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 from October of 2016 to May of 2020, Walking Tree Travel (WTT) and the Smithsonian Institution decided to collaborate on a collection of dynamic travel programs for high school students that were 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 from September of 2016 through May of 2020, Walking Tree Travel worked closely with Smithsonian experts in education who advised on this educational immersion programming. This enrichment, combined with Walking Tree Travel’s strong history as a student travel provider, ensured that student travelers had the opportunity to explore the world in a unique and meaningful way, a tradition that continues to today.

Areas of Past Collaboration

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

Global Leadership Activity Development: The Smithsonian Institution provided hands-on assistance in developing activities and resources for learning service programs that inspired participants to become “citizens of the world”. Program activities included international service projects or support for projects that were in line with our shared commitment to service.

Although our collaboration period ended on May 31, 2020, Walking Tree Travel’s educational immersion programs still 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.

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