We run life-changing trips for self-directed young adults.

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Upcoming Trips

Buenos Aires at night

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina Semester 2017

January 25 – April 19, 2017

The Argentina Semester is a 12-week experience for 18- to 21-year-olds who want to live independently in Buenos Aires, improve their Spanish, practice group living, and build real-world skills.

Led by U.A. director Blake Boles, this is our newest and longest program for self-directed learners seeking an international experience with lots of personal freedom and a warm peer community.

Two spots open! Apply now.

Real World Retreat 2017

April 22 – May 20, 2017

Held in beautiful Ludlow, Vermont, the Real World Retreat gives 16- to 20-year-olds the skills and confidence necessary to move out of their parents’ houses, support themselves financially, build community, and continue living a meaningful, learning-centered life.

Just opened! Apply now.
Real World Retreat 2016 group

Real World Retreat 2016 group

Trips Under Development

Southeast Asia 2017

  • Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
  • 8 weeks in Nov/Dec 2017
  • 11 participants (ages 14-19)

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Southeast Asia 2017

Previous Participants Say:

  • I feel like I've grown as a human being, and my standards for fun and happiness have sky rocketed. The friends that I've made here are THE coolest, most hilarious, and most lovable people I have ever met.

    Erik B. (Nepal 2014)

  • This trip completely changed my life! As a traditional high-schooler, being in such a close-knit group with people of completely different learning backgrounds, I have opened my eyes to so many academic and career options for my future.

    Julia S. (Argentina 2012)

  • I loved the Writing Retreat! The joy of waking up and walking sleepily up the stairs to a room filled with the smell of bagels and Nutella, packed full of people rocking out to music, writing, typing, talking, clanking away on typewriters—I can't think of what wasn't fun.

    Brooke B. (Writing Retreat 2011)

  • The Adventure Semester changed my life, simple as that. It gave me life skills I have never received anywhere else. The freedom you get on their trips opens your eyes and gives you the opportunity to genuinely grow.

    Spencer B. (Adventure Semester 2015)