Day 1
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Seattle

Arrive in Seattle in the afternoon to meet your Xperitas Team Leader. Drive about five hours to La Push, picking up lunch and the week’s groceries on the way. Settle into community accommodations and have your first team meeting.

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Days 2-7
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Community Stay

Explore La Push and meet community members. Visit the Quileute Senior Center and Teen Center and collaborate on activities determined by our partners, such as serving lunch for elders, beading with elders, and playing board games or sports with youth. Learn firsthand about Quileute Natural Resources fish management. Attend a weekly evening Drumming Circle on the beach. Participate in additional community events by invitation, depending on the timing of your visit, such as kickball with local youth or cedar bark harvesting. Explore surrounding areas, including a visit to the Makah Museum, featuring artifacts from pre-colonial Native American life, and the Hoh Rainforest, one of the largest temperate rainforests in the United States. Explore beaches, weather permitting. Reflect on your experiences in daily group meetings and journal-writing. On the last day, have a final celebration with community members.

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
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Seattle

Depart for Seattle early in the morning.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Reflections on the Experience

“This week was full of learning and understanding, of reaching out and caring for each other. It taught me to be not only a better ally to indigenous communities around the world, but a better person overall. A person who knows she belongs to a community and is responsible for it. I hope to be back someday.” -  Student

“I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, make new friends, and learn a lot about a new culture. I did all three.” -  Student

“Hiking rainforest and beaches, drum circle. Perfect balance between cultural immersion and outdoor activity.” -  Student