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Unique Programs for Exceptional Students

Smithsonian Student Adventures provides meaningful international travel opportunities for high school students. We facilitate a fun, authentic, and perspective-changing experience for our travelers, with the safety, health, and well-being of each student at the forefront of our planning and operations.

Our comprehensive, thoughtful, and service-learning approach enables high school students to enhance their leadership potential through meaningful community service and immersive cultural interactions. Upon returning home, students often comment that they feel more confident, self-assured, and globally aware. Students are challenged and encouraged to act outside of their “comfort zones”, only to discover that they are more capable than they ever imagined. This notion of self-reliance, along with a more complete understanding of our global community, is priceless.

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Open Enrollment Programs

Smithsonian Student Adventures offers programs for individual high school students. These small group programs, which last from 7-30 days, are open to any individual high school student from across the USA. In 2018, each program has space for around 16 participants.

We offer three types of Open Enrollment Programs:
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Work on a community project while living with a host family and learning about their local culture.

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Research and preserve endangered species alongside scientists in the wild places of the world.

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Develop valuable leadership skills while immersing yourself in a new culture during a global adventure.

Walking Tree Travel

For 170 years, the Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through its steadfast dedication to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge”. In a globalized world, it is more important than ever to promote the Smithsonian values of Discovery, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity, Integrity, and Service. This is why Walking Tree Travel, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to offer a collection of dynamic programs for high school students – Smithsonian Student Adventures.

Check out the video to learn more about Walking Tree Travel.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to apply? We’re sure you have plenty of questions, and we’ve got you covered! Visit our FAQ page to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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