Climate Change Resilience and Cultural Immersion
Deep immersion into the rich history, culture, and tastes of Italy exploring how ancient societies have evolved to address modern social and environmental issues.

Experience a deeper side of Italy. This program is designed open your eyes to the realities of climate change while also learning about and exploring the proactive and life-affirming ways that we can overcome our current and future environmental challenges. “This program is an excellent way to experience Europe in a diverse way, in a manner that would have been impossible for me to do on my own.” -Student

Experience the heart of Italy
Reflect, Reimagine, Transform

Watch this 3-minute video to get a sense of how a Global Routes experience may change your life.

This 3-week summer program is ideal for students in high school, who are looking for a meaningful international experience with a balance of service, experiential learning, cultural immersion, and adventure.


Dive deep into Firenze (Florence), working with an urban garden project, visiting local NGOs and exploring this city that is considered the “birthplace of the Renaissance.”

Hike a portion of the Via Francigena, one of the ancient pilgrimage routes that leads to Rome. We’ll explore a section through Tuscany, stopping along the way to learn about local history, culture and farming. This is Italy at it’s core! 

Visit a community permaculture project and spend some time in nature building community.  Learn about organic gardening and farming and support community projects such as reclaiming ancient forest tracks.

Our son's experience was transformational. He gained maturity, confidence and a new perspective on global concerns. He even gained a love of hiking in the mountains. We sincerely thank the staff for that experience.
Susanna, Parent
The decision for our family to work with Global Routes was easy. From the initial communication, which prepared our kids well for their experience, to the top-shelf leaders, to the home base communication, everything about the Global Routes program is polished and professional.
Scott, Parent
My leaders inspired me to fall further into the culture and to take real interest in the places we visited and to recognize just how amazing things truly are.
Lily, Student
Program Details
June 28 - July 19, 2023
Starting/Ending Point
Florence, Italy
Learning Goals
History, climate resilience, culture, language, outdoors
Service Hours Earned
Language Requirement
Highs: 80s-90s, Lows: 70s
Group Size
up to 18 Students, 2-3 U.S. Leaders
Spaces Available
Enrolling for 2023
Italian food! Amazingly fresh produce, pasta, and overall deliciousness
Program Fee
International airfare is not included in the tuition.
Eco-Lodge, Guest Houses, Camping/Glamping, Hostels

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Your Journey
Days 1 - 5: Orientation in Siena

Immerse yourself in the Italian countryside as we build our own group culture, take language classes and try our hands at dynamite Italian cooking.

Days 6 - 10: Tuscan Pilgrimage

Walk the ancient footpaths of Via Francigena, stepping back in time as we traverse this gorgeous landscape in alignment with centuries-old traditions.

Days 11-17: Immersion and Service

Drop in with our community partner in Tuscany, working on hands-on farming and permaculture projects, learning about both traditional and modern practices of sustainability, caring for animals and and cooking up a storm. Afternoons will be a glorious mix of hiking, exploring, swimming, and Italian classes.

18-21: Final Travel in Firenze (Florence)

We’ll wrap up our experience in one of the most charming and historically rich cities on earth, reflecting upon what we’ve learned and setting intentions for the future!


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.

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