What Sets Us Apart
WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE, BUT FOR
LIFE NOT TO ESCAPE US
We recognize both the tremendous impact that international travel has on shaping the lives of young people and the nuances of traveling with diabetes by designing itineraries that inspire travelers to see themselves and the places they visit in a new and exciting light.
We believe several factors set us apart:
Our proprietary Dialed Leadership Development curriculum is designed by and for T1D travelers. We know that a core component of both leadership and health management is self-leadership, the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling and actions towards your objectives, and we have developed tools and activities that help our travelers mature as dialed leaders before, during, and after their Type 1 Way Ticket program. These engaging activities are meant to spark discussion, frame the group’s experiences, build skills and confidence, and prepare travelers to travel ethically, effectively, and healthily on our programs and into the future.
Dialed Leadership Development Learning Objectives
Our Dialed Leadership Development curriculum is divided into three sections: Pre-Program (before travelers depart on their program), In-Country (during the program), and Post-Program (after travelers return).
Our pre-program activities are designed to guide travelers and families to think intentionally about their worries and excitements and to prepare emotionally and logistically for the adventures ahead. As part of our pre-program Dialed Leadership Development, families may opt-in to up to 3 1:1 coaching sessions for further individualized support. We ask that parents opt-in to no more than 2 of these sessions with their teen in order to give travelers space to independently goal set in tandem with their program leaders.
Throughout their program, travelers engage in a series of orientations, discussions, activities, and reflections to help them prepare for activities, conquer their fears, reflect on their learning and growth, and build health management, independence, and leadership skills. Our nightly Circle tradition creates a space for each program community to come together for open sharing about their experiences–with diabetes, on-program, and in life–and enables travelers to foster deep friendships that transcend the duration of the program.
Travelers often need support and guidance after they return home from their program in order to process their time abroad and translate their new skills and perspectives into life back home. We provide post-program activities and an optional 1:1 coaching session that promote travelers’ reflection and transference. We also include important resources for parents that help them understand their child’s experiences abroad and support them in adjusting to life back home.
For every 20 travelers we enroll, we are able to offer one full scholarship to a deserving T1D teen. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis as we actively raise our scholarship fund. We are also happy to help families devise community crowdfunding and other fundraiser strategies. Please contact us for more information.