Located in the heart of the rainforest in San Carlos province of Costa Rica, this eco-reserve is an animal lover's paradise. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work
Greenheart Travel's teach in a homestay in Italy program offers the opportunity for travelers to be an English tutor for a local family in exchange for room and board. Spend...
Greenheart Travel's teach in a homestay in France program offers the opportunity for travelers to be an English tutor for a local family in exchange for room and board. Spend...
Spend a year teaching English in South Korea! Not only will you receive flight reimbursement, a generous salary and free housing, you'll also be given 30+ days of paid vacation. Greenheart...
Greenheart Travel's teach in a homestay in Spain program offers the opportunity for travelers to be English tutors for local families in exchange for room and board. Participants...
It is estimated that there are more than 300,000 stray dogs in Thailand, a number that grows each year as these dogs continue to reproduce at alarming rates. With a 70-percent...
Greenheart Travel’s teen summer language camp in Berlin offers a school where you will not only learn from the best teachers, but also practice and hang out with new friends...
Greenheart Travel's teach in a homestay in China program offers the opportunity for travelers to be an English tutor for a local family in exchange for room and board. Spend...
Greenheart Travel’s volunteer program in Ibiza, Spain is ideal for volunteers who have an active interest in sustainable living and are committed to protecting the environment. During...
Help every step of the way
Submitted by Dana B. - United States | October 05, 2016
We chose Greenheart Travel because we were looking for an established, reputable agency that participated in a regulatory/screening organization, and found them listed on the CSIET website. Greenheart Travel was also one of the agencies we found that would place students in Ireland, and take a high school student who would turn 18 during his year abroad.
Hope Pavich, our Greenheart Travel program manager, was superb! She clearly communicated all the steps of the application and preparation processes, hosted a fantastic “getting ready to go” Skype call with several young people, kept us informed of our son Cooper’s progress, and was available for any questions we had. Hope is the best!
Bernadette and Christopher, Cooper’s host parents, were beyond lovely to him and to us when we visited Ireland at the end of his program. They clearly cared for and about Cooper while still understanding the needs of older teenagers and the unique challenges of parenting this age of an individual. We couldn’t be happier with how they supported Cooper in his time abroad. Nula, the area representative, did a wonderful job of helping Cooper when he required assistance as well.
EPIK teacher in Ulsan
Submitted by Emily Balamut - Ulsan South Korea | October 04, 2016
Using a recruiter was a really great option for me. I wasn't sure I would be able to navigate the seemingly complicated application process for EPIK. One of the things that really appealed to me about Greenheart Travel was the fact that is essentially free support for an emotionally difficult and stressful situation. I would email GT often and get a response within a day or two at the most (barring the weekend). The terms I would use to describe using GT would be supportive, informative, and helpful. It is the perfect company to use for someone who may need a little hand-holding (like me!). My experience with GT has been really great and I would highly recommend the company to a friend. Actually, I already have! Thanks GT for making my experience as smooth as possible.
Challenges & successes of immersion in Chinese life
Submitted by Phillip Levos - Nebraska United States | September 30, 2016
Overall, I am really enjoying my time here. The host family has been very gracious and I am starting to get accustomed to their culture. There have definitely been some challenges:
- The language barrier is pretty difficult. My host mom knows a decent amount of English but no one else speaks any. Even with taking a year of Mandarin and learning about the Chinese culture before I left, I clearly only scratched the surface!
- Another thing that has been rather difficult for me is how upfront the Chinese are about their expectations. They really want to know what I want from my time here and they will do everything they can to satisfy me even when they have done so much already. Growing up, I have always worked to give back and to help out whenever I can, which I have made sure to do here.
Those have been the only real obstacles I have been faced with thus far. It's alright though, because I knew that coming into the program that it would be hard. Greenheart Travel did a really good job preparing me for that with all their correspondence and pre-departure stuff.
By living with a family, I have come to appreciate the culture and understand some of the differences for why they do what they do. They really want me to experience their culture in as many ways as possible. I am learning a lot and having a good time! Teaching has also been good, although I have struggled a bit to keep it both educational and entertaining but it's working out! Overall, a very great learning experience & opportunity to be immersed in Chinese life.
Happy mom, happy daughter
Submitted by Linda Johnson - Memphis, TN United States | September 13, 2016
Hayla (my daughter) has just back home from 3 weeks in Japan. She was very sad to leave because she had a WONDERFUL experience. No culture shock… No drama…just a great time! She loved her host parents especially her host mom who cooked with her, took her places, etc. They have formed quite a bond. They certainly set the bar quite high! She cried when she left Japan (she did NOT cry when she left USA!) and still misses it very much!
She loved Fukuoka and all that the experience offered. She kept herself very busy. I think the program did a great job with offering varied activities and excursions for the kids. I think she has a solid understanding of the culture, school, and exchange experience. She will definitely be returning to Japan….I don’t know if it will be a summer program or an exchange program for the full year. A huge thank you to Greenheart Travel for making this a great experience for all the kids including my daughter. I cannot recommend your program enough.
Program: Summer Language Camp in Japan
Submitted by Sierra Winters | September 11, 2016
I had an AMAZING experience living in Austria for three months last year on Greenheart's trimester program. Excellent family, excellent location, and excellent cultural immersion. I had no idea our cultures could be so different. Greenheart did an awesome job of making sure I was placed with a safe family that could suit my needs (I am non-smoking and vegetarian) and passions. They also were always helping us with Visa questions and the like.
And my experience with Greenheart did not end after I returned from Austria. They are much more than a travel abroad program, and they are dedicated to helping alumni engage in community service (they offer grants, workshops, and conferences) and further cultural immersion. Highly, HIGHLY, recommend.