It’s not easy being coral. On expedition in Bali, students learn about threats to these marine dazzlers.

The Challenges of Being a Coral

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How to prepare for a Nat Geo student trip? “Bring everything you are and then forget it as well,” says Nat Geo photographer Erika Larsen.
We're thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Nat Geo Teen Service Awards! From climate change to illiteracy, these young changemakers are tackling some of today's most pressing global issues.

Nat Geo Teen Service Awards

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There’s no guide to Machu Picchu quite like National Geographic—after all, we funded Hiram Bingham’s Peruvian expeditions more than 100 years ago, after he rediscovered these legendary Inca ruins.

Peru Expedition

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From surf lessons to a scavenger hunt with locals, young travelers ride a wave of Costa Rica’s “pura vida” in Playa Hermosa.

First Days in Playa Hermosa

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We’re going straight to the wild, wild West—of China! Discovering the Gobi Desert, a six-story-tall Buddha, and mega-dunes by camel.

The Edge of the Gobi

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Snapshot of Shanghai: Students go big in this mega-city.

Our Adventure Begins in Shanghai

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It takes a village to truly feel at home in Costa Rica. Our group finds a warm welcome in Pozo Azul.

Settling into Village Life

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Students take Argentina by the “Devil’s Throat” at magical Iguazu Falls.

Magical Iguazu Falls

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Some like it cold: During New Zealand’s winter, student travelers hit the slopes in the Southern Alps, snowshoe atop a glacier, explore ice caves—and capture it all on film.

New Zealand Student Expedition

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A trio of humpback whales gave these students kayaking in Alaska a send-off show to remember.

Spotting Whales in Kayakers Cove

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Shots in the dark: Go behind the lens with Nat Geo photographer Robbie Shone, and learn the secrets to getting his illuminating cave photos.

How to Photograph Inside a Cave

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As a Nat Geo storyteller, Robbie Shone has explored the depths of a Uzbekistan cave and the peaks of the Swiss Alps. In this brief video, he shares another point of view—as a trip leader with Nat Geo Student Expeditions.
These high school rock stars scale a sheer wall at Gregory Canyon to cap off an unforgettable experience at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Scaling Red Rock and Floating Boulder Creek

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Home sweet village: Students enjoy a grand bienvenidos during a weeklong stay in Pozo Azul, Costa Rica.

Settling into Village Life

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Wet and wild: Students soak up Argentinean country life in the remote Ibera wetlands.

Our Final Days Together in Esteros del Ibera

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See the wonders of Oz, from hugging koalas to snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.

Photo Highlights: Koalas, the Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef!

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Leaping lemurs! In Madagascar, students explore one of the planet’s most biologically diverse hotspots as they delve into the rain forest with scientists at a research center founded by a Nat Geo grantee.

Featured Trip: Madagascar Community Service

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Don’t cry for these students in Argentina: They have a ball in Buenos Aires, experiencing everything from empanadas and tango to wildlife conservation and political activism.

A Taste of Argentinian Culture in Buenos Aires

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Scenes from Sydney: Students surf, snorkel, and sight-see their way around Australia’s harbor city. s

Great Time in Sydney!

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