What We Do
Since 2008 Unschool Adventures has organized international and domestic adventure programs for teenagers and young adults. We’re a small company with a big mission: to help self-directed young people build new friendships, unforgettable memories, and the confidence to lead an unconventional life.
Our trips typically enroll unschoolers: young people who are given large amounts of freedom and responsibility to design their lives and educations as they see fit. But you don’t have to be an unschooler to join—we’ve had high school students, traditional homeschoolers, alternative school students, and college students join us in the past. Because we only accept motivated, prepared, and conscientious young people in our programs, we ensure a high-quality experience for everyone who joins an Unschool Adventures trip.
Unschool Adventures has a perfect safety record, meaning that no participant has ever been injured, assaulted, or gone to the hospital.
Director Blake Boles explains the history and mission of Unschool Adventures. (2 minutes)
What We Offer
Group Trips for Teenagers
Our international and domestic group trips are typically ~6 weeks long and enroll 10-12 teenage participants with 2-3 trip leaders. Previous destinations have included Argentina, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, Spain, and Nepal. We’ve also run a handful of shorter programs in the United States. Browse all our previous trips here.
DIY Gap Years for College-Aged Adventurers
New for 2019, we’re offering a new type of adventure for 18- to 24-year-olds: a happy medium between hyper-expensive organized gap year programs and completely unsupported foreign travel. Check out the DIY Gap Year South America 2019 for more details.
If you’re 17-22+ years old and hungry for your own adventure, we invite you to work one-on-one with Unschool Adventures director Blake Boles to design the trip your dreams. Welcome to Individual Adventures.
Online Workshops for Parents and Young People
We’ve been around unschooling world long enough to notice some of the big challenges that families face—and in response, we’ve created a few helpful workshops.
- Launchpad is an email-based workshop all about getting stuff done as a self-directed learner. You may register and begin the 3-week workshop anytime.
- Making Peace With Gaming is a 4-week workshop with live videochat sessions for the parents of kids who love gaming.
- What else would you like to see from us? Email Blake directly with your ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Advice for Joining Our Group Trips
Unschool Adventures doesn’t offer regularly repeating programs; we design each trip with a unique mission in mind. Because we are constantly experimenting, we’re not sure which trip will be a hit, and occasionally cancel trips that fail to meet minimum applicant numbers by the priority application deadline. This means: If you see a group trip that you really want to join, make sure to apply before the priority application deadline!
Sometimes we help other small trip-leading organizations (with very similar missions) spread the word about their programs. Our first partner is the High Desert Center in Colorado which is now offering the teen Writing Retreat program that Unschool Adventures pioneered. HDC also offers excellent and affordable gap year programs.
Unschool Adventures LLC was formed in 2008 by Blake Boles to serve the North American community of teenage homeschoolers and unschoolers. Abbi Miller helped start the company and co-lead the first three trips. Since then we’ve run trips with a variety of talented trip leaders who sign on to lead specific trips. Our company is based in Colorado.
Get in Touch
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