Discovery Student Adventures Pilot Trip Application Now Open!


A virtual drum roll please… We are thrilled to officially open the application process for the Discovery Student Adventures Pilot Program.

Join us as we discover more of our incredible planet earth together with adventure trips to Australia, South Africa, and China. In order to participate in this pilot trip, you must be a STAR Discovery Educator. Not only are you able to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity, each STAR selected will be able to choose four of their students to join them on the adventure!  This is at no cost to you or your students!

So with no further ado… here’s the official wording and post importantly the link to apply.

In 2010, Discovery Education will launch Discovery Student Adventures, education-based international trips 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 once selected for a trip will be able to select four students, who must meet the Discovery Student Adventures selection criteria.  Student selection criteria will be given at time of acceptance. Travel program will be at no cost to the selected educators and students. We are looking for educators that teach 5th through 12th grade.

For the pilot program if you have experience teaching 5th through 12th grade but currently teach pre-K-4 you may still apply. However please be aware that the students you would potentially select must be in grades 5-12.

We invite you to fill out an application for the opportunity to travel with us, giving us your thoughts and opinions along the way to help make Discovery Student Adventures a unique, premiere student travel program that brings the world to life for students and the teachers who lead the trips.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 – Thursday, June 11, 2009
Description: Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Townsville, Great Barrier Reef

South Africa
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Description: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kruger National Park

Tuesday August 4, 2008 – Tuesday, August 18, 2008
Description: Beijing, Chengde, Luoyang
Travel Dates are estimates only and subject to change.To apply please visit

The application will be closed on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 5 pm PST. All applicants will be informed of their status by April 1, 2009.


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  1. Melissa McBride said:

    I’m disappointed… why can’t my second graders be older???? :-(

    This is a great opportunity for the older students. I understand not wanting to take young students… but I’m REALLY jealous!


  2. Diana Laufenberg said:

    Sorry to see that two of the three trips are still when I am in school. Will have to wait for next year and hope for more July/Aug. trips before I can apply.

    Best of luck to all applying, looks amazing!

    Thanks to Disc. Ed. crew for putting this all together. Well done.

  3. Jennifer Jensen said:

    Watch out world…here comes the DEN! What a great opportunity. Thanks DEN!

  4. Gail Lovely said:

    I agree with others here what a great opportunity! If, in the future, the opportunity opens for those of us with teachers as our students, you can bet I will apply! Africa calls to me to return ever since my month there in 2005! I will be wistfully waiting to hear about these adventures… and IF I can help in any way, just let me know!

  5. Beth Weeks said:

    Wow! What a great opportunity for all!!! Makes me want to grab a 5th-12th grade classroom real fast!!! LOL Does it count that I USED to teach 5th and 6th grade!!! :)
    Another awesome idea Discovery!!!!

  6. Maryann Molishus said:

    This is really exciting. Since I teach 2nd grade, I am thinking that maybe in the future, teachers of younger children could possible apply and invite former (now older) students. What do you think????

  7. Lance Rougeux said:

    Hi, all. I updated the post to reflect this as well so here’s the good news on top of the already really amazing news.

    For the pilot program if you have experience teaching 5th through 12th grade but currently teach pre-K-4 you may still apply. However please be aware that the students you would potentially select must be in grades 5-12.

  8. Denise Phillips said:

    What a fantastic opportunity for teachers to be lifelong learners! It’s a powerful model that we give to our students when we can so enthusiastically take advantage of new insights, new cultures and new adventures. Great job DEN.

  9. Netia Elam said:

    WOW! This looks like an amazing opportunity, both for teachers, and for our students. I can’t wait to apply!!! Thanks, Discovery!

  10. Rhonda said:

    Discovery Student Adventures remind me of the Quest programs that used to be available through Classroom Connect. My students participated in about 6 different world travels through that program and it was the BEST 6 experiences I’ve had as a classroom teacher. It is exciting to see such a remarkable opportunity once again heading our way – and no better host that Discovery Education! I’m signing up now and can’t wait for these adventures to be available to students everywhere. Thanks Discovery!

  11. ldaughrity said:

    I have my bags packed and my students picked. The application has been submitted and the destination really doesn’t matter. The opportunity to do distance learning is amazing, but to teach my class through distance learning while I am in another country… oh my goodness. Who ever goes… what an awesome opportunity. This is the chance of a lifetime. I know that it will be cherished by every team of teachers every year from here on out. Good luck to all who apply.

  12. Tracy Selock said:

    Application in. Students in mind. Principal Notified of Possibilities. Waiting on pins and needles. Good luck to everyone! B)

  13. Deb Bolinger said:

    I am applying!!!! Two of the travel times is while we are still in school….but WOW what an opportunity. I would love to take some of my GREAT kids.

  14. Kim Wren said:

    Pick me! Pick me! :) Thanks so much for offering this incredible opportunity. Can hardly wait for April 1st to get here to find out…

  15. Linda Moore said:

    Me too! You are offering places I always wanted to travel to all of these places (some I have). Love expedition traveling. If it’s Discovery, it has to be awesome.

  16. Alexa Flores-Hull said:

    I too like everyone else am SUPER excited and now can’t wait for April 1st to roll around! =)

  17. Traci said:

    Counting down the days till April 1st… What an awesome and exciting opportunity! Discovery ROCKS!

  18. Kathryn said:

    Can’t wait to hear who the lucky ones are. April 1st is almost here!

  19. Dawn DeWitt said:

    I am on the edge of my seat waiting to hear if I am a lucky participant! All of my experiences with DE have been so uplifting, positive and informative that I can only imagine all that this opportunity will provide! YIPEE!

  20. Tracy Selock said:

    Is there an emoticon for biting your nails in anticipation of the announcement?

  21. Alexa Flores-Hull said:

    I think I have checked e-mail and looked at my cell phone more in the last few days waiting to see than ever before!