Leading the Way
Developed in partnership with world-renowned blind mountaineer and Global Explorers Board member Erik Weihenmayer, our Leading the Way program unites students of mixed abilities on incredible adventures around the world. Participants gain unparalleled skills as leaders who focus on building a shared vision, encouraging independence and teamwork, learning from mistakes, questioning assumptions, promoting trust and embracing adversity.
All participants learn the adaptive skills necessary to fulfill their roles as members of a diverse team striving to accomplish a common goal.
Every summer we offer at least one expedition for blind, visually impaired and sighted students. We also offer programming for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing abled.
How to Apply
Our annual application deadline is in November. Students apply online or they may contact us for a print application.
This program is designed for students ages 15-21. Ideal candidates demonstrate leadership experience and leadership potential in their application.
Destinations vary each year. Visit our website for current listings.
Sample Program Timeline
Application deadline: November
Monthly preparatory sessions: February – June
No Barriers Leadership training retreat: Spring
1-3 week expedition: Summer
Global citizenship project: September – November