With over 2,000 years of history, this small island contains a multitude of opportunities for learning.
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.
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.
“[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
“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
“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