The Educo International Alliance
The Educo International Alliance (EIA) is a network of organizations
that focuses on leadership development and character building for
young people around the world. Programs and projects are enriched
through direct and indirect experience with the wilderness as
teacher and classroom. With talented and dedicated people leading
our organizations and a proven track record, the Educo International
Alliance is well positioned to solidify and expand our work.
was born in Canada in 1969. The word “educo” is from the Latin root
word for education, meaning, “to lead or draw forth” It describes
our belief that education is a process of drawing forth the inherent
qualities of character from our students. In 1988 Educo Colorado was
formed. Over the next few years Educo Colorado conducted leadership
programs with young people in the US, Brazil, South Africa,
Botswana, India, Russia, Tajikistan, Australia, and France. Alumnae
of these programs approached us to help establish Educo in their
respective countries. In 1994, immediately after the election of
Nelson Mandela, Educo Africa was incorporated. In quick succession,
Educo programs were established in Brazil and Bulgaria. In 2003 the
German NGO “GFE Erlebnistage e.V.” joined. In 2012 the Chinese NGO
“JUMP! Foundation” joined.
In 1995 we recognized
the need to formalize the relationship among Educo organizations in
order to share resources, set high standards, and promote
development internationally. Directors and board members from around
the world gathered met for this purpose 4 times between 1995 and
2000. In March of 2002, we convened again to formalize an
organizational structure and take the next steps in our development.
It was agreed that the EIA will be governed by a board comprised of
the Executive Directors and an elected representative from each
Educo member organization. The governing board will hire and
supervise a director to lead the activities of EIA.
Educo Programs Worldwide
Educo is incorporated and curently conducts programs in South
Africa, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, and the US. Educo
programs address the needs of adults as well as young people. These
programs help participants learn from their experience,
incorporating time and tools for personal observation and
reflection. Activities such as backpacking, mountaineering, rock
climbing, environmental education, journal work, and other self
reflective exercises serve as vehicles for learning leadership and
team skills. Educo teaches that each of us is a leader because each
of us interacts with, and influences the people and world around us.
We do not have the option to accept or reject the responsibilities
of leadership in the interconnected world we have created together,
each of us is a leaders, and Educo helps us to recognize our
An Educo Organization:
- an emphasis
on youth and experiential education
- transferable life skills content
- strict safety standards
- access for all levels of society
- activities appropriate to age and development
- inbuilt intention for follow-through with students
- clear evaluation procedures
- individual care and attention for students
Is a not for profit
Is responsible for
its own financial viability.
effectiveness in financial, technical and managerial terms.
nonhierarchical/inclusive decision making processes.
generations, from young to old, in direction and planning.
discriminate in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, age or
Values, empowers and
protects employee's well being.
seeks diversity at all levels and participates in staff exchanges
with other Educo schools.
Offers ongoing staff
development and training for its employees.
organizational evaluation and peer review systems.
Has clear criteria
for staff to serve as positive role models.
relevant and socially responsible.
teaches an environmental ethic which values and protects the
1997 - 2012
International School Educo® Bulgaria
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