Learning AFAR

Born from the idea that travel is the best form of education, Learning AFAR grants travel scholarships to high achieving students who would not otherwise be able to explore our world. Learning AFAR is the flagship program of the AFAR Foundation, the philanthropic affiliate of AFAR Media and was created in partnership with Global Explorers.

Program Overview

Learning AFAR is more than just a full-scholarship travel opportunity: We provide a comprehensive education by emphasizing leadership, service and cross-cultural exchange before, during and after an international expedition. Through the AFAR Media team, all participants are introduced to the world of travel writing as a means to not only tell their travel story but also to learn the components of self-advocacy in the telling of their own story. Upon return from their expedition, Learning AFAR students share what they have learned abroad with their home community through meaningful acts of service. Our end goal is to help students understand: They are part of a larger, interconnected world; their actions have an impact on the world around them; and their experience helps shift their community’s perceptions of all that is possible.

2014 Sample Program Timeline

School applications: September – January
Student applications and selection: January – March
Monthly preparatory sessions: January – May
Travel orientation and media skills retreat: March/April
10-day expedition: Summer
Global citizenship project & Learning AFAR magazine development: September – November

2014 Learning AFAR Schools

Learning AFAR Oakland: Coliseum College Prep Academy
Learning AFAR Seattle: TAF Academy
Learning AFAR Chicago: Chicago Academy High School
Learning AFAR New York City: Williamsburg Charter High School

How to Apply

Each year cities are selected throughout the U.S. Each fall, educators apply on behalf of their school to receive scholarships for 10 students and one educator.  Students apply once their school has been selected to participate in the program. If you are interested in applying for one of our current markets, please see details above. For information on markets that are not listed above please email foundation@afar.com.


This program is designed for educators and students at the high school level.

Educators & Schools

We seek educators with a passion for travel, a commitment to teaching students about responsible global citizenship, and a proven track record for success as an educator in and out of the classroom. Successful candidates currently work within a school serving a large low-income population and where their administration is poised and ready to support them as they bring this transformative travel opportunity to their school.


Student selection is based on the following selection criteria: financial need, merit, leadership potential, and lack of previous international travel experience.

Scholarship Details

Successful applicants receive scholarships for full program fees and airfare. Travelers are responsible for their own immunizations, gear, and spending money as well as a contribution to support service projects in their host community. 


Learn more about the AFAR Foundation at http://www.afar.com/foundation.

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