Small Island, Larger Nation


Duration 8 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Small Island
Larger Nation


How does a small island function as a piece of a larger highly innovative and globalized nation?


Throughout this adventure to Corsica, France, participants will immerse themselves in the unique history and culture of this charming Mediterranean island. This program covers the southwest corner of Corsica, and travels from Ajaccio to Bonifacio with stops in small historic towns. Through an exploration of local cuisine, architecture, and self-sustainable island history, participants will explore what makes Corsica unique, and how it functions as part of a larger nation-state.

“Mediterranean breeze carries the echoes of ancient civilizations. “


“Rugged mountains meet azure waters in a timeless dance.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Students are welcomed by Envoys educators upon arrival. After checking in at accommodations, they gather for a safety briefing and team-building activity. The day continues with exploration of the area and a welcome dinner, offering a taste of local cuisine.

Day 2

In Ajaccio, the day begins with breakfast, followed by cultural visits to Chapelle Impériale and Maison Bonaparte. After lunch, an "Amazing Race" fosters team-building. The day concludes with a scenic walk to Plage Trottel, a beach debrief, and a leisurely dinner.

Day 3

After visiting Acquadea Fish Farm for insights into sustainable aquaculture, we visit Olmeto for a fun grocery shopping challenge and a beach picnic lunch. We explore the Distillery Vitalba Essential Oils Producer, delving into the world of aromatic essences and wrap up the day in Bonifacio.

Day 4

We Embark on a culinary day, starting with cheese-making at Valicella Fromages. After lunch, we explore sustainable pig farming at U Porcu Ranger, followed by Corsican agricultural heritage at La Ferme d’Alzetta.

Day 5

We travel to Sartene and engage in insightful interviews with local butchers, delving into the culinary traditions of the region. After lunch, we explore Propriano, delving into the coastal community. The day finishes in Ajaccio, with a delicious dinner and well-deserved downtime.

Day 6

We visit the Garden of Bees, immersing in their enchanting world. Afterwards we visit the tourism office and learn about local attractions followed by an engaging workshop in the University of Corsica. After sunset at Torra Ghjinuvesa di a Parata, the day concludes with a closing ceremony.

Day 7

Travel back home

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Lenses of Inquiry



Students learn to assess human impact and identify strategies for sustainable development and environmental stewardship.



Through the perspective of french peers, students gain insights into the technological aspects that contribute to the country's dynamic experiences.



Explore youth activism and its impact on social and political change.


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