Next Step Travel
NPCA Next Step Travel program features small group travel (up to 20), hands-on service projects, educational programs and a close-up view of the impact of volunteer service. Our all-inclusive trips are operated by Discover Corps, a program of Terra Education, an experienced leader in educational travel. Their CEO, Andrew Motiwalla, is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Honduras 1996-98)! Most trips offer both a 14-day and a 10-day option, unless otherwise specified. All trips are accompanied by an NPCA Host. Reserve your place early using the registration form below.
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- Phone: 1-619-202-4114
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- Registration Form (Fill out, print, and submit via mail, email, or fax)
A volunteer vacation that will impact their lives – and yours.
Upcoming Trips – Spaces Still Available!
- May 18 – 31, 2013 (May 27 end date for 10-day option) ***
- NPCA Host: Friends of the Dominican Republic Membership Director Janice Jorgensen (Dominican Republic 1966-1968)
- November 2 – 15, 2013 (November 11 end date for 10-day option)
- NPCA Host: NPCA Board Secretary Gary Schulze (Sierra Leone 1961-1963)
- December 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014 (special 10-day family-friendly holiday trip)
- NPCA Host: TBA
- June 1 – 14, 2013 (June 10 end date for 10-day option) ***
- NPCA Host: NPCA Board Vice Chair Pat Wand (Colombia 1963-1965)
- August 24 – September 6, 2013 (September 2 end date for 10-day option) ***
- NPCA Host: NPCA Advocacy Director Jonathan Pearson (Micronesia 1987-1989)
- October 5 – 18, 2013 (October 14 end date for 10-day option)
- NPCA Host: NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst (Guatemala 1988-1991)
*** Last-minute discounts!
Good things come to those who wait. And up to 30% off is a very good thing.
Are you traveling in the upcoming months and haven’t yet booked? Great news – the all-inclusive trips starred *** above are currently offered at $1,000 off for 14 days and $700 off for 10 days . And they are all “family-friendly,” so bring your kids or grandkids (ages 10 and over). Please note these trips can change day to day without notice, so don’t delay! This is a limited time offer.
“This has been a very rich experience. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity. This was more than a visit, more than just a “taste of Guatemala.” It felt like more of an intimate encounter, especially the sharing of personal experiences.”
~ Elizabeth Griffin (RPCV Niger 1972-1974 and trip participant, Guatemala, October 2012)
“The itinerary was a nice blend of working, learning, and enjoying this beautiful island. While it was beneficial to meet PCVs [Peace Corps Volunteers] and learn about their projects, it was equally important to talk to NGOs working in the area and to independent scientists and ecologists. It gave us all a richer and broader perspective on the enormous challenges the Dominican Republic faces and some of the emerging solutions.”
~ Rob Clark (trip participant, Dominican Republic, October 2012)
“Two things made this trip really worthwhile for me. One was the work itself, feeling that what we did was significant and needed to be done, and was not just feel-good busy work…. The second thing that really grounded this trip for me and gave it substance was the opportunity for conversation with Volunteers and local professionals – about the country as they saw it, about development, about various issues and how that might play out. I really appreciated the opportunity to learn about the country at a level I wouldn’t have based only on my own observations.”
~ Anne Marie Matherne (RPCV Paraguay 1996-1999 and trip participant, Dominican Republic, October 2012)
About Discover Corps
Discover Corps was created to give adults a way to rekindle their values of international service in spite of the demands in their busy lives. Discover Corps offers travelers a variety of service expeditions that allow them to work side-by-side with local people, learn firsthand about global issues, and return home a directly-engaged and informed global citizen.
Discover Corps volunteer projects are attuned and responsive to the needs of the local community. We’re not interested in giving indiscriminate handouts; we’re focused on sustainable development projects on track to succeed. You will work together with your fellow travelers on projects to build classrooms, water systems, vegetable gardens, clean burning stoves, or green houses in communities.
Because we plug into established, ongoing projects run by community organizations, our work is carried on and monitored even after we leave. Our goal for travelers extends beyond active participation; it is our equal hope that they are impacted by their experience and leave their host country as a friend and advocate.