Teens Can Travel with a Purpose through our Exciting New Partnership

Oaxaca Mexico Riveted Kids ruins

“I remember when Jay and Kymber Waltmunson contacted me about an immersive travel experience several years back. They wanted something off the beaten track where they could experience an authentic and meaningful interaction with the locals. I met with them in their Seattle home, and we poured over maps of the Solo Khumbu region of Nepal, finally deciding that they would visit two villages we work with: Chandani and Hil. They traveled to Nepal with their young daughter Beija, where they had an incredible 3-day trek to Hil and volunteered on the milk-station project in Chandani. Beija connected immediately with the local kids and was visibly moved by her experiences.

Since then, the Waltmunson Family has traveled to Cuba, Peru and, Mexico with Crooked Trails, seeking out opportunities to engage with locals beyond the tourist circuit. With each experience, they have honed in on an idea: to help other parents plan family trips that allow for the same kind of bonding experiences they were having with Beija. They created Travel with Riveted Kids, starting as a blog with fantastic photography, then moving into personalized family trip journals, and now to camps for kids. There’s so much respect and synergy between Crooked Trails and Riveted Kids that we felt we just had to form a partnership. We’re excited to announce our first collaboration, a teen summer service camp to teach coding in Oaxaca (read more below), and you can expect to see more from Crooked Trails/Riveted Kids soon, including family trips and spring break programs.”

– Chris Mackay, Crooked Trails Co-Founder

Oaxaca Mexico Riveted Kids ruinsCrooked Trails and Riveted Kids are teaming up to bring you a solution for your middle or high schooler’s summer doldrums. Would you like them to have an engaging travel opportunity to fulfill your service hours? Do you value the kind of adventure and mission-driven experiences that Crooked Trails offers? Does your student have just a little coding and Spanish under their belts?

We have a win-win-win-win for you.

Join our Code Oaxaca Summer Camp, which combines a week of service Oaxaca Mexico Riveted Kids night scene churchand local adventures. The camp will be led by Dr. Jay Waltmunson, Washington Middle School Spanish teacher, and ex-techie, whose energetic personality will have your kids riveted and engaged.  Participants will be delivering an introductory coding curriculum to local teens at El Centro Esperanza Infantil’s computer lab, the perfect place to support local kids in taking their education to the next level.

Students will also have plenty of fun adventures, including:

  • Hiking to the top of Monte Alban to see the sunrise over the ruins.
  • Searching for the best peppers and the most delicious chocolate in the market.
  • Joining the locals for their afternoon pasear in the parks, where great people-watching and food carts abound.
  • Sampling tortillas, tamales, tlayudas, and more!

Oaxaca Mexico Riveted Kids market streetOaxaca Mexico Riveted Kids fruit vendorThere are endless opportunities to immerse in the culture, food, art, and creative energy of Oaxaca, all under the supportive and professional eye of their fun and fearless leader Jay.

Give us your kid for one week to experience Code Oaxaca Summer Camp, and they’ll come back a bit different than they left; a little more confident and independent, with a more layered and nuanced understanding of the world. Find out more here and here. We have four spots left, don’t wait!

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