The first real governing structures in Colonial America were the New England towns of the 17th century, and the nation owes many of its present ideas of local self-governance to these organizations. From the hallowed town meeting to the election of citizens to individual offices and boards, town government—in one form or another—spread south and west to several mid-Atlantic states and most of the Midwest, and many of the Constitutional ideals of an engaged, knowledgeable, and self-determining citizenry stem from the foundations of these early organizations. Today, local politics in the New England states is characterized by a mixture of competing philosophies, from libertarianism to socialism. This program looks at the evolution of these different viewpoints, and how they give rise to varying social structures.
Places and ActivitiesThis program is flexible and can be offered in 5, or 7-day itineraries.
“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
“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