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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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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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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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Multiple Countries

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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Cuba

Cuba: Authentic Cuba

On this trip, we find ourselves in a strikingly independent, beautifully unique Caribbean paradise. Be among the first Americans to open the door to Cuba in almost 60 years....

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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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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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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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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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Global Works - Travel with Purpose Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Satisfaction

    10

My Trip to the Galapagos Islands

Going on a trip to another country without my family was something I had never done before this trip with Global Works and I am so thankful I did. This trip was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences I have ever had, and I tried so many new things. I snorkeled for the first time, and swam with so many really cool sea creatures, including sharks, which had previously been a fear of mine. I had thought I would miss my family, but my trip leaders, Jason and Katie, were awesome and so much fun. While on the Galapagos Islands, I was a boat, bus, and plane ride away from home, but my trip leaders and the island guides not only made me feel safe, but were a great support system throughout the trip. My time on this trip was spent making a ton of new friends from all over the United States, many of whom I'm still in touch with now. There was never a boring moment on the trip, and we had incredible activities planned everyday, most of which I wouldn't be able to do anywhere else in the world. We wrote about them and posted online each day (with photos) so our families could see all the fun we were having. The first day we went to Papallacta's natural hot springs, which was very relaxing, and later on, we hiked up the Sierra Negra volcano - which made for some incredible photos. While the trip was full of expeditions and trips all over the islands, we also did volunteer work on the island of Isabela to help the local community and the tortoises. Our group stayed and worked at Campo Duro , where there was a huge field in between all of the tents we stayed in. When we weren't working, we played cards and spent time around a fire just relaxing and having fun. (Tip: remember to pack cards and small, fun games.) While all of this was incredibly fun, my most memorable experience was our last day of snorkeling. After getting wetsuits and snorkeling gear, we took a boat ride to go to our final activity. We jumped off the boat and began swimming around to spot the many different animals. In the end, our group saw a sea horse, stingrays, sharks, a penguin, fish that seemed to be neon, and many, many sea turtles. These animals swam right past me and some even right next to me. They were unaffected by our presence, and I had never seen anything like it. The weather was perfect the entire 10 days I spent there. On the trip, I was finally able to put to use my years of Spanish classes. We spoke Spanish often - with our trip leaders and guides, people in the communities we worked and stayed with, shopkeepers in Quito, and with each other. My school Spanish was actually pretty good - and at times a bit embarrassing, but it just added to the laughter! I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to experience Ecuador's culture and highly recommend the Galapagos Island trip with Global Works.

Program: Galapagos Island: Marine Service & Adventure

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Personal Development

    9

Adventure like no other

Throughout my journey to Nicaragua with Global works, there was never a moment that we weren't being challenged and inspired. There were an endless amount of once-in-a-lifetime adventures that made this trip truly unforgettable.
Our first destination was at a quiet hostel on Laguna de Apoyo in Managua. As the group and I were released from our morning activities and ventured into the warm, blue lake, we pretty much immediately became friends. Together we smiled and splashed in amazement of the natural beauty in Nicaragua. The worry-free atmosphere surrounded us and kept the group close for the duration of the trip.
I quickly fell in love with Nicaragua. Passing through small local towns, ordering delicious Mangos at street stands, arriving at another resort on the beach that had the most astounding view of the endless horizon I had ever seen- every moment was filled with happiness. But the best part of Nicaragua was the people.
Nicaragua is home to the most cheerful and amiable people I have ever met. When we first arrived at the clinics in Matagalpa, the local children loved to smile at everything. There were times when we would be doing our community service around the clinic and the children would ask to help just to be around us and laugh. Even the adults in the community tried to make small talk while we were in the doctor’s office waiting for the doctor to write a prescription. Everyone made us feel like family.
Saying goodbye to Nicaragua was one of the saddest moments of the whole trip, but I came home from this Global Works trip with a new understanding and sensitivity to the issues facing Nicaragua and its neighbors today. I had a sense of confidence in my ability to adapt to new environments. And I felt more inspired to promote cultural appreciation and social change back in my U.S. community. This trip was truly such an amazing experience and I would definitely do something like it again in a heartbeat.

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Satisfaction

    10

Galápagos culture and wildlife immersion

The Galápagos Marine Service Adventure was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. This was my first time out of the country, and I felt safe, excited, and welcomed by counselors and fellow travelers. Every summer I go to one or more summer camps, but this one was like none of the summer camps I have ever been a part of. The landscapes were breathtaking, the housing was rustic and beautiful, the people were so friendly, the wildlife was very unique, and our counselors brought important topics up for discussion every evening. As a group, we discussed privilege, adversity, diversity, and how to positively impact our communities with the lessons we learned from nature and other experiences in the Galápagos. One thing I learned was to be grateful for my many privileges and to use those privileges to better my community and help others. I was also reminded that community service is not for hours or potential scholarships, but an act of kindness that should teach the volunteer a lesson and give them a sense of community.

Program: Galapagos Island: Marine Service & Adventure

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Galapagos adventure

Two of our children have been on this trip (one 3 years ago and one summer of 2017) and both loved it! They are very different individuals and the fact that both of them came home so excited is a huge endorsement to the trip leaders and experiences they gained! Kudos to Global Works!

Program: Galapagos Island: Marine Service & Adventure

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Satisfaction

    10

Adventures in Peru

During our time in Peru, we not only got to learn about the Peruvian culture and visit breathtaking historical sites such as Machu Picchu and Saqsaywaman, but we also got to engage in community service work. From working at a local public school for special needs kids to helping build a dormitory for school girls, every single experience was rewarding and unique. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is interested!

Program: Peru: Hardcore Service Adventure

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