Students better understand the inter-relations between democracy, civil life, and politics within the United States.
Through a blend of structured and unstructured activities and discussions, we reflect on how the various narratives around the nation’s formation serve to alternately reinforce or disrupt our personal understanding of what it means to ‘be an American’.
Students consider the foundational tension between individual freedoms and societal good, analyzing how structural decisions made centuries ago impact choices today.
We delve into the concept of responsibility for one’s country, visiting institutions and actors and prompting students to consider the range of duties entailed by citizenship, including service to one’s country, informed participation in the voting process, and organized demonstration against abuses of power.
Potential Program Themes
“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
“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