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Big Adventures for Self-Directed Teens

We run life-changing trips, retreats, and virtual workshops for unschoolers, homeschoolers, and other self-directed learners ages 14-19.

Our programs bring together groups of teenagers who are hungry for new experiences, real-world challenges, and deep personal connections. Each adventure offers a high level of freedom and responsibility, reflecting the independence that our participants already enjoy at home.

No matter if you join us for a multi-month trip or a short workshop, you’ll walk away with new friends, unforgettable memories, and a fresh vision of what’s possible in your life.

Dance Recess 2017

a jam-packed week of dancing in the mountains of Colorado

July 30 – Aug 7, 2017
Ages 15-20 (flexible)
Spots open – Apply now!

Southeast Asia 2017

a minimalist adventure across Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia

October 23 – December 14, 2017
Ages 14-19 (flexible)
Wait list only

??? 2018

a brand-new international adventure is in the works… get excited!

~6 weeks in Spring 2018
Ages 14-19 (flexible)
Full details in July 2017!

We’re passionate about helping young people build their adventure muscles and self-directed learning skills, no matter where they live—so we’re creating a series of new, exciting, and highly affordable virtual workshops.

Join us this September for Launchpad: a 3-week workshop all about getting stuff done.


September 11-29, 2017
Ages 14-21 (flexible)
Registration opens July 10th

What Sets Us Apart

We’re weird. But it’s the good kind of weird.

Hand-Crafted Adventures

Our trips are hand-crafted, not mass-produced. Each has a unique story and mission. So if you see a trip you like, apply for it—because it probably won’t happen again!

School-Year Programs

We run most of our programs during the school-year instead of the busy summer, taking advantage of the best weather and low tourism seasons.

Freedom & Responsibility

Our teenage participants enjoy a high degree of personal freedom and embrace a corresponding level of personal responsibility. Our programs are for mature, self-directed learners.

Meet the Director

Blake Boles is the founder and director of Unschool Adventures. He’s the author of College Without High School, Better Than College, and The Art of Self-Directed Learning, and he speaks regularly on the topics of learning, travel, and working with teens. Read a profile of Blake or listen to an interview with him to discover the “why” and “how” behind Unschool Adventures.

Meet the Trip Leaders

Unschool Adventures recruits kind, caring, and professional trip leaders from the worlds of outdoor education, alternative education, and summer camp. Each of our leaders has significant field experience, understands the unique needs of teenagers, and exemplifies the spirit of self-directed learning. And they have almost as much fun as the participants.

Past Participants Say…

“Unschool Adventures has provided me with truly life-changing trips that have made me a more confident, motivated, and inspired young adult. I am in awe of the world. I have made life-long friends, and I have enough travel experience under my belt that I could travel anywhere by myself.”

– Sierra (Argentina Semester 2017)

“Unschool Adventures provides young adults with the best introduction to travel that could be asked for. . . The journey will reward your investment tenfold.”

– Riley (New Zealand 2013)

“Being around such a supportive environment encouraged me to take my life into my own hands. I valued learning about active listening and consent which is something that I had never really experienced before.”

– Natanielle (Real World Retreat 2016)

“Unschool Adventures served as the perfect outlet to start my independent traveling life. It challenged me to meet new people, answer my own questions, and dance anywhere at anytime. It helped me to push my limits, know my limits, and throw my limits in a trash can.”

– Chloe (Nepal 2014)

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