In 2005, Damon Corkin purchased a one-way ticket from Boston to Quito, Ecuador to live abroad, teach English, and further explore a country that had deeply inspired him years earlier on a high school educational journey. After settling into Quito, he met his soon-to-be wife, Angela Véliz. A native Guayaquileña from the coast, Angela was living in a rural community in the Andean highlands running volunteer programs for a non-profit school for farming communities.
Driven by the desire to share their passion for the people, cultures, and biodiversity of this beautiful region, Angela and Damon founded Andean Discovery Student Expeditions in 2006. They started by coordinating trips from the Quito office, which continues to serve as a regional base of operations. In 2011, they moved to Boston to open the U.S. headquarters with the goal of closely collaborating with schools and educators to develop travel programs that integrate classroom learning and experiential education.
As an educational travel company with roots in South America, we have an intimate understanding of the Andean region
and long-standing relationships with local communities. Our programs reflect the places we know and love best – the mystical citadel of Machu Picchu, the bountiful Amazon rainforest, and the unique ecology of the Galapagos Islands, which set the perfect stage for meaningful learning experiences. We specialize in this region and have developed our expertise through years of living and traveling here.
This is our home and we are honored to share it with you!