Educational Travel

Faculty led trips

Teacher led trips

Alumni trips

Professional delegation

Faculty Led Study Abroad Trips

Dream and plan now,  pay later!

With our Dream and plan now – Pay later trips, your families take zero financial risk and you can start planning trips for 2021 without any financial commitment from your parents until group travel is safe and possible.

How does our Plan Now – Pay Later offer work?

We invite teachers to plan their classroom trips for 2021 with us now but we will not collect any payments until it is safe to travel.

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Together we choose your destination, create an itinerary and set your tour dates!  You can start sending the offer to your students.

Colibri Boston offers Zoom Q&A sessions for parents and students. 

Three months before the trip  

Colibri Boston will monitor and provide monthly updates on the situation with COVID 19. 3 months before your scheduled departure if travel resumes, we will ask for a $75 deposit. We will keep it safely for the students. 

45 days before the travel       

Only if it is still safe to travel, we will collect the final payment. Your final payment will be fully refundable if the entire group travel is cancelled as a result of a global travel ban related to pandemics or any other safety related restrictions.  

We are here 24/7 to answer any question that you may have.

Why you want to consider us

·  During the Covid19 crisis we issued cash refunds to all our students’ groups and adults’ travelers within 7 business days from the date that we received confirmation of travelers’ address or bank details. Attached is a thank you letter from UMass Boston on our COVID 19 trip cancellation response.

·  We do not require our own travel insurance – instead recommend sites where parents and schools can find a best coverage.

·  Our trips do not have hidden extra costs or “a la carte “activities so all students can equally benefit from the trip

·  Travel for teacher chaperones is complimentary, one chaperone per nine students.

·  All our trips involve activities with local high school or college students in the country we visit

·  Our hotels are located in city centers

If you need references from our past travelers and teachers please let us know.

Below is a note on our COVID 19 response.

From: Sheila L. Fesko

Associate Dean and Director, School for Global Inclusion UMass Boston:

I will never go through another company other than Colibri Boston for future study tours. From the moment we first found out the University was canceling international travel due to COVID-19 pandemic, Colibri Boston committed to working with us above and beyond in order to ensure that students received refunds for their travel expense. They did this even knowing that this commitment would have a significant impact on the company, but they prioritized doing the right thing, as opposed to how some other companies may choose to respond, to put their own interests first.

Not only that, but the trip was canceled a week before we were supposed to leave, making it even more incredulous that Colibri Boston was able to negotiate our refunds with all her vendors under the circumstances. Sylvia (CEO) came back to us not just with refunds on most of our expenses, but also future travel options to provide to any student or person interested, when possible again. Not only did she pull off the impossible, but she even managed to give us something to potentially look forward to in the future. I’d also like to mention that even before the pandemic, Sylvia has been incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, and accessible, truly making the process a pleasure, and putting us at ease about traveling with a large group. This is her reputation and it is absolutely deserved.

Colibri Boston response was also instrumental in helping us support students who were understandably upset and disappointed about our cancelled plans. Needless to say, they were also amazed and appreciative of Colibri’s travel efforts on their behalf. All our now students hope to be able to re-book their trip once travel is allowed again, since they know they can trust Colibri to have their best interest in mind. Colibri Boston saved us all a good deal of stress and anxiety. Colibri is a wonderful partner and I look forward to engaging in multiple study tours with her in the future.

Thanks Sheila

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.

Local Interaction

We believe in engaging with local communities. Whether it’s on-campus seminars or afternoon sightseeing, the local students are seated right beside us.

Low Cost

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.

Sustainable approach

Every aspect of our trip is designed to maximize students’ learning as well as their contribution to the local community. See our recent projects!

Risk management

We follow the guidelines from the Department of State, encourage our students to enroll in STEP program and implement emergency plans.

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Testimonials

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.

Felicia L. Wilczenski
Professor and Associate DeanCollege of Education and University of Massachusetts Boston

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."

Study abroad office
University of Kansas

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. 

William E. Kiernan
Dean of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, UMass Boston

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.

Maggie Nygren
CEO, AAIDD

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.

Lisa Todd
Colorado Academy

1. Send request

2. Receive confirmation and registration forms

3. Send completed form

4. You are ready to go!

Send request

Receive confirmation and registration forms

Send completed form

You are ready to go!

Complete the form

Attention!

1. Deposit and final payment are final and non-refundable. We recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance in order to protect your trip.

2. We reserve the right to cancel the trips due to reasons that do not depend on us like natural disasters etc. In such case we will refund all payments.

1. Send request to book your spot

2. You will receive registration forms, waivers and invoice

Send all forms and pay the deposit

4. You are ready to go!

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to book your spot

You will receive registration forms, waivers and invoice

Send all forms and pay the deposit

You are ready to go!

Complete the form

Attention!

1. In order to register students must send registration form, waivers, copy of US health insurance and passport.
Waiver and rules must be signed by student and parent or school official.

2. All payments are final and non-refundable.

HELLO!

1. Send request

2. Receive confirmation and registration forms

3. Send completed form

4. You are ready to go!

Send request

Receive confirmation and registration forms

Send completed form and $500 deposit

You are ready to go!

Complete the form

Attention!

1. Deposit and final payment are final and non-refundable. We recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance in order to protect your trip.

2. Cuban insurance is automatically included in every flight ticket to Cuba.

3. We reserve the right to cancel the trips due to reasons that do not depend on us like natural disasters etc. In such case we will refund all payments.