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. That is why Walking Tree Travel (WTT), in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to offer a collection of dynamic travel programs for high school students enhanced with educational resources dedicated to global leadership and sustainability.

Why Choose Walking Tree Travel?

WTT’s educational immersion programs emphasize authentic and personal experience before, during, and after travel. This is delivered through:

  • Homestays and collaborations with local people and communities.

  • Activities that examine local history and culture.

  • Educational resources designed to focus on global sustainability and citizenry.

  • Post-travel work to continue community engagement at home and abroad.

During its collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, Walking Tree Travel has worked closely with Smithsonian experts in education who have advised on the educational immersion programming. This enrichment, combined with Walking Tree Travel’s strong history as a student travel provider, ensures that student travelers have the opportunity to explore the world in a unique and meaningful way.

Areas of Collaboration

Educational Programming: Walking Tree Travel utilizes Smithsonian resources for itinerary creation and assistance in developing sustainability activities that infuse our shared passion for cultural engagement into our programs. Participants utilize the vast educational resources of the Smithsonian Institution to help improve pre- and post- travel education.

Global Leadership Activity Development: The Smithsonian Institution provides hands-on assistance in developing activities and resources for learning service programs that inspire participants to become “citizens of the world”. Program activities include international service projects or support for projects that are in line with their commitment to service.

Walking Tree Travel’s educational immersion programs highlight the Smithsonian’s shared mission of learning and discovery, and offer a unique opportunity for student travelers to explore the world in a meaningful way.

The name of the Smithsonian and the sunburst logo are registered trademarks of the Smithsonian Institution and Walking Tree Travel is an authorized user.

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