Testimonials

What Our Participants Have to Say

The following testimonials were drawn from Unschool Adventures post-trip feedback forms.

“This was my first Unschool Adventures trip and it completely blew me out of the water. I have been such a timid person in regards to pursuing friendships, reaching for my goals, and advocating for my personal needs up until now. Living in a different country and communicating in a new language took my world and turned it upside down. I feel like I’m really living now. Blake has a knack for bringing out the honesty in people and getting us to truly think about what we want and need, and I thank him for helping me reach that part of myself.”
– Leif (Argentina Semester 2017)

“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)

“The Argentina Semester was a truly invigorating cross-cultural experience. If you are looking for something in your life that will bathe you in inspiration, surround you with life-changing people, and possibly put you on a new course entirely—as well as being an epically excellent and fun adventure—I cannot more highly recommend one of UA’s trips.”
– Spencer (Argentina Semester 2017)

“My three Unschool Adventures international trips have been the most exciting, inspiring, and challenging experiences I have ever had. I have grown so much from traveling with the other young adults from all over North America, some of whom I have developed friendships which I expect to last many years. I have had the privilege of experiencing a community of the most loving, accepting, and tolerant people I have ever met through these trips. An Unschool Adventures trip is one of the best ways to kickstart your life into being an independent adult, period.”
– Erik (Argentina Semester 2017)

“The trials, successes and failures of living in a foreign city have made me laugh, cry, panic slightly, and reach into parts of myself that I didn’t even know existed before.”
– Abby (Argentina Semester 2017)

“I gained so much confidence and independence from this trip. I have made close and intimate relationships with all the other participants that I will never forget.”
– Sierra (Simply New Zealand 2016)

“Unschool Adventures perfectly applies the principles of unschooling to group travel.”
– Max (Simply New Zealand 2016)

“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)

“It’s hard for me to put into words all that I’ve gotten from this trip. It has given me the place I needed to become a better and more able person in almost every part of life.”
– Oscar (Adventure Semester 2015)

“It feels cliche to say that I feel really inspired, but that’s how I feel! I know that I can now do, or at least effectively work on, anything I really set my mind on.”
– Katie (Adventure Semester 2015)

“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 had the perfect amount of freedom for us to explore the authentic lifestyle of Nepal and get to know all the group members at a new level. It helped me to push my limits, know my limits, and throw my limits in a trash can … I can’t describe how grateful I am for that.”
– Chloe (Nepal 2014)

“I can easily say that this trip has redirected the path of my life. The freedom we get to create our experience and structure our days the way we want is an amazing attribute of Unschool Adventures that has made this trip more than I could’ve ever hoped.”
– Milla (Nepal 2014)

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“This trip completely blew my expectations out of the water. I was so excited for the trip but also nervous about the social aspect… at home I have always been comfortable with a small group of friends, so I haven’t had to make very many new ones over the past few years. However before we even landed in Nepal I was comfortable with almost everybody in the group and now I am friends with the 13 coolest people I have ever met. If I could extend this trip another 6 weeks, I would.”
– Erik (Nepal 2014)

“An Unschool Adventures trip is easily the coolest thing you’ll do before you turn 18.”
– Maggie (Nepal 2014)

“This trip was life changing. It showed me that traveling to another country and learning about the culture there is possible for someone my age.”
– Joey (Buenos Aires Tango 2014)

“Thank you so much for a wonderful experience that I will always remember! I have grown to love city living, something that I never thought I would like. I have wanted to travel in a foreign city for a very long time and I feel really happy with the Spanish skills that I have picked up.”
– Anna (Buenos Aires Tango 2014)

IMG_2528“Unschool Adventures has given me the best experiences of my life. I would not be the same without you, and I am so grateful for the opportunities for learning, growing, acquiring skills, and becoming a truly independent person that you have given me. Thank you so much.”
– Fia (New Zealand 2013)

“I don’t think I could have possibly anticipated just how transcendent this experience would be. . . [I] ended up with more meaning and new perspectives than years of life have offered before.”
– Emma (New Zealand 2013)

“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)

“[The Writing Retreat] improved my self-confidence and instilled in me a thirst for knowledge and learning I don’t think I would have otherwise.”
– Zaill (Writing Retreat 2012)

“The writing retreat was the best month of my life! I made some friends and wrote something that I’m really proud of.”
– Laura (Writing Retreat 2012)

“Unschool Adventures is good to the degree of ten. If you like brainstorming, speaking your mind, trying new things without being pressured, meeting cool people, or being responsible for yourself, you should consider a trip.”
– Maggie (Argentina 2012)

“This trip completely changed my life! As a traditional high-schooler, being in such a close-knit group with people who have had completely different learning backgrounds than I have opened my eyes to so many more academic and carreer options for my future.”
– Julia (Argentina 2012)

“The South America trip was seven of the best weeks of my life to memory.”
– Benji (South America 2011)

“I feel like I found some kind of direction while I was here – I had enough introspective time on buses and enough good conversations with people that I was able to realize some of my passions.”
– Josie (South America 2011)

“I LOVED the Writing Retreat! The experience of being trapped in a hilltop in winter with 20 other teenagers is possibly the most fun I’ve had in all my life. 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 (Writing Retreat 2011)

“I really enjoyed all the freedom and time to be with people that, like me, have an interest in writing.”
– Ember (Writing Retreat 2011)

“This has been a great experience–better than I could have ever imagined. . . The staff pushed us just the right amount and gave us so much support. This has been a life changing experience.”
– Bekka (Spring Retreat 2010)

“This has been a completely new experience for me, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Personal challenges, new environments, and a very warm and welcoming group of people are what made this retreat such a blast for me. I would recommend this program to any teen looking to push their boundaries a little bit and have a great time.”
– Christie (Spring Retreat 2010)

“I reflected for a while on the retreat and everything that I got out of it, and also on who I was and what I wanted before spending those six weeks in Ashland. I don’t think I would be so ready to go to college if not for your retreat, nor would I be nearly as undaunted by the future as I am now. The world doesn’t look like a vastly terrifying place full of creepy people. . . Would I have explored that territory if you hadn’t given me and everyone else that push? Probably not, at least not for a while. Not to mention my self-motivation has increased very noticeably. I still find myself making lists and outlines of my goals, to this day. . . Mostly though, I feel less like an ignorant kid who has no idea what she wants, and more like an actual person pursuing her goals. I feel safer in my choices, because like you’ve talked about many times, my goals are actual goals, and not just vague ideas of what I kinda want to do. . . Thank you for helping me realize that it’s absolutely possible to create my own life.”
– Amber (Fall Retreat 2010)

“Living with a bunch of random, wonderful people was a favorite experience in itself, which contributed to all the other great experiences.”
– Jessica (Writing Retreat 2009)

“The activities you planned were all stimulating, and I loved the great pace we had. I enjoyed our freedom to push back morning activities when we were all tired, or to skip activities when needed.”
– Allen (Argentina 2008)

“I can’t imagine going on a better trip, or with better people. Exceeded my high expectations.”
– Charlotte (Argentina 2008)

“I feel SO much more comfortable with the idea of traveling independently than I was previous to this trip…I don’t feel like anything is standing in my way, except for perhaps money and the occasional language barrier–but those can both be easily obtained or navigated.”
– Laurel (Argentina 2008)

“This trip was freaking stupendous. Not only have I gained skills and confidence, I have been inspired by y’all to do some independent traveling. I definitely think the trip mission was accomplished fully.”
– Quincie (Argentina 2008)

“I will remember it forever.”
– Mia (Argentina 2008)

Finally, here’s something that an Unschool Adventures parent had to say:

“Dear Blake, [my daughter] was saying that she is so grateful for the opportunities you offer unschooling teens. I think you are a wonderful model of someone who is doing what he loves…being with young adults, mentoring, being a leader, traveling. It is lonely sometimes being homeschooled. The young adult years are especially full of self-doubt but for homeschooled kids it’s probably worse. Having the chance to meet other teens who don’t play by the same rules as everyone else is so reassuring. Unschool Adventures fills a giant void by providing learning through community building, travel and mentoring. Unschool Adventures meets our expectations and needs like no other learning environment we have found.”
– D.K. in Colorado

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