Cross Cultural Education

Developing global awareness, cultural sensitivity, and travel skills that may be used for a lifetime. 

Language Acquisition

Minimizing the less exciting, rote aspects of learning a new language, while maximizing confidence and conversation skills.

International Travel

Introducing the option of global citizenship, creating a life abroad, and seeing the world beyond touristy vacations.


Higher personal achievement and experimental learning are the primary goals.

Our Mission, Vision, & Values

  • Our Misson

    The Lotus Scholars program provides authentic global cultural immersion experiences to youth. Lotus Scholars are empowered to increase their skills and knowledge through acquisition of a foreign language, increased global awareness, insightful cultural understanding and confidence building.
    Our Mission
  • Our Vision

    Our vision is for American youth to become more engaged global citizens through international experiences.
    Our Vision
  • Why Lotus?

    The lotus is a natural metaphor for our Lotus Scholars. They come of age in less than ideal conditions, but have the opportunity to thrive and add value to the global society we live in.

    “A pristine waterlily undiscouraged by its surroundings … as it flowers and blooms brilliantly… despite and probably because of its origins.” ~ Jacquelene Close Moore

    Why Lotus?
  • How We Travel

    We believe in having authentic and enriching travel experiences. We travel in small groups with guides and chaperones selected based on their expatriate experience. In addition to the beaten path, we also introduce them to everyday life abroad from the viewpoint of locals and expatriates.
    How We Travel
  • Quality

    Our staff of "ex-expats" have learned, lived, and worked in their countries of expertise. They not only teach about language, but also about people and culture; sharing customs and authentic items that add tangible dimension to the instruction.
  • Get Involved

    The Lotus Scholars program is possible with the support and involvement of staff and volunteers around the world. There are many ways to get involved. Contact us to share how you’d like to help.
    Get Involved

Baltimore Youth Going Global

Send the inaugural group of Lotus Scholars to China!

Many of the country’s best high school students are entering top-tier universities with international travel experiences and foreign language ability already under their belt. However for most, that is an unfathomable option. We are an organization changing that reality.

Our Team

Tyree Powell

Executive Director

Chooses the Road Less Traveled

Geena Stith

Programs & Curriculum Director

The Lotus Scholar Prototype

Sharing Our Passion

  • Kimberley McDaniel
    Mr. Powell showed wisdom in teaching no just about a language, but also about a people and a culture. he even shared authentic artifacts that added an additional tangible dimension to the instruction. His passion is contagious and certainly eye-opening. What started as a young teenager receiving private instruction from a capable tutor, has now transformed into an entire family of five excited about visiting this ancient nation, as a result of hearing of the tales and other interesting information via my son. Mr. Powell's passion is indeed contagious.

    ~Kimberley M., Lotus Mother
    Kimberley McDaniel
    Lotus Mother

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