Our Founder

“Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves” — Euripides
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Passion & Vision

Hello! I’m Jeffrey Kirkman — the founder of intelli.tours Academic.

I am an educator, a polyglot, and a globetrotter.

I worked for over 25 years in International business and taught Spanish and Portuguese for over 15 years in public high schools during which time I led annual international student journeys – often 2 times a year.

Traveling, learning, teaching, mastering languages, and discovering global cultures have always been the driving forces of my life.

intelli.tours Academic was founded to share these passions with students and to bridge the gaps in our understanding of each other and the world we share.

I lead every intelli.tours Academic journey to Oaxaca because I passionately believe in the value of student educational travel, and I want you to have my personal and professional commitment to the safety and security of all travelers on an intelli.tours Academic journey.

Benefits for the Future

Adolescents today live in a world that is more interconnected than at any time in human history. The global reality is that technology, social media, culture, economics, and developments that we cannot even fathom today will make understanding each other — across the globe — increasingly more important. 

As a credentialed Spanish teacher, I led 1 or 2 international educational trips a year for an amazingly diverse student population. I also bring to this venture my years of international business experience, travel expertise, teaching skills, and passion for leading young people around the world.

My goals for all intelli.tours Academic journeys are to:

  • Provide all students the opportunity to see and experience the world.
  • Teach the importance of cultural respect, acceptance, understanding.
  • Ignite in students intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning, languages, food, and travel.
  • Focus on destinations that are culturally and geographically relative to students’ lives today and tomorrow.
  • Provide students a greater context for understanding the world and their place in it.
  • Create lifetime learners with a passion to change the world.

Today, I see a need to provide American youth a better understanding of Mexico — our neighbor to the south — with whom we, as Americans, share an inextricably connected past, present, and future.

Oaxaca, a Bridge to the Future

intelli.tours Academic journeys to Oaxaca offer students an opportunity to see a genuine slice of Mexico — its rich history and noble population — with the simple goal that we understand and respect each other so that we may thrive together in this world we share.

Every student who participates in an intelli.tours Academic journey to Oaxaca will be wiser and better prepared for the future they will share with Mexico and its people — and by extension, everyone else — in our increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

I invite you to explore this site to learn about our journeys to Oaxaca, an incredible city full of history, culture, arts, great food — and ranked as one of the world’s top destinations!

Oaxaca is an incredible place to visit and in which to learn