Our Trips

Design trips created by designers for other designers to explore, experience, share and learn.

CoDA trips provide creatives with intimate travel experiences where you’ll engage with communities abroad, apply your skills to important challenges and implement solutions in the field. Our trips offer you the opportunity to work and network with like-minded peers and learn new design skills, while making profound connections through sharing culture and ideas. Join us, travel with purpose to a unique destination, unplug, roll up your sleeves and achieve something meaningful.

Meaningful travel through collaborative design.

Because we travel with small groups (8-12 people), and the goal of each trip is to work with a community with needs that can tangibly be met through design, we do respectfully ask that you complete our application form. We try to balance the right skill set according to the project we work on. Don’t worry, you likely have the goods, as our methodology relies on using an interdisciplinary team approach. CoDA supports the process from beginning to end.

Anyone with creative experience can apply. From architect to graphic designer. From furniture making to textiles. We are often looking for photographers too!

ZANZIBAR PROFESSIONAL OCTOBER 2019

October 13th to 26th, 2019

Sunshine, tropical tides and a history and culture infused with spice. For centuries, Zanzibar was a destination for explorers and merchants seeking clove, nutmeg, vanilla, black pepper, and coriander. Today, the exotic locale offers outstanding beaches, Swahili culture, a culinary fusion of Indian, Arab, Chinese, Portuguese and African cooking traditions and the historic capital of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

GUATEMALA FEBRUARY 2020

February 15th to 29th, 2020

We begin our trip in the beautiful colonial city of Antigua to visit museums, markets and explore the rich culture of the region with local craftspeople. From Antigua, we travel to the jungle region of Petén – spiritual hub of the Maya people – to work on site with the artisans of Itza Wood and experience the magic of the Mayan Civilization

RAJASTHAN PROFESSIONAL 2020

October 10th to 24th, 2020

Beginning in Jaipur, the Pink City, we get an overview of the rich craft history of the region by visiting important historic sites and cultural institutions. Then we immerse ourselves further in the local culture by staying on the campus of Barefoot College and working closely with their artisans.

ZANZIBAR PROFESSIONAL 2020

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Sunshine, tropical tides and a history and culture infused with spice. For centuries, Zanzibar was a destination for explorers and merchants seeking clove, nutmeg, vanilla, black pepper, and coriander. Today, the exotic locale offers outstanding beaches, Swahili culture, a culinary fusion of Indian, Arab, Chinese, Portuguese and African cooking traditions and the historic capital of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Because we travel with small groups, and the goal of each trip is to work with a community with needs that can tangibly be met though design, we do respectfully ask that you complete our application form. We try to balance the right skill set according to the project we work on. Don’t worry, you likely have the goods, as our methodology relies on using an interdisciplinary team. Just sometimes, we might be looking for a particular skill. 

Who can apply? Anyone with design experience! From architecture to graphic design. From Furniture making to ceramics. Does designer seem an apt description for you? Then you qualify.

What happens after I apply? We will send you confirmation of your application. Once a team is finalized we will ask you to pay a deposit to confirm your spot and provide you more information such as payment schedule, a detailed itinerary and travel tips.

When should I apply? As soon as you can! Once our trips fill up, we will close applications for that particular trip.

For FAQs or information on our payments schedule or cancelation policies, please see our resources. Or contact us if you have any questions

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Past trips
ZANZIBAR PROFESSIONAL OCTOBER 2018

We traveled with a team of professionals to the island of Zanzibar off the East coast of Africa to  work once again with our partner Barefoot College. Here we collaborated with women sewers and bee keepers to develop a protective, climate appropriate and cost effective bee keeping suit to generate income opportunities.

INDIA STUDENT MAY 2017

We traveled with students to work with the artisans of Barefoot College in Tilonia. We collaborated on the design of three appliqué collections (each including table top, bedding, bags and clothing) to address issues of quality control and standardization.

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