Updated 2024-03-24

Unschool Adventures

Here at Unschool Adventures we create big adventures for self-directed teenagers. Since 2008 our mission has remained the same: to help young people build new friendships, unforgettable memories, and the confidence to lead an unconventional life.
Blake Boles director
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2885 Sanford Ave SW
Grandville, MI  49418
United States


Here are some important things to know about us.

Our trips typically enroll unschoolers: young people with large amounts of freedom and responsibility to design their lives and educations. But you don’t have to be an unschooler to join—we’ve also had high schoolers, traditional homeschoolers, alternative school and community college students.

We interview every applicant and only accept motivated, prepared, and conscientious young people, ensuring a high-quality experience for everyone.

We do not run regular, repeating trips. Every Unschool Adventures program is a one-time-only experiment, keeping things fresh for both the trip leaders and participants. Browse all of our previous trips.

We offer 1 or 2 trips per year—and they don’t always run. If you see one that interests you, apply early! If we receive sufficient applications for a trip, then it moves forward. Otherwise, we scrap it and return to the drawing board.

Our international traveling group trips are typically 6 weeks long and enroll 10-15 teenage participants (ages 14-19) with 2-3 trip leaders. Previous destinations have included Argentina, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, Spain, Nepal, Mexico, and Germany...

(find more at Unschool Adventures’ website, linked above)

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