Ivy Discovery Institute (IDI) , an educational and incentive tour company, focuses on taking groups of students and business leaders around the globe to learn about history, business, technology, literature, art, and the cultures of the world. IDI provides first class service on all tours and prides itself on providing the most beneficial tours and incentives in the industry for our clients.


IDI’s founder has more than thirty years of experience in the educational travel, incentives, and corporate meetings business. The company was founded in 2002 with the belief that in this time of globalization, traveling is the best way to gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures and societies. Ivy Discovery Institute’s goal is to help develop the world leaders and the global citizens of tomorrow, while teaching all generations of today the history of yesterday, as well as the cultures of then and now.

David Schmidt

David created Ivy Discovery Institute in 2002. He has more than thirty years of experience in education as a theatre teacher for International Baccalaureate curriculum in theater history, design and technical theater directing and producing more than 100 plays and musicals in Fairfax County for more than thirteen years. Previously, he did sales and marketing for software and advertising firms, helping plan meetings, exhibits, incentives and special events for associations and corporations.

David has been awarded the Who’s Who in American Business Leaders, the Capitol Award from the National Leadership Council and Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

David Schmidt holds his B.A. Degree, from Valparaiso University, a Certificate from International Baccalaureate Organization, his Masters of Education from University of Virginia, and has completed all course requirements for the Ph. D., in Education from the University of Virginia.