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

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Upcoming Trips

Dance Recess 2017

July 30 - Aug 7, 2017

Dance Recess is a jam-packed week of dancing in the mountains of Colorado for ages 15-19 (flexible), led in partnership with Recess Productions.

For three days you'll take private group lessons in fusion (a style of partner dancing) from two world-class instructors. We'll spend one night dancing and camping in the high mountains of Colorado, and then we'll migrate towards Boulder to join the Aspen Recess festival for four nights. By the end of the week you'll have gained new dance skills, dozens of new friends, and unforgettable memories.

Apply now! The priority application deadline is April 17th.
Dance Recess 2017

Dance Recess 2017


Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Southeast Asia 2017

October 23 – December 14, 2017

The Southeast Asia trip is a 7-week adventure across Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia for 11 participants ages 14-19.

Explore temples and bazaars, eat delicious and mysterious street food, meander down the Mekong river on a slow boat, blast through the streets on rickshaw-taxis, enjoy hikes and homestays, bathe in waterfalls and pristine beaches, learn the grisly histories of past wars and dictatorships, and practice Buddhist meditation and Thai boxing.

We are now accepting waitlist applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. Apply now!

Adventure Semester 2018

February 7 – May 15, 2018

The Adventure Semester is a 14-week program for young people ages 13-15 who are excited to get out of their comfort zones, live abroad, become more independent, and create unforgettable memories with a dynamic group of peers and adult mentors.

You’ll spend 6 weeks doing homestays and intensive Spanish language learning in Guatemala, 2 weeks traveling in Guatemala, and 6 weeks tackling real-world adventure challenges in western Colorado—all the time living, eating, and learning alongside a group of young people who are as passionate, motivated, and self-directed as you are.

Apply Now! The priority application deadline is April 1st, 2017.
Adventure Semester group in Colorado

Adventure Semester group in Colorado


Looking for a full gap year option for ages 17-23? Visit our partners at the High Desert Center.

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)