Walking Tree Travel
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Walking Tree Travel

Walking Tree Travel aims to educate the next generation of globally conscious citizens by bringing them to explore the world around them. With unique programs that encourage students to take part in adventure travel, cultural immersion, conduct research, and provide community service support, Walking Tree Travel provides travelers with an unforgettable experience abroad.

Student travelers are not merely observant tourists, but dive into the foreign environment and engage in cross-cultural communication with locals. For more information about educational travel programs offered by Walking Tree Travel, visit the website.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Robyn
Female
27 years old
Santa Cruz California
University of Florida

Trip Leader

10/10

As a group leader with Walking Tree Travel and the Smithsonian Student Adventure, I can see the immense reward the students get from participating in our Service Adventure trips. The challenges build character and leadership skills, the beautiful landscapes instill gratitude and stewardship and the friendships create joy and confidence. Vacation is one thing and a student travel program with Smithsonian Student Adventure is a completely different type of nourishment.

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Thomas
Male
Denver, CO
University of Denver

A Cultural Journey

10/10

I am blessed to have taken part in this experience as the program leader. The trip itinerary and overall mission is designed with a wonderful balance between tourism and travel, all while emphasizing the importance of cross-cultural connections with local communities. As such, it attracted an incredible group of conscientious, adventurous students who were willing to push themselves in a variety of ways.

The group had the opportunity to experience many aspects of Peruvian culture first hand. The students visited archeological ruins where they learned about the unique influences of Incan history on the country. They tasted local cuisines, toured cities, and hiked and biked the Andes in the Sacred Valley.

Most impressively, the group worked collaboratively on a development project with the Ollantaytambo community, where they were hosted by kind, caring families for about half of the trip. This experience is what truly makes this program life-changing. The students were able to immerse themselves in the culture and the language while in the homestay community. There were countless conversations and exchanges of ideas, peaceful moments and shared meals together, and lots of fútbol! This resulted in the students establishing life-long connections with their host families and memories that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The program's variety is what made it so special for its participants. There were many times throughout the program where an opportunity would arise that was not part of the itinerary. Whether it was watching public demonstrations in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco or surfing waves in Lima when we had time to kill before our flight, students and teachers alike appreciated the program's flexibility while still adhering to the safety and well-being of the group.

I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who desires a unique blend of service and adventure, meaningful relationships with local communities, and an overall authentic travel experience in Peru.

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Rachel
Female
Denver, Colorado
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Costa Rica Conservation Expedition

10/10

I recently returned from leading a group of 25 students on a 10 day conservation service adventure in Costa Rica. The program itself was immaculately organized and had an adventure twist to almost every day's activities. The students enjoyed engaging with our natural surroundings, learning about Costa Rican culture and being involved in local enrichments. As a leader, I may sound bias, but Walking Tree Travel is one of the most authentic travel companies I have ever experienced.

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Kaylee
Female
California
California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo

Junior Leader on Thailand Program

10/10

I have traveled with Walking Tree several times now, as a student participant, alumni and a junior leader and I love each trip. However, Thailand was my absolute favorite place I have been and Walking Tree made the experience so special. I loved that we travel as more than just tourists. We are able to experience the country and the culture in a very unique way. I feel like I learned a lot about the country, the people and the elephants through the wonderful community service project. I loved the trip so much, I recently returned to Thailand on my own and volunteered at the same place again!

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Savannah
Female
24 years old
Chicago, IL
Colorado College

Awesome service learning/wildlife conservation program

10/10

Walking Tree Travel/Smithsonian Student Adventures is everything you want a high school student travel company to be. The company is small, intimate, and makes students and staff alike feel valued. This also means they have developed close knit connections between cross-national/cross-cultural partners. The founders of the company know the families students stay with -- it feels like one big family! Their approach to programming aims to breakdown stereotypes, increase global curiosity/knowledge, and get students excited about global citizenship. Highly highly recommend.

Program Listings

Costa Rica

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Go on a service adventure, sea turtle expedition, or photography expedition in Cost Rica with the Walking Tree Travel! For se...

Thailand

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Join Walking Tree Travel on a trip to the land of smiles! Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia-...

Peru

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Explore Peru through a service adventure. Spend part of your trip in a Peruvian village working on a community-selected servi...

Guatemala

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Learn about the cultural heritage of Guatemala while working on community-selected service projects. With Walking Tree Travel...

Spain

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Spend part of your summer in Spain on a whirlwind adventure, seeing the best the country has to offer. From strolling the bea...

United States of America

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Have a service adventure with Walking Tree Travel. This trip will take you to the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern Californ...

Senegal

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Have a service adventure in Senegal. The heart and soul of the trip will be spent in Dindefelo, where you'll work with Peace...

China

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Have a service adventure, panda expedition, or explore beyond the Great Wall on our programs to China. Our adventure in the F...