Learning in America’s University City
From our home office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Envoys conducts a range of programs for international students during the Thanksgiving break. Students explore Boston together, including visits to the Museum of Science, Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, as well as private tours of area universities.
The Freedom Trail
A fun-filled ‘Amazing Race’ takes us on this 2.5-mile-long path through 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.
We go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.
Museum of Science
Students go ‘hands-on’ in this world-famous museum, viewing some of the hundreds of interactive exhibits and live demonstrations of scientific phenomena.
Taza Chocolate Factory
We take a tour of this fascinating (and delicious) social enterprise.
Students engage in sample college-level seminars taught by faculty from local universities.
We step back into nature and consider what it would mean to live more deliberately.
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
Students arrive and check in to our accommodations outside of Boston. 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.
Day Two – Downtown Boston
During the morning, we depart for a ‘highlight tour’ of Boston, moving from the Boston Common along the Freedom Trail towards Faneuil Hall. Along the way, we discuss the importance of each of these spots for the identity of Massachusetts natives as well as the historical legacy of the United States.
Day Three – The Charles
We take a short walk along the Charles River to the world-famous Museum of Science. With an amazing range of permanent and temporary exhibits including nanotechnology, alternative energy sources, and the wonders of the animal kingdom, we spend a full afternoon taking in all that the museum has to offer. We close the experience with a show at the IMAX Omni Theater.
Day Four – Harvard University
We explore Harvard Square, beginning with a tour of Harvard Yard and then going “behind the scenes” for a lunchtime discussion with current undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard. We close the day by splitting into teams to explore Harvard’s world-famous museums.
Day Five – Seminar!
During the morning, we engage in a workshop with faculty members from a local university, providing students with a realistic “benchmark” for what awaits them in college. In the afternoon, interested students are taken on a tour of the MIT and Boston University campuses.
Day Six – Global Thanksgiving
During the morning, shop for groceries together to put together a Thanksgiving meal that represents our collective and individual cultures. In the afternoon, we cook together and share in the tradition of the holiday.
Day Seven – Mission!
Taking advantage of our newly developed comfort with Boston, we push students to expand their comfort zones and sense of adventure! Dividing into small teams, students are given ‘mission lists’ 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 Eight – Movers and Shakers
In the morning, we travel to Walden Pond, where we delve into the legacy of Henry David Thoreau for the region and the country as a whole. We then spend the rest of the day exploring the artifacts, contributions, and stories of Boston’s intellectual, architectural, and cultural movers and shakers. For example, we’ll learn about Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of landscape design and designer of iconic parks such as Central Park, the Chicago World’s Fair, the Boston Common, and the Emerald Necklace.
Day Nine – Closing Our Week
We close off the program in the morning, and assist students with departure during the day.
Early arrivals / Late departures can be arranged to meet the needs of individual students. The cost of each additional day is $150 dollars.