EXPLO at Wellesley | EXPLO
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

Since 1976, EXPLO has reached
80,000 students from
50 states and 93 countries
around the world.

Growing Confidence

Ex T., Student
Making connections is an essential part of the EXPLO experience. This is the place where students like Ex link arms as individuals and celebrate their differences, together.
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Inspiring Creativity

Tiffany C., Student
Tiffany calls EXPLO her home away from home — a judgment-free community where her creativity can reach new heights. Read more

Greater Minds

Llona Kavege, Instructor
How incredible is Llona as an instructor? Her energy and dedication inspired a class of students to petition for an additional philosophy and ethics course — and they got it! Read more

Own Your Learning

Miguel D.S., Student
Interactive learning and the ability to choose his courses are what excite Miguel about coming to EXPLO, where he says he learns more in three weeks at EXPLO than in an entire year of school.
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Vision for the Future

Alison R., Student
Today: EXPLO. Tomorrow: Cure Cancer. Advocate, actress, and Roller Derby National Finalist Allison has big plans to change the world (and we know she can do it). Read more

We Don’t Put Classroom Walls Around Learning

Every day at EXPLO is intentionally designed so that learning doesn’t end when classes do. Each activity, every encounter is an open-ended opportunity for discovery and growth.

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Our year-round staff works for 10 months every off-season to develop curriculum and programming that will knock your socks off. (Unless you’re in the science lab, where closed-toe shoes are required.)


From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head hits the pillow at lights out, every day at EXPLO is jam-packed with courses, entertainment, trips, and fun!

The World in Your Backyard

EXPLO is an international community where students from across the U.S. and around the globe come together to live and learn for three weeks each summer. For day students, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet the world close to home.

  • Course: School of Rock


    Step 1: Meet your classmates. Step 2: Form a band. Step 3: Rock! There are other steps along the way — like paying homage to the history of rock and writing your own songs — but those three steps are the gist of it.

  • Clubs and Leagues: Board Game Studio



    Exercise negotiation, problem-solving, and flexibility as you build character in one of the most fierce (and fun!) places on campus: The Board Game Studio.

  • Weekend Trip: Six Flags New England


    Test your bravery on a weekend trip to Six Flags New England — home to dozens of rides, including two world-class roller coasters (and of course, a few tamer thrills).

  • Off-Campus Opportunity: The Vil


    A few times per session, explore the town of Wellesley. Known to EXPLO as ‘The Vil,’ this street is a short walk from campus and holds some of New England’s staples. Enjoy shopping at local boutiques, browse new arrivals at the bookstore, pick up an ice cream at J.P. Licks, and enjoy relaxing with your friends.

  • Workshop: Sailing on Lake Waban


    As you sail, you'll be able to enjoy New England's unique biodiversity, and gaze out at the manicured lawns of the first topiary garden in the United States.

  • Video: Experience EXPLO at Wellesley


  • Course: Medical Careers



    In the morning, become a doctor-in-training, getting a hands-on approach — with instructor Llona Kavege — to anatomy and physiology through the dissection of a fetal pig.

  • Student-Run: EXPLO Update


    Every morning, watch EXPLO Update — an on-campus daily news program produced by students, for students — with your advisory group. Enjoy a recap of yesterday's highlights, see what's coming for the day, and plan ahead for the weekend.

  • Main Event: Cruise Night


    Venture to Boston Harbor to watch the sunset fall over New England’s most historic skyline. Spend your evening dancing with friends, admiring the sights, and taking a few selfies, as you sail out into the Atlantic Ocean.

EXPLO Reinvented the Learning Experience.
We Continue to Do So — Every Day

From the halls of MIT to the minds of curious young people from across the U.S. and around the world, learning through exploration combines an array of experiences — from hands-on courses and workshops to outdoor activities and weekend trips — that transform the way students engage with the world. More than 40 years later, EXPLO continues to reinvent the learning experience. Educators, nonprofits, and corporate leaders alike now seek EXPLO’s knowledge and expertise in engaged learning, critical making, and design thinking to drive their organizations forward.

It's okay to be who you are when you're at EXPLO, and to be interested in whatever you want to try. EXPLO is a truly amazing place.

Say Hello!

For many families, attending an Info Meeting in your local area or on one of our campuses is a great way to get a feel for what a summer at EXPLO has to offer. Meet our Executive Director, Head of Programs, or Director of Admission, ask questions, and get a first-hand feel for our programs.

A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO


Program Dates

  • Session One June 23 – July 13, 2019 Residential June 24 – July 12, 2019 Day
  • Session Two July 14 – August 3 , 2019 Residential July 15 – August 2, 2019 Day