- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Costa Rica, Ecuador, United States, Tanzania, Nepal, Multiple Locations, St. Vincent
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July, August
- Session Length: Four Weeks, Five Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Sub-Categories: Social Justice, Leadership, Youth Outreach, Literacy
- Selective: No
- Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Call: 413.585.8895
BE MORE THAN A TOURIST! Global Routes is a pioneer in the world of immersive international programming for high school students. Our transformative program model combines meaningful community service, authentic homestays, and unparalleled adventures off-the-beaten-track.
Global Routes is the program for you if you’re curious and adventurous, dedicated to strengthening our global community, and are looking for an authentic travel experience. Through our transformative program model, students develop critical global skills, leadership, confidence, compassion, and an enthusiasm for experiencing the world!
OUR TRANSFORMATIVE PROGRAM MODEL
IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATION: Each program begins with program orientation in a spectacular location. In Ecuador it’s the Andes, in Tanzania it’s Mt. Meru, and in Costa Rica it’s the rainforest. Program leaders and local experts teach the language, culture, and traditions of the host country. Lifelong friendships develop within the group. This early bonding lays a powerful foundation for the cultural immersion ahead.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE: An authentic and immersive experience is the hallmark and highlight of all Global Routes programs. Our unique approach to community service focuses on developing a deep and meaningful relationship with one rural community, and completing a primary service project that's selected by that community. These projects tend to be construction based: building a classroom, health clinic, or irrigation system. During the community service portion of our programs, students live with families who have volunteered to host and who have been carefully screened and selected by our in-country staff, who also supervise and support the homestay placements throughout the program. The opportunity to live with a local family allows students to truly immerse themselves in the local culture.
TRAVEL ADVENTURES: Places of world-renowned beauty and adventure create the backdrop for every group’s final days of reflection and celebration. Global Routes works closely with professional guides and outfitters to craft activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, white water rafting, going on safari, learning traditional arts and music, and visiting local festivals, ancient cities, and geographic wonders.
READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE? Take the first step by contacting our team by clicking on the above Website button, or the Apply Now button and completing our bried enrollment form. (no deposit or commitment required).
2021 HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS (students ages 14-18)
*Program dates may shift slightly
Nepal: 5-Week Program, June 28 - August 2, 2021
Nepal offers an incredible experience for students seeking an immersive program abroad in one of the most spectacular settings on Earth. Wander through the bazaars, temples, and cobblestoned-streets of Dhulikhel and Kathmandu, and then head off on a 9-day trek to sacred, jewel-like lakes beneath breathtaking peaks in the Himalayas. Dive into Nepalese daily life by living with a homestay family and working alongside community members to construct a school, plant trees, and teach English. Explore the rich cultural history and architecture of the ancient cities of Bhaktapur and Bodhnath. The rich cultural and spiritual fabric of Nepal, and the warm hospitality of its people, create an awe-inspiring appreciation for life’s simplicity.
Tanzania: 5-Week Program, June 28 - August 2, 2021
Tanzania offers a stunning variety of landscapes and wildlife, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the generous spirit of Africa. This is the perfect experience for the student seeking a totally new perspective in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring backdrops. Live with a local family in a small, rural village while helping to construct a classroom and teach English. Experience a Safari in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the famed Ngorongoro Crater to witness lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants and rhinoceros. Hike the fertile slopes of Mt. Meru and then venture to the ‘spice’ isle of Zanzibar as you sail the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Costa Rica: 4-Week Program, June 30 - July 28, 2021
Costa Rica is a perfect choice for the student seeking to improve their Spanish skills, contribute to a meaningful service project, and experience life-changing adventures in the heart of the rainforest. In the afternoons, you might play soccer with local children, help your host family prepare the traditional dish of gallo pinto, or harvest sugar cane on the family farm. You'll explore exotic rainforests via zipline, rappel down waterfalls, learn to surf in the pristine Pacific Ocean, and whitewater raft the Savegre River. Experience the Pure Vida life!
The Grenadines LIA: 4-Week Program, July 5 - August 2, 2021
White sand beaches, crystal clear blue water, coral reefs teeming with aquatic life, spectacular natural blowholes, mountaintop views, all framed by idyllic sunrises and sunsets. In this stunning island setting, Global Routes will engage in hands-on service learning projects to promote cross-cultural communication and exchange. After learning a bit about island culture, students design and orchestrate a free two-week summer camp for local children.
Ecuador: 5-Week Program, June 27 - August 1 (2021 PROGRAM IS FULL)
Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world! It has a remarkable variety of habitats and is as rich culturally as it is geographically. Discover Ecuador firsthand as you meet the indigenous peoples of the High Sierra, trek through clouds in the high Andes, and celebrate the vibrancy of rural family life.
ENROLL TODAY, ONLY A FEW SPACES REMAIN! Click on the Apply Now button to enroll and save your space on the program of your choice.
Cost and Session Information
The tuition range depends on location. International airfare is not included in the tuition. Please visit our website for full pricing details.
FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE: We offer between 10-50% financial aid based on need. Please submit our financial aid application if interested: Click on Apply Now button and scroll down to "Financial Aid" and click "Enroll." Up to 35% of Global Routes students receive some amount of financial aid.