Colibri Boston organizes custom programs for faculty-led study abroad trips, alumni groups,
and other educational travel. All our activities and workshops are specifically
designed to fit the educational needs of our teachers and students. At Colibri,
we are involved with every element of the trip, from its early planning and
design to its on-site implementation. With direct service and no outsourcing,
we are proud to provide high quality, personalized travel programs at a low cost.
We believe in engaging with local communities. Whether it’s on-campus seminars or afternoon sightseeing, the local students are seated right beside us.
Our partnerships with schools, universities, community centers, artists, and local travel bloggers allows us to keep our costs down.
Complimentary faculty travel
Our teachers and professors travel for free.
Every student group has the opportunity to create a project that supports communities in destination countries.
I highly recommend Colibri Boston. We have used Colibri for short term study tours over the past 5 years and have them booked in the future as well. Colibri has organized several faculty-led study abroad trips for us in Central and South America. For instance, last March, Colibri arranged a faculty led trip to Colombia and Peru for a group of students. The trip was fabulous. In Peru, we explored Lima and made a trip to Machu Picchu. Both faculty and student feedback re: the trips were uniformly excellent. I recommended Colibri to colleagues who have been extremely satisfied.
Sylvia Rozwadowska-Shah is wonderful to work with. She connects with faculty to ensure the trip meets their goals. She also helps with cultural and historical site visits. Her trips are reasonably priced. Our trips are all-inclusive and Colibri does everything.
University of Kansas contracted Colibri Boston for the faculty-led Cuba trip in 2019. The staff at Colibri were incredibly collaborative throughout the process. They made sure to listen to the wants and needs of the faculty director. They also worked hard to address these needs. For example, they prepared alternatives beforehand if the originally planned sites and speakers were unavailable. Sylvia is well-connected to the local community and organizations as well as knowledgable on our subject matter. She also understood the importance of authentic engagement with the people, places, and themes the students were studying. The program is comprehensive and very competitively priced.
The faculty member leading this trip travelled to Cuba with three groups as well as led programs to Europe. After the program, he sent the following message to Sylvia: “I want to thank you for making this the best study abroad experience I have had. I don’t think the students will be able to understand how special you made it, but after doing this many times, I did. We experienced and saw so much. I look forward to working with you again soon."
As I am sitting here in my office looking out at the rain and cold weather, I cannot help but think back to last week and the wonderful opportunity for all of us individually and collectively to learn more about the Cuban people, their country, their government and observe their way of life. It was enriching and enlightening for me and certainly raised a number of thoughts about how we might seek to develop more relationships with the Cuban people and potentially their government. Of course, both the US and Cuba are in a state of transition and so our relationship building may take some time. However, we are now a bit smarter as to the interests of the Cuban people and their country thanks to your guidance and support along our tour through this most interesting country. We have also talked about how skilled and resourceful you were in guiding our group through this learning process. Your support and guidance made this trip a very special one for me and for all of the members of the group.
This year marks the sixth year in a row that we have worked with Colibri Boston to support our professional delegations. We have found their services to be professional, timely, cost-effective, and responsive to our needs. While this organization typically supports faculty-led study abroad university learning programs, we became the exception after becoming acquainted through a joint travel learning opportunity at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I highly recommend Colibri Boston, and please feel free to contact me if you’d like more information.
I've led several student trips over the years, organized by a few different vendors, and I can easily say that our group's trip to Cuba was the smoothest, most rewarding and magical experience I've had! Sylvia shared with us her authentic and compassionate perspective of Cuba, and every one of us came home having learned something important. We had a good balance of fun activities (a cave disco and a gorgeous beach) along with things like visiting a struggling community that found a way to work together to improve life in the neighborhood (Muraleando). Above all, Sylvia was really on top of anticipating the needs of our group. As the faculty leader, I often found that just as I began to realize that we were going to need something, Sylvia was already taking care of it! As we passed through customs on our way home, the other faculty chaperones and I joked about how life-changing it would be to have a "Sylvia" around all the time to help us! I recommend Colibri Boston to anyone considering a trip to Cuba.