EdOdyssey

EdOdyssey

About

EdOdyssey creates custom educational immersion, exchanges and other programs around the world. We offer a summer, semester, full year study abroad program in Lima, Peru for undergraduate students. We also custom designs the best student immersions in Peru, China, Spain, Italy, the USA and beyond for grade 6-12 students as well as custom faculty-led trips for professors and university students.

What makes EdOdyssey unique?
- All of our immersion directors have spent time leading a classroom.
- We are experts in our countries, so we can design the most authentic, local experiences to fit any student's goals.
- We also offer financial aid and scholarships, so every student has the chance to learn from the world.

Founded
2014
Headquarters

PO Box 560605
Boston, MA 02196
United States

Reviews

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Yarlenis
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad for 6 months is not an easy decision to make. Going to Peru, I was open minded but had doubts of what would happen throughout the hard times. Fortunately, I had the pleasure of getting to know Peru with the Ed Odessy program, which countless times supported me and fully attended to all my needs and doubts. Soon Peru became like a home to me, thanks to the program coordinator and the other staff who constantly went above and beyond what was expected of them to ensure that we all were well accommodated. The additional trips that were offered throughout the semester and the volunteer opportunities were definitely a huge part of my experience and I am grateful to have been a part of such a beautiful thing. This program enhanced my experience in Peru, and I will be forever grateful for such opportunity.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was during my trip to Iquitos. I am not a fan of nature, while this trip was very beautiful and eye opening, their were many moments where I laughed because of my ridiculous fear of some animals.
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Nury
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad for spring semester 2019 was not an easy decision for me. I was very nervous and did not know what to expect. Fortunately enough, the EdOdyssey program helped me transition smoothly and have a great experience in a foreign country. From the moment of arrival in Lima with a warm welcome from the program coordinator, I knew that I had made the right decision. The staff members are very supportive throughout the journey and ensure that all of the participant’s needs are met. Additionally, the program trips and activities helped me become immersed in a community that soon felt like home. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is considering stepping out of their comfort zone to embark on a new adventure and might be in need of some excellent guidance!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open minded. Rather than comparing your place of stay to your native country, be present and take in the full experience.
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Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad has changed my life forever. Peru gave me so many life lessons, and after 6 months of living here I feel prepared to take on what the future holds. The program in Peru is very well organized and offers a smooth and helpful transition. The staff members help with culture shock, homesickness, and really anything you need. Peru offers both the experience of a big city and meeting new people but also the intimacy of immersing yourself into a Peruvian family with your host. My experience was also enhanced through the many trips it offered; the Amazon(iquitos), Ica(the desert) and Machu Picchu. Peru has taught me so much about myself, enhanced my love for travel and offered me a new meaning of what home is. Definitely recommend!!!

What was your funniest moment?
I had many funny moments but the most giggles I had was on the iquitos trip!!!
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Jodalis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I participated in the EdOd program for an entire academic year and it was absolutely amazing. From the moment you get to Lima there is someone there ready to guide you and the month long orientation, is one their best features. It really helps you settle in a feel less like stoutest and more like a member of the community. The host families are awesome as well, the team is really thorough in placing people in homes where they will feel comfortable and thrive. I loved my host family and think it made my experience all the better. Over this is such an awesome program and the team is excellent, there was never a moment I felt unsafe or that I wasn’t able to reach someone in cases of emergencies. if you’re looking for an experience that will challenge you and grow as a person I definitely recommend this program.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was really nervous about the host family situation because I have a few dietary needs but somehow the program was able to find a great host family who was super accommodating and understanding.
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Grace
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This trip was one that I will never forget, and one that I would never change. This trip changed the way I view the world. It also allowed me to connect further with who I truly am as a person. Throughout this trip I gained a deeper understanding of how other people around the world live everyday. The amazing people in Peru who accepted us from the moment we arrived to our departure showed me what it meant to embrace your culture and where you come from. These people take so mush pride in who they are and where they come from and that taught me to embrace who I am. Through this experience we met and interacted with so many people that have encouraged me to be more confident in my own skin. This experience has changed me for the better. Many people can hear about places where poverty impacts the communities everyday, but actually being there in person demonstrates a much larger picture of how each community overcomes the obstacles thrown in their way. All of these people live their life as if no other place on Earth is better, they take pride in who they are and so should we. The people of Peru take nothing for granted and neither should we. I would like to thank all the people involved in putting together this wonderful trip, I will never forget all the memories we shared and will always carry around the lessons learned about life with me forever!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Throughout this trip I was able to try a variety of new foods and the most unfamiliar food I tried was guinea pig. Even though I did not want to try it at first and thought it was a joke when I was first told about it, I figured I did not want to miss the opportunity this trip presented to try this delicacy.

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Alumni Interviews

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Gregory Semplice

Greg is a Spanish teacher at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut. He loves to travel and has been on student trips to Puerto Rico, Spain, and most recently, Peru.

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Why did you choose this program?

Five days before the Peru trip departed, our Director of Activities called to say that two of the original chaperones had to bow out and asked if I would be willing to go because, 1) I speak Spanish, 2) I've traveled internationally with students before, and 3) I take a lot of pictures. Of course I said yes!

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I was not involved with the original planning but from what I could see, EdOdyssey did a very thorough job in providing all the necessary information and materials to our travelers. Mr. Peter McGovern made several visits to our school and met with the students and their parents to ensure that they would be well prepared to travel.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Listen to all the advice from group leaders, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Pack conservatively, and leave games and such at home. Don't forget a camera, be prepared to work, and don't be afraid to give your heart and soul to the people you will meet because they will surely give you theirs.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Our Peru trip was a combination of tourism and mission work. We visited many of the cultural and historic sites in Lima. We also visited the very poor village of Jicamarca and spent the day with the students of Colegio Corazón de Jesus. We traveled to another poor area, Los Pinos, and helped them build stairs. Overall, I found the mission work to be the most satisfying.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I wouldn't call it a fear, but my biggest concern was wondering how I would adapt and prepare for this trip considering that I only found out that I was going about five days before we departed. Once we arrived and met our tour leaders and began to get involved with the people we met, my worries disappeared.

What was the most unforgettable story from your trip?

The most moving story from our trip happened on the day that we were helping the villagers of Los Pinos build cement stairs. A teenage Peruvian girl named Meche was working with us. One of our girls, Sam, was wearing a new windbreaker and Meche, as any teen girl would, commented that it was a nice jacket. Without hesitating, Sam took off the jacket and gave it to Meche as a gift. We were all close to tears because of Sam's generosity.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Rachel Zitin

Job Title
Italy Coordinator
Rachel is originally from North Carolina and has lived in Rome for nearly 10 years. She is a tour guide, trip planner and general lover of all things Italian. She enjoys working behind the scenes to create magical Italian programs, as well as leading groups around Il Bel Paese.
Rachel Zitin

What is your favorite travel memory?

The first time I came to Rome I was supposed to visit for 5 days and ended up staying for nearly 3 months!! I lived in a friend's house with whom I had met studying abroad in Buenos Aires who was generous enough to allow me to stay there the whole trip. Ten years later, I still adore Rome and I am grateful for my study abroad experience for allowing me to say YES to adventures and giving me the awareness to be flexible with travel!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have worked in various capacities with schools and study abroad groups but it wasn't until working with EdOdyssey that I was truly able to experience a full trip with students from start to finish. It is so much more rewarding to get to plan trips and then be with the students through the entire experience. Working with students is one of the most joyful and fulfilling experiences of my career and I can thank EdOdyssey for the opportunity.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Travel truly does change people! It is so rewarding to watch students observe foreign cultures, meet people from different backgrounds and recognize that despite our differences we are all the same. It is always so fun to watch the students meet Italian students and learn quickly how much they have in common with them (despite often not being able to speak the same language!).

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I must admit that I have to pick Peru and Macchu Pichu. This is mainly because it's on my bucket list of travel experiences! I would LOVE to visit for the first time with students who always visit and see new places with the appropriate amount of wonder and awe. In addition to that, our customized Spain programs offer the opportunity to experience off the beaten path adventures which I would love to do too!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is incredibly customer-focused and we all work really well together at ensuring that our students and teachers remain the number one priority! In planning trips in Italy, it is often easy to forget how different the culture is and how many things are subject to change. Our team has done an excellent job improvising and rolling with the punches in Italy, all while delivering a world-class experience to our teachers and students!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I truly think that human focused staff and an interest in understanding each group's individual needs and collective needs is the number one way to create a program that will provide memories to last a lifetime! Being willing to go the extra mile to ensure a unique experience is what truly makes EdOdyssey stand out amongst other programs. Because who doesn't want to sample street food, visit museums that are normally closed to the public and be taken care of by a tour leader who is truly passionate about their job and the country they're leading in?

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