Our Trips

Students can explore the world with National Geographic through immersive expeditions, photography workshops, community service trips, and university workshops.


High school students can choose from our four program types—expeditions, community service trips, photography workshops, or university workshops—and experience what it’s like to be on assignment for National Geographic. On all of our high school programs, you’ll pursue a project related to your area of interest. That could mean creating a field guide, a portfolio of photographs, or a proposal for a project to carry out at home. At the end of the trip, you’ll share what you’ve created with the group, and return home with a meaningful and tangible project.

Learn more about our high school programs:

Our high school expeditions are an in-depth exploration of a country or region, and offer a choice from two or three areas of focus—On Assignment projects. Throughout the trip you will pursue your selected project—with guidance from your Expedition Leaders and a National Geographic Expert—through hands-on activities and excursions. Then share what you’ve created with the group.

Settle into small villages or communities and get involved with collaborative service projects focusing on infrastructure, education, or sustainability. Spend your days working alongside local people and a team of students, and documenting your experience through photos, journals, and video. Collaborative community projects provide an opportunity for deeper cultural interactions and insight into daily life in our host communities.

Through assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, our photo workshops will challenge and inspire you to take your photography to the next level. Each day, you will have the opportunity to learn important photography lessons and apply them in and around some of the world’s most photogenic places. National Geographic photographers spend each day of the workshop with you—teaching, shooting, and editing. Together with your fellow travelers, you'll then work to organize, curate, and install an exhibit featuring each student’s original work.

Delve into important global challenges and build skills in science, leadership, and storytelling to effect positive change in your local community. Throughout the program, you’ll participate in stimulating seminars, hands-on workshops, and active excursions. Meet leading National Geographic Experts and get inspired by their innovative work in our areas of focus. Develop a capstone project to raise awareness about the issues you’ve encountered, and pitch your idea for a chance to receive funding from National Geographic to launch your initiative.

These highly structured trips, ranging from 10 to 15 days, allow students ages 13 or older who are completing grades 7 and 8 to experience exciting destinations in a fun, engaging, and safe environment. With guidance from National Geographic Experts and Expedition Leaders, students explore three themes which have been selected to enhance the experience in each destination. Cycling through these themes in smaller groups allows students to deepen the interests they already have and discover new ones along the way.