence and independence.
  • Hands-on learning and skill building with tangible results. Broadreach students come away with a variety of transferable skills and certifications – in fact, more students earn advanced diving certifications through Broadreach than through any other organization and all students who participate in study abroad adventures may earn college credit through Lesley University.
Broadreach students rafting together
Broadreach sailing instructor with a student

Focus on relationships

Our programs work best when the students, families and educators we support trust us to be their guides – starting from when they first consider one of our adventures and all they way through their transitions back home. We demonstrate our care and support of families and educators by being available to address any questions and concerns – and through open, proactive communication that sets expectations and prepares students for travel. This same attention to relationships is demonstrated in our care for and communication with instructors, outfitters and community-based partners.

Risk management

Student safety is our number one priority on all Broadreach adventures. We conduct thorough risk assessments on program locations and activities and a critical aspect of our approach to risk management is in training instructors to judge and mitigate risks in real time and empowering students to take responsibility for safety while on program. One of the benefits of travel is learning to navigate the unexpected – and since we cannot predict every bump instructors and students may encounter, we focus on equipping instructors and students to be active and informed agents in identifying and avoiding risk. Read more about our approach to safety here.

Community

Strong community is essential to the success of Broadreach. We are passionate about creating, participating in and fostering community – within student groups, among instructors, with partners and educators, as colleagues in the office, and as part of the local communities we engage with at home and abroad. We celebrate the importance of every individual while keeping focus on the larger community.

Founder's Note

Founder of Broadreach Carlton Goldthwaithe on a boat in the Caribbean

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what transforms a trip or vacation into an event that truly impacts your life. In my mind, it’s about wanting to come away with more than just photos, souvenirs and amazing memories. It’s about embracing the opportunity to face real and exciting challenges and being open to experiences that expand your assumptions and perspectives.

I’ve always envisioned Broadreach as something more than a single program or summer adventure. To me, it’s a journey that will introduce you to the world’s endless promise, encourage your passions, strengthen your goals, create lifelong bonds of friendship, and offer skills and knowledge that become stepping stones toward your future accomplishments.

As you look through our website and read about our programs, picture your path in life. What does it look like? Where would you like it to lead you? Do you have dreams of becoming a marine biologist, veterinarian or doctor? Would you like to see how far you can take your scuba or sailing skills? Is there a particular culture or place you want to connect with? I hope you’ll use this summer (and the next one and the one after that) to bring that path into focus.

Here’s to your great journey, wherever it may lead.
Carlton D. Goldthwaite