Darby J., Senior Director of Educational Programming & Partnerships
Travel isn’t just about where students go. It’s about who they meet. Which is why
Darby and the team here at EF Explore America are focused on forging and nurturing
partnerships that strengthen the impact new experiences have on students. Each new partnership allows us to introduce interactive, unique programming that’s thought-provoking, perspective-building, and exciting for all our travelers.
All partners share our commitment to:
All partners share our commitment to:
Our partners share our passion for human connection, thoughtful technology, and modern education. (Many even help train Tour Directors!)
By inviting students into new worlds and allowing them to engage in meaningful interactions, our partners open a world of possibilities.
Through teacher training, pre-tour prompts, and reflective follow-ups, our partners impact education well beyond the length of the tour.
United Nations Foundation
Our exclusive partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA
has deeply impacted the tour experience. As part of the UN’s It’s a Better
World Campaign, which focuses on climate change, poverty, and other
sustainable development goals, students think deeply about how we treat
the planet, how we treat each other, and how we can strive to improve
both. The UN Foundation team and EF Explore America collaborate on
itineraries to promote alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development
Agenda, develop EF-exclusive learning opportunities for teachers and
students, and train Tour Directors on global humanitarian issues in order
to equip and empower them to facilitate deep and engaging conversations
with students on tour.
During our STEM Discovery: Boston tour, students have the opportunity to visit MassRobotics, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating the next generation of successful robotics and connected device companies. While there, students can interact with robots, program them to play games and perform sign language, and learn about the varied industries robotics are disrupting through real-world examples.
We partner with Mount Vernon because they share our passion for bringing history to life and helping students form personal connections to history through engaging, hands-on interactions. In addition to exploring the mansion and grounds where George Washington lived, students can also learn about his life—and those of the other people who lived at the estate—through in-depth, expert-led tours and performances by character actors. EF groups can also choose to focus their visit around Mount Vernon’s enslaved community, participating in a tour that dives deeper into their daily lives and experiences. Students also have the opportunity to watch shows performed through the lens of enslaved people such as Christopher Shields, Washington’s valet.
Learning through personal stories
Discover how Mount Vernon character actors and expert guides bring history to life
Explore Mount Vernon with your students
Check out our tours that go to Mount Vernon
Honor Flight Network
The men and women who’ve served their country transform their
history into personal connection for students traveling to Washington,
D.C. Honor Flight Network is dedicated to transporting America’s
veterans to the country’s capital to see the memorials for wars in which
they fought. While visiting sites such as the World War II Memorial on
the National Mall, students celebrate and applaud servicemen and
women flown in from across the country. Then, as veterans take time
for introductions and questions, students establish bonds with another
generation and gain a new perspective on what they’ve learned in the
Connecting students to history through
Students will get a (delicious) taste of New York City’s streets when they embark on one of our partner’s immersive food cart tours. They’ll get to sample foods ranging from Bengali kati rolls and halal chicken and rice to Belgian waffles and Mexican tacos. Plus, they’ll meet working street vendors—the majority of whom are immigrants—learn about their stories, discuss how the vending industry works, and discover how vendors play an essential role in feeding their communities.
Meet all our partners
Our diverse and extensive group of partners are here to introduce your students to new, exciting, and thought-provoking perspectives.
Discover the partner, and tour, that will resonate with your students