As peoples of the world become increasingly interdependent we must all recognize that we live in a global community. The future of this community depends upon our self-knowledge as well as upon mutual understanding and respect among diverse cultures.
Global Routes deepens these roots of our shared community as we foster personal and international development. Undertaking voluntary work overseas allows North American youth the opportunity to push past stereotypes and misconceptions to build strong relationships and self-understanding, as well as buildings.
Our foreign exchange programs contribute to a flourishing global community.
Who We Are
Global Routes was founded in 1986 as a non-governmental, non-sectarian organization in collaboration with our sister organization Windsor Mountain. Windsor Mountain launched its first program abroad for high school students as Crossroads in 1967! Our inaugural community service program in 1986 in Kenya was the very first community service program of its kind. Over 25 years later, our unique approach to experiential education and international service combined with our commitment to the host communities in which we serve continue to set us apart from other organizations.
Our office staff, program leaders, and in-country staff are all committed, passionate individuals who see the value in meaningful travel, opportunities for personal growth, sustainable and responsible development, as well as stepping out into the great unknown.
What We Believe
Year after year, we have seen that living and working with people around the world challenges both students and local community members to step outside of their boundaries and open their hearts and minds to new people, cultures, and ideas. This connection with one another helps us all to better understand ourselves and grow personally in ways that we might never have imagined. A heightened awareness of self and others will ultimately help us create a global community in which we all truly wish to live.
What We Do
We offer our students an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves into a small rural community, develop long-lasting cross-cultural relationships, and make positive contributions that will last a lifetime. Our high school, gap year, and college programs provide students with the chance to travel and share an experience with a group of peers while engaging with a local host community through homestays and volunteer work. In many of our programs, students work side by side with locals on projects selected by the community, such as constructing a school, health clinic, or community center. Our gap and college students can also integrate into local schools to teach or tutor English, math, science, art, life skills, or any other subject where a bit of extra help is needed.