Educatius blev grundlagt i efteråret 2005 og tilbød udvekslingsophold til USA. Antallet af pladser var begrænset og der var kun samarbejder med få skoler i USA. Grundlæggerens tanke var, at high school-udvekslingsverdenen skulle fornyes siden den første elev rejste på udveksling til USA i 1951.
Planen var enkel; programmet skulle tilpasses eleven og ikke omvendt. Hver elev er unik og skal ikke blot være et nummer i rækken. Mange udbydere af udvekslingsophold er blevet store organisationer, som måler sig på kvantitet. Educatius ville have et andet fokus, nemlig et program med et begrænset antal pladser, som hjælper hver enkelt elev med at få opfyldt sin drøm om et udvekslingsophold.
På denne måde opstod Select programmet. På Select programmet vælger eleven selv sin skole og er på denne måde sikret, at få bestemte fag, at kunne dyrke sport eller lave andre fritidsaktiviteter, som eleven gerne vil på sit ophold. Kort sagt - et program, hvor elevens ønsker og behov er i fokus.
Siden da er Educatius vokset. Vi har flere elever nu, end da vi startede, flere programmer og flere destinationer. Vi har stadig et bestemt antal pladser på vores programmer for at sikre, at hver elev ikke blot bliver et nummer i rækken. En filosofi vi på det danske Explorius-kontor er stolte af at repræsentere!
Om du er fra Finland og skal på udveksling i Canada, fra Italien og skal på udveksling i Australien, eller om du er fra Danmark og ikke kan vente med at komme til USA på udveksling, vil du undervejs skulle igennem samme proces i Educatius. Educatius/Explorius konceptet sætter DIG i fokus og vi og vores kolleger verden over arbejder alle for, at du får det bedste program for netop dig.
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Country and Role
USA. Executive Director of Council for Educational Travel, USA (CETUSA) CETUSA is a not-for-profit international student exchange organization coordinating exchange experiences for high school students, university students, and young professionals. CETUSA is a US Department of State Exchange Visitor (J-1 visa) sponsor organization.How did you end up working with students?
I was lucky enough to live abroad, and that experience changed my life. Both of my daughters have also studied abroad, so our family believes in the mission of bridging the world through cultural interaction.What is the most memorable experience for you working with students?
I love to see how much the students grow while in the U.S. they really become International Citizen and have compassion for others. I also love the bond that lasts forever between the students and host families. Many of the students return year after year to see their families, and the host families go visit them overseas to see their world. They really become one big happy family!
Country and Role
USA. Director of School Relations – Work directly with schools to provide great programs for our students and maintain great relationships.How did you end up working with students?
I started out hosting to bring the international experience to my children. Quite my teaching job to work full time with the international students and programs.What is the most memorable experience for you working with students?
We were hosting a girl from Germany and had struggled with the language a bit. One morning she got up for school and came out of her room with a big smile on her face. I asked her why she was so happy. She told me she had her first dream in English and was so happy to finally be thinking in English. I thought this was so adorable.
Country and Role
USA. Boarding Program Manager – I support students and agents from inquiry to graduation, and help our boarding schools maintain and create great programs for our students.How did you end up working with students?
I taught English in South Korea for 2 years right after college, and have continued from there.What is the most memorable experience for you working with students?
As a teacher and advisor for International Students, I will always remember when students meet their goal; Seeing a student get accepted into the college of their dreams after an English immersion program I worked with them through is something I will never forget.
Country and Role
Australia and New Zealand. National Director – Me and my team are the lucky ones that get to welcome all the international students to Australia and New Zealand plus sending out our wonderful Aussie and Kiwi students around the world.How did you end up working with students?
I started working with international students over 30 years ago in my home town of Torquay, England teaching English. My parents were a host family as well to many foreign students.What is the most memorable experience for you working with students?
Meeting the many international students who choose to embark on exchange programmes and then seeing them develop and mature over the duration of their program. It always amazes me how much they have developed as global citizens whilst on exchange.
Raquel SarmientoCountry and Role
Spain. Inbound Manager.How did you end up working with students?
During the course of an internship program in Ireland, I was given the opportunity to work at an English language school because I spoke several languages. I accepted and ever since then I’ve been dealing with exchange students abroad, first in Ireland and nowadays in Spain.What is the most memorable experience for you working with students?
I used to be the Local Coordinator for exchange students placed in Madrid. One of my first students was Peter from the US. He had numerous adaptation problems and his host family used to complain a lot about Peter’s attitude and how ungrateful he was. It took me many counselling sessions until Peter finally understood program goals and expectations. Peter and his host family became very happy. The formerly ungrateful student bought me a present, a Christmas tree glass ball. More than 20 years later, Peter’s glass ball still decorates my Christmas tree every year.
Jemma ColebornCountry and Role
UK Welfare & School Development Manager – Supporting the Local Coordinators in the UK in providing the best assistance to students and managing the development of school relationshipsHow did you end up working with students?
I trained as a teacher as soon as I left university. I loved many aspects of teaching, particularly getting to know my students and developing creative methods to encourage learning. I had always been very keen to be more involved in encouraging student welfare and providing learning opportunities outside of the classroom – that’s exactly what I found when I moved to the Educatius UK team in 2018.What is the most memorable experience for you working with students?
I don’t think I could pick one moment! When I first joined Educatius UK I was working as a Local Coordinator in the Brighton area. We went on a trip to the West End in London to see a show and the students were absolutely blown away – it was great to see them enjoying such an integral part of British culture so much. Now that I’m based in the UK head office, it’s always great to meet the students at the beginning of the programme at the Soft Landing Camp and then see how far they’ve come and how much they’ve grown when they leave all those months later!