Teen Travel Network


We answer your frequently asked questions...

General FAQ

Is TTN right for me?

TTN seeks curious and energetic students from around the world who are eager to see and learn about the most iconic places on Earth, engage with global challenges, and broaden their understanding of the world. TTN students get the unique opportunity to be on the move and learn about the world through firsthand experiences.

Am I eligible?

TTN welcomes teens from all over the world to join us for an unforgettable travel experience! Our programs are open to students ages 14-18. We welcome both first-time and experienced travelers, which helps us to foster a diverse community where we can all learn from each other.

In order to join a program, students must fill out an application and pay the program tuition. Read more about the application process below.

At TTN, we want every participant to have a safe and life-enriching experience. In order to do so, we may ask some additional supporting application questions for students with a significant history of chronic illnesses, acute psychiatric conditions, physical disability, or behavioral issues.

We want to make sure that we are able to fully support students to have a life-changing summer with TTN!

If you have any questions or are unsure about whether you meet the following essential eligibility criteria, don’t worry! We encourage you to call us and we’ll be more than happy to cover all the bases with you.

What is your Essential Eligibility Criteria?

At Teen Travel Network, we welcome age-eligible teens who are excited about the opportunity to travel to apply for our programs. The following eligibility criteria are not intended to be exclusionary, but to identify the fundamental elements of participation with the goal of a safe and meaningful experience for everyone in the group. TTN programs are not therapeutic programs and are not able to support struggling teens seeking behavior or mental health outcomes.

Applications are carefully considered and screened to align with this criteria. It is not uncommon for TTN to require supporting documentation or information in the application screening process to confirm eligibility or suitability for program participation. Failure to disclose may also result in the application not being accepted or removal from the program. Please discuss with our team for any further clarification or concerns.

  • Ability to independently manage daily personal care, including self-administering & self-managing personal medications or treatments including mental health and self-care while away from support systems or regularly scheduled professional treatment plans.
  • Students experiencing or with a history of chronic illnesses, acute psychiatric conditions, behavioral issues or some kinds of disability may require additional screening to determine suitability. For example, it may be required that additional details are disclosed, medical specialists sign off or that stability is demonstrated for 6-12 months.
  • Physician support is required for all participants and parent/guardian support is required for those under 18 years of age. Changes in medical history must be disclosed in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate willingness to try new things and remain open, inclusive, alert, engaged, respectful, tolerant and communicative in a new environment while tolerating significant levels of ambivalence and ambiguity.
  • Commit to proactively communicating with TTN staff directly if help is needed.
    Ability to self-regulate various environmental challenges and stressors (high heat and humidity, cold, altitude, insects, change in diet, change in time zones, sharing spaces, roommates, etc.).
  • Ability to walk unassisted distances over 1 mile, lift items weighing 40 pounds, and follow detailed instructions in English to avoid hazards. Participants may opt out of certain activities on most programs if needed, in consultation with program staff and parents.
  • Maintain a reasonable level of situational awareness appropriate to circumstances and exercise sound judgment regardless of direct supervision.
  • Must be willing to independently travel between home and the destination airport. (flights, arrival, etc. – unaccompanied minor services may be available with the airline)
  • Agree to and follow the TTN code of conduct, abide by local laws and comply with recommended preventive measures presented by TTN staff recognizing risks and hazards.

Where do your students come from?

TTN students come from all over the world, across multiple countries and continents. Wherever they may be coming from, students will be met by TTN staff upon arrival at the airport. Most students join programs on their own, which makes a TTN program a great place to meet new friends!

Our staff are experts at leading groups of teens and helping them get to know each other, and many students gain life-long friendships through the unique travel experiences they share together. In fact, many students will choose to do another program the next summer with their friends they met on-program.

Will attending a TTN program help me get into college?

After completing a TTN program, students will have a broader perspective and understanding of the world around them, in addition to many experiences they can talk about in college admissions essays.

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Application FAQ

What should I know about the application process?

The Teen Travel Network application process is not meant to exclude students from participation. It’s a time for us to get to know you better! We encourage you to share with us your past experiences, motivations, and most importantly, who you are.

We hope that the application process will help you start to build excitement for an unforgettable summer with TTN!

The application includes:

  • $600 deposit, applicable towards the total tuition
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Student reflection questions & self-assessment
  • Background information about the student and their life experiences
  • Waiver & informed consent forms

Students are required to submit an online application which includes a non-refundable $100 application fee and a non-refundable $600 deposit ($700 total). Your balance is due 45 days after the deposit.

In the event you are not accepted into the program, we will refund the $600 deposit immediately.

When is the deadline to apply?

The application deadline for summer programs is May 15th.

Program spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. In order to hold your space on a travel program, we require the non-refundable $600 deposit and $100 application fee.

As long as there is space available, we will hold your spot in the program of your choice with the payment.

After May 15th, we will no longer be able to accept applications for the upcoming summer. After this date, you’ll need to get in touch with us to see if any spaces are available for application on a case-by-case basis.

When will my application be reviewed?

Once the completed application is submitted, our staff will review it within two working days (Monday-Friday) and you will receive a reply via email.

What happens once I’m accepted?

Once accepted into a program, we will work with your family every step of the way to make sure you are prepared for the program experience.

Our team of experts along with our extensive online resources and pre-departure webinar provide guidance on what to expect on your program and how to get ready. Everything from what to pack to flights and pre-travel jitters are things we can help with!

We are always just a call, email or text away with any questions or support you need along the way! We will check in with you regularly to ensure you are on track and that you have the resources you need to make the pre-departure process straightforward.

Teen Travel Network

Travel Changes Everything

Travel to and learn about the most iconic places on Earth.

Health, Safety & Risk Management FAQ

How does TTN prioritize safety and mitigate risk for student travelers?

At Teen Travel Network, we value the health, safety and security of students and participants at the highest level.

We have developed program policies and procedures that allow us to facilitate programs in the safest possible light while simultaneously managing and reducing risk wherever possible.

We have developed and actively enforce our 5-Point Safety System, a set of rigorous standards that support the safety, health and well-being of students on every program.

Is COVID-19 vaccination required?

We strongly encourage that all students traveling to our in-person programs are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to departure.

Some destinations may require an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination to enter the country, so we ask that you stay apprised on destination requirements.

What is the process once my child arrives in-country? How will I know they have arrived safely?

TTN staff will be waiting for students at the international arrivals section of the airport right outside of baggage claim. All students are required to call home upon arrival at their destination. Our team will make you aware of any updates, major schedule changes, or emergencies in the very rare event one occurs.

We are able to relay urgent messages between students and parents via our 24/7 helpline while programs are in session and through our in-country staff.

We also periodically update student blogs with real-time photos and accounts of student experiences so you can stay up to date on what’s happening on the ground.

What kind of health and safety certifications do Teen Travel Network program staff have?

All TTN International Directors and Mentors are CPR and First Aid certified.

On select destinations, depending on remoteness and identification of need, staff will also obtain a WAFA (Wilderness Advanced First Aid) certification or WFR (Wilderness First Responder) certification.

Staff also receive training on epinephrine administration.

Are there clinics or hospitals available in the event a student needs medical attention?

Yes. We thoroughly identify the nearest and most accessible hospitals and clinics and have plans in-place in the event a student needs medical attention, including minor illnesses.

TTN staff will always inform a parent or guardian if professional medical attention is sought.

Do you have an emergency response plan?

Yes, we do. TTN provides 24/7 support and a helpline while programs are in session. TTN has a plan in place for all kinds of situations, including emergencies, even though they’re incredibly rare in occurrence.

We accomplish this through diligent risk management and by identifying proper health and support facilities within the vicinity of our programs.

What kind of medical and evacuation support do you have available?

TTN provides secondary medical and evacuation insurance to all students. Professional medical support is also available to our teams around the clock should specialized guidance be needed.

What happens if there is a public health issue in our destination country?

TTN follows the Centers for Disease Control status for updates to all destinations as well as the State Department. We watch any potential public health issues in place before students arrive and work closely with our local team members to deeply understand the status of the situation in their home countries before making any final decisions.

If a program country is deemed unsafe for travel, TTN will actively consider canceling the program and in the event of a cancellation, we will move students free of charge to an alternative program.

How about healthy eating while on-program?

Meals are prepared fresh daily by staff at our Home Base or by vetted restaurants. Meals include a healthy mix of grains, vegetables, fruits, and protein.

Will students have access to clean drinking water?

Always! Students will have access to unlimited safe drinking water while on-program.

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Travel Changes Everything

Travel to and learn about the most iconic places on Earth.

Travel FAQ

Can I travel with other students?

Once you are enrolled in the program, we will provide you with a list of the other students who will be attending the program as well as their contact information. If you and another student are coming from the same area, you are welcome to coordinate with the other student to fly together. Some students choose to have an overlapping layover as well to do the final international flight together.

What will travel look like between locations or countries?

Transportation between Home Base(s) and activities will always be in TTN-approved vehicles or via the mode of public transportation most appropriate for each specific location.

For example, in Europe students will take public transport such as trains in small groups supervised by a staff member; in other countries where public transport is not as reliable, we will use TTN-approved vehicles such as buses or vans.

In some cases, a taxi may be used, but only with TTN staff in accompaniment.

Do I need a visa?

Whether or not a student needs a visa depends on his/her country of citizenship and chosen TTN destination.

For more specific information, please consult:

  • www.g3visas.com.

All TTN students need passports valid for at least six months beyond the last day of the program and with at least one full empty page (to allow for an immigration stamp upon entry at the designated destination airport).

US students can find information about renewing their passports at:

  • http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/renew.html

What should I pack?

We always suggest packing only the essentials, such as any prescription medication or other daily necessities. Our travel coordinators will provide a detailed packing list tailored to the specific program you are attending.

Because students are constantly on the move, we recommend packing lightly and luggage that is easy to carry. For example, on many programs in Europe where students are moving from city to city every few days, a travel backpack might be a better option over a rolling suitcase.

Students should be able to carry and handle their own luggage on travel days.

Do I need special health insurance?

All program fees include secondary medical insurance coverage.

The insurance policy covers each student from the moment they join the group at the TTN destination airport and continues until the end of the program. The insurance policy includes medical and evacuation insurance.

Full policy details will be sent to TTN students as part of their acceptance packet.

Teen Travel Network

Travel Changes Everything

Travel to and learn about the most iconic places on Earth.