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A place-based high school semester program.

The Traveling School amplifies student voices through transformative education to ignite positive change.

Place-Based Education

An inclusive, collaborative learning environment allows students to focus on academic growth and leadership skills in a supportive community.

Global Perspective

Living out of backpacks and duffels, students engage in communities, learning firsthand about the real-life impacts of global issues such as climate change, indigeneity, race, power and privilege.

Next Generation Leaders

Empowering our students to take action and spark positive change. When young people build leadership skills, they become tomorrow’s changemakers.

The semester continent is up to you.

Fall 2023 & Fall 2024

Southern Africa

Zambia | Botswana | Namibia | South Africa

Travel across the sun-kissed terrain of southern Africa, experiencing all it has to offer. Float Botswana’s Okavango Delta, explore Namib desert’s diamond ghost towns and engage in local communities throughout the region.

Spring 2024 & Spring 2025

South America

Ecuador | Peru | Bolivia

Delve into the jungle with naturalists to explore plants, animals and waterways of the Amazon Basin. Watch as your classes are brought to life through field visits, community projects and multi-day backpacking trips.

Fall 2023 & Fall 2024

Southern Africa

Zambia | Namibia | Botswana | South Africa

Travel across the sun-kissed terrain of Southern Africa, experiencing all it has to offer.  Float Botswana’s Okavango Delta, explore the Namib deserts’ diamond ghost towns and engage in local communities throughout the region.

Spring 2024 & Spring 2025

South America

Ecuador | Peru | Bolivia

Delve into the jungle with naturalists to explore plants, animals, and waterways of the Amazon Basin.  Participate in community projects with indigenous Quichua families.

Semester Options

Student-to-Teacher Ratio

Alumni

My Traveling School semester is the single, richest, experience that I have ever had. It built my confidence, channeled my curiosity, encouraged me to consider my impact on the world and empowered me to make that impact positive. It launched me into my adult life and the person I had always wanted to become.

Shannon - The Traveling School Alumni
Shannon, Fall & Spring 2010 Alumna

The Traveling School

Journal

Q&A with TTS18 & TTS19 Alum, Tate Drucker

An interview with Chloe Loeffelholz, Development Manager Tate (she/her) is a freelance photojournalist and travel, hiking, and cycling guide. Tate’s homebase is Mozambique and she attributes her love for the region to her first TTS semester in the fall of 2011. If...

Q&A with TTS23 Alumni, Caroline Motley

An interview with Chloe Loeffelholz, Development Manager Caroline (she/her) is the co-founder and president of Movement for Choice (M4C). M4C raises money for Reproductive Justice through donation-based events in the Washington, D.C. area. M4C’s mission is centered on...

Q&A with TTS29 Alumni, Carly Lloyd

An interview with Chloe Loeffelholz, Development Manager Carly (she/they) is a senior at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College studying Place-Based Ecological Justice, Knowledge, and Storytelling. Carly is currently traveling on an Adventure Learning Grant...

Q&A with TTS35 Alumni, Ruby Shumaker

An interview with Nell Gehrke, Development & Operations Coordinator Ruby Shumaker (she/her) is a senior at the University of Amsterdam studying Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. She is set to graduate in June and has plans to return to Peru to work...

Q&A with TTS39 Alumni, Macy Aikman

An interview with Chloe Loeffelholz, TTS Development Manager and TTS26 Alumni Macy Aikman (she/her) is a high school senior from Vermont and a recent alumni of The Traveling School's 39th semester in southern Africa. With her semester concluding just a few months ago,...

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The Traveling School depends on donors like you to ensure these opportunities are available to all girls and nonbinary students.

We are dedicated to financial transparency.
If you have any additional questions about our financials, please contact Executive Director Jennifer Royall directly.