Be more than a traveler. Our international high school programs provide students with unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in small, rural communities through volunteer projects and homestay experiences. Students develop life-long friendships and passion for traveling the world off the beaten path!
You’re curious and adventurous. You’re dedicated to strengthening our global community. You’re far more than a traveler.
You are Global Routes.
Global Routes pioneers innovative, value-driven, experiential international education. The New York Times calls us “one of the most respected [organizations] in the field.” Over the past 50 years, we’ve led over 10,000 high school and college students on programs around the world. Our blend of community service, adventure travel, cross-cultural exchange, and language immersion changes lives.
We believe safe, authentic, fun, inspirational international programs require the right combination of meaningful service, deep cultural immersion, and outdoor adventure—all made possible by a highly trained and caring staff. Our student travelers gain profound perspective on new cultures, the world, and themselves.
“It changed everything for me!” -Emily, Ecuador/Galapagos Student.
Our Program Model: Orientation, Immersion, Adventure
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 Immersion: The hallmark of a Global Routes program is an authentic immersion experience. We spend most of our program time in one rural community working on one primary service project selected by that community. Projects are typically construction-based. We may build a school, a community health center, or work on an irrigation system. Students also initiate secondary projects of their own design. We run sports and arts camps. We start recycling, composting, tree planting, or community literacy and health initiatives. Students arrive as visitors, work their projects, experience the daily rhythm of life alongside their hosts, then depart as family.
Final Travel: Beauty and adventure create the backdrop for the final days of each program. The group reflects on their experience and celebrates their success. We work with professional guides and outfitters to craft thrilling peak experiences. We end on a high. Kayaking, snorkeling, whitewater rafting, surf camp, sailing, safari, learning traditional arts and music, visiting local festivals, ancient cities, geographic wonders—it’s all possible. Final Travel locations include Zanzibar, the Nepalese Himalaya, the Galapagos Islands, and uninhabited Caribbean islands.
Ready to change your life? Take the first step: Contact us at 413 585 8895 or at email@example.com. Visit globalroutes.org.
For summer 2018 we are offering the following programs for high school students ages 14-18:
Costa Rica (Adventure and Culture) 6/28 to 7/26- 4 week option for High School students and 2-week option (for Middle School students) - Live and work with members of your host community as you gain a new appreciation for rural life and learn about their culture; join your group and community as you work together to complete a construction project. Practice your Spanish while playing soccer with local children and while helping your host community friends prepare gallo pinto or while harvesting sugar cane on a family farm. Explore exotic rainforests via zipline and rappel down waterfalls; learn to surf in the pristine Pacific Ocean; and whitewater raft the Savegre River. Experience the Pure Vida life!
Ecuador & Galapagos (Andes to the Islands) 6/28 to 8/2- 5 weeks - Experience Otavalo, an Andean mountain village famous for its volcanic crater lake and artisan markets; become an integral part of your rural Ecuadorian home during your homestay, harvesting fresh bananas or playing soccer with your siblings; Improve your Spanish as you work side by side with locals on the construction of a school; Explore the beautiful and pristine Galapagos Islands; sight the famous blue-footed booby, swim with giant tortoises and snorkel alongside sea lions.
Nepal (Roof of the World) 6/28 to 8/2- 5 weeks - Wander through the bazaars, temples and cobblestoned streets of Dhulikhel and Kathmandu; Trek for nine days to sacred, jewel-like lakes beneath breathtaking peaks in the Himalaya; Construct a school, plant trees and teach English in a rural Nepalese village; Delve into Nepalese family life during your homestay and learn the techniques for subsistence on the steep terraced landscape; 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 the Nepalese people interweave to create an awe-inspiring appreciation for life’s simplicity.
Tanzania (Foothills of Kilimanjaro) 6/28 to 8/2- 5 weeks- Tanzania's dramatic landscape is home to some of Africa’s largest and most exquisite wildlife populations. Blending in with this abundant wildlife are over 100 tribal groups. Join Global Routes in Tanzania this summer, as we immerse ourselves in the generous spirit of Africa. Live with a local family in a small, rural village; construct classrooms, teach English and intimate health education classes in your village; Experience a Safari in Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the famed Ngorongoro Crater, home to lion, giraffe, zebra, elephant and rhinoceros; Learn to cook ugali and sukumawiki with your host mother; Hike the fertile slopes of Mt. Meru; Experience the ‘spice’ isle of Zanzibar as you sail the clear waters of the Indian Ocean in a wooden dhow.
NEXT STEPS; Go to www.globalroutes.org TODAY to save your space on the program of your choice. Our Caribbean program is now waitlisted but there is limited space on the remaining programs. Be sure to get your application in soon as February, March, and April are our busiest months. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 585-8895 to speak with a member of our team!
You can also schedule a call with an admissions advisor here: https://calendly.com/globalroutes/letsconnect/
Cost and Session Information
Costa Rica (Adventure and Culture High School) 4-week: June 28-July 26 $5,695
Costa Rica (Middle School) 2-week July 9-July 22 and July 24-August 6 $3,995
Ecuador & Galapagos (Andes to the Islands) 5-weeks: June 28-August 2 $6,595
Nepal (Roof of the World) 5 weeks: June 28-August 2 $6,295
Tanzania (Foothills of Kilimanjaro) 5 weeks: June 28-August 2 $6,395
The Grenadines (Leadership in Action) 4 weeks: July 8-August 5 $5,595
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Making the decision to go to a foreign country for a whole month with a group of people I had never met was not easy. However, looking back on my experience in Costa Rica with Global Routes, it was easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. My experience has affected me so profoundly that I've had trouble describing it in a way that others will understand, but what I can say is that Global Routes provided the perfect environment for personal development. Opportunities to reflect upon my strengths and weaknesses seemed to naturally present themselves throughout the duration of the trip, and by the end I felt that I had a deeper understanding of myself than ever before. I feel as though the group I was a part of could have been anywhere in the world and had just as meaningful of an experience. That being said, Costa Rica was absolutely beautiful and there is no other place I would have rather been, and the connections we all made with the locals we encountered were truly precious (and for me personally, completely unexpected). Also, the bond among the members of my group was the strongest I've ever witnessed in such a setting. Working daily on the construction of a communal kitchen for San Antonio, the community we stayed in for the majority of the trip, taught us about the value of working hard and as a team, and also gave us the opportunity to connect with those who welcomed us into their homes. Before arriving to Costa Rica, I expected my role to be one of giving, but there turned out to be just as much receiving on my part. Overall, I found there to be a perfect balance of fun--in the waterfall rappel, daily soccer games with the community, zip lining, surf lessons, white water rafting, and group bonding in general--and growth--in the responsible risks we were encouraged to take, the adjustment required to live in such a new setting, the roles of leadership we frequently took on, and the beautiful cultural exchange that occurred. If I had to pick a favorite part of the trip, it would be the home stay, although the time spent in the rainforest and at the beach was spectacular as well. I would highly recommend going to Costa Rica with Global Routes - I would definitely do it again if given the opportunity!