World Endeavors Customized Group programs are short-term programs designed to accommodate groups of students and faculty from the same university. World Endeavors has been designing and managing Customized Group programs for universities across the US since 2004.
Our Group programs take place in communities around the world where we have developed deep local connections. For more than a dozen years, we have engaged with local organizations and institutions within these communities through our international Volunteer and Internship programs. This gives faculty and students on our Group programs unique access to local people and culture as well as insight into the challenges they might face.
If you are a group leader, faculty member, advisor, or study abroad office staff member looking to coordinate or lead an international group program, World Endeavors can partner with you to facilitate a trip tailored to your specific vision. World Endeavors takes care of the logistical details, leaving you free to focus on your goals for the trip, whether they are language advancement, academic coursework, cultural exposure, or service learning. We take care of the complexity so you can focus on the experience.
BENEFITS OF A WORLD ENDEAVORS GROUP PROGRAM
• Custom program design
• Personalized support from US-based and in-country staff
• Local connections
• Unique volunteer and internship opportunities designed to match the interests of the group
• 24/7 in-country emergency support
• Comprehensive pre-departure and onsite orientation
• Cultural activities and in-country travel arrangements
• Assistance with marketing the program
Our in-country coordinators and their extensive network of local contacts can connect your group to the community in a variety of ways. We can provide home stays for a section of the trip or for the entirety of the program. A home stay provides an invaluable way to enrich your cultural experience.
We are also able to provide connections with local university students and professors, which provides a great way to learn about your field from a new perspective.
In addition to a detail-oriented approach to designing your trip, World Endeavors can provide you with unparalleled cultural immersion. World Endeavors has an in-country coordinator at each of its sites who will provide in-depth, local knowledge that will make your program truly immersive. Through host family accommodations, language training, and volunteer and internship placements with local organizations, World Endeavors participants gain unique insights into the culture of their host country.
If you would like to complete service work as part of your trip, there are many areas in which you can volunteer with World Endeavors, including health care, orphanage assistance, street children assistance, teaching, community development, and environmental conservation. You can make one service project the focus of your trip or you can make one part of your overall itinerary.
24/7 ON SITE SUPPORT
Our in-country coordinator is available 24/7. Whether you have a quick question about the best way to travel to a great local restaurant or in the rare case that you have an emergency, our in-country coordinator will be there to assist you. They will also always check in with you to see how things are going and discuss your experience with you throughout your trip. Our in-country coordinator can also act as support by accompanying you on your excursions if you wish.
When you travel with World Endeavors, health and safety are always our top priority. We ensure your safety by providing 24/7 in-country emergency support as well as 24/7 emergency support from our staff in the US Our in-country staff is on the ground year round. They are extremely familiar with the location, current events, and local knowledge. Prior to departure, group program leaders and participants are provided with a list of contacts both in-country and in the US in case of emergency. We also have an extensive emergency plan that will be enacted in the rare instance it is needed.
TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE
World Endeavors offers customized groups the option of comprehensive travelers’ health insurance coverage through the largest travel insurance provider in the US. If your university or institution already provides insurance coverage for groups, we will accept that coverage as well. Contact a World Endeavors advisor for more information.