Iris became enamored with the vast array of opportunities available during summer vacations and school breaks for her teenage daughter Emma.

 

Ultimately, Emma spent four summers in language immersion programs. However, Iris’ in-depth research, extensive travel and background in education (including ten years with IBM as an educational consultant) came to the attention of others in the community. Word spread and Iris began providing guidance about the many options for gap year, summer vacation and school break academic enrichment programs. From these conversations, Smart Journeys was born.