Registration Deadline: May 5, 2013

If you are interested in traveling with us to Iceland, India, or Ecuador this summer, please contact us immediately. While it still may be possible to sign up after May 5, we will not be able to guarantee you a spot after that date. Acceptance will be subject to availability on plane flights as well as in-country lodging and transportation. Email us at

Registration Process

Note: For our summer 2013 trips, we have decided to switch from online credit card payment to payment by personal check. This change allows us to offer you discounts instead of spending that money on credit card fees.

Step 1: Email us to hold your spot.* 

Registration for DGA trips operates on a first-come, first-served basis. To hold your place on a trip, send an email to that includes the student’s name, school, year in school, and desired trip. You may not send this email before your eligible registration date. We will let you know by email if there is currently room on the trip. If the trip is already full, we will notify you and put your name on the waiting list. If you are next in line and a place becomes available, you will be notified by email and asked to submit your deposit and contract.

* Your initial email only holds your place for three business days. Please see Step 2!

Step 2: Submit your contract and deposit

Within three business days of submitting your email, Dawson must receive your signed Enrollment Contract and check for $500 addressed to “Alexander Dawson School.” There is a non-refundable $100 processing fee. You may hand your check and deposit in person to Barbara Payne, Dawson’s Upper School Administrative Assistant, or send by mail to:

David Meissner
Dawson Global Adventures
Alexander Dawson School
10455 Dawson Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026

If we receive your contract and deposit on time, we will notify you by email that you have a place on the trip. If we do not receive your contract and deposit within three business days of your email, your spot will become available to the next applicant. 

Step 3:
Apply (non-Dawson students)

We welcome students from any school to travel with Dawson Global Adventures. If you attend another school, we would like to learn more about you. As part of the application process, we will ask that you complete an application, submit an academic transcript and teacher recommendation, and interview with a trip leader.  If you are unable to interview in person, you may interview via Skype or over the phone.

This application process should take less than two weeks to complete, and you will not lose your place in line during this time.

We are looking for students who demonstrate an earnest interest in traveling with DGA, whose goals match those of the program, and who will not present significant behavioral challenges on the trip. Dawson Global Adventures reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant—from Dawson or another school—if there is reason to believe that the applicant may compromise the safety and well-being of the larger group.

Step 4: Pay the remaining balance. 

Once you receive an email stating that you have been accepted, you will need to secure your place by paying the remaining trip cost (which includes airfare). Your $500 deposit will be applied toward your trip cost.

Step 5: Pack your bags!

Once you have submitted your final payment, your trip leader will contact you to welcome you aboard. He or she will coordinate all remaining details with you, including trip-specific paperwork, immunization information, and orientation dates. The trip leader will also host an information night for parents and multiple orientation sessions for students in the spring.

Cancellation Policy:  
For logistical reasons, we need to know as early as possible if a change in plans prevents your participation. Late cancellations can result in trip vacancies for us. If you are concerned that you may need to cancel, you may want to purchase trip cancellation insurance for a relatively small cost. We can provide you with further information on this matter.

If you cancel prior to March 1, 2013, you will receive a refund of any amounts paid in excess of 25% of the approximate cost of the trip.  If you cancel between March 1 and March 15, 2013, you will receive a refund of any amounts paid in excess of 50% of the approximate cost.  There will be no refunds in the event of cancellations after March 15, 2013.