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NOTE FROM FOUNDER

Dear Fellow Travelers:

Settle in… immerse yourself in another culture, a beautiful place with welcoming people. Make new friends of many nationalities. Develop new skills, maintain or improve one, or two, or three!

On our website you can book and plan a variety of trips to satisfy your multi-faceted interests. Make it a short vacation or make it long-term study abroad. Dive in, focus and feel the exhilaration of getting better at something or learning something new, in a way you've never learned before.

I'm reflecting on my own unforgettable experiences learning languages and improving my motorcycling skills with small, specialized organizations; I reflect on the progress and sense of satisfaction and gratitude of fellow participants, on phone conversations when clients return from trips, on the feeling expressed in the many thank you letters we've received.

From my impressionable experiences, eduVacations® (ej.ew'va-'ka-shens) evolved in the mid-nineties to offer an out-of-the-ordinary, activity-based alternative to a guided organized tour. I wanted others to have the type of remarkable experience I had being immersed in France, learning French, and improving my skiing too, in a tiny language institute hidden in an alpine village. And I've succeeded, with the help of competent enthusiastic staff, and dedicated and talented partners, including language schools with excellent directors and support staff, language teachers, artists, chefs, a motorcycle safety professional, and bicycle and walking tour specialists.

On my first language study trip outside of a homogenous US-based study abroad program I discovered something more dynamic, enriching and fun. I met the nicest group of fellow participants of many ages from many countries, England, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, Switzerland, Canada. We spent hours together in French class, skiing, and chatting over long, delicious meals. The inevitable cultural exchange was refreshing and exciting.

From this trip and others that followed (I became hooked), the eduVacations philosophy emerged… a philosophy of cultural sensitivity and openness to international living experiences, and flexibility as a traveler. An eduVacation is not a stay in predictable, standardized, and Americanized settings. We work hard to find places where you will have the opportunity to enjoy local foods, meet people of different nationalities, and deepen your multi-cultural awareness.

Over the years we've planned hundreds of great eduVacations for new and repeat clients (see What People are Saying). Now we've integrated our knowledge, and planning expertise into a new web site where we feature eduVacations at better than ever prices, and guide you through the complexities of booking and planning your own trip.

Take the time to roam our site and dream of the possibilities. Better yet, book a trip with us and enjoy the benefits of becoming an "Insider". Not ready just yet, then join our community and we'll keep you abreast of the new additions and special offers and resources to help you plan the best trip ever!

Have a Great Trip! Bon Voyage! Buen Viaje! Buon Viaggio!

Mary Ann Puglisi, Director

 
 
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