Program Highlights

A city of endless energy and limitless possibilities, New York is an iconic and vibrant global metropolis full of art, culture, fashion, and finance. Envoys Thanksgiving programs enable students to come to know New York beyond the typical tourist experience, and delve into all the ‘city that never sleeps’ has to offer. Amidst this international cosmopolitan center, students consider their future role as an ambassador of the world.


United Nations

Students gain access to the newly renovated General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber.


Chelsea Food Market

We dive into the vibrant and diverse culinary history of New York City, experiencing one of the best indoor food markets in the world!


Union Square

Students are tasked with a scavenger hunt in the street markets, getting a feel for the unique urban vibe of the area.


Amazing Race: NYC!

We push students to expand their comfort zones and sense of adventure! In small teams, students are given ‘mission lists’ to complete within the city environment.


Ground Zero

We take a sobering visit to the site of one of the 21st century’s greatest tragedies.


Times Square

We visit this landmark as part of a ‘highlight tour’, learning about the meaning of the location to the identity of New Yorkers, as well as the larger symbolism.


The below itinerary provides one projection of the daily schedule. Changes may be made to improve the program quality, based on the logistical and educational needs of enrolled students.


Early arrivals / Late departures can be arranged to meet the needs of individual students.

Day One – Welcome

Saturday, November 18th

Students have the option to arrive on Saturday, depending on their school’s schedule, to do additional activities throughout the city. Advance students then link up with the entire group on Sunday, November 19th.


Sunday, November 19th

We spend the morning exploring Central Park and other famous green spaces in the city, enjoying the fall colors and beginning our trip by experiencing New York as New Yorkers do–out in the streets exploring. We’ll also visit indoor farms and other social enterprises working to promote sustainable lifestyles in a megapolis.


Monday, November 20th

In the morning, we’ll visit iconic spaces like Soho, Little Italy, and Ground Zero. Beyond checking off the ‘must-sees’ of NYC, we discuss the historical significance and meaning of each location for New Yorkers’ identity, as well as their symbolism for the world.

In the late afternoon, we visit Union Market, exploring the market and sampling international foods and spices. Interested students have the opportunity to stop by New York University, where we meet with admissions officers and administrative leaders to learn about how they work to best serve the enormous diversity of students at their institute.


Tuesday, November 21st

In the morning, we explore the city’s “Five Points” neighborhoods, and learn about the complicated ethnic and religious struggles for migrant families in the nineteenth century. We’ll visit several sites that help us understand the struggles these communities faced after coming to America through Ellis Island.

In the afternoon, we turn our attention to the modern side of politics through a guided tour of the United Nations. We visit the newly renovated General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in the renovated Conference Building, and learn about how the United Nations addresses issues such as disarmament, peace and security, human rights, and the Millennium Development Goals


Wednesday, November 22nd

During the morning, we visit the spectacular indoor Chelsea Food Market, experiencing the sights, sounds, and flavors of this 118-year-old historic landmark building (the birthplace of the Oreo Cookie!). We taste our way through one of the world’s most diverse and most popular indoor food markets, trying different specialties and learning about the work and passions of the various artisanal vendors. In the afternoon, we enjoy some creations by some of NY’s best pizza chefs.


Thursday, November 23rd

It’s Thanksgiving! We rise early to get our places for prime viewing of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. First established in 1924, the Macy’s Parade is known for it’s musical performances, parade floats, and of course the awe-inspiring helium balloons!

In the afternoon, we’ll switch gears and visit a social enterprise in Brooklyn where we’ll learn about twenty-first-century approaches to business that benefits the public good.


Friday, November 24th

Taking advantage of our newly developed comfort with NYC, we push students to expand their comfort zones and sense of adventure! Dividing into small teams, students are given City Missions to complete within the city environment. The nature of the challenges require interacting with the people and places in a different way than they have been previously used to, asking questions, conducting observations, and learning things about the city and themselves. Each team has a different ‘mission theme’, and, at the close of the activity, the team members separate and meet with other teams to debrief on their experience and learnings.

Day Seven – Migration and Globalism

Saturday, November 25th

We spend our final day in New York touring the Statue of Liberty and other iconic landmarks that symbolize the deeply global and cosmopolitan spirit of NYC.

Day Eight – Closing our Week

Sunday, November 26th

We close off the program in the morning, and assist students with departure during the day.

Dates and Prices

Registration for this program is closed.