Envisage International, Flywire and IvyWise Partner with School the World to Increase Accessibility of Education in Guatemala

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In March 2018 Envisage, Flywire and IvyWise will send a combined total of 21 volunteers to Guatemala for one week to complete construction of a new school and accompanying playground in one of the country’s poorest communities.

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Through this venture our team is not just building a school, they’re paving the way for change within a poverty-stricken community where many families live on less than $2 a day.

Envisage International, a leader in international education marketing, Flywire, the premier provider of international payment and receivable solutions, and IvyWise, the world’s leading educational consultancy, are delighted to announce their joint effort to support School the World (STW). These three companies, all deeply committed to international education, will embark together on a journey to Guatemala to support STW in its ongoing effort to make quality education accessible to children in poor rural areas around the world.

“Together our three companies will fund and build a school in Guatemala, but School the World is an incredible organization that does so much more than just build schools.” says Keith Clausen, President of Envisage International. “By enlisting community and government support, training teachers and parents, building playgrounds and libraries and committing to each of their communities for at least 5 years, the School the World model ensures that education in those communities will be forever changed.”

In March 2018 Envisage, Flywire and IvyWise will send a combined total of 21 volunteers to Guatemala for one week to complete construction of a new school and accompanying playground in one of the country’s poorest communities. STW’s program is carefully designed to improve the overall accessibility of public education and quality of teachers within the rural Guatemalan village where the school is built, but most importantly, to engage the entire community into the initiative so that community ownership ensures long-term success.

“Through this venture our team is not just building a school, they’re paving the way for change within a poverty-stricken community where many families live on less than $2 a day,” said Kat Cohen, CEO of IvyWise. “The program engages parents, and partners with local governments to create a vested interest which has a positive impact across the board. Everyone at IvyWise is thrilled to participate.”

Each volunteer commits to fund-raising half of the cost of their participation, with the companies contributing the other half plus the necessary fixed amount to cover the hard costs of school construction.

“The impact these volunteers will have in Guatemala is really meaningful,” said Mike Massaro, CEO of Flywire. “Children need a safe place to learn and explore, the Flywire volunteers will devote a week of their time to build the foundation of a stable learning environment that will last for generations to come. We’re equally excited for the benefit to our volunteers – the life-changing experience and awakening that STW has seen in so many of its student participants.”

STW first broke ground in Guatemala in 2009 and has since built 53 schools and 30 playgrounds, trained more than 255 teachers and enrolled nearly 6,400 students in Honduras and Guatemala combined. Their popular student service trip, where high school groups travel to Guatemala to build a school, offered a blueprint for this first-ever corporate trip.

EIC, Flywire and IvyWise are delighted to be a part of such an impactful endeavor that aligns with their passion for international education, and will provide updates throughout the fundraising initiative, the actual journey to Guatemala and completion of the project. To track the progress of the journey, use #EnviFlyWiseSTW on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by visiting the combined team’s School the World corporate service program page: https://donate.schooltheworld.org/campaign/corporate-service-trip/c147095

For further information, contact Bryanna Davis at bdavis(at)envisageinternational(dot)com.

About Envisage International Corporation: Envisage International Corporation (EIC) is a leader in international education marketing, running a network of internationally recognized websites and providing unique products and services that meet the needs of students and organizations from around the world. With focus purely on international education, EIC provides expert solutions for international student recruiting, student loans and student health and travel insurance.

About Flywire: Flywire is a leading provider of international payment solutions, connecting businesses and institutions with their customers on six continents. Introduced six years ago as a way for international students to pay their tuition for studies abroad, Flywire is now used by over 1,400 organizations across 19 countries around the world. The company processes billions in payments per year from 220 countries and territories, via bank transfer, credit card and e-wallet solutions, in over 120 different local currencies. Convenient, fast and secure, Flywire’s scalable platform provides currency conversion at exchange rates that can offer significant savings when compared to home-market banks and credit card providers. The company also supports its clients with end-to-end customer support including multilingual servicing via phone, email, and chat, as well as 24/7 online payment tracking. Flywire is headquartered in Boston, MA with operations in London and Manchester, UK; Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan; Singapore; Sydney, Australia; and Valencia, Spain.

About IvyWise: IvyWise is the premier global educational consultancy with a team of expert counselors comprised of former deans and directors of admission from some of the country's top institutions. IvyWise counselors have over 150 years of combined experience in admissions and college counseling. For 19 years, IvyWise has provided families with comprehensive college counseling, tutoring, and research services in fully-integrated programs for optimal results in the admissions process. IvyWise has helped thousands of students from over 40 countries achieve their personal and academic goals, with 91% of IvyWise students gaining admission into one or more of their three top-choice schools in 2017.

About School the World: School the World is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded on the belief that empowerment begins with education. Their goal is to provide access for quality education to those living in the rural villages of Central America. Together with local governments, their partners and deeply engaged parents, they provide young children living in the poorest communities the opportunity to learn so that they can work towards a brighter future. It is through these efforts that they have been creating lasting change. Their goals is to expand to other developing countries and replicate the model of success they have witnessed in the last 8 years to bring about change through education.

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