As a leading institution in global education, we are proud to offer unique and engaging student collaborative programs to member school students. These programs epitomize the quality of programs members desire to offer their students—from extensive pre-departure preparation, to student collaboration, an itinerary that will enable students to begin to understand the complexity of development.

In light of Colombia’s historic peace agreement with the FARC and subsequent Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Juan Manuel Santos, the need for education around conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation; economic growth and sustainable community (re)development has become widely apparent. As we also face an era of language and cultural extinction, learning and discovery in a county noted as one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse in the world is of critical importance. For these reasons, we are thrilled to announce the 2018 GEBG Collaborative Student Travel Programs to Colombia, June 9-18 and June 20-29.

Offered through our partnership with Envoys, this program affords schools the opportunity to engage in a model program for students and faculty in a destination of critical importance without having to manage the logistics and liability of a collaborative program. There is no minimum student enrollment, and faculty are not required to travel with students from their own schools. GEBG Collaborative Program Fellow Erica Coffey of Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, will work with designated faculty at participating schools to facilitate pre- and post-departure learning. Limited spaces are available for faculty at GEBG member schools to take advantage of this professional development opportunity. Along with discounts for traveling faculty, limited scholarship funding may be available to cover the land costs for traveling faculty members on each fully-enrolled GEBG program.

DATES: June 9 – 18 and June 20 – 29
COST: The per-student cost for this program is $3,640.00. This cost includes international flights from one of the following departure cities: Miami, Houston and New York (JFK).
TIMELINE: The application deadline is December 8th, 2017. Accepted students will be notified by December 15th, 2017.





Erica Coffey, Collegiate School, Richmond, VA
Erica Coffey leads all aspects of Collegiate’s JK-12 global programming including 10-12 international programs for students, a network of 12 partner schools around the world, and global engagement in the curriculum. Erica also leads student and faculty programming in diversity and inclusion. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in Spanish and her Master of Public Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University. She has 17 years of teaching experience and is in her eleventh year at Collegiate School where she has taught Spanish, the senior capstone and coached track. Her previous leadership roles have included serving as the Director of Community Outreach in the admissions office and the Upper School Dean of Student Life. She has traveled extensively throughout Central America (Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua) and most recently to South Africa. She is passionate about bringing people together and learning about the world through different lenses and perspectives.