Blake Boles, Director

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Blake Boles is the director of Unschool Adventures.

Create Your Own Unschool Adventures

Ever since Unschool Adventures started in 2008, we’ve had a problem: demand has outstripped supply. Teens and their parents have consistently requested more trips that we’ve offered. For most businesses, this isn’t a problem; it’s an opportunity. But we—which means me, Blake Boles (hello! 👋🏼)—never intended to turn Unschool Adventures into a large operation. For […]

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80 Ways to Have Low-Cost Good Times in Berlin as a Teenager

These are some of the activities that the teens on the UA Berlin 2023 trip discovered/invented during our month in Berlin (photos). We purposefully do not include most standard, touristy Berlin activities on this list. We did enjoy a handful of pricier outings—like the Berlin Zoo and Charlottenburg Palace—but in the end, we only spent an […]

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Are Unschool Adventures programs expensive?

Travel tours are always expensive—but are Unschool Adventures programs more expensive than other options? A recent Sunday New York Times has a special section advertising teen group adventures: roughly $6000-$7000 for 2-3 weeks of travel, not including airfare: That’s $2000-$3500 per week. We’re proud to continue offering programs at an extremely competitive rate: $5000 for a 6- […]

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New Trips for 2016 & 2017

Hey everyone—we’re excited to announce new adventures for 2016 and 2017! Real World Retreat 2016 | Argentina Semester 2017 | High Desert Center Gap Year 2016-7 (Looking for something for participants under age 16? Keep your eyes peeled for a potential Fall 2016 writing retreat and/or international trip, to be announced in early 2016. Join our notification […]

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Announcing: Simply New Zealand 2016

Today we launched our newest international trip—and perhaps are only international trip for next year—Simply New Zealand 2016. The priority application deadline is the Fourth of July. Don’t delay: apply now! –Blake

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Updates for April 2015

Hi everyone—here’s your Unschool Adventures news for April 2015! Adventure Semester – fully enrolled! This fall’s Adventure Semester received 40 applications for 22 spots, and after a very competitive round of interviews, it’s now officially full! (There’s always the chance that an enrolled participant might drop out, so if you’re still hoping to apply, check the webpage […]

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Big Changes for 2015

Hi everyone, I’m making some big changes with Unschool Adventures in 2015: My big goal for next year is to offer a brand-new multi-month adventure education program for ages 16-19 in the United States. The tentative start date is September 2015. (This will be run through Unschool Adventures and  announced on our website and mailing list.) More here. To make that big new program possible, I’m […]

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New trip: Playa Yoga Retreat 2015

I’m proud to announce a brand-new trip designed and led by Abbi Miller, the original co-founder of Unschool Adventures. The Playa Yoga Retreat is a 3-week trip for 15- to 21-year-old unschoolers who want to play, connect, and deepen their understanding of yoga on the magical beaches of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Apply for this […]

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Writing Retreat 2014 + More Updates

Hey everyone, here’s your Unschool Adventures news for March 2014. The 2014 Writing Retreat has launched! We’re back in gorgeous Crested Butte (Colorado) again this year. The Buenos Aires Tango trip is departing soon with 8 students. Hasta luego! Nepal trip interviews have started; we’re looking at a completely full trip. Trailblazer Gathering was cancelled […]

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New Trips for 2014

We’re proud to announce four new programs for 2014! Buenos Aires Tango March 19-April 16, 2014 Priority Application Deadline: December 15, 2013 Trailblazer June 2-7, 2014 Applications Open: January 15th, 2014 Southwest Gap Year Operated by HDCSS, an Unschool Adventures partner September 1, 2014 — May 31, 2015 Priority Application Deadline: April 1st, 2014 Nepal Early October […]

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