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As Coordinator of Pennsylvania State University Brandywine Global Programs, our campus study abroad program, I am very pleased to write in support of Celestial Voyagers Customized Travel, and its founder and president, Francoise Cornu.
I have known Ms. Cornu for twenty years, and as an instructor of courses including study abroad, I have worked with her and her company since 2000, when I first taught a course called the Arts in London. Since then, I have worked with Celestial Voyagers to design and deliver courses in Seville, Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Ireland, and Greece.
In 2010 I became Coordinator of Penn State University’s Brandywine campus education abroad program, and my steering committee and I have worked with Celestial Voyagers almost exclusively to design and deliver 2-3 programs per year, comprised of 2-6 courses each, with embedded travel abroad. From 1994 to today, approximately 2,000 Penn State students, from campuses all over the state, have taken our education abroad courses and worked with Celestial Voyagers. Our traveling groups are typically 20-40 participants, and we have reached 120 students on one of our Italy programs. Destinations have been primarily in Europe; however Celestial Voyagers has also arranged for our courses including travel to Morocco, Japan, Argentina, and Guatemala.
For more than 20 years I have had the pleasure and good fortune to work with owner Francoise Cornu and her marvelous professional staff of travel experts at Celestial Voyagers. As a university faculty member at Penn State University, having planned educational trips to Europe, Asia, and South America for well over 1000 students over the years with this agency, I learned from our first trip in 1995 that Francoise takes pride in delivering all the services required in the increasingly complicated area of travel. She has developed extensive personal experience in the many safety and risk management hurdles involved in working with large university infrastructure administrators, procedures and curriculum requirements, to say nothing of demanding and sometimes unrealistic professors! Francoise often personally accompanies larger student groups and her enthusiasm and interest in the students is always evident and much appreciated. There has never been a problem she was not able to solve. I high recommend Celestial Voyagers to any institution that is looking for professional educational travel services.
Traveling with Penn State Harrisburg on the spring break study tours was one of the best experiences of my life. It is amazing to experience parts and cultures of the world that I have never seen before. It has fueled my passion and love for travel that I know I will continue throughout my life. I have traveled with the university to Spain and Rome. These two trips were very exceptional, and I loved every minute of them. This coming year I hope to travel again with them to a new exciting destination. As for the Celestial Voyagers, they were a beat above the rest. The tours that they had planned for us were fantastic. It was breathtaking to see the inside of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and climb to the top of a mosque turned cathedral in Spain. All of the tour guides that they had arranged for were very professional but at the same time very personable. I love traveling with Penn State and Celestial Voyagers and cannot wait to do it again in the spring of 2018.
For close to seven years, Ms. Francoise Cornu and her team at Academic Voyagers have played an important and valuable role in the design and operation of the international field experience that Metropolitan College of New York has provided its MBA students. From Paris, to Zurich, to London and Frankfurt, we have relied on the firm to share its knowledge of local markets, book convenient flights and lodging, meet program budgets, understand our academic mission, and help ensure our students’ satisfaction with the experience. As an independent operator, Academic Voyagers offers what the behemoths in the travel agency industry cannot – genuine partnership and the personal touch!