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2021 Programs
Nepal
Community Service and Cross-Cultural Immersion
From the tropical lowlands of the Terai to the dramatic silhouette of Himalayan peaks, Nepal offers the adventurous traveler an unparalleled opportunity for exploration.
DatesJune 28, 2021 - August 2, 2021 (Dates may shift slightly)
Length5 weeks
Tuition$6,595
Spaces AvailableOPEN
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Costa Rica
Service, Cultural Immersion, and Adventure Program
The first words you hear when you arrive in Costa Rica may be “pura vida,” a greeting that expresses the peaceful spirit of a nation with a long tradition of democracy and a commitment to education.
DatesJune 30, 2021 - July 28, 2021 (Dates may shift slightly)
Length4 Weeks
Tuition$6,195
Spaces AvailableOPEN
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Tanzania
Community Service and Cross-Cultural Immersion
Exploring Tanzania’s famed “Northern Circuit” is a journey like no other.
DatesJune 28, 2021 - August 2, 2021 (Dates may shift slightly)
Length5 weeks
Tuition$7,095
Spaces AvailableOPEN
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The Grenadines LIA
Leadership Community Service Program
The group will engage in hands-on service learning projects that grow organically from activities that promote genuine cross-cultural communication and exchange through the design and implementation of a FREE friendship camp
DatesJune 27-July 25, 2021
Length4 weeks
Tuition$6,195
Spaces AvailableOPEN
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Colorado
Service, Sustainability, Adventure, College Credit
From the slopes of the Rockies to the majestic canyons, this program is the perfect backdrop for students passionate about sustainability and adventure.
DatesJune 27, 2021 - July 25, 2021 (Dates may shift slightly)
Length4 weeks
TuitionTBD, option to earn college credit
Spaces AvailableOPEN
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Ecuador
Service and Cultural Immersion Program
Contained within the borders of one small country are the headwaters of the Amazon, the snow-capped volcanoes of the Andes and Darwin’s Galapagos Islands.
DatesJune 28, 2021 – August 2, 2021 (Dates may shift slightly)
Length5 weeks
Tuition$7,195
Spaces AvailableFULL for 2021
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SUMMER PROGRAM FAQs
How are you addressing covid on your summer programs?

There is always inherent risk involved in travel and Covid-19 certainly adds another layer of complexity to travel. We are monitoring the covid situation closely and will make changes on our itineraries accordingly to keep students and staff as safe as possible. Here are the steps we are taking to make our programs covid-resilient:

  • All students will be sent an at-home covid testing kit which will need to be completed within 72 hours of departure. This takes the hassle out of figuring out testing options and can be done at home. Students will need to show a negative test result to attend the program. Families will be charged $150 for this service.
  • Students will receive a pre-departure health guide to reduce any potential exposure to Covid-19 before departing.
  • There will be daily symptom monitoring and temperature readings of both students and staff while on program.
  • The group will be the only guests at most of our accommodations to avoid unnecessary exposure.
  • The group will take private transportation at all times during the program.
  • When in public settings our students and staff will wear masks and social distance from those outside of the group ‘bubble’ to avoid exposure.
  • The group will be registered with the US State Department STEP program should we need any assistance.

We cannot guarantee that students will not be exposed to or contract Covid while on their program, but we are confident that our staff will do everything in their power to avoid exposure.

Who is eligible?

Our high school programs are designed for students finishing 9th-12th grade. We seek students who are searching for an abroad experience that is more in-depth than a teen tour and students who are eager to participate in a meaningful service project and authentic cross-cultural exchange.

What is the make-up of the group?

Our high school programs accept a maximum of 18 students per group. All groups are accompanied by at least 2 professional, adult leaders and supported by 2-3 specialized in-country staff.

Who participates in a Global Routes program?

Global Routes draws students from all over North America and the world seeking adventure, genuine cross-cultural immersion, and personal growth. Our participants are looking for something more authentic than a teen-tour and more culturally engaging than strictly wilderness or adventure programs. Global Routes participants return as more confident, directed, self-aware, and adventurous global citizens.

What can you expect from a Global Routes summer program?

Our summer programs are built to create meaningful cross-cultural exchange and give students a total cultural immersion experience. Groups travel to a rural host community to participate in a community service-learning project deemed necessary, beneficial, and appropriate by the host community and our in-country staff. Our service projects range from teaching to construction to running stateside-style summer camps for local kids. With some minor variations, all summer programs have three primary components: Orientation, Community Service & Homestay, and Travel & Debrief.

Can I apply the community service hours to my school requirement?

We present all students with a certificate noting the number of completed community service hours. You will complete anywhere between 40 and 100 community service hours, depending on your program. Each school determines whether or not Global Routes service hours meet their requirements. We’re happy to communicate with your school service advisor ahead of time to answer any questions they may have about your service work.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes indeed! We strive to make Global Routes programs as accesible as possible to all students seeking to join a Global Routes program. Learn more about financial aid here.

What to expect from..
Cross-Cultural Immersion

At the heart of the Global Routes experience is cultivating connection in another part of the world. We believe that the exchange of ideas is the key to interconnection and global community. To make this value a mission, we develop programs that foster meaningful cross-cultural relationships through immersion into small, rural communities abroad. Living and working with people throughout the world challenges both you and local community members to step outside of your boundaries and open your hearts and minds to new people and cultures. More info.

Program Orientation

Our programs begin with an in-country orientation designed to familiarize you with your host country. Orientation may include safaris, rainforest exploration, visits to ancient ruins, cultural excursions, or multi-day adventure treks. While you focus on learning a new language (if applicable) and exploring new cultural traditions, you form initial bonds with your group and program leaders. Orientation lays the foundation for your summer program, giving you the knowledge and support you need to get the most out of your immersion experience.

Depending on the nature of your upcoming service project, program leaders equip you with the specific knowledge and skills you need to make meaningful and generous contributions to your host community. Your leaders get to know you, identify your strengths, interests, and passions, and build your independence and confidence so you can excel in your homestay and service project.

Community Service

The cornerstone of your immersion experience is a community service project in a small, rural village. We believe authentic service is the best way to form genuine connections between you and your host community. You eat, sleep, and breathe the daily rhythm of local life and work alongside your hosts on projects they’ve selected. Every project is something your hosts want and need. They decide what projects will or won’t happen, and we only do work they deem beneficial to the community as a whole. Whether you help build a health center in South America or renovate a school classroom in Africa, your service project will transform you and your host community in ways that are both  tangible – in the form of actual buildings – and intangible – in the form of personal growth, life lessons, and enriching relationships that have the potential to last for years.

Homestay Experience

The greatest highlight for many of our students is the family homestay that runs parallel to your service learning project. You come home after a solid day’s work to smiles, curiosity, excitement, and best of all – homemade food. You may prepare dinner with your host mother, teach your host brother a few words of English, or walk to the family farm to pick vegetables for your evening meal. If you’re lucky, you might get to milk a cow, gather eggs from a chicken coop, or learn how to protect crops from the elements. As you spend time with your host family, you learn to love the challenges and joys of rural village life, and something magic happens – you form relationships that occupy a special place in your heart forever.

Travel Adventures & Debrief

After you finish your service project and say goodbye to your homestay family, you travel with your full group to go adventuring. You explore places of astounding natural beauty and visit important cultural and historic sites. Depending on which program you choose, you may travel to the headwaters of the Amazon River, snorkel with sea lions off the Galapagos Islands, sail a wooden dhow in Zanzibar, or explore the temples and cobblestone streets of Kathmandu. In these spectacular settings, your trip leaders guide you through the final piece of your immersion experience: you reflect on what you learned, celebrate your contributions and discoveries, and prepare to transfer your new knowledge to your life and community back home.

Ask us your questions!

Whether Global Routes is the best fit for you or not, we’re here to help.

FINANCIAL AID

Over two decades of experience has demonstrated to us that providing financial aid awards increases the diversity of our student body and thus the depth and quality of our programs. Global Routes strives to make our programs accessible to students who otherwise, due to financial reasons, would not have the opportunity to contribute their energy and special gifts to our projects.

We offer aid packages of between 10% and 50% off tuition, which is exclusive of airfare.

Learn More About Aid

One of the best parenting decisions we’ve ever made was choosing Global Routes’ Caribbean program for our daughter. Our daughter returned home with a passion for experiencing other cultures and is already begging us to sign her up for another Global Routes trip.
Weiss Family, Grenadines
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