Education Eligibility Criteria

Through WTBD’s nine program components, our students receive insight into themselves while cultivating leadership skills, self-awareness, and a sense of global citizenry. WTBD’s programs are designed to be challenging mentally, physically, and emotionally. This EEC is intended to help potential participants understand what to expect and what will be expected of them if they participate on a WTBD program.

To be clear, WTBD is an experiential education program. It is not a therapeutic program of a program for adjudicated youth. WTBD is unable to accept students who require a therapeutic program or other services that are beyond the scope of practice of our staff.

This EEC does not encompass everything that might be expected of potential program participants. Rather it is intended to serve as a starting point for potential participants. Potential participants should read these criteria carefully and consider whether the WTBD program is right for them.



  1. Abide by WTBD’s Red Rule policies.
  2. Treat with respect all members of the group, local contacts, and others they encounter while traveling
  3. Take responsibility for and manage their health and well being independently, including but not limited to; hydration, general nutrition, mobility, and administration of any prescription medication
  4. Listen to and respond quickly to instructions given by their course instructors
  5. Cope with the stresses brought upon by traveling for weeks to months with a small
    group of peers in countries that are drastically different from the students’ home



  1. Be able to travel for periods of up to two weeks in a physically exhausting, remote, backcountry environment
  2.  Be able to carry all of their own gear on their back for up to 200 yards at any given time.
  3. Be able to complete a moderate uphill hike with a daypack weighing from 5 – 15 pounds.
  4. Be able to share living and sleeping space with other students
  5. Discuss any medical issues that come up with their overseas educators.



  1. Communicate openly and honestly with their peers, instructors, and local contacts.
  2. Commit to creating a safe environment for all students and not, in any circumstance, threaten others physically or verbally.