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. Starting Fall 2020, we also offer offer immersion and intentional online programs and courses. EdOdyssey works with secondary schools, colleges, and universities and offered programing for students at all levels.

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.



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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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