Join us this summer for an unforgettable experience on our Project California program. Experience the joy of volunteering your time while also meeting new friends and exploring the incredible city of Santa Barbara. The goal of Project California Community Service is not only to give back to the local community, but for our participants to also learn about themselves and to grow through their experiences.
Upon completion of Project California, each participant will receive a certificate recognizing 40, 60, or 80 HOURS of SUMMER COMMUNITY SERVICE. Each person volunteers with the same project for the length of their program. This allows our teenagers to create more meaningful bonds with those they are helping. Our participants volunteer Monday through Friday, four hours per day.
Each weekday contains a great mix of meaningful community service, enriching afternoon electives, great local excursions, and fun evening activities. Located next to the Pacific Ocean, bordered by the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains, and bursting with history and culture, Santa Barbara is the perfect location for Project California.
Each weekend during Project California is spent discovering exciting destinations throughout sunny southern California. Chill on beautiful Catalina Island and visit Disneyland during our Orange County Weekend, discover Santa Monica and browse Rodeo Drive during our fun Los Angeles Weekend, and check-out Universal Studios and The Improv Comedy Club during our weekend in Hollywood.
Each participant should come to Project California with an open mind and positive attitude, excited about new experiences, ready to fully participate in volunteer work, and willing to challenge oneself to step outside of his or her comfort zone. Each one of our teenagers is a partner in making Project California a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Choose one of the following Community Service Programs:
Group Size:The Project California summer community service programs accommodate up to 60 participants, which fosters expanded social interactions and friendships within the group during evening activities and weekend excursions. Depending on the specific site, each service project will consist of 5-15 participants. This enables our teenagers to benefit from small group and one-on-one interaction at the service project.
Accommodations:During the week, the University of California Santa Barbara is our home away from home. Our dorm features an incredible array of facilities, including an Olympic-size swimming pool, computer room, recreation room with pool tables and ping pong tables, floor lounges with sofas and cable television, linen service, and laundry room.
Meals:During the week, the group will eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Portola Dining Commons, the dormitory dining hall. Portola is cafeteria-style, consisting of various stations with plenty of choices at each meal for all types of diets. Enjoy everything from made-to-order omelets to lasagna to delicious desserts. While traveling on weekends, breakfast and dinner are provided at our hotels and in various local restaurants.
Staff:Our summer community service staff members are teachers and graduate students who are committed to Project California’s ideals of volunteering and giving back to the global community. Rein Community Service staff members are always present at each service site. All staff members attend our professional training workshops where the emphasis is placed on the safety and well being of our teenage volunteers. Program leaders are trained in Basic First Aid and CPR.
Transportation:Rein Project California Community Service uses professionally driven buses and vans to transfer our participants to their various projects, activities and weekend excursions. There is no additional fee for transporting participants to and from the airport on arrival in California and departure from California.
Communication:The Rein Communication Center is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week throughout the program. Teenagers are permitted to bring cell phones and our free wifi is available throughout our dormitory.
For a complete description of the Rein Community Service Project California, Request a Rein Teen Tours & Community Service Brochure.