With its emphasis on empathy and general intelligence in planning, Envoys has quickly emerged as a premier global program provider. They are well worth the attention of any of our schools.Paul Miller, Former Director for Global Initiatives, NAIS

How We Work With Schools

Customized Travel Programs

Envoys works hand-in-hand with our partner schools to design, implement, and assess travel programs around the world.

As part of our mission, Envoys is always ready to speak with interested faculty and administrators to learn how we might assist their school to achieve global education goals.

Qualified Envoys staff conduct participatory workshops for administrators, teachers, parents and/or students to discover goals and objectives for global competency and educational travel.

After accurately understanding the end outcomes and specific needs of a particular teacher, we meet with the school to discuss the possibilities. Envoys staff outline the intersections between the school’s needs and research-based, proven approaches to global education.

Based on this work, Envoys crafts a program proposal tailored to the partner school in terms of the following:

  • Educational goals and objectives
  • Destination country or region
  • Thematic content and curricular integration
  • Specific targeted skill-sets
  • Assessments and student outputs
    • Example
    • program design 4
    •  
    • program design 2
    • program design 1

    We then work hand-in-hand with our partner schools to integrate the program into the life of the school.

    Envoys Communication Principles
      Education requires collaboration.

      Research has proven that there is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student academic success. Similarly, the achievement of our learning outcomes requires the establishment of a collaborative and trusting relationship that includes all relevant stakeholders.

      Decisions require information.

      We respect the intelligence of parents considering international travel for their children, and we refuse to make ‘guarantees’ that are untenable in a complex world. Instead, we provide information about the potential risks involved with each destination and the external sources that should be consulted prior to making a decision.

      Sharing stories is part of the journey

      Advances in communications technology are rapidly removing barriers for the flow of information from the field. This ‘new normal’ means that we have a responsibility to provide regular updates, no matter where in the world an Envoys program is located.

    Envoys Communication Methods
    Presentations and Workshops

    Envoys staff make presentations to parents and students about the educational objectives, potential risks, necessary preparations, and expected communications. We answer questions, take notes for any adaptations, and provide a concrete timeline to follow. Most importantly, we establish relationships with our program participants, allowing us to create a better-tailored program.

    Online Portals

    Envoys creates a dedicated and customized website for every program, containing all necessary information for participants. From this site, parents access online portals for uploading medical forms and processing payments, while students are able to log into online courses and check their packing lists.

    Customer Service

    Envoys HQ and program staff take pride in our responsiveness with parents. We understand that many important questions arise outside of normal business hours, and so we dedicate ourselves to providing multiple means of communication at all times, including 1-800 numbers, online trip-tracking sites, customized program portals, and rapid email responses.

    Program Reports

    Along with our ‘window-into-the-adventure’ provided by our online trip-tracking system, Envoys can work with teachers to create detailed reports on each student at the conclusion of the program. These reports detail areas of strength evidenced during the program, as well as areas where improvement is needed.

    Envoys operations are built on the extensive infrastructure and experience of Off-Bound Adventures, our parent organization.

    We take an adaptive approach to developing each program, including the following elements:

    Partners

    Envoys is proud to recognize that we NEVER work alone. Upholding our belief in intercultural understanding, Envoys engages carefully-selected local academics, guides, social workers, and artisans to ensure the highest quality and most authentic educational experience.

    In 2013, we established a partnership agreement with the Grassroots Business Fund, a social impact investment firm assisting low-income businesses throughout the developing world. Through this partnership, Envoys has a mandate to select, train, and support locally-owned businesses during our travel programs. On an annual basis, we review and report on the impact of our programs according to a series of impact metrics developed in partnership with GBF, ensuring that our programs contribute to the development of sustainable livelihoods abroad.

    Costs

    Envoys prices each program according to the specifications set out by our partner schools. We commit to providing a full and transparent depiction of the costs associated with the program, including our own program fees, to help make decisions and ensure that the opportunities are available to a wider range of students.

    Scouting

    Envoys engages in regular scouting trips to our destinations, both during the ‘off-season’ and in the days before student arrival. During these trips, we  evaluate accommodation, restaurants, transportation, and activity vendors to confirm that our standards have been met. We invite partner teachers to accompany us on these trips and learn more about both the destination and how we work!

    Checklists

    Envoys staff  follow a strict set of protocols for communications with our operational headquarters and actions in the event of an emergency. Based on our years of experience, we have developed a set of “field checklists” to guide our staff in the day-to-day conduction of field operations, including transportation management, hiking protocols, and other frequently occuring activities.  Checklists are submitted through a mobile application to maintain a flow of information from the field to headquarters.

    Field Staff

    Every year, Envoys recruits, screens, and trains an array of adults to serve as field staff on our programs. Our field staff bring a wide diversity of education, experience, and talents to their work, including regional expertise, language ability, medical training, logistics prowess, and subject-matter. Most importantly, they all love working with youth, and believe deeply that our work makes a difference. We utilize a blended training model of face-to-face and online courses, including tests from the Expert Online Training system, to develop staff and prepare for work in the field.

    Envoys recognizes that a degree of risk is inherent in all international travel and outdoor activities. Potential hazards include tropical diseases, exposure to unsanitary conditions, severe weather, public disorder, and transportation delays. Mental health issues may also be exacerbated through the stresses of a new experience.

    No one can guarantee freedom from harm, including accident, injury, illness, or death.

    Operating under these constraints, Envoys is responsible for creating and implementing risk assessment and management plans, in partnership with our collaborating schools for our programs. We maintain lines of communication with the field to handle any eventuality. Upholding our organizational ethos of continuous improvement, Envoys engages in regular and repeated updates of our procedures.

    Envoys utilizes rigorous evaluations to drive performance and communicate our results to schools and families. Every lesson is field-tested and regularly assessed for its effectiveness at meeting learning goals.

    Envoys internal assessments are conducted through three means:

    1. Detailed staff observations produced by Envoys staff at the conclusion of each trip
    2. Open-ended evaluations from students and teachers taking Envoys trips
    3. Skill development assessments taken by Envoys students following each trip

    At the conclusion of the trip, we produce reports for our stakeholders

    Enhance Program Quality

    To raise the standard for global education, Envoys works within schools to provide workshops, online courses, and more.

    Through a blended model of online courses, in-person workshops, and international travel, Envoys works to improve the core competencies of faculty in order to ensure that they reach their maximum potential.

    Training themes include:

    Global Citizenship 101

    We build knowledge and facilitate reflective conversations around how the ideal abstractions of global citizenship are translated into the realities of our personal and professional lives. Participants delve into the history of global citizenship education, looking at how different countries have taken alternative approaches to preparing youth to engage with the world.

    Preparing and Planning

    We learn to design more effective learning contexts, including both structured and unstructured pathways for transformational learning experiences to occur. Focusing on program design, we learn to develop ‘SMART’ objectives for our programs and how to sequence activities to expand student comfort zones and create leadership opportunities.

    Leading Experiential Learning

    We learn how to fulfill the role of an educator outside of the context of our classrooms, building the skills to manage groups, develop teamwork, and support students through their learning journeys abroad. Participants develop confidence in the ‘nuts and bolts’ of experiential education, including:

    • Setting expectations and helping students to develop objectives
    • Framing activities and allowing ‘challenge by choice’
    • Adapting to change and taking advantage of ambiguity
    • Managing groups and building student leadership
    • Facilitating meaningful reflections
    • Maintaining relationships with community partners

    Integration and Transferral

    We learn to help students transfer skills, maximize opportunities and translate the knowledge gained abroad into action when they return home.

    Fostering Global Identities

    Adding global dimensions to individual identities lies at the heart of global citizenship education. We learn about ways that educators can authentically and honestly include their students in ongoing struggles with these concepts.

    Classroom Practices for Global Education

    We analyze what is innately ‘global’ about various subjects, determining the respective foundations on which we can build new practices. Teachers are then challenged to develop minor, medium, and major activities that can be undertaken within their classroom settings.

    Managing Risk

    Case studies and workshops push faculty to think through issues around risk management, logistical planning, and potential issues that could arise ‘in the field.’ Using a “probability/consequences” model, faculty learn how to make judgements in the face of uncertainty and develop confidence in their programming decisions.

    Through our online platforms, Envoys provides a wide range of curricular materials for schools to improve the quality of their global education programming.

    Modules include:

    Building a knowledge base

    Students review a curated series of videos, articles, and other media relevant to the history and culture of their destination. Instructors from Envoys facilitate discussions and answer questions. Students take assessments to prove their understanding.

    Health and Safety Risks

    Students research the health risks relevant to their destination, learn about methods to mitigate those risks, and pass assessments related to health and safety.

    Pack Smart

    Students learn about best practices for packing light and traveling smart. They provide their own potential packing lists for comment by Envoys instructors.

    Disease Pathways

    Students learn about common pathways for diseases, including vectors, food and water, and animals, as well as necessary precautions to take while traveling abroad. A mixture of assessments and practical activities ensure that they have gained the necessary skills.

    Situational Awareness

    Students learn about methods to calculate risk and the heightened potential for faulty judgments when abroad. They display their ability to make better decisions by explaining their reactions to a variety of travel scenarios.

    Empathy and Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

    Through a series of introspective and collaborative exercises, students begin the process of examining their own assumptions around culture. Students take empathy assessments and create plans for developing their empathic abilities, both at home and abroad.

    Research Topics

    After developing the necessary background knowledge, students select an individual research topic and create a briefing sheet to share with their classmates. These sheets provide the basis for individual research areas conducted while in-country.

    Field Communications Application
    Envoys has developed a proprietary mobile system (which functions without a data connection) to maintain a flow of documented information from the field to headquarters. Forms submitted by each device can be sent to a variety of channels, including email and cloud-based data storage.

    They are intended to serve three purposes:
    1. To assist chaperones to perform their responsibilities more effectively and efficiently
    2. To aid decision-making processes
    3. To provide documentation of operational standards in practice

    These forms include open and closed-ended questions, and photographs. Forms can include geolocation and/or timestamps. The form application may be installed on either an iOS or Android device. The application does not require a data connection to function. Checklists can be completed and stored on the device, then submitted automatically when a data connection is present.

    On a subscription basis, Envoys provides schools with the technological infrastructure as well as a base set of “field checklists” to guide our staff in the day-to-day conduction of field operations, including transportation management, hiking protocols, and restaurant inspections.

    How We Work With Schools

    Customizing Travel Programs

    Envoys works hand-in-hand with our partner schools to design, implement, and assess travel programs around the world.

    As part of our mission, Envoys is always ready to speak with interested faculty and administrators, and to learn how we might assist their school to achieve global education goals.

    Qualified Envoys staff conduct participatory workshops for administrators, teachers, parents and/or students to discover goals and objectives for global competency and educational travel.

    After accurately understanding the end outcomes and specific needs of a particular teacher, we meet with the school to discuss the possibilities. Envoys staff outline the intersections between the school’s needs and research-based approaches to global education.

    Based on this work, Envoys crafts a program proposal tailored to the partner school in terms of the following:

  • Educational goals and objectives
  • Destination country or region
  • Thematic content and curricular integration
  • Specific targeted skill-sets
  • Assessments and student outputs
    • Example
    • program design 4
    •  
    • program design 2
    • program design 1

    We then work hand-in-hand with our partner schools to integrate the program into the life of the school.

    Envoys Communication Principles
      Education requires collaboration.

      Research has proven that here is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student academic success. Similarly, the achievement of our learning outcomes requires the establishment of a collaborative and trusting relationship, including all relevant stakeholders.

      Decisions require information.

      We respect the intelligence of parents considering international travel for their children, and we refuse to make ‘guarantees’ that are untenable in a complex world. Instead, we provide information about the potential risks involved with each destination and the external sources that should be consulted prior to making a decision.

      Sharing stories is part of the journey

      Advances in communications technology are rapidly removing barriers for the flow of information from the field. This ‘new normal’ means that we have a responsibility to provide regular updates, no matter where in the world an Envoys program is located.

    Envoys Communication Methods
    Presentations and Workshops

    Envoys staff make presentations to parents and students about the educational objectives, potential risks, necessary preparations, and expected communications. We answer questions, take notes for any adaptations, and provide a concrete timeline to follow. Most importantly, we establish relationships with our program participants, allowing us to create a better-tailored program.

    Online Portals

    Envoys creates a dedicated and customized website for every program, containing all necessary information for participants. From this site, parents access online portals for uploading medical forms and processing payments, while students are able to log into online courses and check their packing lists.

    Customer Service

    Envoys HQ and program staff take pride in our responsiveness with parents. We understand that many important questions arise outside of normal business hours, and so we dedicate ourselves to providing multiple means of communication at all times, including 1-800 numbers, online trip-tracking sites, customized program portals, and rapid email responses.

    Program Reports

    Along with our ‘window-into-the-adventure’ provided by our online trip-tracking system, Envoys can work with teachers to create detailed reports on each student at the conclusion of the program. These reports detail areas of strength evidenced during the program, as well as areas where improvement is needed.

    Envoys operations are built on the extensive infrastructure and experience of Off-Bound Adventures, our parent organization.

    We take an adaptive approach to developing each program, including the following elements:

    Partners

    Envoys is proud to recognize that we NEVER work alone. Upholding our belief in intercultural understanding, Envoys engages carefully-selected local academics, guides, social workers, and artisans to ensure the highest quality and most authentic educational experience.

    In 2013, we established a partnership agreement with the Grassroots Business Fund, a social impact investment firm assisting low-income businesses throughout the developing world. Through this partnership, Envoys has a mandate to select, train, and support locally-owned businesses during our travel programs. On an annual basis, we review and report on the impact of our programs according to a series of impact metrics developed in partnership with GBF, ensuring that our programs contribute to the development of sustainable livelihoods abroad.

    Costing

    Envoys costs each program according to the specifications set out by our partner schools. We commit to providing a full and transparent depiction of the costs associated with the program, including our own program fees, to help make decisions and ensure that the opportunities are available to a wider range of students.

    Scouting

    Envoys engages in regular scouting trips to our destinations, both during the ‘off-season’ and in the days before student arrival. During these trips, we  evaluate accommodation, restaurants, transportation, and activity vendors to confirm that our standards have been met. We invite partner teachers to accompany us on these trips and learn more about both the destination and how we work!

    Checklists

    Envoys staff  follow a strict set of protocols for communications with our operational headquarters and actions in the event of an emergency. Based on our years of experience, we have developed a set of “field checklists” to guide our staff in the day-to-day conduction of field operations, including transportation management, hiking protocols, and other frequently-occuring activities.  Checklists are submitted through a mobile application to maintain a flow of information from the field to headquarters.

    Field Staff

    Every year, Envoys recruits, screens, and trains an array of adults to serve as field staff on our programs. Our field staff bring a wide diversity of education, experience, and talents to their work, including regional expertise, language ability, medical training, logistics prowess, and subject-matter . Most importantly, they all love working with youth, and believe deeply that our work makes a difference. We utilize a blended training model of face-to-face and online courses, including tests from the Expert Online Training system, to develop staff and prepare for work in the field.

    Envoys recognizes that a degree of risk is inherent in all international travel and outdoor activities. Potential hazards include tropical diseases, exposure to unsanitary conditions, severe weather, public disorder, and transportation delays. Mental health issues may also be exacerbated through the stresses of a new experience.

    No one can guarantee freedom from harm, including accident, injury, illness, or death.

    Operating under these constraints, Envoys is responsible for creating and implementing risk assessment and management plans, in partnership with our collaborating schools for our programs. We maintain lines of communication with the field to handle any eventuality. Upholding our organizational ethos of continuous improvement, Envoys engages in regular and repeated updates of our procedures.

    Envoys utilizes rigorous evaluations to drive performance and communicate our results to schools and families. Every lesson is field-tested and regularly assessed for its effectiveness at meeting learning goals.

    Envoys internal assessments are conducted through three means:

    1. Detailed staff observations produced by Envoys staff at the conclusion of each trip
    2. Open-ended evaluations from students and teachers taking Envoys trips
    3. Skill development assessments taken by Envoys students following each trip

    At the conclusion of the trip, we produce reports for our stakeholders

    Enhancing Program Quality

    To raise the standard for global education, Envoys works within schools to provide workshops, online courses, and more.

    Through a blended model of online courses, in-person workshops, and international travel, Envoys works to improve the core competencies of faculty in order to ensure that they reach their maximum potential.

    Training themes include:

    Global Citizenship 101

    We build knowledge and facilitate reflective conversations around how the ideal abstractions of global citizenship are translated into the realities of our personal and professional lives. Participants delve into the history of global citizenship education, looking at how different countries have taken alternative approaches to preparing youth to engage with the world.

    Preparing and Planning

    We learn to design more effective learning contexts, including both structured and unstructured pathways for transformational learning experiences to occur. Focusing on program design, we learn to develop ‘SMART’ objectives for our programs and how to sequence activities to expand student comfort zones and create leadership opportunities.

    Leading Experiential Learning

    We learn how to fulfill the role of an educator outside of the context of our classrooms, building the skills to manage groups, develop teamwork, and support students through their learning journeys abroad. Participants develop confidence in the ‘nuts and bolts’ of experiential education, including:

    • Setting expectations and helping students to develop objectives
    • Framing activities and allowing ‘challenge by choice’
    • Adapting to change and taking advantage of ambiguity
    • Managing groups and building student leadership
    • Facilitating meaningful reflections
    • Maintaining relationships with community partners

    Integration and Transferral

    We learn to help students transfer skills, maximize opportunities and translate the knowledge gained abroad into action when they return home.

    Fostering Global Identities

    Adding global dimensions to individual identities lies at the heart of global citizenship education. We learn about ways that educators can
    authentically and honestly include their students in ongoing struggles with these concepts.

    Classroom Practices for Global Education

    We analyze what is innately ‘global’ about various subjects, determining the respective foundations on which we can build new practices. Teachers are then challenged to develop minor, medium, and major activities that can be undertaken within their classroom settings.

    Managing Risk

    Case studies and workshops push faculty to think through issues around risk management, logistical planning, and potential issues that could arise ‘in the field’. Using a “probability/consequences” model, faculty learn how to make judgements in the face of uncertainty and develop confidence in their programming decisions.

    Through our online platforms, Envoys provides a wide range of curricular materials for schools to improve the quality of their global education programming.

    Modules include:

    Learn about your destination

    Students research the health risks relevant to their destination, learn about methods to mitigate those risks, and pass assessments related to health and safety.

    Pack Smart

    Students learn about best practices for packing light and traveling smart. They provide their own potential packing lists for comment by Envoys instructors.

    Disease Pathways

    Students learn about common pathways for diseases, including vectors, food and water, and animals, as well as necessary precautions to take while traveling abroad. A mixture of assessments and practical activities ensure that they have gained the necessary skills.

    Situational Awareness

    Students learn about methods to calculate risk and the heightened potential for faulty judgments when abroad. They display their ability to make better decisions by explaining their reactions to a variety of travel scenarios.

    Building a knowledge base

    Students review a curated series of videos, articles, and other media relevant to the history and culture of their destination. Instructors from Envoys  facilitate discussions and answer questions. Students take assessments to prove their understanding.

    Briefing Sheets

    After developing the necessary background knowledge, students select an individual research topic research topic and create a briefing sheet to share with their classmates. These sheets provide the basis for individual research areas conducted while in-country.

    Empathy and Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

    Through a series of introspective and collaborative exercises, students begin the process of examining their own assumptions around culture. Students take empathy assessments and create plans for developing their empathic abilities, both at home and abroad.

    Field Communications Application
    Envoys has developed a proprietary mobile system (which functions without a data connection) to maintain a flow of documented information from the field to headquarters. Forms submitted by each device can be sent to a variety of channels, including email and cloud-based data storage.

    They are intended to serve three purposes:
    1. To assist chaperones to perform their responsibilities more effectively and efficiently,
    2. To aid decision-making processes
    3. To provide documentation of operational standards in practice.

    These forms include open and closed-ended questions, photos. Forms can include geolocation and/or timestamps. The form application may be installed on either an iOS or Android device. The application does not require a data connection to function. Checklists can be completed and stored on the device, then submitted automatically when a data connection is present.

    On a subscription basis, Envoys provides schools with the technological infrastructure as well as a base set of “field checklists” to guide our staff in the day-to-day conduction of field operations, including transportation management, hiking protocols, and restaurant inspections.

    Please note that Envoys checklists were created as the result of a consultation process with senior management, lead field staff, and external experts in the field of risk management. They are regularly refined and adapted based on input from our field staff and operational leaders. Neither the checklist content nor the use of the checklists exhaust the necessary procedures for program safety and security, and Envoys is not responsible for incidents arising from the use or misuse of the checklists, outside of our own programs.

    • [Envoys] knows kids extremely well…they know how to be cool with them while still commanding authority and establishing ground rules…I was incredibly impressed with the protocols established and put in place by Envoys.

      Micah M., Traveling Faculty Friends Seminary Peru 2015
    • With its emphasis on empathy and general intelligence in planning, Envoys has quickly emerged as a premier global program provider. They are well worth the attention of any of our schools.

      Paul Miller Former Director of Global Initiatives,NAIS
    • Having traveled with other education travel companies, I feel like Envoys offered a much more individualized and rich educational experience for a very comparable price. I didn’t feel like a “number” or just another client. I felt like the school and Envoys worked as a team.

      Kara, Global Citizenship Program Coordinator Hingham High School Japan, 2015
    • Envoys was at the top of their game from start to finish. What initially interested me was their focus on curriculum during pre-departure meetings and the program itself. Envoys cares deeply about the experience of the participants and faculty. [They] constantly ask for constructive criticism and make changes when necessary.

      Joe Vogel, Executive Director Global Education Benchmark Group
    • Envoys carefully constructed an educational trip for students that purposefully engaged them to think, reflect, act, and enjoy. The travel logistics were always well-planned, and I had peace of mind knowing that my teen-aged daughter was in safe, responsible, and caring hands

      Alice T, Parent Deerfield South Korea, 2015
    • I could not have been more satisfied with the performance of Envoys throughout the entire process of planning and executing this trip. All Envoys staff demonstrated the utmost professionalism and dedication, as well as knowledge and competence. I am so glad that [we] chose to partner with Envoys!

      Rick S, Traveling Faculty Hingham Japan 2015
    • The team at Envoys did their very best to ensure that the the “i’s were dotted and the t’s were crossed.” The staff was also quick to respond to any and all questions that arose prior, during and after the trip. My husband and I greatly appreciated the time Envoys took to provide preparation tips as well the planned activity schedules to help make our child’s South African trip a safe and memorable adventure”

      Regina J, Parent Dalton South Africa 2014
    • We had an amazing program. It was a biology teacher’s dream and Felipe and his crew couldn’t have been more thorough and professional to work with. Thanks for all of your efforts to organize an unforgettable experience for us all.

      Gerry, Traveling Faculty LCC Colombia, 2016
    • As a parent I felt the experience was well orchestrated and managed by Envoys. As a participant my daughter loved the whole experience; it is something she will treasure for the rest of her life

      Linda T, Parent Hingham Japan 2015
    • Many student groups participate in ‘voluntourism’. this trip did not attempt that, but rather funneled the collective energy of each member into meaningful, mutually beneficial cultural interactions…Thank you so much for this unforgettable and transformational experience.

      Altana, Student Friends Seminary, South Africa 2016
    • I don’t think it is possible to pull a trip like the Amazon and the many activities that you directed without the sense of purpose you have, without your drive for experiential learning for teenagers. All our experiences with the envoys team were amazing!

      Angela, Traveling Faculty RoundSquare Colombia 2015
    • It was not only the good times with our friends or the relationships we built but how we were after we came back, returning to this agitated society with a new view of ourselves and not just our impact on the world, but the world’s impact on us.

      Gabriela, Student Deerfield Colombia, 2014
    • The individuals we worked with, without exception, were all professional, courteous, patient, and greatly attentive to detail. As stated above, Envoys is flexible and works hard to make sure that if you have custom aspects to a trip that you want to add, they will work hard to make it happen for you.

      Adam H, Faculty Belmont Hill Japan 2016
    • I can honestly say that this was the best 10 days of my entire life. I feel as though I have grown as a person, and that I have made lifelong connections. This experience changed my life, so thank you very much to the entire Envoys staff!

      Eliza C, Student Hingham Japan 2015
    • Every single person working for Envoys is excellent and committed to the kids and their experience, not just during the trip, but before and after. We would recommend Envoys to anyone looking for a high quality and enriching summer experience.

      Amy G, Parent Envoys Malawi 2014 & 2015
    • The Envoys staff has been amazing. I have bonded with each of them in different ways and they made the trip to Colombia nicer that I expected. Envoys helped me open myself up to interacting with the locals wherever we traveled!

      Illeana G, Student Deerfield Colombia 2014
    • My goals were to learn about post-conflict Colombia and step out of my comfort zone. These were fulfilled each and every day through activities, reflections, and first-hand experience.

      Julia D, Student GEBG Colombia 2016
    • I was incredibly impressed by the care taken by Envoys. Before we even hit the ground, there was an emphasis on comprehending impact on our destination’s environment that I appreciated..Throughout the trip, our Envoys leaders made sure that we continued to be conscious of impact. That awareness of cause and effect is something that often gets lost when traveling, and Envoys did not allow it to. During this trip, there was never a moment I did not feel safe and cared for nor a moment where I did not feel I was learning something!

      Keylee S, Student Dalton South Africa 2014
    • It wasn’t just a touring trip; it was designed to create meaningful educational experiences through visiting important sites but also through human interaction and collaboration. The staff were exceedingly caring and friendly and made strong connections with out students. Their office staff communication with parents of travelers was also very sensitive, timely, and helpful.

      Kara, Global Citizenship Program Coordinator Hingham High School Japan, 2015
    • The Envoys staff were very open about sharing their first-hand experiences, which was a game-changed in terms of learning about post-apartheid South Africa. Also, having everything planned to the T made me feel very safe. I knew that I was in good hands.

      Gio H, Student Friends Seminary South Africa 2016
    • The Envoys Staff were exceptionally committed to us and to the goals of our trip. They were thoughtful, kind, caring, friendly, with great sense of humor, yet serious in their connection to the ethos of professional development that was our trip’s purpose. I was struck over and over again by how they literally RAN to be in the right place to respond to any given situation.

      Constance, Traveling Faculty Friends Seminary Colombia 2016