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Family Retreat in Tahiti

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Tahiti 8 DAYS
SAT 13 NOV 2021 - SAT 20 NOV (UTC-10:00)

Are you tired of your routine? Itching to travel? Ready for an exotic adventure with friends and family? 

From November 13 to 20, a small number of fortunate families will get to experience the best-of-the-best in the tropical paradise of Tahiti.  

Parents who wish to work remotely can do so in next-gen co-working spaces, alongside other tech, creative and entrepreneurial professionals, while the kids broaden their hearts, minds and horizons through phenomenal educational experiences like: 

  • Learning to surf on a black sand beach with warm waves, stunning vistas, and expert instructors
  • Snorkeling amidst sea turtles in the crystalline waters of the lagoon
  • Paddling traditional Polynesian outrigger canoes while seeing dolphins and colorful fish 

Together we’ll stay at the InterCon, the nicest resort on the island of Tahiti. You can start your day with yoga, swimming, or kayaking in the lagoon. There will be plenty of options to invigorate your spirit so you can tackle your projects with peak performance (if you need to work).  

Breakthrough ideas, guaranteed. 

Our role is to tee up the adventure for you and be available when you want help or guidance. We provide a platform for co-working, collaboration, conversations, and cultural experiences. We also provide a safe framework of adventure for your kids, keeping them active and engaged during the daytime so you can have me- and we-time (and get work done as needed). 

For sure, this is nothing like a package tour. We’ll give you a calendar filled with options, including unique cultural events, facilitated workshops, and cocktail hours. But apart from the welcome dinner, catamaran cruise, and farewell dinner, you’re largely on your own, working or playing to your hearts’ content.

Don't need to work? You're in for a treat. Enjoy myriad recreational and wellness options on your own or with interesting members of our group. We'll get you connected even before the trip to foster a vibrant community. 

Rather than staying in a secluded enclave, you'll have plenty of opportunities to experience local culture: 

  • Happy hours at local eateries with so much character they will imprint themselves on your psyche and palate. 
  • Evenings dining at the roulottes (food trucks) as the sun sets over the ocean and the kids bubble to tell you their adventures with new friends.
  • Weekends spent hitting the beach, exploring the rainforest, or recreating in the turquoise lagoon. 

The trip will include more than just pleasure; there will also be purpose. Your kids will join together with locals, as a team, to help restore coral reefs or save an endangered species. 

After this coworking trip, you may wish to spend Thanksgiving week on vacation at another island, like Moorea or Bora Bora. If so, we'll help you plan an unforgettable getaway.  

It's time to take our lives to a whole new level. 

It's time to grow, baby!  

Tahiti's Finest Resort

For one magical week, we will live and work together at the InterCon, the most magnificent resort on the island of Tahiti. 
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Amazing Amenities

Your room will be right near this pool overlooking the island of Moorea. Elsewhere on the grounds you'll find tennis courts, kayaks, and a lagoon full of tropical reef fish. Plenty to inspire you and your kids.  
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Sunrise & Sunset Wellness

Experience an optimized version of your life where you need not choose between professional achievement and your kids. Where fitness and productivity go hand in hand. Let the spectacular sunrises and sunsets massage your soul.  

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Unstructured, Unexpected Experiences

The most fulfilling adventures are not handed to you on a silver platter. We help curate your activities, but it’s your journey to own, opening yourself and your children to new perspectives, experiencing a thrilling location while, perhaps, encountering each other in new and exciting ways.

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Inspiring Community

Spend quality time in an idyllic setting with other entrepreneurial, global citizens. Enjoy the creative vibe. Don't be surprised if you find yourself interacting with new friends as part of an extended family. It starts with light conversation but often progresses to deep, meaningful communication. 

 

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Sunset Catamaran

On Wednesday at 4pm (7pm Pacific) we'll close our laptops, throw on our bathing suits, and head into the lagoon. Black spotted eagle rays will dart by as the setting sun casts mango-colored light upon our sails and we toast to a day well lived.  
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Kids Program

This cultural adventure has been created to provide the children of visiting families, ages 5-12, with an inspiring, entertaining, educational and holistic view of French Polynesia.

While the program features exploration and adventure, our priority at all times, in every activity, is safety for your kids.

Your children will experience the best of the island’s youth activities, broadening their skill sets, comfort zones, and realms of possibility. There will be lessons on surfing, snorkeling, restoring coral reefs, making flower crowns, and much more.

The entire week of adventures has been designed around a treasure hunt, based on the legend of Maui, the hero of Polynesian mythology. The treasure hunt has been brilliantly woven through the whole program, culminating on the final day.

Your kids will learn about the environment and Polynesian culture, support local communities, and create lifelong memories and friendships.

To provide this Kids program, Working Without Borders has partnered with Nani Travels, French Polynesia’s first inbound tour operator focused on sustainable tourism. Nani Travels helps protect ecosystems and ancestral Polynesian traditions. They aim for their operations to have a direct positive impact on the environment, the economy, and the local population. The goal is to give young travelers a deeply meaningful, culturally-immersive experience that helps parents to raise global citizens. 

Day 1: Sunday, November 14 

After a delicious breakfast, the head of the youth program, Alexandrine Wan, together with her enthusiastic and energetic team, will meet with kids and parents for an orientation. Together we will talk about the legend of Maui and the amazing treasure hunt we will experience during the week. The team will explain everything and answer any questions.  

Soon after that, the treasure hunt will begin. Kids will start their quest by exploring the resort, meeting legendary characters along the way. (Parents are welcome to join in the fun of this hour-long adventure.)  

The rest of the day will be free for families to enjoy their time at the resort, culminating in a festive, resplendent and delicious Welcome Dinner at sunset. 

Day 2: Monday, November 15  

After breakfast, we meet for a quick orientation with the kids before going on our first offsite activity -- call them “expeditions”. We will take your kids high into the mountains where trees will be our playground: we will do zip-lining at our beloved Rainbow Park. Along the way, kids will look for clues to resolve the first enigma of the treasure hunt. Then we will enjoy a picnic together, with a breathtaking view of Tahiti and Moorea.  

Upon returning to the resort in the afternoon, we will do arts & crafts, learn local dances, and play athletic games. All of these activities will be linked to the legend of Maui and our continuing treasure hunt. 

Day 3: Tuesday, November 16  

After breakfast, we will meet with the kids for a quick orientation before launching our second expedition. Today we venture into the Tahitian lagoon, with its crystalline blue waters and thriving sea life. First we will meet with a local organization that works to preserve coral reefs. We’ll learn all about Tahiti’s marine biodiversity, seeing some of the hundreds of species of fish and coral which inhabit our waters. Then we’ll jump in the sea ourselves. Closely supervised at all times by experienced divers, your kids will snorkel with countless tropical reef fish in every color of the rainbow. We might even see sea turtles, moray eels, or eagle rays. After this fun time in the lagoon, we will picnic under the shade of palm trees on a white sand beach. Upon returning to the resort, we will do arts & crafts, dance, and play athletic games, each activity linked to the Maui legend and our ongoing treasure hunt. 

Day 4: Wednesday, November 17   

Today your children are in for a real treat. We will spend the day with local kids at a pedagogical gem called Eco-Place (“Eco-Lieu” in French). Located not far from the resort, Eco-Place is a not-for-profit educational center focused on supporting kids as they learn about nature, culture, and wellbeing. Amidst tropical gardens and many different outdoor stations for self-directed learning, a team of trained and passionate supervisors stimulate children's creativity, intrinsic motivation, critical thinking, and autonomy. All together, expats and locals, we will share our stories, forge new friendships, and enjoy a vegetarian lunch, grown organically, mostly onsite. Based on their preferences, kids can choose to focus on activities involving art, science, nature, cooperation, DIY building, and more. They will have lots to share with parents after this culturally-immersive day!

Day 5: Thursday, November 18  

After breakfast, we will meet for a quick orientation before setting out on today’s expedition to a beach that’s perfect and safe for learning to surf. Upon arrival, we will meet with representatives of a local organization dedicated to protecting the local biosphere, who will teach the kids how ocean currents are bringing plastic waste to our shores and what this means for our ecosystem. After joining local kids in an enthusiastic beach clean-up, we’ll reward ourselves for a job well done by heading into the warm waves, with the soft sand beneath our feet. Kids who know how to swim will practice surf skills under the watchful eyes of our expert instructors, led by Tereva, one of the best surfers in the islands, a surf coach for young professional surfers around the  world, and member of the most respected surfing family in French Polynesia. Kids who don’t know how to swim can bring their floaties so they can boogie board on the small waves lapping the beach. Then we will picnic at the beach before returning to the resort.  

In the afternoon, we will pick flowers from the garden and prepare our own flower leis and crowns for the evening’s Farewell Dinner. If they’re lucky, parents might even get to have one of these treasures made by their kids!  

Day 6: Friday, November 19  

Today is our last day and the climax of our week-long treasure hunt! The legend of Maui is now alive in the minds of your kids, and we are ever so close to discovering the treasure. We will depart the resort at 9am, take a short hike to some waterfalls, pop into some local homes to get hints and clues from residents about where the final items on the  hunt might be hiding. Then we’ll board a sailboat to ride the winds to another very special beach, as the ultimate venue for finding the hidden treasure. In the end, every kid will discover a treasure of their own, filled with lots of local art and crafts along with special goodies to take back home as treasured souvenirs. 

Yet the greatest treasure of all will be the once in a lifetime adventures of learning and exploring a new culture and the beauties of nature in our island paradise. Everyone comes home a winner, filled with exciting experiences, newly-developed skills, wider awareness of other peoples and places along with new-found friends from Polynesia and their trip group!

PS: Please help us in keeping this expedition itinerary a total surprise for the children. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teen Program

This youth-oriented cultural adventure has been created to provide visiting families with an inspiring, educational and holistic view of French Polynesia for their teenage children (aged 13 to 19). While the program features exploration and adventure, our priority at all times, in every activity, is safety for your kids.

The goal of the program is for your teenagers to experience French Polynesia from the inside. Discover the islands through the eyes of Polynesians, who have grown up loving their island home. Their playgrounds are the waterfalls and the ocean. They will share their deep connection to nature and their appreciation for their culture.   

The Teen program is a cultural exchange between international teens and locals. Based on their preferences and interests, visiting teens will be matched with local teens. The visiting teens will meet and interact with their Polynesian peers during the activities. The visiting teens will give the local kids an opportunity to practice their English and make friends. The local teens, in turn, will show their islands in a special, new way, letting their visiting peers see Polynesia through their eyes.  

Your teens will learn about the environment and Polynesian culture, support local communities, and create lifelong memories and friendships.

To provide this Teen program, Working Without Borders has partnered with Nani Travels, French Polynesia’s first inbound tour operator focused on sustainable tourism. Nani Travels helps protect ecosystems and ancestral Polynesian traditions. They aim for their operations to have a direct positive impact on the environment, the economy, and the local population. With this Teen program, their goal is to give young travelers a deeply meaningful, immersive experience

Day 1: Sunday, November 14 

Today is for you and your children to settle in, explore, and just enjoy your new home in paradise. Relax by the pool. Play tennis. Go kayaking, scuba diving, or hiking. Meet the other parents and kids who have come on the trip. We’ll have the chance to tell you more about their adventures to come. Warning to hard-working parents: you’ll envy the many adventures which await your kids!

Day 2: Monday, November 15  

After a delicious breakfast, we will gather all teens together for a quick orientation before going to meet a Polynesian elder named Herves, one of the most renowned and respected leaders of the local community. He will host us in his humble home, nestled between two rivers in a lush valley. Teens will learn about traditional Polynesian life-ways, like how to start a fire, to navigate with the stars, to plant based on the soil and moon, to cook with produce from the garden, to fish, and hunt. They will come to feel a bit like a Polynesian, and grasp the beauty and depth of Polynesian culture.  

Day 3: Tuesday, November 16  

Today we venture into the Tahitian lagoon with its crystalline blue waters and thriving sea life. Supervised at all times by experienced divers, your teens will snorkel with countless tropical reef fish in every color of the rainbow. We might even see sea turtles, moray eels, or eagle rays. Then, after lunch, we will visit one of the island’s beaches that is perfect for learning to surf. Before jumping in the water, your kids will learn how ocean currents flow in the Polynesian archipelagos, including the unfortunate side-effect of bringing plastic waste to our shores, and what this means for our ecosystem. After joining local teens in an enthusiastic beach clean-up, we’ll reward ourselves for a job well done by heading into the warm waves, with the soft sand beneath our feet. Together with their new Polynesian friends, your kids will practice surf skills under the watchful eyes of our expert instructor, Tereva.  

Day 4: Wednesday, November 17   

Today your teens will explore the magnificent treasure of Moorea’s coral reefs, and do their part to restore damaged reefs, too. We’ll grab our snorkeling gear and jump on the ferry to Tahiti’s sister island. In the morning, our resident naturalist, Genevieve, will explain the fragile reef ecosystem, describing the nature of coral, the diverse creatures which inhabit them, and the threats our reefs face. She will show and explain what they can expect to experience underwater, safety precautions for the dive, and cutting-edge scientific work that’s being done to restore the health of the reefs. Then we’ll go snorkeling as a group, and together, lend a hand to restoration efforts by carefully cutting fragments of resilient corals so they can be grown in a gene bank nursery, then get transplanted to restore damaged areas of Moorea’s reefs. We will have a tasty lunch together and then canoe, kayak and snorkel some more before returning to Tahiti in the late afternoon. 

Day 5: Thursday, November 18  

After breakfast, we’ll head to the southern side of the island, Tahiti Iti. But our mission today is not playing in the waves. Your teens will help implement an important project of great meaning to the local people. Together with their Polynesian counterparts, they will contribute their time to build and furnish a community center for women who have suffered domestic abuse. We will construct benches, tables, gardens, and a veranda. Then we will have lunch together, celebrating our hard work and the lasting impact our efforts will have on the community. 

Day 6: Friday, November 19  

Time has flown and we don’t want this island adventure to end! But today is our last day together and we have something special planned. We’ll take all of the teens, expats and locals, up into the rainforest. There nature and history meet adventure! We’ll hike on mountain trails to reach one of the highest and most wondrous waterfalls in all of Polynesia. In the heart of the jungle, a naturalist will explain the biology and geology of this remarkable island ecosystem. And yet the teens will do more than just listen and watch. A day of cool, wet fun awaits them: water slides and fresh springs will be their playground. We’ll have a festive picnic lunch, then continue playing in the crystal-clear pools. After an unforgettable afternoon, we’ll descend the mountain to reunite with parents.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Babysitting & Daycare

Got a toddler? You'll love that we've lined up babysitters. These ladies are available to provide onsite daycare for kids aged 3+. 

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Inspiring Workspaces

Enjoy a wide range of private and public co-working spaces with breathtaking views, inspiring design, abundant natural light, and fiber-optic internet. You will definitely want to breathe deep.

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Flip-Flop Chic Dining

Some evenings, as the setting sun begins to fill the sky with golden light, you may wish to head to hip outdoor restaurants at the water's edge. The style in Tahiti is casual; even the fanciest places can be described as "flip-flop chic". 

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Welcome Dinner

This might be one of the most memorable dinner events of our lives. Casual attire, warm air, shimmering ocean, colorful sky. Fascinating people we would never meet otherwise. An alchemy of food, beverage, beauty, and social interaction that leads to magical moments for grown-ups and kids alike. 
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Farewell Dinner

By the time we have dinner together at this stunning restaurant over the lagoon, we will have shared unforgettable experiences and connected in unforeseen ways. You and your loved ones will be flyin' high!
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Your Hosts

You and your kids are going to be in amazingly good hands. Born and raised in French Polynesia, Alexandrine is on a mission to help visitors step away from the clichéd postcard images of the islands to experience them, and get to know their residents, in a more authentic way. As CEO of Nani Travels, French Polynesia’s first inbound tour operator specialized in sustainable tourism, Alexandrine partners with NGOs to preserve cultural and environmental heritage while enabling visitors to immerse themselves and contribute in life-changing ways. As a mother herself, she is excited to welcome other parents, and their children, to her homeland. Meanwhile, Sam lived in Tahiti from August 2020 through June 2021 with his wife and two kids. Now, as CEO of Working Without Borders, he’s uber-passionate about enabling other families to taste the sublime reality his family got to experience in French Polynesia. 
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