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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 us on the form below, and we’ll send a proposal your way!

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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.

 

 

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, Notre Dame Academy
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TRIP LENGTH & DESTINATION
Based on your goals, destination, and budget, we will help advise and create the best possible program for you. Whether you interested in an alternative spring break, a “Jan-Term” program, a summer opportunity, a multi-year travel odyssey or something else entirely, we will honored to help you on your way.
Typically we start with those destinations where we have long established programs and in-country staff. Given our 50-year history, 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.

 

PROGRAM INTERESTS
Groups who seek out Global Routes are interested in meaningful community service and 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

 

 

PRE-TRIP PREP
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.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT

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 the partner throughout the planning process, designate one field instructor to lead the group for the duration of the program, and create communications plan to support the program in the field, making our directors available 24 hours a day for ongoing program support.

 

NEXT STEPS

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 a 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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