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...
This is a volunteer, unpaid teaching placement designed for deep cultural immersion and exchange. This program is ideal for adults hoping to get their feet wet in teaching,...
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...
Volunteer abroad to save elephants and villagers' livelihoods by helping resolve human-elephant conflicts in the Wasgamuwa Region, a vast and diverse wilderness area in North...
Greenheart Travel's Teach Abroad program in Myanmar is perfect for the adventure traveler looking to make a positive impact on the lives of local people. Participants will...
Greenheart Travel offers the opportunity to volunteer with a pioneering project on sustainable forestry research, enrichment, and reforestation on a 1,000-acre reserve in...
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 Reviews
Don't Want to Leave!
Submitted by Abigail S - N/A | June 22, 2017
I only have two more days left in the Salamanca program and I wish I could stay for a 100 more! Living with a family is definitely a special experience that I'm glad I could have. The classes, while Im always learning new things that Id never heard of, aren't particularly challenging. In fact they're some of the most fun parts of the day! Thank you to Greenheart for giving me this amazing opportunity!
Myanmar is enchanting!
Submitted by Chase Chisholm - Chicago United States | June 19, 2017
My experience in Myanmar was magical. The people, the cuisine (and beer), and the sights to behold—everything was absolutely enchanting!
I lived and worked for a total of three years in Yangon (2013-2016). Just as the country transformed rapidly during that time, I, too, grew both personally and professionally.
Myanmar people are extremely hospitable and funny! The amount of sarcasm and playfulness I experienced and/or observed from my Myanmar friends, neighbors, students and colleagues made me feel at home right away.
I taught at Myanmar Noble College, a private institution where students could achieve their HND (Higher National Diploma). My students ranged in age from 16-22. I instructed over 200 students a week in an effort to help them prepare for their IELTS exam. In order to study abroad in an English-speaking country, students must get a high score on the IELTS test.
I had a pretty normal teaching schedule. I worked a regular 40-hour week, Monday-Friday. Some teachers do work on the weekends, however. It depends on where you’re placed.
I went to Myanmar as a Greenheart Travel Teach Abroad Correspondent, which meant I got to share my experience through monthly videos and blog posts for Greenheart Travel.
Sara Thacker, the program manager for Greenheart Travel’s opportunity in Myanmar, efficiently and easily got me there, checked in on me during my time, and continued corresponding with me even after I had ventured off on my own!
Jill Robinson, Greenheart Travel’s marketing director, was a blast to work with! We got to know each personally, and she often reached out to me when the photos, videos, and blog posts I submitted would tell of particular challenges I was facing at the time. Thanks, Jill!
Myanmar isn’t the easiest place I’ve lived overseas. Yangon is extremely hot. The power goes out regularly. Resources at schools tend to be a bit limited. And I took a cold shower or bucket bath the entire time I lived there. But, all of these things enhanced my adventure, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Not even the cockroaches.
My recommendation would be to have a cushion of savings before you go, just in case! I had a hard time paying bills at home while I was there. I simply wasn’t making enough for my needs, and I had a hard time finding a way to send money out of the country (this has likely become easier by now).
NOW is when you should experience Myanmar—it’s such an exciting time in its history! So many new places to shop, dine and wine are opening up all over Yangon. Much of what you’ll read online about Myanmar is already outdated. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with how fast the country is changing! Guess you better find out for yourself!
The perfect company to help you get abroad and support you all the way!
Submitted by Kate - Pittsburgh, PA United States | June 16, 2017
I decided to use Greenheart Travel to go help me through the process of teaching abroad because the visa and placement process can be extremely complicated and I wanted to use a company that had experience. However, the company was way more helpful than just handling logistics. They were there for every step, and answered any frantic questions I sent via email within a few hours. I think I even took their program for granted a little bit, because when I arrived in Thailand with no problems, I met people who had used other companies and had run into a number of issues before arriving. Greenheart even stayed in contact with me throughout my time in Thailand to help assist with any problems. I honestly felt that they actually cared about each participant having a meaningful and memorable experience, and many other Greenheart travelers that I met had nothing but positive things to say as well. But the most beneficial aspect of going through Greenheart Travel (that I had completely not anticipated) was the extensive and really helpful network of alumni. If I was traveling anywhere in the country, needed help with a lesson plan, had a questions about the culture, or even help when returning back to the U.S, I could always reach out to the alumni network for advice and suggestions. It was like having a friend wherever I went in Thailand, and that was honestly invaluable. This company is a must of you are thinking about going abroad!
Amazed by this amazing country!
Submitted by Hannah Patzer - University of Wisconsin | June 12, 2017
After three glorious weeks my Sri Lankan adventure has come to an end :(. While part of me wishes I was still covered in dirt, tracking elephants, and living off of curry I knew that it was time to come home.
For me personally the local people are what made this trip so incredible. Traveling as a solo female can be daunting, but I can honestly say that I did not have a single bad experience with anyone while here. I cannot count the number of times I had people come up to me and ask if I needed help with directions, or where I was from, or even just to say hi. The sheer kindness and selflessness I witnessed from the Sri Lankan people will never cease to amaze me.
I have experienced American culture, Swedish culture, and many other Europeans cultures while traveling; however, none can to compare Sri Lanka’s. 70% of the people living in the country practice Buddhism which I had little to no experience with before traveling to the country. Buddhism is such a loving religion and it really reflects on the culture in Sri Lanka. The people are very respectful and humble, spending hours a day mediating, praying, and giving offers to their Buddhist Gods.
From the stunning mountain ranges, to the lush forests and mesmerizing untouched beach, photos will never be able to portray just how unbelievably beautiful this island truly is. I have seen lots of elephants, monkeys, lizards, buffalo, cows, birds, scorpions, and insects bigger than my head! The food has been unbelievable (even if it is rice and curry for every single meal). Sri Lankan food is very similar to Indian food. Lots and lots of curry, rice, and bread, although it tends to be much spicier. A typical breakfast includes “shorteats’ (basically all shorts of breads study with veggies, fish, etc), string hoppers (rice noodle disks), and various curries to dip you string hoppers in.
Submitted by Juan Reyes - Los Angeles United States | June 08, 2017
I didn't have expectations as to what i would get out of this program. I started the program with a blank canvas so what ever happened i was in for the ride. Going from one country to another i was not expecting the same creature comforts. Being on the fence is not doing you any good, sometimes is best to just experience it first-hand because you never know who you will meet, a simple act like that can change how you see yourself. The best thing about the program that i can share, was that i met some great people that i had no clue i was going to meet in the first place. I would say definitely bring a book to read (days slow down) also bring earplugs for a quite night's sleep(nature wakes up when humans sleep). Improvements are not something i noticed in need of.