Italy Immersion 2013

When: July 15 – August 22, 2013

Where: Italy

Who: 10 students (ages 14-19) plus trip leader Blake Boles & assistant leaders Morgan & Hannah Roddy

How Much: $4500 plus airfare (and possible extra refund or fee)

Priority Application Date: April 1, 2013.

An Exciting Immersion Adventure

Other trip-leading companies pay lip service to “immersion learning.” But here at Unschool Adventures, we’re serious about it. On this trip, you’ll go deep into Italian culture: perhaps deeper than you’re comfortable with!

New Feature: The Immersion Point System

Immersing yourself in a new culture can be scary. That’s why we’re instituting a brand-new incentive system for this trip: the Immersion Point System. As we travel around the country, students will have the opportunity to do various activities that have cultural value. Each activity that you complete, you receive points. The more immersive the activity, the more points you get.

Refunds for High-Achieving Students; Extra Fees for Low-Achieving Students

Of course, if we just tallied up points without any reward, how motivating would that be? To give our students a real incentive to immerse themselves, we will award program fee refunds to the highest-achieving students and collect extra fees from the lowest-achieving ones.

Bonuses for high-achieving students:

  • Highest point score: $4500 program fee refund
  • Second highest point score: $2250 program fee refund

Penalties for low-achieving students:

  • Lowest point score: Extra $4500 charge
  • Second lowest point score: Extra $2250 charge

Parents, keep your pocketbooks handy—if your student doesn’t immerse his or herself enough in Italy, you’ll be paying!


Stomping grapes in Italy

The Immersion Activities

Here’s a list of possible cultural immersion activities and their point values.


5 points: Chat with an Italian shopkeeper

5 points: Learn 10 words in Italian

10 points: Tour a Roman ruins site

20 points: Prepare an Italian dinner

25 points: Steal an Italian dinner


30 points: Make an Italian soda

35 points: Make an Italian cry

50 points: Climb the leaning tower of Pisa

55 points: Increase the angle of the leaning tower of Pisa


60 points: Stomp grapes at an Italian vineyard

65 points: Try a glass of wine at an Italian vineyard

70 points: Try two bottles of wine at an Italian vineyard

75 points: Spent a night in an Italian jail


80 points: Tour the Vatican City

85 points: Snap a photo of the Sistine Chapel

90 points: Carve your name into the Sistine Chapel


95 points: Get a cute Italian boyfriend/girlfriend 


100 points: Bring your cute Italian boyfriend/girlfriend back to the states, legally

150 points: Bring your cute Italian boyfriend/girlfriend back to the states, illegally


Everyday Activities

  • Daily group meeting and check-in
  • Internet access (including e-mail and Skype) available in most locations
  • Helping with group meal preparation, clean-up, and packing.
  • Free/unstructured time for exploration, photography, journaling, R&R, and spontaneous fun
  • Negotiating with Italian police or other authorities for release of our students

Have More Questions?

Contact us via e-mail or phone and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

This trip sounds like a ton of fun! Who’s leading it, and what are their credentials?

Blake Boles is a certified Wilderness First Responders who has broken out of two—count them, two—Italian prisons. Morgan and Hannah are world-traveling teenagers who will provide the peer-pressure necessary for our students to reach maximum immersion.

What are the extra costs on this trip?

The program fee does not include certain variable costs including: airfare, personal spending money, and bail.

Where will we be staying?

We will stay in youth hostels (with showers, heating, kitchens, and computer access) at most locations. Sometimes we’ll volunteer at farms and vineyards. And if your new Italian boyfriend/girlfriend is cool with it, you can stay with them.

What kind of food will we eat?

Italian food. Duh. Vegan and gluten-free people: you’ll probably be miserable. Have fun eating salad.

What special gear do I need?

You’ll need a backpack suitable for walking 1-2 miles between bus stations, a broken-in pair of reliable shoes, a digital camera, a fake passport, a crow bar and grappling hook.

Are you guys serious?

No. Happy April Fool’s day!

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