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General

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We accept program applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. The sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have of getting into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall prior to the program.

Our middle school adventures are designed for students who have *completed* grades 6, 7 and 8. Our high school adventures are tailored to students who have *completed* grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Our college-aged adventures are for students who have graduated high school.

Safety is our top priority and it is something we evaluate continuously. Our team has decades of experience running international programs for students and we’re extremely proud of our safety record. We address safety within every aspect of each program, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We adhere to comprehensive, program-specific risk management plans and safety standards. If you’d like to learn more about safety on specific programs, give us a call at 919-256-8200.

For most programs, we have recommended flights and time ranges for arrival. Enrolled families have the option to book flights on their own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently but often meet up with one another along the way. We collect itinerary details for every student and Broadreach instructors will be waiting to greet students in the arrivals hall of destination airports wearing special shirts and holding Broadreach signs so that they are impossible to miss. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify one another.

Absolutely! Simply connect with a Broadreach team member and we will put you in touch with past participants who have experience with the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their experiences directly.

Pricing & Expenses

Airfare is not included in the cost of programs. Because students join our adventures from all over the U.S. and from countries around the world, we are not able to standardize the cost of air travel to program locations. Some programs also require flights to additional locations that are not included in the program cost. Details for booking all necessary air travel are provided once you are enrolled.

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 to secure your spot in a program session. Payments toward the remaining balance can then be spread out, though full payment is requested about three months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of the state of New York).

We offer early enrollment discounts every fall – please call our office at 919-256-8200 for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on a family’s second summer enrollment. This offer may be applied if a family enrolls siblings in the same summer or has a student who goes on two trips in the same summer.

The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Some scholarships are available through the Broadreach Foundation. Visit broadreachfoundation.org for details.

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage, some kind of international medical coverage and coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options. If you already have an insurance policy that meets these criteria, we will simply collect those policy details after enrollment.

Our tuition protection option covers up to 100% of program costs for cancellations due to medical reasons and up to 75% for any other reason (except for residents of the state of New York). It’s also a comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. Families who opt in for tuition protection may purchase it during or within two weeks of enrollment. If tuition protection is not chosen within this time period, families may purchase our travel insurance offering in their Broadreach portal at a later time.

For more specific coverage details, please connect with a team member at 919-256-8200.

Tuition protection covers program costs due to cancellation and includes comprehensive travel insurance. Tuition protection must be purchased within two weeks of enrollment. If tuition protection is not chosen, families may still purchase our travel insurance option which provides comprehensive medical coverage for students while on program.

The cost of programs includes instruction, food, accommodations, excursions and activities from the time students arrive at their program locations. Program costs do not account for air travel, spending money (we suggest $150-$200) and unanticipated expenses such as medical and special travel. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Most trips require books which can be purchased from Broadreach. Finally, for trips offering academic college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. Contact us for a list of expenses that may or may not apply to your program.

Program Expectations

Most participants sign up for programs alone and there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program – it’s an important part of the experience! It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females but, in our experience, the gender ratio does not impact the success of programs.

Broadreach instructors are passionate, energetic, supportive and highly experienced professionals. The average age of our instructors is 28 and all meet specific and rigorous qualifications for the programs they lead (e.g., Master’s degree or PhD in particular subject areas, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc.). Learn more about our instructors here.

To best accommodate food allergies and preferences, we consider the country and program logistics to determine whether it will be a good fit for specific dietary restrictions. It’s important that participants inform Broadreach well in advance of any food allergies or preferences so we can determine whether dietary restrictions can be accommodated on your chosen program.

When students meet their trip leaders at the start of programs, they are encouraged to call home and let their families know that they have arrived safely. Students generally have the opportunity to call home about once a week while on program. Every trip itinerary is different and schedules and locations may affect access to phones and internet. Students may call with local phone cards (we do not recommend purchasing calling cards in advance), sometimes via Skype or with instructor cell phones. If there is a medical concern or behavior issue with a student, their family will be contacted by a Broadreach team member.

Our catamarans have four cabins with attached bathrooms, which are divided up between girls and boys. The cabins are primarily used by students to store their bags and to change since most students choose to sleep in safe areas on the deck of their boat. Students bring sleeping bags and pads, and sleeping under the stars with the Caribbean summer breeze is often one of the highlights of the experience.

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. Students can find packing lists inside of their Broadreach Portals after enrollment.

Academics & Credits

Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our study abroad programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts to offer college credit for our high school and college study abroad programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America. We can typically tell you if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past.

College Programs

Step 1: Submit your initial application online with a $35 application fee. If there is space, you can secure your spot with a $1,000 deposit while you complete the secondary application.

Step 2: Broadreach will send you login details to complete your secondary application (academic reference, personal statement, interview and transcript). Once we accept your secondary application materials and you’ve paid your deposit, your place on the program is secured.