Summer Ambassador Program

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In Summer 2016, nineteen students ages 12-16 will set sail for the Gulf of Maine for two weeks—expanding their perspective of the world, immersing themselves in and contributing to different cultures, and practicing community building aboard the historic landmark schooner Roseway. During their expedition at sea, students will learn and practice seamanship and navigation as they operate and maintain the 137-foot schooner that is their home, as well as carrying out lessons in maritime history, community-building, and ethics.

Gulf of Maine Expedition
June 26 – July 9, 2016

World Ocean School promotes stimulating experiential education while fostering an appreciation for and a commitment to community and relationships, and cultivating an expanded world view. The curriculum is carried out in the formal setting of the ship’s classroom, in small groups on ship watches, and in the field on shore visits. Each student will keep an individual journal as well as participate in a nautical book club and various community service projects throughout the voyage. There will be tremendous exploration both on and off the water: sailing, hiking and community building.


The cost per student is $2,900 US. This does not include travel to and from the ship at the beginning and conclusion of the program.

Financial Aid: World Ocean School generally has a handful of scholarships available for students. These are competitive and an application is required, there is a priority deadline of March 1, 2016.

In the past, there are many ways students have been successful pursuing their own sponsorships and we highly encourage this.

Refund Policy: As payments become due and payable they are non-refundable.
- 50% deposit due upon acceptance to program
- Balance due: one week before departure

Other Expenses: World Ocean School students should anticipate some additional expenses, such as clothing needed for the trip (you will be sent a list), travel to and from the ship, and a passport (for non-U.S. citizens).


The 2016 program will depart from and return to Boston, Massachusetts. Roseway is docked downtown in the financial district which is close to Logan Airport and South Station for buses and trains. World Ocean School staff will meet students at their arrival location on the first day of the session and guide them back to the ship, as well as escorting them to their departure location on the last day of the session.

Travel arrangements are the student’s responsibility and it is important that they arrive and depart on the first and last day of the session they are attending.


Students who are accepted and join the ambassador program agree to the following rules throughout the entire session, whether on land or on the vessel:
- no drinking, smoking, or drug use/zero tolerance
- electronic such as ipods, computers, or anything with an on/off switch are not to be brought aboard the ship
 (if you bring a cell phone it will be stored in a secure place and returned to you at the end of the program)

Deadline: April 30, 2016

Applicants are selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- No sailing experience required!
- A desire to learn and participate in community building and inquiry
- Suitability and strength of character

The following items must be submitted before a student’s application can be fully evaluated:

1. A completed application form

2. One professional reference form completed and returned to our office directly by the referee. The reference should be a professional who knows the candidate well i.e., a teacher, coach, employer — not a friend or relative

3. A one-page essay, addressing what contribution the student feels he/she can make to the ambassador program and the communities we visit.

4. A risk release form

5. A completed medical form

Only 19 spaces are available.  Qualified students are accepted on a first come first served basis.

2016 Summer Program Application - Download here.
2015 Summer Program Scholarship Application - Download here.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

World Ocean School
P.O. Box 51091
Boston, MA 02205

You may also email a scanned copy of your completed application to: