Custom Programs
Immersion Programs for Schools & Groups

At Global Routes we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience meaningful, authentic travel, whether the focus is cultural immersion, language, adventure, or community service. We love working with schools, camps, organizations, and other groups to create Custom Programs that meet their needs.

Each Custom Program we design is unique to the group taking the trip and built from scratch. With the Global Routes hallmark of sustainable community service and authentic travel at their core, these programs are further customized based on the unique interests, goals, dates, destinations, and budgets of our partners to manifest your dream program. View Sample Itineraries.

Curious what your custom trip could look like? Share your goals with using the button below, and we’ll send a proposal your way!

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The Global Routes program model focuses on sustainable community service, immersive homestay experiences in rural villages, and authentic travel opportunities. Each Custom Program we design is unique to the group taking the trip and built from scratch. We can tailor any Custom Program to meet the unique interests, goals, dates, destinations, and budgets of our partners.

Our experienced staff offers expertise in program development and group facilitation to support you in building out your dream program from conceptualization to implementation.


Global Routes can customize almost any destination for your group. Typically, we start with locations where we have long-established programs and dedicated in-country staff. Given our 50-plus years in the field, we have deep relationships across the US, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa.


We can support individuals and/or groups with developing summer programs, alternative winter or spring break trips, Gap Year programs, and more. From our programs, many groups seek:

  • Meaningful community service
  • Authentic cross-cultural exchange
  • Ecologically responsible travel/adventure
  • Improved language skills
  • Strengthened group dynamics
  • Personal empowerment
  • Mastery of global competencies
  • Learning traditional arts, crafts, music, and customs
  • Exploration of the natural environment
  • Increased global awareness and global citizenship


Global Routes handles all aspects of program development and logistics, including: program itineraries, activities and budget, reservations for all accommodations, meals, international and in-country travel, the selection, preparation and oversight of the host community service projects and living arrangements, and organization of all other program components, including recreational, adventure, and cultural activities.


A lead staff member works closely with our partners throughout the planning process and will select the best field instructor to lead the program, create a communications plan to support the program in the field, and provide ongoing field support 24-hours a day.

How it Works

Throughout the process – from planning all the way to on-the-ground assistance – we provide support, guidance, and expertise. Once we outline your group’s goals and trip dreams, we plan a rich and diverse set of activities, locations and experiences. Our team can handle all pre-trip preparation, from organizing in-country logistics to booking international travel. See our custom brochure here. 



Each year students return from their Global Routes Service Immersion program with a thirst to travel, a broadened view of the world, and a new presepective on what really matters to them.
Marta, 5-year Partner School
We love working with Global Routes because they are exactly what we are looking for and what our young professionals need. All of the teenagers we have sent on their leadership training trips have walked away with valuable life lessons on communication, resilience, leadership and teamwork.
Gary, New Jersey Custom Program Partner
Living with the family was great!! They opened their homes with loving arms. Caroline really felt welcomed and appreciated by them. I loved reading the many anecdotes in her journal.
Parent, Belize Custom Program
My trip with Global Routes was an experience I will never forget. From unplugging and immersing myself into a new culture, I learned things not only about life but about myself. I was pushed out of my comfort zone in ways I never thought I would be and will forever be grateful for the bonds and friendships made throughout the week.
Kathryn, Student, Tanzania Custom Program
My daughter absolutely loved her service trip to Costa Rica. She fell in love with the country and the people and became more open to new experiences. She made new friends and experienced activities she had been previously nervous of. Her sisters commented that they have never seen her so "excited about things" since her return.
Parent, Costa Rica Custom Program
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Based on your goals, destination, and budget, we will help advise you to create the best possible program. Whether you’re interested in an alternative spring break, a summer opportunity, a multi-year travel odyssey or something else entirely, we are excited to help you on your way. We have itineraries and relationships in more than 75 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Central, North and South America. View some Sample Itineraries.


Groups who seek out Global Routes are interested in meaningful community service, cross-cultural exchange, and our model of living and volunteering in a rural village. In addition, many are looking to:
  • Deepen language skills
  • Increase group cohesion
  • Develop personal empowerment
  • Experience an ecologically responsible travel adventure
  • Discover traditional arts, crafts, and customs
  • Explore the natural environment
  • Engage in global awareness and citizenship
We draft rough itineraries and program models, make conference calls, site visits and/or presentations to partner organizations and potential participants. We also create password protected webpages made easily accessible to all participants with extensive trip information and links to packing, passport, immunization, and resource lists.

We finalize the program itinerary, activities, and budget; make reservations for all accommodations, meals, international and in-country travel; select, prepare, and oversee the host community service projects and living arrangements; organize all other program components, including recreational and cultural activities.

We assign a lead staff person to work with you throughout the planning process, designate one field instructor to lead the group for the duration of the program, and create a communications plan to support the program in the field, making our directors available 24-hours-a-day for ongoing program support.

For teachers, directors, managers, and organizers, working with Global Routes to create a custom program has been the difference between a long-envisioned dream and reality. You can view sample itineraries here, and share your goals for programming on this form and we’ll get back to you with a proposal.

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