Thanksgiving School Break

Colibri Boston provides fun, flexible and supervised stays in the heart of Boston for middle and high school boarding students when dorms are closed. International students choose our programs so they don’t have to travel back home.

We partner with American boarding schools, parents and educational agents to offer:
  A safe, enriching, and affordable stay during times when campuses are closed
  Flexible start/end dates to match each school calendar
  Complimentary arrival/departure shuttle services from schools and free airport transfer

 

Check our itinerary below!

 

Thanksgiving in Boston: November, 2017

Day 1 – Saturday, November 18th
12-6 PM Arrivals: Marianapolis, Cheshire, West Nottingham, Northfield, St Mark School, Marvelwood

6:00 PM Dinner and welcoming night at Hampton Inn Hotel

10:00 PM Evening check-in

Day 2 – Sunday, November 19th

8-10 AM Breakfast

10-1 PM Arrivals from Walnut Hill

1:00 PM Moving to the campus. 19 Stuart St – HI Boston

1:30-2 PM Orientation at the hostel and room assignment

2:00 PM Lunch

3-7 PM Choose a movie to watch at the AMC Theater: Justice League, The Star, Wonder, more to come.

We provide popcorn and tickets!

7:00 PM Dinner on campus

10:00 PM Evening check- in

Day 3 – Monday, November 20th

8-10 AM Breakfast. Arrivals from Kent School

11-2 PM Duck Tour

2:00 PM Lunch

3-6 PM Tutoring, homework or ESL supporting hours with Harvard/MIT students OR Museum of Science

6:00 PM Restaurant Dinner: Hot Pot

10:00 PM Evening check -in

Day 4 – Tuesday, November 21th

8-10 AM Breakfast. Arrivals from Thornton Academy

11-1 PM MIT Campus Tour

1:00 PM Lunch

2-6 PM Tutoring, homework or ESL supporting hours with Harvard/MIT students OR Scavenger Hunt

6:00 PM Dinner on campus

10:00 PM Evening check-in

Day 5 – Wednesday, November 22nd

8-10 AM Breakfast

1-4 PM Museum of Fine Arts OR Basketball Tournament (Winner gets tickets to Celtics Game!)

6:00 PM Restaurant Dinner: Italian

10 PM Evening check- in

Day 6 – Thursday, November 23rd (THANKSGIVING)

8-10 AM Breakfast

11-1 PM Tour of Boston on the Freedom Trail

2-4 PM Thanksgiving dinner

4-8 PM Choose a movie to watch at the AMC Theater: Justice League, The Star, Wonder, more to come.

We provide popcorn and tickets!

10:00 PM Evening check-in

Day 7 – Friday, November 24th

8-10 AM Breakfast

11-1 PM Harvard tour

1:00 PM Lunch

3-5 PM Tutoring, homework or ESL supporting hours

5:00 PM Dinner on campus

6-9 PM Celtics game for winning tournament team OR The Color Purple musical for photo contest winners

10:00 PM Evening check-in

Day 8 – Saturday, November 25th

8-10 AM Breakfast. Departures: Walnut Hill

1-3 AM Boston Public Library Tour

4:00 PM Dinner at Cheesecake Factory

6:00 PM Michael Carbonaro performance for photo contest winners

10:00 PM Evening check- in

Day 9 – Sunday, November 26th

8-10 AM Breakfast

10-2 PM Departures: Thornton, Brehm, Northfield, West Nottingham, Cheshire

1-3 PM New England Aquarium

10:00 PM Evening check- in

Day 10 – Monday, November 27th

8-10 AM Breakfast

12-1 PM Departures: Trinity, SBS, Kent, Marianapolis, Marvelwood, St Mark’s

Some of our Boston activities and sites:

Hostelling International, Boston.

Boston is a bustling, modern metropolis and the HI Boston hostel is at the center of it all. At HI Boston, you’re only steps from Boston Common and the Freedom trail, a metro ride to world renowned universities like Harvard and MIT, and a short walk from the famed Boston Public Library, Fenway Park, and Faneuil Hall. The dorm beds have everything you need to charge and recharge for long days of sightseeing and the private rooms are comfy and cozy, but you won’t be able to resist hanging out in our common areas where you’ll meet with your fellow students from around the world. HI Boston has free Wi-Fi Free, continental breakfast, and a café.

AMC Theater, Boston Common.

One of the largest cinemas in Boston, the AMC Boston Common is a two-level theater-going experience. Pause as you make your way to your theater to look out the wall of windows at the bustling city of Boston. This venue prides itself in remaining updated with the latest movies, has an extensive snack bar, and comes with highly accommodating customer service. Conveniently located right off the Common, viewers can use the opportunity of visiting this site to take a look around many of the shops and cafés that are situated right next door.

Duck Tour.

In Boston’s most popular tour, the fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. Every ride is narrated by a tour conductor, who has lots of little known facts and interesting insights about the unique and wonderful city. The tour cruises by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts: the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill, TD Garden, Boston Common, Copley Square, the Big Dig, Government Center, fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market, Prudential Tower, and more. Finally, the tour goes right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you just won’t get anywhere else.

Museum of Science.

The Museum of Science is a science museum and indoor zoo located in Science Park, a plot of land spanning the Charles River. Along with over 700 interactive exhibits, the museum features a number of live presentations throughout the building every day, along with shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England. The museum is also an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is home to over 100 animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated from various dangerous situations. There is something in this museum to interest any and every visitor for hours.

MIT.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The current 168-acre campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile along the northern bank of the Charles River basin. The Institute is known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well. MIT’s School of Engineering has been ranked first in various international and national university rankings for years, and MIT is also often ranked among the world’s top universities overall. As of 2017, 88 Nobel laureates, 52 National Medal of Science recipients, 65 Marshall Scholars, 45 Rhodes Scholars, 38 MacArthur Fellows, 34 astronauts, 21 Turing award winners, 16 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force, and 6 Fields Medalists have been affiliated with MIT.

Scavenger Hunt.

Turn Boston into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Boston, as the birthplace of the American Revolution, is a city steeped in rich history. Your amazing scavenger hunt adventure will begin at Boston Common, the oldest park in the country, and will take you on a journey among historic landmarks and along key sections of the Freedom Trail. Experience the history of old cemeteries and famous meeting halls with the sights and smells of the Italian North End. So show your independence and grab a group of revolutionary friends as you discover one of the best things to do in Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, is the fourth largest museum in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas. With more than one million visitors a year, it is the 55th most-visited art museum in the world as of 2014. The Museum of Fine Arts possesses materials from a wide variety of art movements and cultures. Some notable works include: Egyptian artifacts; French impressionist and post- impressionist works by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Cézanne; 18th- and 19th-century American art; Chinese painting, calligraphy and imperial Chinese art; the largest museum collection of Japanese works under one roof in the world outside Japan; and over 130 objects from the Austrian branch of the Rothschild family.

Freedom Trail.

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate. While most of the sites are free or suggest donations, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House charge admission.

Harvard.

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Harvard is the United States’ oldest institution of higher learning. The university has campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area, but its 209-acre main campus is centered on Harvard Yard in Cambridge, where we will be visiting. It operates several arts, cultural, and scientific museums, alongside the Harvard Library, which is the world’s largest academic and private library system, comprising 79 individual libraries with over 18 million volumes. Harvard’s alumni include eight U.S. presidents, several foreign heads of state, 62 living billionaires, 359 Rhodes Scholars, and 242 Marshall Scholars. To date, some 130 Nobel laureates, 18 Fields Medalists, and 13 Turing Award winners have been affiliated with the university.

Celtics game.

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts and founded in 1946. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. The Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden. The franchise are the most successful in NBA history, with 17 championships. Four Celtics players have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards. Both the nickname “Celtics” and their mascot “Lucky the Leprechaun” are a nod to Boston’s historically large Irish population.

The Color Purple.

The Tony-winning The Color Purple arrives fresh from Broadway for this acclaimed production’s first US tour. This iconic musical follows Celie, a young woman living in early 1900s America and is based on the book by Alice Walker which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, you’ll find yourself moved by her tale as much as you are by the show’s incredible music. The 2015 Broadway production won two Tony Awards including the coveted Best Revival of a Musical , after being nominated for four awards. The musical also picked up the Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. Set in the early 1900s, The Color Purple centers on the life of Celie, a young black girl living in rural Georgia. Her father Alphonso is abusive, and has fathered two children by his daughter, both of whom he has ‘got rid of’. Celie is then married off to the unloving ‘Mister’, a local farmer, who treats her as nothing more than a household slave. In the midst of all this hardship comes Shug Avery, a local lounge singer with none too saintly a reputation, who befriends Celie and gives her the belief to battle against the odds, and change her life for the better.

Boston Public Library.

The Boston Public Library McKim Building (built 1895) in Copley Square contains the library’s research collection, exhibition rooms and administrative offices. When it opened in 1895, the new Boston Public Library was proclaimed a “palace for the people.” The building includes lavish decorations, a children’s room (the first in the nation), and a central courtyard surrounded by an arcaded gallery in the manner of a Renaissance cloister. The library regularly displays its rare works, often in exhibits that will combine works on paper, rare books, and works of art. Several galleries in the third floor of the McKim building are maintained for exhibits.

Michael Carbonaro.

Prepare to be amazed by Michael Carbonaro! The Carbonaro Effect star is heading out on tour, giving audiences a chance to see his mixture of sleight of hand, performance art and illusions up close. One of the rising stars on the magic scene, Carbonaro is as much a prankster at heart as an illusionist, injecting plenty of wit and fun into his tricks. A frequent guest on late night talk shows, among his best known bits are his shaving foam routine. On his eponymous hidden camera TruTV show, he baffles members of the public by performing tricks in everyday situations.

New England Aquarium.

The New England Aquarium is an aquarium located in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to the main aquarium building, attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons IMAX Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, which operates from April through November. Located in the central open atrium of the main building, the principal feature of the Aquarium is the Giant Ocean Tank, a cylindrical 200,000-US-gallon tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. This tank houses bonnethead sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, moray eels, barracuda, and many smaller reef-living fish. Open at the top, the concrete tank is surrounded by a walkway that spirals down, allowing visitors access to 52 windows that offer views of the reef from every angle and level.

Why Students Love Our Camps

Students deserve a good rest during holidays and we run our camps keeping that in mind.

  Our fully equipped kitchen is a favorite among students who want to cook for their friends.

  We are in the middle of a big, yet very walkable city with an excellent subway system.

  No wake up calls in the morning!

  Many fun activities to choose from. Students decide if they want to participate or would rather stay in or do something on their own.

  Students can enjoy their native food. Within walking distance there are about 200 restaurants and cafes: Chinatown features restaurants from every region in China, famous Vietnamese Pho; German and Korean restaurants; countless Mexican taquerias; and the North End neighborhood famous for its Italian food and best American pizza. A few restaurant dinners are included in daily package!

  Live Celtics Game. If Celtics are playing, we are going to the game.

Our Location

Our campus is located in the heart of downtown Boston, America’s most walkable city.  All major attractions are within a few minutes walking distance, including famous Boston historic sites, Newbury Street shopping, museums, movie theatres, and more than 200 restaurants and cafes. Easy to navigate subway system (red, green and orange lines) is around the corner.

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Our Campus

We offer accommodation in a newly renovated, modern student hotel- HI. Students have access to: Group & guest kitchens –fully equipped, Internet lounge, library, activity room and TV room, locker storage, laundry facilities, café in lobby, group meeting space

The building has both dormitory-style and private rooms. Dorm rooms hold four to eight beds and feature storage lockers and a Bed Oasis for privacy. Each room also has its own bathroom, located just outside its door. Private rooms have two beds with bathroom en suite and TV. Included in a room are linens, towels, soap, and shampoo.

 

                                                                         

 

Camp Leaders

All our counselors are college educated and often hold a degree from Boston’s top universities.  They have documented previous experience working with teenagers and all have passed a background check. Our camp leaders are able to provide additional support with homework, ESL or SAT preparation and answer questions on college admission.  We provide 1 highly trained staff member per 10 students.

Sara

Sara is a student at Boston College, where she is earning a degree in social work. She has traveled extensively abroad, and regularly counsels international students.

Iman

Iman recently graduated from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is now a youth specialist with the Cambridge Health Alliance.

Victoria

Victoria is a junior at Harvard University and staff writer for several Harvard publications including The Crimson.

Maciek

Maciek is originally from Poland and now works at a nonprofit in Boston. Maciek is interested in business innovation and mentoring.

Meet our 2017 camp leaders!

Activities

Every day is loaded with fun activities to choose from! All activities (except for the trip to NYC) are complimentary with booking but not mandatory. Students sign up every evening for events offered the next day, or opt to manage their time independently. Activities offered:

Duck
Tour

Harvard
and MIT tours

Celtic
Game

science-museum

Museum
of Science

IMAX
Theatre

Freedom
Trail

Newbury Street
Shopping

Museum
of Fine Arts

Blue Man
Group

Chinatown
Restaurants

New England
Aquarium

others

…and many others

  Academic Support  

All our students have opportunity to participate in complimentary homework support, ESL and TOEFL prep or SAT prep lead by experienced Harvard and MIT students. Study hours are optional and students can but don’t have to participate.

Register Now!

  Registration is still open for Thanksgiving Camp in Boston 2017. To register we require:

1. Registration form DOWNLOAD
2. Waiver DOWNLOAD
3. Copy of student passport
4. Copy of student health insurance
5. Payment via bank transfer or credit card
Credit Card authorization form DOWNLOAD
For wire transfer:

Colibri Group, LLC    Bank of America
727 Massachusetts ave  Cambridge, MA 02139
Account number: 004647755413  SWIFT: BOFAUS6S   ABA: 026009593

Please email all the registration forms and documents to:
info@colibriboston.org
Questions?  Please call us at:  617.301.1237

Cost

 Starts from $155 a day!

Total cost

$150 one time registration fee plus:

$155 a day (based on 4-7 people per room)
$185 a day (based on 2 people per room, with TV)

Prices include

Complimentary arrival/departure shuttle service, Accommodation, 2 meals a day: breakfast and dinner (including restaurant outings), Snacks (fruit, cookies), Holiday parties i.e. Thanksgiving dinner, Subway pass (10 rides), Tickets to all events and movie theatres, 24-hour supervision, Homework, ESL and other academic support, Competitions and prizes

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