Greenheart Travel Programs
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 Spain program offers the opportunity for travelers to be English tutors for local families in exchange for room and board. Participants...
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...
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...
This is your chance to have the adventure of a lifetime while learning Spanish and about the Costa Rican way of life. Throughout your time abroad you can also participate...
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 Reviews
Good experience overall
Submitted by Elizabeth Moore-Bick - Brighton England | April 19, 2017
Overall, my experience on this program was pretty good. It was very relaxed and flexible and my language skills definitely improved. I enjoyed getting to know my host family and experiencing life in Varese, Italy. I would recommend that future participants do as much as they can to learn the local language before you go - especially as regards speaking! It will make a real difference in your experience.
I think one way the program could be improved in the future is to clarify expectations. While the unstructured nature of the program allows for flexibility (which is nice), it didn't feel as though the local coordinator had had any real conversations with my host family as to what to expect, so the first few weeks were a bit stressful. I suppose that’s normal with exchange programs because it’s an adjustment, but it might be worthwhile having some sort of form which host family and guests could read/work through early on in the placement to articulate expectations on both sides!
Full immersion experience
Submitted by Marc-André Simard - Winnipeg Canada | April 13, 2017
My main objective with this trip was to immerse myself in Spanish in order to better my language skills and I've definitely achieved that goal. But I've gained much more than just language skills from this trip. I've learned a bit about teaching, I've learned about Argentinian culture and I've built valuable relationships. I'll definitely cherish the memories I've made and I'm certain I will return to see my host family and explore more of Argentina! Thank you to Greenheart Travel for all work you put into making this trip as smooth sailing as it was for me. The preparation and regular communication really helped to reassure me prior to my departure. I had no issues during my two months in Argentina but I know that if anything would have come up you would have been there to help and I appreciate that very much! It's hard for me to pinpoint THE single best memory I have because I experienced quite a few things. The family was more than generous and made me feel like I was one of them. They took me along with them to family diners, live music concerts and we even went to Buenos Aires for a day to see Cirque du Soleil!
Loved my family & Greenheart!
Submitted by Canaan Craig - N/A | April 11, 2017
I love the fact that this program lets you get to be so close to a family in their unique culture & routine. You get to learn so much more about the language and the culture of the country/region than if you were just visiting the country on your own. And you also get to build relationships that will most likely impact your entire life!
I think that Greenheart Travel prepared us very well and provided us with many resources! If you're on the fence about this program, I would say that the personal support and contact I had with Greenheart employees during my entire program made it worth it! I even got to meet my program manager Megan in person in Spain when she visited. The only thing I can suggest to improve the program would be to offer a q&a session with alumni. For example, someone who is applying for the homestay program in Spain gets the contact info of/has a Skype session with an alumni member who has done this program there.
The best decision I've ever made
Submitted by David Naghiu - Catholic Central High School | March 20, 2017
My program taught me the value of studying. The investment in a year-long experience motivated me to really make the most of it. It was life-changing, and I will never look at the world the same way again. When you're in high school, it's a small universe, but when you go abroad, your world grows and you learn a lot about yourself. It’s honestly the best decision I’ve ever made.
Costa Rica made me more confident
Submitted by Leah Miller - Lakeview High School | February 27, 2017
My exchange made me more sure about what I want to do in life because of the cultural and historical influences I experienced. No matter how much I love my high school, now I will always want to get on a plane and travel to explore other cultures. Thanks to this experience, I also know that I can do it! And it made me prepared to work hard for the things that I really want. I may not be the most normal person, but this experience taught me that travel is where I belong. It made me confident that that’s what I need to be doing with my life.