EdOdyssey

EdOdyssey

About

A leader in educational travel and ranked #1 in high school study abroad by GoOverseas, EdOdyssey creates custom educational immersion, exchanges, study abroad, and other programs around the world. Virtually, we also offer students a first-of-its-kind medical Spanish program, The Latinx Patient, that combines language and culture.

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.

Reviews

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Judy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program was offered to me and a few other students at my university. With the desire to work in the healthcare field and as someone who has a strong passion for the Spanish language and culture, this was the perfect program. We worked with EdOdyssey and El Sol for approximately eight weeks, Monday-Thursday evenings and the staff and professors of the programs were always so kind-hearted, understanding, and compassionate with the content they delivered. I have been studying the Spanish language for eight years but never found course or attended a school that offered a medically-focused Spanish course. As I mentioned, this was the absolute perfect course that mixed my passions of the medical field and Spanish language.

Mondays and Tuesdays, we worked with El Sol through the language portion of the course and learned the doctor-to-patient dialogue in Spanish. Wednesdays and Thursdays, we worked with EdOdyssey through the cultural modules and learned more about the cultural aspects of a Latinx patient. Both parts of the program, language and culture were always intriguing and eye-opening, and I know I can apply the content that I learned throughout these eight weeks, into my future career.

Regarding the staff and professors of the EdOdyssey and El Sol, everyone was always so helpful, communicative, and understanding. Especially through a virtual format, if we faced some technical difficulties, we would work together to figure it out to ultimately have a beneficial experience. Few technical hiccups here and there, but overall the program ran smoothly.

In short, I would do this program all over again if I could. I loved every minute and every class we had, and want to give a huge thank you to Luis and Profesora Elsa!

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Hui
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I learned about EdOdyssey's Medical Spanish and Latinx Culture program from my time as one of the company's summer interns. I helped create some of the marketing content prior the project's official release. I can tell from my behind-the-scenes work with the EdOdyssey team that everyone in the company is very passionate about making cultural immersion possible, even during the pandemic. I was blown away by the sheer creativity and dedication that the team put into this program. EdOdyssey is really making the best out of a tough time: travel may be on hold, but learning from valuable cultural experiences doesn't have to be!

From my experience learning about the program from an insider's perspective, I can say that this is no ordinary Spanish course. Students will not only improve their over Spanish skills, but also learn field-specific terms that other Spanish programs may not cover. The Latinx culture aspect of the program will provide students with a deeper understanding of the beliefs that Latinx patients hold regarding their health and help them view cases from a more culturally-informed perspective.

Furthermore, EdOdyssey is working with El Sol, a certified language school based in Lima, Peru, for the Medical Spanish and Latinx culture program. Students will learn directly from Latinx educators who have experience with language and culture in the medical setting. The skills that this program offers are sure to make any Spanish student and/or aspiring healthcare professional stand out! I definitely recommend this program!

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As an EdOdyssey alumni of the Peru Study Abroad program, and a current summer intern with the small company, I am extremely excited about the launch of the new virtual study abroad program. Having studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, I can attest to the high level of academics and passionate professors at the university. Additionally, the EdOdyssey Peru team is made up of some of the nicest people who deeply care about the students they support. Fluent in Spanish and English, the Peruvian team will be able to connect with students in English without trouble, creating a positive and smooth learning environment. Finally, I am particularly excited about the weekly cultural module of this program. Over the past few months I have witnessed the virtual programs come to life and take form. The cultural modules are great because they provide students with important context about Peruvian culture, history, and society. Presented in a relaxed and fun educational setting, the information will easily engage students who may have no prior knowledge about Peru. I truly believe that at the end of this course, students will have a very solid base understanding of key aspects of Peruvian society. Engagement with other cultures is an incredible way for students to broaden their global understanding and to put aspects of their daily life in the U.S. into a broader perspective. Hopefully this program will enable many students to do just that!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
We may not be able to travel at this time, but exciting new virtual programs such as this are great ways to continue to engage with the world without leaving your house! Take a chance on Virtual Study Abroad. There is always more to learn and EdOdyssey has created an extremely intentional program that continues to hold up their core values. EdOdyssey always says that "Travel changes people and people change the world". This phrase still holds true, but in a more abstract way. Via virtual platforms students are able to travel to a different country, engage with locals, and learn in-depth about new cultures. It's not the same as real travel, I'll give you that. But it is definitely worth a try! Maybe this course will be what leads you to change the world!
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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.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

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.

Staff Interviews

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

Stefano Parenti

Job Title
Senior Program Director, Italy
Stefano was born and grew up in Rome. After getting a degree in law (master equivalent) from “La Sapienza University” he has been working in the development and management of International Education Programs for more than 17 years. He managed the startup and implementation of two new study abroad schools in Italy, before working for almost 8 years as Director of Study Abroad Programs in the U.S. Now he is back to Italy, enjoying a new intriguing professional opportunity at EdOdyssey.
Stefano Parenti - Senior Program Director, Italy

What is your favorite travel memory?

The welcome I received in China during an exploration visit of some universities together with the possibility to know a bit and firsthand of a fascinating different culture has been a unique and inspiring experience.

I probably felt the same wonder and curiosity that I see in my children's eyes as we explore new places and meet new people.

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

EdOdyssey is providing me with the unique opportunity to continue engaging in the development and management of new Study Abroad Programs with a greater entrepreneurial approach and on the base of shared ideals and values.

Day by day I feel that I'm learning and growing with flexibility for giving the best professional contribution to this virtuous International Education Company.

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

Study Abroad sometimes really change life of students and some of them plan for an additional experience overseas. One of these students surprised me a lot. During the first semester in Florence this student got an upper intermediate level in Italian language and once back expressed a conscious appreciation for the Italian life - style. The same student attended another semester in Florence and after graduation decided to move to Italy where, in the meantime, found the love.

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

I would choose to attend our intensive semester program in Florence, because I truly believe that we were able to design a unique program that blends the appeal of a wonderful and traditional study abroad destination with curricular and extra curricular experiences really linked to the local heritage and resources. Lastly the career focus of the whole program and the flight promo would represent an additional incentive for choosing this Program.

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

EdOdyssey is unique because is a boutique Study Abroad Company with a specific expertise and focus on few selected countries that we know well and where we propose experiential learning, custom and accessible programs. I'm especially proud of sharing with our team the same passion and commitment for providing our students with meaningful and transformative Study Abroad experiences.

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

I believe that people make the difference. In particular in our field people with an authentic passion, expertise for international Education and care for students represent a good start for a company.

At the same time it's also important a leadership with a clear vision and the ability to build an effective and flexible organization for achieving in the best way the goals.

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