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Big Adventures for Self-Directed Young People

Here at Unschool Adventures, we offer international adventure trips for teenagers, “do it yourself” gap years for young adults, and coaching for explorers of all ages.

Since our first trip to Argentina in 2008, our mission has remained the same: to help young people build new friendships, unforgettable memories, and the confidence to lead an unconventional life.

No matter whether you consider yourself an unschooler, self-directed learner, free spirit, or independent traveler—you’re welcome at Unschool Adventures. We’ll see you soon.

DIY Gap Year South America 2019

Kick-start your South American adventure

Ages 18-24
April 3 – May 9, 2019
Peru + the rest of South America
Apply now

New Zealand 2019

Hiking, hosteling, and helping out on the gorgeous South Island

Ages 14-20
6 weeks in Nov/Dec 2019
New Zealand’s South Island
Applications open Dec 2018

What Sets Our Group Trips Apart

We’re weird—but it’s the good kind of weird.

Hand-Crafted Adventures

Each of our trip has a unique story and mission. We hardly ever repeat our adventures—so if you see one you like, go for it!

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 participants enjoy a high degree of personal freedom and embrace a corresponding level of responsibility. We build independence.

Making Peace With Gaming

A 4-week online workshop (with live video calls) for the parents of game-obsessed children.

Jan 15 – Feb 5, 2019
Join from anywhere
$300 before Dec 1 / $375 after
Register now

Independent Adventures

One-on-one coaching for young adults who are ready to embark on their first big international adventure.

Ages 17-22+
Join from anywhere
$800 + $200/month optional travel support
Pre-register now for February

Launchpad

A 3-week email-based workshop that’s all about getting stuff done as a self-directed learner.

Ages 14-21 (flexible)
Join from anywhere
$100
Register now

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. Get to know him through this profile, this podcast interview, or his personal website blakeboles.com.

Meet the Trip Leaders

Unschool Adventures recruits kind, caring, and professional trip leaders from the worlds of experiential and alternative education. Each of our leaders has significant field experience, understands the unique needs of teenagers, and exemplifies the spirit of self-directed learning. Meet them here.

Past Participants Say…

“I don’t even know what to say. My trip to Spain was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve never had learned so much and had so much fun all at once. I met such genuine, kind-hearted, and unique people… the types of people that I never thought were possible.”

– Elinor (Spain 2018)

“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)

“Because of Unschool Adventures I’ve found a new love for so many things: dancing, hiking, being in new places and experiencing new things. It’s hard to put into words how much my world has been expanded.”

– Vick (Southeast Asia 2017)

“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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