At WA, we know that hiring great leaders is the key to our success! With this in mind, our team is dedicated to interviewing and thoroughly vetting potential WA leaders. This hiring process includes a written application, a 2-phase interview process with multiple members of the leadership team, reference and background checks. Many of our staff are also personal references of previous WA leaders or WA families and students. If you know someone great who would like to lead for WA, please send them our way!
We do our best to accommodate students with allergies – food and otherwise. Catherine Holland, one of our directors and resident dietician and diabetes educator, will work one-on-one with anyone coming on a WA trip with an allergy or other specific medical condition.
WA is proud to have a financial aid program that helps many students join our program each summer. Contact the office directly to learn more about the financial aid application process.
We will provide you with travel dates, timing, and location for your program. We suggest that you book your plans through Aspen Travel – a travel agency located next door to the WA office that has helped us manage travel plans for over 30 years! These folks are pros and can help you find the perfect flights, manage the rules of unaccompanied minor services, and assist you if flights are cancelled or changed along the way. You may also book your travel independently.
A specific pack list is available for each WA program! This pack list is in your student’s online account.
One of the coolest part about WA is our leaders! They are awesome! About a week before your program begins, you will receive an email with the names, photos, and bios of your leaders.
All WA programs are electronics free. We believe that being unplugged is an important component of the outdoor adventure that you will be embarking on. Families can stay updated during your WA program with occasional trip updates that will be posted to the WA website. These updates are often handwritten by the students. Additionally, leaders will provide the office with some photos during the program that will also be posted to the website. Given the remote locations and busy schedules of our trips, these updates will be occasional and should not be expected on a daily basis.
Because you will be traveling to some amazing and remote locations, we are unable to provide mail services. But don’t worry, you will have a chance to send mail home to share stories from the field with your family and friends!
Sure! Most of our students come without a friend, but if you would like to do a program with a friend, sibling, cousin, etc., that’s just fine. During the program it’s important that the whole group is included, so your trip leaders will probably talk with you to ensure that you are making new friends as well as building memories with the friend you arrived with!