Customizable Programs

Our virtual programs are designed to be flexible, making them easily adapted to any schedule, timeframe or learning goals. Within each program, out-in-the-world asynchronous assignments complement dynamic synchronous sessions facilitated by our global team of program leaders and expert guest speakers.

Select one of our readymade programs, or collaborate with our team to design your own custom program. Programs can be facilitated by Envoys educators or school faculty.

Language Programs

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Gabo’s Enduring Influence

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (also known as Gabo) is the only Colombian author who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. What was it about his writing that changed the history of literature for Latin America and the world?

Join a team of Colombians to learn how the ‘magical realism’ described by Gabo is part of their national character. We immerse ourselves in the Colombian culture that underlies his stories, and explore the magical world that Gabo created through guided tours of key locations throughout Colombia.

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Migration and Culture in Marseilles

Like many countries in the Eurozone, major change is ongoing in France in the first part of the twenty-first century. We explore Marseille’s culture, and explore where it
juxtaposes—or is enhanced—by changing demographics.

Throughout this course, students have direct contact with locals, non profits, students, immigrants, and recent migrants, we come to understand the scale of this crisis around the world, and the challenges migrants face when trying to find a new place to call home.

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Language in Context

These program sessions are designed to foster listening comprehension and conversational skills, as well as building student motivation and interest in the target language. Native speakers, from your language of preference, provide level-specific challenges for students, enabling contextual language learning.

Sessions involve both small group and one-to-one interactions, with flexibility according to the unique needs of individual learners.
The size of the group and pacing of the sessions allows learners to regularly negotiate for meaning, increasing the effectiveness of the comprehensible inputs and moving students towards heightened

Modern China and the World(Mandarin)
Modern China and the World

From the stories dictated by Marco Polo (while in jail, incidentally) in the early fourteenth century to today’s barrage of media reports on the “rise of China,” the world’s most populous country has always been an object of interest for the rest of the world.

We delve into the benefits and challenges of doing business in China, social entrepreneurship in the Chinese context, and what it is like to be a young person in a rapidly-changing China. These language focused lessons and activities also bring out similarities and differences in values, attitudes, and behaviors, thereby developing true cross-cultural understanding.

Untouchable Colombia(Spanish)
Untouchable Colombia

As Colombia rapidly emerges from its history of armed conflict, certain places in the country remain little known to the outside world. Either from extant insecurity, environmental conservation, or simple difficulty in access, virtual visits to these ‘untouchable places’ provide rare opportunities to interact with locals and broaden our world.

This program moves from the ‘Science Island’ of Gorgona to the World Heritage Sites of Chiribiquete and Caño Cristales to the famed ‘lost city’ of Ciudad Perdida, with individual Colombians sharing stories of how the nation has transformed from illicit crops and war to peace and development.

Morocco: A Land of Cultural and Religious Syncretism(Arabic)
Morocco: A Land of Cultural and Religious Syncretism

Morocco is a melting pot of histories, religions, and cultures that demonstrate the intricate connections that bind us together. The unique religious and cultural syncretism present in Morocco provides a rich backdrop for students to explore their own identities and expand their understanding of culture, language and geography.

We explore Morocco’s ethic of Pan-Africanism, embracing the conflict dialogues we come across with a commitment to listening and empathizing, and it’s his history through both individual and collective narratives.

Thematic Programs

white gold: sugar, slavery and you
White Gold: Sugar, Slavery and You

Gain a deeper understanding of the development of sugar mill slave plantations in Brazil, the Caribbean, and eventually the American South, as well as sugar’s historical and current impact on the natural environment.

traditional ecological knowledge
Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Get an introduction the evolving knowledge acquired by Indigenous peoples over millenia of direct contact with the environment. Students learn how to become more engaged with TEK and work to ensure its survival.

sampling: the roots of hip-hop
Sampling: The Roots of Hip-Hop

Study the long and storied history of sampling, remixing and innovation in Hip-Hop and R&B. Students discover how music is celebrated and repurposed to meet the moment, and work on their own productions.

The Color of Justice: Race and Incarceration in America
The Color of Justice: Race and Incarceration in America

Explore the past contributions and current evolutions of the organizations and allies that constituted up the US Civil Rights Movement. Students confront the various methods by which divergent narratives on our nation’s past can be spread, recognizing the necessity of bridging gaps towards more inclusive citizenship.

The Beat Goes On: The Afro-Caribbean Heritage of Dance
The Beat Goes On: The Afro-Caribbean Heritage of Dance

Delve into the history of styles and music genres of Afro-Caribbean music, and take a historical overview of multiple dialogues and cultural exchanges between communities of African descent around the world. Students learn about the process of mixing, appropriation and commercialization that led to the nationalization of various music styles.

Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Identity
Race, Gender and Identity

Delve into the ways in which race and gender intersect, examine the gendered construction of black and white bodies in culture and history, and the social impact of racial profiling on men and women. Students examine the idea of privilege across a range of categories, including race, gender, language, education, family and more.

From Field to Fork: Food Systems and Marginalized Communities
From Field to Fork: Food Systems and Marginalized Communities

Explore how the production and consumption of food is linked to socioeconomic status, geography, race and health. Students dive into economics and equity in food systems, and explore the cognitive dissonance of food pricing and the advent of massive corporate farms.

Level the Playing Field: Athletes and Activism
Level the Playing Field:
Athletes and Activism

Sports, at their best, serve to unite communities, regions and nations. However, the sports industry also reflects deep-seated issues with race and equity. Students track the history of athlete involvement in protest movements, and how athletes have served as leaders in catalyzing social challenge.

Redlined Realities: Race and Housing in America
Redlined Realities:
Race and Housing in America

Undertake an in-depth examination of housing segregation in the United States, looking at the history of denials of African American and other minority groups equal access to housing through the processes of misinformation, denial of realty and financing services, and racial steering.

Place-Based Programs

spain: exploring history through artifacts
Spain: Exploring History through Artifacts

Learn how multiple cultures developed and thrived alongside or in conflict with one another, leaving visible traces in the cultural and physical landscape. Students come to understand physical artifacts as keys to understanding history.

colombia: peace be the journey
Colombia: Peace be the Journey

Explore the ongoing peace process in Colombia, a nation whose turbulent past is rapidly receding. Learn the historical truth of the process, name assumptions and unlearn false stereotypes about this remarkable nation.

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The Impacts of Tourism in Rural Peru

Students participate in an interactive apprenticeship with a rural community in central Peru, learning how tourism has impacted the area, while also investigating plans that incubators and national leadership and have for sustainable tourism development. 

spain: exploring history through artifacts
Panama: Indigenous Sovereignty under International Law

Students meet experts from the Mamonì National Preserve and Indigenous leaders working to develop agricultural ventures that do not harm the protected rainforest they live within. As the inherent complexity of land management unfolds, students complete a project related to better understanding the global solutions experts are employing from other global contexts. 

colombia: peace be the journey
Liquid Gold: Islam, Oil and the Environment in Oman and the UAE

Students develop fact-based perspectives on the faith of Islam, and then consider the protection of the environment and prevention of pollution, a social principle and responsibility of the State. We explore the methods by which this constitutional principle is carried out, and whether the nation is succeeding at preserving ecosystems while also uplifting the economy through oil reserves.

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South Korea: The Cresting Wave

 From recipient of development aid to a donor, we explore the methods by which South Korea has quickly become a player in the globalized economy. Students engage with North Korean refugees to gain a better perspective on how the perpetual threat of invasion from the North has influenced development in the South.

spain: exploring history through artifacts
Sri Lanka: Real People, Real Friendships

Explore the history of colonialism, the development of tea plantations, and the nation’s deep Buddhist culture. Students gain an understanding of how the geography of the island country has shaped its economic and cultural identity, and do remote service work with the Educate Lanka Foundation.

colombia: peace be the journey
Japan: Adopt, Adapt, Adept

Come to understand the cross-section of technology and society as manifested by modern Japanese living. Students will become familiar with the concept of disaster preparedness both in theory and practice, develop a framework to understand geological disasters and the challenges of urbanization in a geologically volatile place, and in the era of climate change. 

peru: tourism’s impact in rural communities
Panama: Biodiversity, People and Land

Students connect with local indigenous leaders all collaboratively working to develop agricultural ventures that do not harm the protected rainforest they live within. As the inherent complexity of land management unfolds, students complete a project related to solutions experts are employing in other global contexts. 

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