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

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Real World Retreat 2016

May 12 – June 9, 2016

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.

Think of this retreat as a giant scavenger hunt with 25 of your new best friends in which you'll learn how to rent a room or apartment, cook for yourself and others on $6/day, make friends anywhere, draft a personal budget, understand credit cards, write an awesome résumé, and develop healthy exercise practices.

Mt. Crested Butte - photo by Sarah Hamilton

Crested Butte, Colorado

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa 2016

October 29 - December 10, 2016

Join Unschool Adventures and 10 other self-directed teens (ages 14-19) for an adventure of a lifetime. We designed the South Africa trip for first-time international travelers (seasoned travelers welcome too!) who are excited to:

  • get to know a totally new part of the world
  • stay in youth hostels
  • explore with new friends
  • spend lots of time outdoors
  • gain independent travel skills
  • learn the history of a fascinating and complicated country

The priority application deadline is March 12, 2016: Don't delay, apply now!

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

Want to make this trip part of a full gap year program? Dev Carey’s High Desert Center 2016-7 Gap Year combines the Argentina Semester with 16 more weeks of group living and adventure in Western Colorado.

Buenos Aires at night

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Previous Participants Say:

  • Unschool Adventures changed my life for the better. 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)

  • I can’t imagine going on a better trip, or with better people. Exceeded my high expectations.

    Charlotte W. (Argentina 2008)

  • 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)