We are Travel Lovers and Matchmaking Experts

What is a Destination Work Experience?

A destination work experience is for the bold adventure seekers chasing new experiences in a structured and supported way.

It’s a choice to live intentionally, step out of your comfort zone, travel, have fun, try new things – gain life experience. All while earning money to cover the cost of your adventure.

Our Mission

At AdventureEXP, we believe in the power of meaningful travel. We believe in individual potential and how it is empowered when you take that leap of faith and choose to take charge in your own life.

All our programs have four basic cornerstornes

1. They are tangible – we make the connection to employers in destinations throughout the US, get you hired and then faciliate all the logistics of travel and housing.

2. They are affordable – all of our programs are paid opportunities that enable you to actually earn money on your experience.

3. They are supported – we are there when you need us most – coordinate your arrival, onboarding to your new employer and hosting regular excursions.

4. They are credible – you gain interpersonal skills from the overall experience, professional skills from joining a company and technical skills from your job – these are all building blocks for your future.

Our mission is to guide you on an adventure of transformative change. Choosing a destination work experience is a choice to be independent, to be courageous and to discover your passion. The destination is important to help you decide where you want to go but the real learning comes in the journey and the skills you gain along the way.

Our Leaders

Adventure Matchmaker

Adam works directly with our partner employers and Adventure Seekers as our Lead Matchmaker. His mission is to help people be the best version of themselves and that traveling helps you achieve this. He has traveled to 20+ countries, has lived in 3 states and traveled/worked in China for almost a year.

Adam’s Life Philosophy:

1. Do honest, ethical, quality work

2. Be here because you want to be

3. And have fun

Director of Enrollment

As an avid traveler herself, Anna has travelled to over 55 countries and visited more than 35 states in the USA. She finds exploring different cultures, creating new experiences, and meeting new people to be invigorating. Anna has studied abroad twice, in France and Latvia. In addition, she took a gap year in 2019 that allowed her to grow personally. Professionally, she has worked with students in higher education through admissions, student advising, and student coaching. Impacting students' lives meaningfully and purposefully is what Anna's passionate about. When she is not traveling, she enjoys being outside, trying new restaurants, and painting.

Partner Development Manager

Meet Alysa, a globetrotter with a deep-rooted passion for hospitality and gastronomy. Hailing from northern California with a multicultural upbringing, Alysa's love for food and culture was nurtured by her family's influence and the diverse communities she encountered while growing up.
Having ventured through 45 countries and counting, Alysa firmly believes that travel is not just about sightseeing—it's about immersing oneself in new cultures, delving into histories, savoring local cuisines, and dancing to the rhythms of the world. For Alysa, the more you see of the world, the more empathy you develop for it.

Program Coordinator

Maria has lived in 4 different countries and has visited more than 10. She truly believes that traveling can change the world. Her professional life has always been centered on inspiring and helping adventurers to go on life-changing experiences. From college students to retired explorers Maria always finds a way to make a journey unique and authentic. She is also a Yoga Teacher. When she is not on the computer or the mat she enjoys hiking, biking, and reading about the mind and magic realism as she believes that there’s nothing more magical than real life.

Content Creator Justin

Content Creator

Justin is the Content Creator for AdventureEXP. His mission is to share his passion for travel and inspire others to take journeys of their own so they can widen their perspective on the world – in his opinion, that’s what matters most. He has traveled to over 30 countries while teaching ESL, volunteering, and learning about new cultures along the way. When he’s not writing or traveling, he enjoys hiking, trail running, snowboarding, yoga, and studying languages.

Story Teller

A digital marketer by trade and avid outdoorsman at heart, Andy leverages his skill-set and passion to tell unique brand stories. His holistic approach includes developing a data-driven strategy, creating targeted content, and fully optimizing the website experience to evoke emotion and drive conversions. Growing up in Hawai’i, Andy studied abroad in Costa Rica and Spain, and has lived in Aspen for almost a decade – all of which have taught him valuable life lessons. Andy believes that new experiences cause change, transformation, and growth, and he enjoys creating that opportunity for others. Fueled by the will to travel and the ability to effectively create content while there, he seeks to tell the untold stories.

Our Core Values

Social Equity

An active commitment to fairness, justice and equality in our programs and resources. We design our programs with minimal barriers to entry so all people have the opportunity to travel and grow

Courage

The unique ability to persevere in the face of overwhelming adversity. Traveling, living on your own and working in a destination takes courage.

Fun

This to us answers the question “why are we here”. At the end of the day we value fun and the potential fun has to pave way for future excellence

Impact

Through intentional travel you impact your own life and the lives of those around you. This is power that we treasure and work everyday to cultivate

Freedom

This is what we are chasing – whether it be financial freedom, emotional freedom or time freedom. We believe this is where we find our joy.

Program Alumni Testimonials

"In my program I gained experience working with management, speaking up for myself, and working with high-priority clientele. I was drawn to the location by the national monuments, museums, and cultural heritage sites that surround the area. Ultimately, the most meaningful parts of my experience were the people I met and the adventures I went on. I would definitely recommend it to a friend!"

Emily W.

Summer Participant

"Before I was even accepted into the program, I knew it was what I wanted to do for the summer. I didn't know if it was right for me yet, but I knew I wanted to try it. And I’m glad that I did. During my program, I learned how to work for a five-star resort as well as how to market myself better. I also really enjoyed being able to experience another part of the county for an extended period of time. I would do it again!"

George R.

Summer Participant

"After my initial call with AdventureEXP I remember thinking ‘This is exactly what I was looking for’. The guidance I was provided helped me integrate into the community and I learned how to grow by overcoming difficult situations."

Delaney S.

Winter Participant

"My winter was unforgettable in the experiences I had and people I met. The exposure to the luxury service industry during my program changed my view of customer service and provided me with transferable skills for the rest of my life. I would do another destination work program in the future."

Brock K.

Winter Participant

"We are so grateful that our son had this opportunity and found a mentor through AdventureEXP that enabled him to get the most out of his months in Colorado. AdventureEXP is running a really important program and does it so well."

Kathleen M. - Parent of a Participant

"I knew this was the right program for me when I was walking to work the first day with my skis on my shoulder and realizing how awesome the winter was about to be. I learned to not stress about little things and to live in the present. I made deep connections with new people and learned to be independent."

Deke M.

Winter Participant

What We Do

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Frequently Asked Questions

AdventureEXP makes Destination Work Experience in the US attainable by simplifying the process and supporting you through every step of the way.

1. Explore your options and submit an application – easiest 5 minutes of your day!

2. Sign our Program Terms & Conditions and get enrolled in our Hiring Portal

3. Meet with employers – interview and find the right experience for you

4. Once you're hired we handle all of your experience logistics – you book your travel, we secure your housing and plan your onboarding with your employer

5. We're available during your experience – stay in touch with your personal Adventure Guide for anything and everything you need

6. Join our alumni network and apply to be an On-Site Coordinator for future experiences – you'll work part-time for AdventureEXP while working for another employer. Sounds cool, right?

We are happy to work with gap year students on their program that are looking for a more independent experience where they will work and live in a destination in the US. It’s important to understand that the experience of a high school graduate and a young professional will be different in the jobs you will be eligible for on the program. Check out Our Programs to learn more about typical jobs on our program.

While our diverse program types cater to people in all stages of life, the minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

It is best to start with what is most important to you. Are you traveling with a gropu of friends? Interested in a specific destination? Are you trying to fit this program in between other programs, internships or traveling? Submit Your Application to participate in a 1-on-1 advising session with our team to explore your options.

We primarily work with employers in seasonal areas of the country so the available jobs do depend on the time of year you are traveling. A few of our most popular positions are in hospitality, food and beverage, and retail. Review Our Programs and Apply Today to speak with your personal Adventure Guide and review available positions.

  • Hotel/Resort Worker
  • Food and Beverage - Barista, Bartender, Server
  • Grocery Store worker
  • Retail/Apparel Associate
  • Kitchen - Chef/Prep
  • Engineering

Review Our Programs and Apply Today to speak with your personal Adventure Guide and review available positions.

AdventureEXP partners with universities, professional societies, community centers and much much more. Submit your interest to showcase the positions you need and we’ll offer your positions to our candidate pool. Once we learn your business, we facilitate the hiring and on-boarding process through AdventureEXP.

AdventureEXP is here to help you along your career path. Whether you need help deciding your next steps, writing your resume or just want to share your experience – we are here to help!

1. Sign up for your 1:1 Career Coaching session to update your professional portfolio (resume, LinkedIn, etc.)

2. Apply to be an On-Site coordinator for a future AdventureEXP placement

3. Join our network of Adventure Alumni

4. Share your experience on social media and tag us @aexp_travel