Summer Ambassador Program: Open Enrollment Voyage

Student Program

2019 Summer Ambassador Program 

Dates: Saturday, August 10 - Friday, August 23

In Summer 2019, students ages 12-16 will set sail for two weeks with their course set for Long Island Sound—expanding their perspective of the world, immersing themselves in and contributing to different cultures, and building a community aboard the historic landmark schooner Roseway. During their expedition at sea, students will learn seamanship and navigation skills as they operate and maintain the 137-foot schooner that is their home, and will stop in ports of call to participate in community service.


The Program will begin and end at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in the Seaport in Boston. 

Travel to and from the program is not included in program costs. 


As a Summer Ambassador you will be expected to participate in all of the activities aboard, as well represent World Ocean School and Schooner Roseway in the communities we visit. 

If you are accepted to the program, you agree to the following rules throughout the entire session, whether on land or on the vessel:

  • No drinking, smoking, or drug use: zero tolerance
  • Electronics such as iPods, computers, or anything with an on/off switch are not to be brought aboard the ship
  • Cell phones are kept in a secure space by the captain and are handed out for use only in an emergency
  • No apparel that advertises alcohol or tobacco may be worn


Cost: $3,250

Refund Policy: As payments become due and payable they are non-refundable.

  • 50% deposit due upon acceptance to program
  • Balance due: July 26th, 2019, two weeks before departure

You should anticipate some additional expenses in travel costs and clothing required for 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.

In the past, students have been successful pursuing their own sponsorships and we highly encourage this. 2019 Summer Ambassador Program scholarship link can be found below.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications due by April 15, 2019

Applicants are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • An interest in practicing community building skills
  • Suitability and strength of character

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

I. Completed Application  

II. One personal reference form  

III. Scholarship Application (if applicable) 

If your application is accepted, you will be required to have the following before departure:

  • A complete, accurate medical form 
  • A risk release from signed by your parent/guardian

Summer Ambassador Application

Download our Summer Ambassador Application here. 

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Junior Watch Officer Application

Sailed aboard Roseway before? Looking for growth in leadership and peer mentoring? Check out our Junior Watch Officer Program. 

Junior Watch Officer Program

Download our Junior Watch Officer Application here.

*Note: This program runs concurrently with the Summer Ambassador Program, but tuition and arrival dates differ from those above. 

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Summer Ambassador Program Scholarship Application

Download our Summer Ambassador Program Scholarship Application here. 

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Please submit completed applications to:


Cara James

c/o World Ocean School

PO Box 51091

Boston, MA 02205 

If you have questions or would like to refer a student you think would be a strong applicant, please email