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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. These educational immersion programs, launched in November 2016, highlight our shared mission of learning and discovery, and offer a unique opportunity for student travelers to explore the world in a meaningful way.

Going forward, all Walking Tree Travel Open Enrollment programs for individual high school students will be offered as Smithsonian Student Adventures. 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. See a complete listing of available programs below.

Click on the countries below to learn more.

  • Italy


    Italy is a traveler’s dream and an item on everyone’s bucket list. No other country in the world contains as many historical sites and artifacts that show us a glimpse at the very root of western civilization.

  • Peru


    Immense, rugged, colorful, vibrant and mystic. No one word or idea can embody a land so diverse in geography, culture and history. Peru is the destination for adventure.

  • Canada


    Don’t want to fly cross the ocean to experience Europe? Quebec is the answer! Canada’s largest province is also the most multicultural.

  • U.S.A.


    From Facebook to Ford, Hollywood to hamburgers, Beyonce to baseball, no country has more influence on global culture than the United States.

  • Ecuador


    Dense Amazonian rainforest, snow-capped Andean peaks, and volcanic islands – Ecuador is a place of many wonders.

  • Guatemala


    Just imagine watching the sunset melt into the teeming jungle from atop the mighty ruins of Tikal, kayaking through the blue waters of Lake Atitlán, and examining the market in Chichicastenango.

  • Costa Rica

    Costa Rica

    From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, towering volcanoes, beautiful rivers that cut through tropical canyons, and hospitable, friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all.

  • Belize


    Balanced on the geographical and cultural border between the Caribbean and Central American regions, Belize is a small and often overlooked country that nonetheless harbors its own unique mix of both worlds.

  • France


    From the City of Lights, to beautiful Mediterranean towns, to small villages tucked between picturesque vineyards to campgrounds in the rugged Pyrenees, France is a country with an enriching adventure for every kind of traveler.

  • Spain


    Spend your days hiking along the epic Camino de Santiago, learning to make olive oil at an old-world grove, enjoying tapas, exploring the colorful streets of Barcelona, and sketching our own versions of Dalí.

  • Morocco


    Situated at the northern most extreme of Africa, Morocco has long attracted travelers who are lured by tales of its exotic markets, endless desserts, alluring coastline, and rugged mountains.

  • Senegal


    Senegal is a wonderful option for those travelers eager to experience the best of Africa in the only country in the region with an uninterrupted history of peaceful democratic transition.

  • Botswana


    Sitting in the heart of Southern Africa, Botswana is arguably the best place to see African wildlife in the world.

  • Thailand


    Thailand’s impressive geography ranges from forested mountains and thick jungles, to white sand beaches with towering limestone cliffs, to bright green rice paddies that extend for miles.

  • China


    The world’s most populous nation – and dynamic economy – has as its backdrop 5000 years of history and is home to a wide variety of rich cultural traditions and exotic cuisines.

  • Panama


    Panama is a land of contrast. Imagine one of man’s most impressive modern feats of engineering, in the middle of one of the most biodiverse countries on earth.

Map of the destinations Smithsonian Student Adventures goes to

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Tuition includes:Open Enrollment tuition includes all accommodations, basic travel insurance, three meals per day, drinking water, ground transportation, group activity and entry fees, full time leadership team and taxes and tips

Tuition excludes:

International airfare, personal expenses such as souvenirs, internet, laundry, snacks, and international phone calls and baggage fees.

Below is the list of programs that are still available for the summer of 2018. To secure your space or learn more about any of the programs, please click on the corresponding link in the matrix.

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conservation iconSA AUSTRALIA Australia: Wildlife Expedition July 13 – August 1, 2018 $5,990 50 Service CLOSED
conservation iconSA BELIZE Belize: Marine Biology Expedition July 6 – 16, 2018 $3,490 30 Service CLOSED
conservation iconSA CHINA China: Panda Conservation June 24 – July 8, 2018 $3,490 25 Service CLOSED
conservation iconSA COSTA RICA Costa Rica: Osa Wildlife Expedition August 1- 10, 2018 $2,490 20 Service CLOSED
conservation iconSA COSTA RICA Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Conservation June 24 – July 8, 2018 $2,990 35 Service CLOSED
conservation iconSA COSTA RICA Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Conservation July 6 – 20, 2018 $2,990 35 Service CLOSED
service iconSA COSTA RICA Costa Rica: Surf and Service August 1- 10, 2018 $2,790 30 Service Apply
service iconSA COSTA RICA Costa Rica: 10 Day Service Adventure June 24 – July 3, 2018 $2,490 30 Service CLOSED
service iconSA COSTA RICA Costa Rica: 21 Day Service Adventure June 24 – July 14, 2018 $3,490 60 Service CLOSED
leadership iconSA FRANCE France: Beyond Paris June 24 – July 8, 2018 $3,990 30 Leadership CLOSED
conservation iconSA GUATEMALA Guatemala: Environmental Leadership July 6 – 17, 2018 $2,990 30 Service CLOSED
leadership iconSA ITALY Italy: Culture and Cuisine June 23 – July 4, 2018  $2,690 20 Leadership CLOSED
leadership iconSA JAPAN Japan: Tokyo to Kyoto July 6 – 17, 2018 $3,690 20 Leadership CLOSED
service iconSA PERU Peru: 15 Day High Andes Community Project June 24 – July 8, 2018 $3,990 40 Service CLOSED
service iconSA PERU Peru: 30 Day High Andes Community Project June 24 – July 23, 2018 $4,990 90 Service CLOSED
service iconSA SENEGAL  Senegal: 21 Day Service Adventure June 24 – July 14, 2018 $4,790 60 Service CLOSED
conservation iconSA THAILAND   Thailand: 15 Day Elephant Conservation and Welfare June 24 – July 8, 2018 $3,490 40 Service CLOSED
conservation iconSA THAILAND   Thailand: 21 Day Elephant Conservation and Welfare July 6 – 26, 2018 $3,990 60 Service CLOSED

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