applications for the summer of 2021 are now live!

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A note from our founder:

Dear Prospective Applicants and Supporters, 

2020 has been an unprecedented year. We’ve faced a global pandemic, a protest movement that has galvanized the country, and millions of students having to adapt to remote learning.

Unfortunately this year also affected Trip of a Lifetime. Back in the Spring, we made the extremely tough and painful decision to not send any students on trips this past summer out of an abundance of caution. This was the first year since we started in 2010 that we did not send any students on trips and to be honest it feels surreal. However we did find twelve amazing students in our application process that will receive priority consideration for this upcoming summer's trips if it's deemed safe to travel.

However, in midst of the pain, suffering, and struggle, I have also witnessed great resiliency and generosity from our alumni. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to over 30 of them in the past six months and their outlook on the world is truly inspiring. Our alumni have started fundraising drives for COVID supplies, marched in social movements, and helped members of their local community register to vote, just to name a few. We’ve also had 12 of our alumni participate in a focus group to help us shape a more inclusive Trip of a Lifetime and are excited to implement many of their suggestions this upcoming school year.

While travel itself has changed, we feel students need the enrichment opportunities it affords more than ever. That’s why we’re committed to sending a record number of students on travel opportunities in 2021 if it is deemed safe by our board and trip partners safe to do so. We’ll also continue to invest in virtual programs to allow our alumni and students in our partner schools to learn more about the places and communities around them.

On behalf of the entire Trip of a Lifetime team, I hope you get the chance to travel safely this upcoming year and use it as an opportunity to enrich, renew, and challenge yourself.

Summer Travel Scholarships

Learn more about our trips and how you can participate. Applications for the Summer of 2021 are now currently live


We've been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and Westchester Magazine and have been named a recommended summer opportunity by the NYC Department of Education.

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I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered.

Jennifer S
Summer 2017 Participant

Trip of a Lifetime was the best thing that has happened in my children's lives. I highly recommend that you and your child get the same excitement and riveting passion to experience an unforgettable Trip of a Lifetime.

Ms. Taylor 
Parent of Program Partiicpant

My student's eyes have been opened and as a result, he is more confident, worldly, and motivated to follow his dreams. Thanks Trip of a Lifetime!

Sean Burke
Counselor at Gotham Prep