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Big Adventures for Self-Directed Young People

Here at Unschool Adventures we offer international adventure trips for teenagers and young adults, as well as online workshops and coaching for self-directed learners and 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, homeschooler, self-directed learner, or just someone passionate about travel—you’re welcome at Unschool Adventures. We’ll see you soon.

New Zealand 2019

It’s all about connection

Ages 14-19
Nov 6 – Dec 18, 2019
New Zealand
Apply by February 24

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.

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
Register and begin now


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
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

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)

We have long-standing relationships with the High Desert Center and Not Back to School Camp, each of which offers transformative experiences for unschoolers and self-directed learners. Check out their upcoming programs!

HDC Arizona Trail

Hike 800 miles from the Mexican border to Utah

Ages 16-22
Mar 11 – May 20, 2019
Apply now

HDC Gap Year

The good life isn’t something you find; it’s something you create

Ages 17-23
Sep 2019 – May 2020
Colorado, Mexico, and the Southwest
Apply now

NBTSC Oregon

The preeminent summer camp for teenage unschoolers and self-directed learners

Ages 13-18
Aug 17-24 or 17-31, 2019
Southern Oregon
Registration opens Feb 1

NBTSC Vermont

The preeminent summer camp for teenage unschoolers and self-directed learners

Ages 13-18
Sep 19-28, 2019
Central Vermont
Registration opens Feb 1

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