THE BAY AREA
TECH AND INNOVATION
The global center of tech innovation, the Bay Area is a dynamic, vibrant cultural metropolis juggling rising living costs, climate change, and a population boom. Students joining this program will have opportunity to experience all the region has to offer by engaging in its explosive tech innovation community. Opportunities on this program include Design Thinking Workshops, tours of Stanford and Cal Berkeley, site visits to leading tech companies and emerging start-ups, and numerous cultural attractions and immersions.
Early arrivals / Late departures can be arranged to meet the needs of individual students.
TOUR SAN FRANCISCO
We go beyond the typical tourist’s path while experiencing some of San Francisco’s iconic landmarks, architecture, and transportation.
LEADERS IN tech and innovation
Through explorations at academic institutions like Stanford and UC Berkeley, to career-focused immersions at major tech companies like Google, Facebook, AirBnb, and others, students gain a firsthand and deeper understanding of the future of innovation and the workplace.
Marin County and Highway One
We hike along staggering oceanside cliffs with the Pacific Ocean behind us as we explore the shoreline and culture north of San Francisco along the historic Highway One.
Day One – WELCOME TO THE GOLDEN STATE
Saturday, November 18th
Students arrive and check in to our accommodations in downtown San Francisco. We hold a ‘welcome dinner’ for all arrivals, and spend some time getting to know each other, adjusting to our surroundings, and setting out our respective goals for the week.
Sunday, November 19th
During the morning, we depart for an ‘urban hike’and walking tour to explore some of San Francisco’s iconic landmarks and the history and cultural significance behind them. We begin at the Sutro Baths and hike along the Lands End trail, stopping to visit the US San Francisco Memorial, and continuing on to the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. After a picnic lunch, we head to Fisherman’s Wharf to explore the market, see the sea lions who bask in the sun on the docks, and sample local seafood and snack options.
Monday, November 20th
After breakfast on Day 3, we pack our overnight bags for Palo Alto and take the BART (Bay Area Regional Transit) down south for a tour and Design Thinking Workshop at Stanford University. Envoys is arranging for students on this program to engage in a DT workshop in the original school where this revolutionary research methodology was first developed.
Tuesday, November 21st
After breakfast, students spend the day doing site visits and touring global tech leaders like Facebook, Google, and others. Afterwards, we engage in a workshop discussing the role of Silicon Valley and tech innovation in the American economy, as well as positioning our experience in the contemporary realities of globalization. Further opportunities to explore emerging startups and social enterprises
will be available as well. In the late afternoon, we return to San Francisco for a sushi dinner in the city’s vibrant Mission district, the culinary epicenter.
Wednesday, November 22nd
We spend the day in San Jose, walking along the boardwalk and experiencing life as the locals do. In the afternoon, we take a hike overlooking the ocean as we prepare to head back to the city.
Thursday, November 23rd
Time to celebrate an American Thanksgiving in our own way! In the morning, the group elects and plans out a Thanksgiving meal together and shops at a nearby grocery store for supplies. We spend the day cooking together, sharing our respective cultures and holiday traditions, as well as enjoying some fun outdoor games and supports before our big meal.
Friday, November 24th
We rise the morning after Thanksgiving for a journey north of San Francisco into Marin County. We’ll explore small towns along the way before arriving at the Marin Cliffs for a cliff hike along the ocean. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the cozy towns along Highway One, including Bolinas and Point Reyes, before returning back across the Golden Gate Bridge for a dinner in Berkeley.
Saturday, November 25th
Our final full day together is spent exploring the culturally-diverse and exciting Berkeley and Oakland neighborhoods. First, we’ll tour the campus of Cal Berkeley and interact with students about their studies and experiences at this prestigious university. Then, in the afternoon, we’ll break into teams and embark on a fun urban scavenger hunt to build our knowledge and familiarity of this fun cultural epicenter.
Day Nine – Closing Our Week
Sunday, November 26th
We close our program together with a debriefing and travel with students to the airport for their flights home.
Dates and Prices
- Full-time Envoys Program Leaders
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks
- Trip-Tracking Portal for Families
- Multiple accommodation at local hotels/youth hostels
- All ground transportation
- All activities as described
Envoys program leaders will pick students up on arrival in San Francisco.
Derek has worked with a number of youth organizations, including the Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association Youth Program, which he directed. Derek is a 2009 summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he majored in Political Science and French Studies. He speaks French, German, and Spanish.
Derek will be working together with a team of one or two additional Envoys Staff Members, depending on enrollment.
Envoys assumes a duty of care for all participants during this program. Our operational headquarters will be standing by to assist in the event of an emergency.