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France

France: French in Action and Language & Leadership

We are welcomed into homes and work alongside local teens on service projects while improving our French language skills. Toss in some service and adventure in the French...

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Ecuador

Galapagos Island: Marine Service & Adventure

Ecuador, the most biodiverse country in the world, harbors an incredible array of landscapes within a remarkably small area. This program will provide a hands on exploration...

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Peru

Peru: Hardcore Service Adventure

Travel to Peru and experience an ancient Inca paradise tucked deep into majestic Andean mountains and fueled by a growing modern culture. Whether your interest is archeology,...

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua: Intro to Pre-Med & Public Health

Contribute to the efforts of improving public health, while gaining practical field experience in Nicaragua, Central America. On one of our student trips to Nicaragua, we...

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-Multi-Country Locations

New Zealand & Fiji Islands: Gems of the South Pacific

The South Pacific is one of our pla nets most diverse and beautiful enviro- nments, and your home for four exciting weeks of service, culture , and adventure Meaningful

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Spain

Spain: Language & Leadership and Life in Andalucia

Spain allures the traveler with its combination of old world charm and vibrant people. Join us on a journey through Spain that most tourists will never see. In addition to...

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: Building Communities and Island Adventurer

Away from the tourist traps and development of the cities, you will experience an island known for its food, music, salsa dancing, and language an irresistible Latino culture...

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Fiji

Fiji: Sulus, Sun & Service

The magic of Fiji's pristine waves is matched only by the world famous friendliness of its people and their diverse, captivating culture. We experience this culture to its...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Surf, Service, Soccer, Language & Leadership

Global Works offers different programs varying in duration, dates, language learning, adventures and service opportunities. Travel adventures include hiking peaks, lush cloud...

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Panama

Panama: Changemakers in Paradise

This journey takes us to Mezo America, the land between North and South America, a place touted as one of the earth's best destinations for eco-tourism. With their solid

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Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Two weeks of fun and spanish

Not only does this trip give you an unbelievable immersion of a third world Spanish speaking country, you are given the opportunity to make life-long friends and relationships that you will cherish forever. It's been almost two months and I still talk to some of the group members everyday. Definitely recommend!

Program: Peru: Hardcore Service Adventure

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Social Life

    8

For those who want adventure

This is what Global Works categorizes on their website as a "Summer Service Adventure." And every part of this title is accurate. This 17 day Premed/Public Health trip occurs during summer in Nicaragua. Don't forget to pack sunscreen and bug spray. It involves meaningful community service. You might shadow local physicians in clinics, help renovate a water tank in a rural village, and build a playground for children at a school. It involves being adventurous. Shop at a market. Stay with a local family. Go zip-lining over the rainforest. Put all of these elements together and you have an experience to remember. I traveled six weeks ago, and since then I have felt a fresh cultural awareness, an increased confidence in my abilities, and a desire to emulate the strength and goodwill of the people I encountered. As far as regrets about the trip? My host mom's handmade tortillas were so good that I now criticize the ones I'm forced to buy in the U.S. A valuable experience for any adventurous high school student.
(P.S. You do not need premed experience or Spanish skills to go on this trip. If it sounds great to you, and you're willing to learn, go ahead. Happy traveling!)

Program: Nicaragua: Intro to Pre-Med & Public Health

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Trip of a lifetime

I've done a fair bit of traveling with my family, and while those experiences were enjoyable, this program was the most memorable trip I've ever taken. From the trip leaders- who were supportive, relaxed, and pretty good with dealing with twenty teenagers- to the activities we did, the entire program was incredible. I met wonderful people just like me from all around the country (and abroad!) who I made lasting friendships and memories with. The trip was a perfect balance of education, service, and fun- from the incredible snorkeling to building a community garden. My only regret about this trip was not taking another sooner!

Program: Galapagos Island: Marine Service & Adventure

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

France: Language and Leadership 2016

Travelling with Global Works to France was an immensely gratifying and enjoyable experience that introduced me to French culture and helped me to improve my conversational skills. I couldn't have asked for better group leaders; both of them were responsible, very fun to be around, and genuinely cared about our well being. In the beginning of the trip, when nobody knew each other, their activities allowed us to quickly acclimate to each other and the language. When a few of the students unfortunately stepped on sea urchins at the beach, the leaders responded professionally and made sure the injured were well taken care of.

The volunteer opportunities, which included the restoration of the ancient canals of Cabrespine during our home stay and working with children in Versailles, were very fruitful experiences. They reminded me that the purpose of the trip was not just a selfish one; that we were helping the community in a way that could not have happened if it weren't for volunteer groups such as ours.

Probably the best part of the trip was the home stay. Our family was very caring and considerate of the challenges of an immersion environment; they knew to speak more slowly and clearly so that we could understand and helped us if we were having trouble finding the right word. Our family made an effort to make the stay exciting and comfortable, with many sight-seeing trips to the town, and a memorable soccer match between France and Portugal. Through the homestay, I was able to practice French with real French people and further my comprehension and learn language skills that cannot be learned in a classroom.

While I certainly greatly improved my French language and conversational skills during the homestay and volunteer work, I felt that it was not entirely immersion within the group. This was mostly due to the varying ability levels of French within the group, ranging from 1 year to my 9 years of French. I would probably choose a narrower range of language ability so that all of the students can feel comfortable in the target language.

Program: France: French in Action and Language & Leadership

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • The Adventure

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

France: language and leadership

This is a parent review of France: Language and Leadership from July 5-July 20, 2016.

My 16 year-old son, who is a native English speaker has been taking French since first grade. We had been to France twice with him but a few days traveling as tourists was not enough to practice his French and to get to know the culture intimately and deeply.

Global Works provided him not just the full immersion in the language but it also offered him a glimpse of what life in Carcassonne, a quaint, medieval, picturesque town in Southern France was like. Not only did he immersed himself in the language but Global Works' experienced staff led him and his group to service learning through environmental reclamation and working in a summer camp for French children!

Specifically, my husband and I enjoyed reading the travel blogs provided on Global Works' website. The pictures on the blog were also quite precious since it provided us an idea about what the program was really about.

Overall, he thoroughly had a great time and we, as parents are quite satisfied with how Global Works provided him with a meaningful, productive and memorable summer!

Program: France: French in Action and Language & Leadership

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