Summer 2022
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Dream Volunteers

WES Young Dreamers
Summer Service Travel Experience In COSTA RICA
August 1-8, 2022 for 7th and 8th grade students
Led by Upper School teachers Ms. Card & Mr. Schneider

This webpage has details about the trip as well as the registration form.
The deadline to sign-up is January 31, 2022.
This short video gives you a snapshot of the Costa Rica trip experience from a student's perspective.
Here is a recording of the Information Session webinar that took place on Monday, January 10th via Zoom

Since 2017, groups of WES middle schoolers have participated in the Young Dreamers community service club and traveled abroad to engage in a service and cultural immersion program led by Dream Volunteers, a local nonprofit organization with international programs all across the globe. It is an enriching opportunity that provides a meaningful learning experience for students and truly makes a difference in the communities it serves. 
Brian Buntz, director of Dream Volunteers, along with Ms. Card, Mr. Schneider, and former WES Parent/advisor/chaperone Lisa Arone (Max '18, Mason '21) will be giving an overview of the trip and the Young Dreamers club on Zoom (link below) on Monday, January 10 at 7:30pm. We invite you, and your seventh or eighth grader, to join in next month's conversation with Dream Volunteers to learn more about their programs and the Costa Rica trip.
Dream Volunteers successfully led 3 student groups to Costa Rica this past summer. During the webinar, they will describe the various COVID protocols they have in place. Come learn about next summer's trip and why so many WES students have had an incredible experience serving and learning in Costa Rica, and right here at home, with Dream Volunteers over the years.
Costa Rica Trip Information
Also available if you have questions about the experience or the club, please feel free to reach out to the Krikorian family (Henry '23). They are 3-time chaperone parents whose kids have gone on 5 DV trips (Costa Rica, Guatemala and Vietnam - about to add Ghana) Jen is at and Jason is at

Summer 2021
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Dream Volunteers
Dream Volunteers "Dream Big Now!"
Summer Registration Open
Aspiring to dream big this summer?? Looking for a meaningful, Zoom-free, outdoor experience? Get off-screen, out of the house, and into our local summer service & leadership program (all in-person in the Bay Area). Students make a difference addressing issues such as food insecurity and environmental degradation, interact with other change-minded peers, and learn from educators (like our own WES middle school faculty!) with wide-open spaces as their classrooms. Students will create an action pledge to tackle an issue in their community before they leave the program. It's not too late! 

Learn more or sign up HERE.
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Thank you everyone for a great day of service Friday!! So fun to see everyone's happy (albeit masked) faces!! To all our volunteers, thanks for giving up some of your free time today to commit to helping with a bigger cause!! To all the parents, and to Brian, Mr. Scheider, Susan and Mariah (Environmental Volunteers Guides), we appreciate you making it possible!!
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8:45 am - 12:15pm

We are excited to have an upcoming Dream Volunteers service opportunity at the Baylands Friday, October 23rd (no school - teacher PD day).
This event is open to all WES upper school students. Please note REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and spots are limited. There will be adult staff from WES, Dream Volunteers, and Environmental Volunteers present.
To sign up, please click HERE
Event: Baylands Beautification (habitat restoration entails mulching and invasive species removal)
Location: 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Questions: contact
What to expect and bring to the EcoCenter
  • A short introduction about the Environmental Volunteers will be given regarding our mission in inspiring the love for nature and science in the next generation.
  • Instructions and the importance of the day’s work will be explained.
  • A list of species will be distributed to help guide students if needed throughout the day.
  • Participants will be focusing on removing large fennels by the main parking lot. Mustard, thistle, and crown daisies may be included in the area. 
  • Waivers are to be signed by ALL participants (Waiver Form).
  • Volunteers are instructed to dress in long pants and closed-toed shoes. This will minimize the possibilities of ticks (& spiky plants) from latching onto bare skin and potential injury to toes. 
  • Layers are also recommended as the weather at the Baylands may be cold or warm or windy. It is always unpredictable. 
  • A hat and sunscreen is highly recommended.
  • To minimize our risk in transmitting COVID-19, we are requiring that every participant:
    • Bring their own gardening gloves for outdoor use.
    • Bring and wear their own face mask/covering.
    • Stay in their assigned area and in groups of 15 or less.
    • If any students are experiencing flu-like symptoms before the event date, we ask that they do not attend.
  • Tools will be provided and will be sanitized before and after the event.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle (water stations are located around the Baylands) and bring sufficient snacks for break time!
  • Public restrooms are available by the Duck Pond. We recommend wearing disposable gloves when using public restrooms.