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Big Adventures for Self-Directed Teens

We run life-changing trips for unschoolers, homeschoolers, and other self-directed learners ages 14-19+.

Our trip bring together groups of teenagers who are hungry for big experiences, real-world challenges, and new connections. Each adventure offers a high level of freedom and responsibility, reflecting the independence that our participants already enjoy at home.

You’ll walk away with new friends, unforgettable memories, and a fresh vision of what’s possible in your life.

Writing Retreat 2018

a 5-week program run by our friends at the High Desert Center

Sept 12 – Oct 17, 2018
Ages 14-21
Only a few spots left – Apply ASAP

Something New!

we’re developing a big new program for the gap year crowd!

February 2019
Ages 17-20
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Unschool Adventures, in a Nutshell

Director Blake Boles explains the history and mission of Unschool Adventures. (2 minutes)

Launchpad is our email-based virtual workshop all about getting stuff done as a self-directed learner.

3 weeks / 19 emails
Ages 14-21 (flexible)
Join from anywhere, begin anytime

What Sets Us Apart

We’re weird. But it’s the good kind of weird.

Hand-Crafted Adventures

Our trips are hand-crafted, not mass-produced. Each has a unique story and mission. So if you see a trip you like, apply for it—because it probably won’t happen again!

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 teenage participants enjoy a high degree of personal freedom and embrace a corresponding level of personal responsibility. Our programs are for mature, self-directed learners.

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, and he speaks regularly on the topics of learning, travel, and working with teens. Read a profile of Blake or listen to an interview with him to discover the “why” and “how” behind Unschool Adventures.

Meet the Trip Leaders

Unschool Adventures recruits kind, caring, and professional trip leaders from the worlds of outdoor education, alternative education, and summer camp. Each of our leaders has significant field experience, understands the unique needs of teenagers, and exemplifies the spirit of self-directed learning. And they have almost as much fun as the participants.

Past Participants Say…

“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)

“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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