At Global Routes we believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience meaningful, authentic travel whether the focus is cultural immersion, language, adventure, or community service. We love working with individuals, schools, camps, organizations, groups and anyone with a goal to experience the world to create Custom Programs.
We’ve sent school groups on life-changing programs to Tanzania and Costa Rica, guided couples on a ‘Gap Honeymoon’ (3 months+), structured Round the World trips for college grads, adults taking a year off or sabbatical, and young families seeking to introduce their children to cross-cultural experiences. Whether you need full-fledged trip development or just a couple hours of support to take the first step, we’re here to help! Our Director, Adam Aronovitz has circumnavigated the globe five times, criss-crossing the planet seeking out the most meaningful and authentic experiences to share with you.
Take the first step here:
For Custom Programs and trip consulting for individuals or small groups click here to share your goals and you’ll be on your way.
For Custom Programs for groups (schools, camps, organizations), click here to share some of your goals with us on this form and we can send a proposal of programs your way.
With the Global Routes hallmark of sustainable community service at their core, these programs are further customized based on the unique interests, goals, dates, destinations and budgets of our partners. This is an extraordinary opportunity to manifest your dream program. It is also a privilege for us to collaborate with those institutions and organized groups whose values are reflective of our own, and where together we can fulfill our shared desires to facilitate profound opportunities for our participants.
Our staff will work very closely with you from conceptualization to implementation on all aspects of your custom experience. We bring our expertise in program development and group facilitation to build and guide your program every step of the way.
Based on your goals, destination, and budget, we will help advise and create the best possible program for you. Whether you interested in an alternative spring break, a “Jan-Term” program, a summer opportunity, a multi-year travel odyssey or something else entirely, we will honored to help you on your way.
Typically we start with those destinations where we have long established programs and in-country staff. Given our 50-year history, we have itineraries and relationships in more than 75 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Central, North and South America.
Groups who seek out Global Routes are interested in meaningful community service and cross-cultural exchange, and our model of living and volunteering in a rural village. In addition, many are looking to:
- Deepen language skills
- Increase group cohesion
- Develop personal empowerment
- Experience an ecologically responsible travel adventure
- Discover traditional arts, crafts and customs
- Explore the natural environment
- Engage in global awareness and citizenship
We draft rough itineraries and program models, make conference calls, site visits and or presentations to partner organizations and potential participants. We also create password protected webpages made easily accessible to all participants with extensive trip information and links to packing, passport, immunization and resource lists.
We finalize the program itinerary, activities and budget, make reservations for all accommodations, meals, international and in-country travel, select, prepare and oversee the host community service projects and living arrangements, organize all other program components, including recreational and cultural activities.
We assign a lead staff person to liaise with the partner throughout the planning process; designate one field instructor to lead the group for the duration of the program; create communications plan to support the program in the field, making our directors available 24 hours a day for ongoing program support.
For teachers, directors, managers and organizers, working with Global Routes to create a custom program has been the difference between a long-envisioned dream, and a reality. You can view SAMPLE ITINERARIES here, and share your goals for programming on this form and we’ll get back to you with a proposal. We would enjoy being in touch with you to discuss sample itineraries, references and your dream Custom Program.