Want to go on a Discovery Student Adventure?!?!

Australia, South Africa, and China + 9 DEN STARs + 36 DEN STAR Students + Your Dream Come True = A Discovery Student Adventure!

It’s the ultimate equation for DEN STARs and definitely our dream come true for you!  We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Discovery Student Adventure Program.

What’s a Discovery Student Adventure you ask?!?  Well, imagine being able to sign up and take your students to one of 8 amazing trips to the Arctic, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, Italy/Greece, New Zealand/Fiji, and South Africa.  These trips are free to the educators and are of cost to their students.  These inaugural trips will launch during the summer of 2010.

But that’s 2010… what about 2009?!?!  Can I get a virtual drum roll please….

Let me introduce to you the opportunity of a lifetime….. The Discovery Student Adventure Pilot Program. In order to gather marketing materials and test run the incredible itineraries….. Discovery will be sending 9 DEN STARs to one of 3 locations (Australia, China, and South Africa)  But that’s not all… it gets better… each of these DEN STARs will be able to bring 4 of their students at NO COST!  That’s right DEN STARs… these trips are free for you and your students! (Note: We are looking for 5th-12th grade teachers and students ages 10-17)

I have seen the itineraries…. and all I can say is be prepared to be blown away.

What do you need to do to participate?!? Stay tuned as we will be posting a link to the application on the DEN National Blog in the coming weeks.

Here’s some of the official wording…

In 2010, Discovery Education will launch Discovery Student Adventures, education-based international trips for students to eight destinations including:  Arctic, Australia, China, Cost Rica, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, Italy/Greece, New Zealand/Fiji Islands, and South Africa. 

To effectively integrate educator feedback into these inaugural trips, a select group of educators will have the opportunity to travel with Discovery in the summer of 2009 as part of a one-time special opportunity to pilot a Discovery Student Adventure trip.

Educators will serve as chaperones to a group of students, and will also be an integral part of selecting the students for these pilot trips. Travel program will be at no cost to the selected educators and students.  We are looking for students ages 10 through 17 and educators that teach 5th through 12th grade.

The three pilot trip destinations are Australia, China and South Africa.  Trips will provide for a variety of enriching and experiential activities from cultural exchanges, to community service, to science and exploration, to physically engaging adventure activities.

So what do you think?!?  Do you want to join us for a Discovery Student Adventure?!?


  1. Tracy Standhart

    What a fantastic opportunity!!!! Can’t wait for more details. Discovery does it up right!

  2. Jason Cochrane

    Of course I want to be a part of the adventure. I can’t wait to get the information to sign up!!!!!

  3. Tonya - New Jersey LC

    Oh, my goodness. This sounds as Tony the Tiger would say, “G-R-E-A-T!!!”

  4. Roberta

    This is beyond amazing. Can’t wait to sign-up for a chance. You guys are great!!!

  5. Lor, DEN SL LC

    What a fabulous opportunity for some educators and students.

  6. Kevin Willson

    Incredible—yes I want to sign up!

  7. Teryl Magee, TN DEN LC

    Holy Smokes! What an opportunity. I know most of the kids from my school would never have an opportunity like this..wow!!!

  8. Maryann Molishus

    Wish I could participate, but I am just a lowly second grade teacher :( However, traveling through a foreign country with 7-8 year olds does sound a bit scary!! Can’t wait to hear about this project and how it works out for those who go. How exciting!!

  9. Selena Ward

    This is amazing! I will be checking for more information everyday.

  10. Heather Sullivan

    Holy Macaroni, Batman! Can’t wait for more details- Thanks Discovery Education :)

  11. Carolyn Griglione

    What a great opportunity. This is a perfect fit for our 8th grade World Geography curriculum. My 8th grade teachers will die to be a part of this. This is way better than the Dream Home contest! Williamsburg Middle School, Arlington, VA

  12. Janet Hallstrom

    Leave it to Discovery to create the all-time greatest opportunity for teachers and students ever! Kudos to a wonderful group of full support of education business partners!!!

  13. Carol Anne McGuire

    Whoo hoo! What an amazing opportunity! Discovery sure has a way of Rocking Our World! I can’t wait to find out more! I’m going to skip to work now!

  14. Brett Harvey

    Sounds like an incredible opportunity. This takes the “Explore your world” slogan to the highest level.

  15. kootman


  16. Kirsten Innes

    Wowee!! What an opportunity!! But, alas, I only have pre-K through 4th grade students!

  17. Martha Thornburgh

    Wow! I would love this opportunity for some of my students and myself. How exciting!!!!

  18. Diana Laufenberg

    Beyond excited… nearly fell out of my chair at Pre-Pete&C DEN announcement from Jannita! So cool!

  19. sharon boudreau

    I’m in ….where do I sign? Great opportunity

  20. Heather Blanton

    OH MY! This is a fantastic opportunity! Where do we sign up? :)

  21. Cheryl Woolwine

    WOW – AWESOME – What a fantastic opportunity!

  22. Gail Soriano

    That sounds like an amazing opportunity! I hope I get to participate!

  23. Debbie Bohanan

    Way to go Discovery! This definitely add another dimension to your name! I would love to be able to go on this amazing adventure with my students!

    Thanks for providing this great opportunity!!!!!

  24. Cheryl Lykowski

    WOOHOO! Once again…Dscovery rocks the house! I cannot wait to hear the details!

  25. Evelyn McFadden

    Wow!!! What a great adventure!!! I also want details.

  26. Rebecca Mullan

    Thanks for the update! I can’t wait to get the details.

  27. Dean Mantz

    OK, Discovery has just taken over the #1 spot on the all time education hit list! Discovery Education has set the bar for everyone now. I am marking the days until 2010.

  28. Beth Weeks


  29. Kendra Harper

    WOW!!! Discovery always comes up with the bestng ways to educate teachers, let alone directly affect students this time. What an incredible opportunity this will be for all involved! Looking forward to seeing more information on this experience of a lifetime :)

  30. Charlene

    If only my students were not adults…. I would SO be there!

  31. Tim Childers

    Do I want to go on an adventure of a life time? I am updating my passport today! This sounds TOTALLY AWESOME!

  32. stacy kasse

    This is so great. I was just talking to a teacher in Australia this morning telling him he had to become a DEN member. So, now…maybe I could tell him in person!!!

  33. Susan Tompkins

    I am game for Math across the Hemisphere! Unbelievable experience courtesy of our Dynamic DEN! Can’t wait to see which DEN Managers will be going, all of them by chance?

  34. Rita A. Mortenson

    Incredible…..I can’t wait to hear more details. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the DEN. What a wonderful opportunity.


  35. Katie Warren

    I would love to do this!! What an opportunity for teachers and students. Thank you DEN!

  36. Joy Poole


  37. Elaine Plybon

    Wow, what an awesome idea! Can’t wait to hear more!

  38. Laura McDermott

    To be able to provide such an enriching opportunity to students is beyond my wildest dreams! This could be a chance of a life time for these students, and could well change the course of their life work!

  39. Randy Palmer

    Where do I sign up?

  40. Eric Strommer

    WOWWWWWW! Where do I sign up?
    What an amazing opportunity for students. Imagine a student who rarely gets out of their inner city neighborhood is transported to one of these locations. Talk about life changing!

  41. Mimi Herald

    Imagine ACTUALLY being there and sharing the adventure of discovery with students! I, too, am looking forward to more details and keeping my fingers crossed.

  42. Robin Martin

    Just awesome Discovery! This is a real dedication to education sounds great!

  43. darcy

    I will postpone my honeymoon (and he’s ok with it!!!) for this opportunity!

    i’d miss my dogs, but BOYOHBOY! what a chance of a lifetime…

    it IS amazing news!

    yippie, yahoo!

  44. Bridget Belardi

    A huge thank you to the Discovery team who continues to make the world flatter for our students. This is an opportunity of a lifetime!

  45. Tracie Belt

    Discovery never ceases to amaze me. THey are creative, generous, fun and make everyone want to achieve more! Add students to that equation and you have a winning combination. This latest venture should help students and teachers expand their hoirzions and Discover what a being there experience really means. I think this proves your dedication to education.

  46. Kelli Erwin

    Way to go Discovery! What a fantastic opportunity for educators and their students. Watching Discovery Education and the DEN grow with opportunities for educators has been a great experience. It is nice that we are now able to branch out and include the students.

  47. Mary Del Bianco

    WOW! An ART teacher would definitely bring a creative energy to the team! Pick ME! no really, what a great idea to get teachers and students into the planning process. Well done, as usual, Discovery!

  48. Bobbi

    Yes I would love to be part of this venture. Can’t wait to sign up. It sounds great!

  49. Judith Valle

    WOW! I have traveled to 75 countries but not to South Africa and would love to go. I have plenty of experience traveling and making videos. I work at a low income school and my 5th grade students would love to go with their teacher.

  50. CIndy Richmond

    AWESOME! I have been taking students on trips for a few years and found it to be a very rewarding experience. The world becomes the classroom. This is will be an incredible experience – please tell me more! thank you for all do for students and teachers!!!

  51. Cindy Richmond

    AWESOME! I have been taking students on trips for a few years and found it to be a very rewarding experience. The world becomes the classroom. This is will be an incredible experience – please tell me more! thank you for all do for students and teachers!!!

  52. Chris Clementi

    This sounds like an incredible opportunity. I would be excited and highly motivated to do an incredible job with traveling and chaperoning students. I have traveled extensively in the past and miss the thrill of being in interesting places around the world. What a remarkable opportunity to be a part of Discovery Education.

  53. Linda

    Cool, I am going to be teaching 5th grade next year and would love to be a part of this!!! We are a low economic school and my kids often don’t even get to go places within a 100 miles of school, let alone across the world.

  54. Randy Kolset

    This would be phenomenal experience for the students and teachers. I would love to go. Keep me informed. This gives everyone hope and a broader horizon.

  55. Linda Foote

    Surely you’ll need some instructional technology specialists to come along as well, right?

  56. Linda Foote

    I have students I mentor that would benefit so much from this opportunity…or I could team up with a teacher or… haa haa

    Seriously, this is a great opportunity and you’re to be commended for the vision you all have to improve education for all!

  57. Patti Grammens

    Wow! Talk about inquiry learning – this is a great way to pilot a program and such a unique opportunity for teachers to be on the cutting edge of a new program.
    As always – Hats off to DEN!

  58. Karen C. Seddon

    My passport is ready! I have the perfect students from my POD Squad for the trip. Wow, this is such an incredible offer. Wow.

  59. Keith Schroeder

    Sounds like it’s too good to be true! Can’t wait for the rest of the information!

  60. Kati Searcy

    Wowie Zowie – I went bananas at my computer when I read this announcement! Can’t wait to find our more details. Discovery Rocks !!!

  61. Tracy Selock

    Sign me and my kids up! My passport is ready! My students don’t ever get to leave town, this would be the opportunity of a life time. DEN you never fail to WOW me. Thanks for all that you do.

  62. Gwynn Moore

    What a fantastic idea! Just when the economy is limiting educational opportunities, you guys come up winners again. I would love to take part.

  63. Pam Sime

    This sounds like such a wonderful opportunity!

  64. Diane Wildfong

    I teach fifth grade and love to be a life long learner and instill the same into my students! From a small town in Northern Lower Michigan comes great minds!

  65. Janet Martin

    this is a chance of a lifetime. I can’t imagine a more life changing experience for my students. I’m ready, willing and able!

  66. Julie Mildrew

    YES! YES! YES!
    What an incredible opportunity. Discovery you are the best! DEN…you continue to amaze me with new teaching experiences.

  67. Lisa Linn

    OMG! I’d give my right shift key to be on one of these. I took students to Italy several years ago with one of those other companies, it was good, but doing it with Discovery? That would be phenomenal!

  68. Joni Andersen

    Wow! That is amazing! My teachers will love that! What about librarians? *Hint, Hint*

  69. Wendy Norton

    Wow, the DEN never ceases to amaze me with the opportunities it offers to teachers. This sounds wonderful, I cannot wait to see the details. I feel lucky to be apart of such a network.

  70. Emma Haygood

    What a once in a lifetime opportunity for the lucky teachers and students. I told some teachers in the lounge about it and now they all want to be STARS!!!!

  71. Marie Belt

    Wow!!!!!! This is a wonderful opportunity! Can’t wait to find out more! Thank you for always keeping educators and students as your focus…

  72. Samanatha

    I can’t wait to find out more information. What a great oppertunity. I have already encouraged 20 of my teachers at my school to become star educators. I held a meeting to sign them up and now we are all cant stop using Discovery – WE LOVE IT

  73. Linda Epps

    Another visionary idea from Discovery. Thanks for always thinking outside the box to benifit student and teachers.

  74. David Fisher

    This is awesome! What a great opportunity for teachers and students. I can’t wait to see the rest of the information.

  75. Connie Lupold

    What an unbelievable opportunity…and once again from DEN! I am fortunate to belong to an organization who empowers teachers and inspires students!

  76. Ava Prater

    This program sounds amazing. However, I am a 4th grade teacher. Many of my students are 10 years old, so they qualify, but I am wondering if I am disqualified because I teach 4th grade. Thank you for any information.

    Best Regards,
    Ava Prater
    Austin Independent School District
    Austin, Texas
    Maplewood Elementary 4th grade

  77. Margie Rogers

    What an amazing experience for all! Knowing the Discovery folks, it will be an incredible trip–I’m already thinking about which students I could invite along, and what we might be able to do as a group! I’m getting inspired! Now, what do we do to sign up?!

  78. Peggy Perkins

    Fabulous!! What a chance for some lucky students to be able to explore parts of the world in person instead of through television and “streaming”.

  79. Marg

    This is great. I find students learn much from bumping up to other cultures, ecosystems, and people. I imagine as a Canadian educator this will not be open to me, but think it is a good initiative.


  80. Nancy Porter

    What an incredible opportunity! Discovery does it right every time!

  81. David Tull

    Man, this would be incredible, I can’t wait to sign up! I already know what 4 students I would take, too! Of course, limiting it to four, might just be difficult! But what a fantastic opportunity to truly learn.

  82. kaye Sheets

    Too good to be true.. Is this part of a bailout? Count me applying as soon as it is released.

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