Partner With Envoys

We collaborate with partner schools and organizations to customize programming in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

With a documented history spanning over 3,000 years, Sri Lanka’s geographic location and deep harbours have allowed the country to serve as an international trading station from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. While the 20th century saw the nation wracked by internal conflict, developments over the past decade have put Sri Lanka on a course for peaceful development. This program focuses on learning about the model and impact of one of the most significant social organizations, Educate Lanka.

This program has been designed to ensure that participating students:

  • Develop a more nuanced appreciation of human universals
  • Build and demonstrate greater appreciation for the complex beauty of Sri Lanka’s history, culture, and modern challenges
  • Develop an understanding of the dimensions of the global community and their responsibility as citizens within that community
  • Gain a greater sense of personal strengths and areas of improvement in the areas of empathy, cultural competency, and leadership

  • [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

Program Partners

The Educate Lanka Foundation

Founded in 2007, Educate Lanka Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering economically disadvantaged children and youth by enhancing their access to education, mentoring, and employment opportunities. With ELF’s long-term micro-scholarship funding and targeted guidance, these young leaders empower themselves to make their aspirations a reality. In return, this network of motivated leaders with positive attitudes and a sense of accountability, give back and contribute to Educate Lanka and their own communities through financial and voluntary means. ELF serves all communities, regardless of their ethnicity, caste, or religion.

Sample Itinerary

Day One (Travel)

International flights into Colombo

Following a thorough health and safety briefing, Envoys students and staff work together to review the content covered and learning goals set during our online courses. Students set out goals for learning about Sri Lankan culture, interacting with local citizens, exploring the country, and sharing the adventure with their families and classmates. This process empowers students to take responsibility for their own development during the trip, both for their research outputs as well as their individual growth.

Day 2 (Colombo)

With our hosts from Educate Lanka, we explore Sri Lanka’s capital, including the Old Fort, Cinnamon Gardens, and ‘Slave Island’. After a brief visit to the US Embassy for a country briefing on the US-Sri Lankan relationship, we depart for a one hour drive to meet students in ELF’s Negambo/Ja Ela Portfolios, where we tour the school, participate in scholarship distributions, and engage in a personal dialogue with selected Educate Lanka students.

Day 3 (Galle)

We take a two hour ride to beachside Galle, stopping to visit with the Foundation of Goodness NGO and learn about large scale holistic community development projects undertaken in Sri Lanka and how they have impacted the lives of the poor. During the early afternoon, we tour Galle Fort, the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers, and the amazing Martin Wickramasinghe Cultural Center, learning about the impacts of European colonialism on Galle and Sri Lanka.

Days 4-7 (Kandy)

We travel to Kandy, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Upon arrival, we utilize story-sharing exercises drawing on Narrative Four’s pedagogy to facilitate deeper connections between students and their peers from Educate Lanka. A mixture of structured and unstructured activities, including group exploration of cultural sites, gender-based discussion groups, cultural sharing games, and home visits, allows both groups of students to develop their global awareness and ability to appreciate different perspectives, traditions, and practices. Through group travel to cultural sites, collaboration on service projects as well as cultural sharing exercises, we build a foundation for relationships that transcend the trip We also spend time learning about the daily procedures of the Educate Lanka Foundation, delving into what it means to conduct a real change-making organization in a developing-world context.

Days 8-9 (Dambulla)

We travel to the town of Dambulla and visit Sigiriya, an ancient castle perched atop a massive hill of solid stone. Considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world. Sigiriya is both a symbol of Sri Lanka as well as a part of the world’s heritage, and provides a spectacular close to our time abroad.

Days 10-11 (Colombo and Travel)

We travel back to Colombo, spending one final night in the capital before boarding our international flights home.