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

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What We Offer:

International Trips

We lead big international trip for self-directed teens ages 14-19. Next Up: Buenos Aires Tango & Nepal.

The Writing Retreat

Write your heart out with 25 other teens for an entire month. The 2014 Writing Retreat is now open!

Fundraising Advice

Read The Unschool Adventures Guide to Online Travel Fundraising, written by U.A. director Blake Boles.

What We <span>Offer</span>:
Gap Year

The Southwest Gap Year for ages 17-23 is an odyssey of mind and body. Apply before April 1st to make it a "go"!


Trailblazer Gathering for ages 18-22+ will likely return in 2015, cheaper and improved. We'll keep you posted.

a Surprise...

We have a BIG new project in the works for 2015, but it's under wraps for now. (Gosh, we're such a tease.)

Previous Students Say:

  • 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)

  • This was a wonderful experience: a life-changing, skill-building, and friend-making time. I will definitely be coming on another retreat in the future. I feel I now have the tools to make my dreams come true and accomplish my goals.

    Josh B. (Spring Leadership Retreat 2010)

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

    Charlotte W. (Argentina 2008)