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Update (01/06/00):
United States Trek Announced!
The Odyssey launched its second major project, the US Trek, in September 2000. Click here if you're interested.

Update (3/25/99):
India and China Trek is Closed

Congratulations to Brian Wingate who has joined the World Trek Team for Turkey and Iran, and Andrew Cote who has joined the Team for Turkey, India, China, Japan and South East Asia.

At this point, we are reviewing finalists for the Asia portion of the Trek and are no longer accepting new applications. We encourage you to take a look at our upcomming US Trek and apply if you are interested.

If you have an open application with us, we will be making decisions regarding future site visits in the timeframe indicated in our correspondence with you.

Note - The Odyssey is a start-up organization and does not have funding secured for the entire Trek. More positions may open up, but we can make no guarantees about the number of positions that will be available for any particular Stage or Site Visit.

World Trek Team Applications
Applicants should indicate if they are interested in participating in only a particular site visit, a particular stage, or or the duration of the Trek. These are volunteer positions, though all travel and living expenses, as well as health insurance, will be paid by The Odyssey.

Applicants will be judged based on some very concrete criteria that apply directly to their potential success with The Odyssey and what they would bring to The Odyssey. These include your general background, areas of interest, experience in the outdoors and abroad, experience with service work, languages spoken, etc. You must be in good health. You should be over 21 years of age, and we cannot accept minors accompanying an adult. If you are applying with someone else, please understand that we must consider each application individually - we neither favor nor disfavor couples.

Then there will be some more subjective criteria such as personality and how well you would fit in with the group and work in the kind of environment that the World Trek will entail. A significant period of time traveling with a small group of people under such challenging and constantly changing conditions will obviously spawn its own challenges in the group dynamics department.

We can't stress enough our interest in having a diverse group professionally, ethnically, religiously, linguistically, age-wise, sexual orientation-wise, gender-wise, etc.

We received many applications, but it always proves difficult to find solid matches. If you believe you are a good match for the Team, we encourage you to apply. You need not be a US citizen.

We are a non-profit organization with limited staff and ask that you only apply if you would seriously consider joining. We also have a $30 application fee to help defray costs. Contact us if you cannot pay this or have questions.

Please send a cover letter, resume, application, and the $30 fee to
The Odyssey
650 Townsend, Suite 375
San Francisco, CA 94103

Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

There is no application form per se. We simply ask that you provide the following information:


  • Current and previous occupations / community service:
  • Where have you lived?
  • What interests do you have and/or what subjects have you studied formally or informally (either relevant to The Odyssey or not)?
  • Please write a few paragraphs telling us "Who are you?"
  • Is there anything specific that interests you about The Odyssey?
  • What might you be doing in a year if you don't participate in The Odyssey?

    We will acknowledge receipt of the application by email (if available). You will then hear from us within three weeks with an initial decision whether you have selected for a second round review, which includes an interview, or a meeting if possible.

    Thank you for your interest!

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