Our philosophy

What we strive for

We take students out of the classroom and challenge them to learn about how the world really works in different places, delivering truly unique study abroad and student travel opportunities.

Our global education programs incorporate and combine immersion, experience, and inquisition, and take place in what can loosely be described as non-traditional settings. Our goal is to change the way youth think about the developing world – we accomplish this by designing and running experiential, student travel programs that encourage youth to 1) engage, 2) learn, and 3) question. 

Why we're different

Build schools. Dig wells. Teach children. These are three of the most common types of international development experience youth pursue today. The voluntourism industry, though in its infancy, has become a major player in global education and travel. 

It is our core belief that if you want to change the world for the better, then you need to really learn about it first. Good intentions do not always have good outcomes, and while some international volunteer projects really do have good outcomes, many others simply do not. 

Our university and high school travel programs are rooted in local leadership and are built in partnership with local stakeholders. Students participating in our programs, be it one of our 12-week university summer travel programs, or one of our 2-week immersive high school travel programs, don’t build anything. They don’t teach, nor do they impart; they meet, they experience, they engage, and they learn. 

Our global education programs are different; we emphasize learning through observation,  inquiry, engagement with local changemakers, and experiential learning. We’re different because we get to know each one of our student’s names, their stories, and their ambitions. We are deeply committed to developing global education programs that suit our student’s needs while having a net benefit in the communities we work in.

Our mission

All of the curriculum we create and the programs we run are intended to help develop Global Leaders with these qualities. We believe that you can learn many things in a classroom, but it is real-world experiences that shape who you are as a person. For this reason, Insight focuses on creating non-traditional learning experiences for participants of all ages. The classroom has its purpose, we are interested in the learning that happens outside of the classroom.

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