US and Canadian Schools

Learning Skills for the Real World

Welcome to World Challenge, the leader in student-led educational travel that helps prepare young people for life. Each year we safely send and support over 9,000 students on powerful expeditions to more than 40 developing countries around the world, including culturally rich destinations in Latin America, South East Asia, Continental Asia and Africa.
For students – or Challengers, as we call them – it’s an amazing journey of self-discovery that begins long before stepping foot on a plane. Challengers form teams and work together leading up to the expedition to plan their itinerary and establish goals. From the degree of physical challenge to giving back through community projects, students are encouraged to take ownership of the whole experience. By taking charge of their own expedition, students gain leadership skills, become more resilient, and emerge with a new perspective on the world and their place in it.
Take up the challenge!

Experience the Adventure of a Lifetime

World Challenge North American Regional Office

8 Essex Center Drive Peabody, MA 01960

+1 877 333 1060  [email protected]

Call one of our Program Development Managers to find out more details about our expeditions and how to launch our program at your school.


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Safety, Our Number One Priority

World Challenge’s reputation for safety is unparalleled within the industry. We understand how to safely plan expeditions and support teams overseas.
Our programs are designed to help students and school leaders prepare for the trip, are backed by best safety practices to ensure destinations meet stringent requirements, and offer the assurance of traveling with the most experienced Expedition Leaders in the field. Our 24-hour operational support center deals with any medical or administrative issue that may arise while teams are away.

Why Choose World Challenge?

Much more than just a school trip, a World Challenge expedition is a life-changing experience, inspiring students to take on the world. Find out what students, parents, and teachers have to say about our unique program:
"This trip helped me develop life skills and confidence in my abilities, and I treasure my new independence."
Jennifer, Challenger, Ecuador, Sharon High School


"We continue to be so impressed by the World Challenge program. As a parent of two alum, I can’t begin to tell you how much it has changed their lives."
Kathleen, Parent, Maya Route, Nipmuc High School
"It's a great way to make a change in the world and it is definitely a wonderful experience."
Karan, Challenger, Belize, JFK Memorial School
"Incredible growth experience for all involved - students, teachers, and parents alike."
Ms. Derby, Teacher, Ecuador, Sturgis Charter School
"Wonderful experience with many positive stories. My son gained in confidence, and also his horizons were broadened regarding his great good fortune as a well-off, educated American and that this is not the norm in the world."
Alison, Parent, Weston High School, Project Uganda