Profile: Ambassadors Group Inc (EPAX.O)
29 Aug 2014
Ambassadors Group, Inc. is an educational company. The Company is engaged in organizing and promoting differentiated worldwide travel programs for students and professionals. It operates in two segments: Ambassador Programs and Other, and BookRags. Ambassador Programs and Other provide educational travel services through multiple itineraries within four travel program types and corporate overhead. BookRags provides online research capabilities through book summaries, critical essays, online study guides, lesson plans, biographies, and references to encyclopedia articles. The Company's educational travel programs offer both domestic and international travel destinations, including, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, South Africa, India, Rwanda, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica. This direct to consumer travel business consists of four specialized private-label educational travel programs that seek to educate, inspire intellectual exchange, and develop the cultural and global intelligence of its participants.
Student Ambassador Programs
The Company's Student Ambassador Programs provides educational opportunities for students in grade school, middle school and high school to visit one or more foreign destinations to learn about its history, government, economy and culture. The Company markets its Student Ambassador Programs predominantly through a combination of direct mail and local informational meetings held between August and February. Its representatives review candidate applications and conduct local selection interviews to identify applicants for acceptance into the Company's programs. Its Student Ambassador Program delegations travel for approximately 14 to 23 days during the summer months. Each delegation typically consists of 30 to 40 students and several teachers usually from the same geographical area, and is accompanied by local guides to assist for the duration of each program.
The Company provides domestic travel experiences to motivated grade school, middle school and high schools students through its People to People Leadership Summit and World Leadership Forum (Leadership Programs), which emphasize leadership, community involvement, and government education. The Company's Leadership Programs have provided students from over 60 countries with academic promise, leadership potential and a desire to serve their communities, to travel to various United States destinations to exchange ideas with renowned speakers, field specific experts, professional educators and their peers. The Company markets its Leadership Programs predominantly through direct mail. It directly organizes and operates all aspects of these domestic programs, including the arrangement of speakers, facilitators, events, accommodations and transportation, which is different than its international program offerings.
Citizen Ambassador Programs
The Company's Citizen Ambassador Programs provide professionals with common interests the opportunity to travel abroad to meet and exchange ideas with foreign citizens who have similar backgrounds, interests or professions. Citizen Ambassador Programs travel throughout the year on 8 to 12 day programs and have the option of adding other cultural exchange activities prior to or following each program. Citizen Ambassador Programs have been conducted in such areas as agriculture, economics, education, law, medicine and science. The Company markets its Citizen Ambassador Programs through a combination of direct mail and professional association relationships.
Discovery Student Adventures
Discovery Student Adventures (DSA) operates under its subsidiary World Adventures Unlimited, Inc. DSA provides opportunities for grade school, middle school and high school students to visit destinations with an emphasis on adventure and scientific exploration, and provides the Company with a foothold into the existing teacher recruitment. As is suited to programs associated with Discovery Education, the trips provide education in the sciences and personal access to researchers and experts in biology, ecology, geology and other fields. The Company operates this business under a license from Discovery Education, Inc. The Company markets its Discovery Student Adventure programs to prospective students and parents through its network of teachers using a combination of local information meetings arranged by a teacher who is affiliated with the Company, its Website, and email.
BookRags originally began as a source for online book summaries and notes that has grown to include a variety of additional content, including book summaries, critical essays, study guides, lesson plans, film summaries, biographies, literary criticisms and references to encyclopedia articles. The site attracts students and teachers each month to its millions of pages of content, which includes internally developed material, licensed material, user-generated content and other third party content.
The Company has operated its Washington School of World Studies (WSWS), a program academically accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). WSWS provides an opportunity for high school students to earn academic credit through their participation in the Company's travel programs. The courses the Company offers emphasize the total learning experience of the participant while preparing for and participating in their selected travel programs.
Ambassadors Group Inc
Dwight D. Eisenhower Building
2001 South Flint Road
SPOKANE WA 99224