Place-based Literature and History
In what ways does the physical geography of a country determine the lifestyle and culture of the population that lives there century after century? How do we see the language, customs, and traditions of a country as a function of their physical geography?
The Scandinavian Peninsula is like no other place in the world. We investigate Sweden’s path from an agressive state into one that plays a more balancing role between the diversity of political and ideological systems in the region.
We look into the changing demographics of this still highly homogenous society, focusing our experiences on direct engagement with local people through interviews, a cross-cultural interaction with local youth, and interactions with people going about their daily lives. We help students to uncover the distinction between observations and inferences, and bring forward our own awareness of how our conditioning pushes us to judge before we understand.
“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 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
“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