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Summer Service Adventures International Travel For High School Students and Groups Argentin a Ecuador Galapago s Islands France Panama Peru THAILAND Spain COSTA Rica


IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR FUN AND ADVENTURE, AND YOU WANT TO BE A SPARK FOR

SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE WORLD, LET GLOBAL WORKS BE YOUR GUIDE.


WELCOME A Note from our Director The Global Works Experience Global Works Home Office Our Roots / Global Works Trip Leaders Testimonials

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Cultural Exchange Programs Overview Australia China Costa Rica (3 week) Fiji Islands New Zealand & Fiji Islands Nicaragua Puerto Rico Thailand Zambia

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LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMS Overview Homestays Argentina China Costa Rica (4 week) Costa Rica (2 week) Ecuador France Panama Peru and Galapagos Islands Spain (4 week) Spain (2 week)

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FOCUS PROGRAMS Overview Costa Rica Soccer Costa Rica Science Costa Rica Surf Ecuador Science Peru Photography Puerto Rico Sailing Fiji Islands Surf

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References How to Enroll Application Enrollment Agreement

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A NOTE FROM OUR DIRECTOR Dear Parents, Students, and Alumni, Ever since I began working with Global Works as a trip leader in Costa Rica in 1995, and beginning with the organization’s first Summer Service Adventure trip to Puerto Rico in 1990, Global Works has held a strong belief that community service and student safety in the context of a fun and engaging summer are the essential elements in each and every one of our programs. While many organizations are adding community service programs to their repertoire in recent years, engaging service based adventure programming has always been who and what we are! From a once-upon-a-time high school educator and trip leader to a parent and Global Works Director, you have my commitment that we remain true to those essential core values.

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dards, varying interests, and priorities of students and parents with the same unwavering commitment to service and safety that has always characterized the Global Works difference. Thank you to the thousands of students and parents that have supported our mission of ‘fostering personal growth and promoting social and cultural awareness for our students and the communities they serve.’ We recognize the extreme importance of protecting that mission with a dedication to quality and inspirational programming. To all the students enrolling in our Summer Service Adventure trips this summer; if you are looking for fun and adventure, and want to be a spark for change in the world, we look forward to being your guide!

In 2012 we continue to offer many new destinations such as Zambia and Thailand, impactful grassroots projects such as installing tressle pumps and building chicken coops in rural areas, Yours in the journey, and skill “focus” trips in the areas of science, soccer, surfing, and Erik Werner photography. This new programming reflects the high stanDirector, Global Works

Family photo: Erik, Emily, Luke (age 8), Ava (age 6), Julia (age 3)


THE GLOBAL WORKS EXPERIENCE OUR CORE PHILOSOPHY We believe that COMMUNITY SERVICE (“with” and not “for” communities) gives us the “purpose” for traveling to a destination and an opportunity to earn people’s trust and good will while also creating fun and engaging CULTURAL EXCHANGE activities that allow us to authentically engage in LANGUAGE IMMERSION and SKILL-FOCUSED experiences.

SAFETY Safety is the most important aspect to any Global Works trip. Planning, prevention, and vigilance are key. Our Home Office staff and leaders continue to attend risk management conferences, medical trainings, and our risk management systems and training programs are seen as a model in the industry. OUR STAFF Quite simply we believe our staff to be the best in the industry. We expect a lot out of them, and we look after them. Our average return rate over the past three years is 70%. That means there are ALWAYS veteran Global Works leaders on each and every trip. We hire experienced, knowledgeable staff, who are educators, ages 23 and older; we do not hire college students. We take great care in hiring people we feel will make outstanding instructors, role models and friends. GROUP SIZE AND SUPERVISION Our leader-student ratio is 1:7. We are committed to small group travel. Each trip has a minimum of 3 adult leaders in the event that a leader needs to provide temporary individual attention to a participant. STAFF ON PRE-ARRANGED GROUP FLIGHTS Global Works arranges group flights and our staff leader(s) travel WITH students on international flights from the group departure airport. WE’RE ALWAYS THERE Our home office staff is available 24-hours a day during the duration of our programs. You will always have the ability, day or night, to reach your son/daughter through our hotline.

SEE AND EXPERIENCE MORE! Global Works itineraries take students to visit three to five different communities within each country, providing students with a cross-section of the culture and landscape. MEANINGFUL AND DOCUMENTED SERVICE HOURS Ten–fifteen (10–15) hours per week of meaningful community service work is completed and documented. Global Works was built around the philosophy of community service; this is, and has always been, one of our core values. A Certificate of Participation is awarded to each student at the end of each trip.

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“THE BLEND” Global Works has developed its own unique and special blend of programming that combines: community service, cultural exchange, exciting adventure activities, and language learning and other skill focused options such as science, soccer, surf, sailing, and photography.


GLOBAL WORKS HOME OFFICE

Erik Werner, Executive Director

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Polly Moriarty, Human Resources Director

Education:

Education:

University of Washington, M.A. Education Carroll College, B.A. International Studies and Spanish

University of Colorado, M.A. Spanish and Education Ohio Wesley University, B.A. Spanish and Psychology

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Erik brings nearly twenty years of experience working as a high school educator and travel program administrator to his tenure as Global Works Director. He is a former Peace Corp Volunteer in Bolivia who received undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Spanish and an M.A. in Education from the University of Washington in Seattle. Erik keeps his Spanish language skills fresh by coordinating our Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Nicaragua, and Panama programs. Outside of work, Erik is most likely found spending time with his wife Emily and three children Luke, Ava, and Julia.

Since 1998, Polly has worked with Global Works, first in the field and more recently in the home office. While teaching Spanish at the Westminster School (CT) and Summit Middle School (CO), she spent her summers leading Global Works trips in Costa Rica and Ecuador. Along with her HR duties, she now heads up the France and China programs. Polly enjoys running, hiking, and tele-skiing in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, Fritz, their daughters, Ellie and Hanna, and their dog, Pacha Mama.

Emily Werner, Financial Management

Education:

Education:

Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A. Anthropology and Environmental Studies

University of Washington, PhD Child Clinical Psychology Washington University, B.S. Psychology

Fritz Moriarty, Sales Director

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Fritz spent his formative years at the Loomis Chaffee School (CT) and after college, taught and lived in Costa Rica with a host Emily is a licensed psychologist who splits her time between family through World Teach. Fritz went on to teach Spanish and Global Works and The Children’s Hospital of Denver. While her ESL at the Indian Mountain School (CT) while leading Global formal Global Works duties include financial management, she also acts as our resident consultant on child and adolescent de- Works trips in the summer. Currently, Fritz directs Ecuador, Peru, and Spain programs, and heads up our Custom Group Travel velopment. Emily spends any remaining time keeping up with department. Come wintertime, you’ll find Fritz ripping it up on her three children and training for marathons. his tele-skis in the Colorado back country. Craig Fahey, Marketing Director Rebecca Battenfelder, Enrollment Coordinator Education: Otago University, B.A. Engineering Education: About: University of Vermont, B.A. Natural Resources and Recreation Management Craig adds nearly two decades of experience to Global Works through working with youth in educational settings both in the About: U.S. and abroad. After joining Global Works in its early years, Becca’s background includes study abroad to Costa Rica, Craig has helped Global Works to become an industry leader Honduras, Nicaragua and Belize where she developed firsthand through his roles of director of risk management and program experience with sustainable community development and ecodirector of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Thailand. Outside of tourism projects. Always scratching the travel bug within, Becca Global Works, Craig’s passions include exploring the mountains has been a guide and leader for projects in Montana, Honduras, and kayaking the rivers of his homes in Boulder, Colorado and Costa Rica and Nicaragua. In her free time, you can find her on Wanaka, New Zealand. the slopes, rafting the Arkansas River, heating up the kitchen, or blogging on Notes from the Globe! About:


OUR ROOTS After two successful summers in Puerto Rico, Biff expanded to Global Works was founded in 1989 by Pam and James “Biff” British Columbia in 1992, changing the name of his brainchild Houldin. After dedicating more than two decades to enriching the lives of young adults through teaching, providing horseback to Global Works. Since then, Global Works has steadily expanded to other destinations around the globe. riding programs for physically challenged youth, and running Stone Mountain Adventures, a summer camp at their family The small office at the Houldin family farm has grown into a farm in Central Pennsylvania, the Houldins dreamed of someclose-knit staff based in Boulder, Colorado. We hope to share thing more. Pam and Biff envisioned an international program our passion for travel, teaching, and the search for a real travel that combined community service and adventure travel as a experience with you! way to give back to the world. Biff chose Puerto Rico as the destination for the first four-week service program. In an unfortunate coincidence, Hurricane Hugo devastated much of Puerto Rico that September. Amidst the devastation, Biff realized that meaningful service and cultural exchange might be achieved through the reconstruction of homes after this terrible storm. In the summer of 1990, 25 students and 5 staff embarked for Puerto Rico under the name Caribbean Adventures.

OUR Trip Leaders They’re inspirational! With so many returning staff (about 70% each year), we feel our staff leadership is one of our greatest strengths. Global Works continues to hire skilled, knowledgeable, fun-loving women and men who organize and lead trips according to high standards of quality, safety and, of course, fun. They are leaders chosen for: experience working with students, flexibility, organization, language skills, a sense of humor, and responsibility. The majority of our staff also works as professional educators and the average age of our staff is 28. With at least three adult staff on each summer program, we are able to achieve a sensitive awareness to the needs of our participants and communities. Most of our programs have an additional on-site country director to serve as logistical backup for our groups while working closely with the Global Works home base in Boulder, Colorado. Each of our staff leaders must be certified in First Aid and CPR and attend our staff training in late spring.

Staff Training Each of our staff leaders are required to attend our annual staff training in Boulder, CO. New and veteran staffers come together from a variety of countries, cultures, and educational backgrounds. Our staff training weekend provides an opportunity for leader teams to share service learning ideas and educational techniques, plan the details of their program, and gain knowledge of Global Works’ safety protocols and guidelines. With our Staff Manual as the guide, we hold workshops including: Community and Team Building, Homestays and Language Learning, Communication and Documentation, Travel Days, and Medical Scenarios. Like our programs, the days are not “all work, and no play” as Staff Training always includes in a lively costume hoedown. (Make sure you ask your leaders this summer who had the best costume!) Staff training instills in our leaders a deeper understanding of the Global Works culture of safety and our service oriented approach to programming.

Go to our website to read leader bios!

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TESTIMONIALS As soon as we stepped off the plane, we were all friends. Not only did we know each other’s names, home states, and hobbies, we all shared inside jokes and some fun nicknames for each other. One may have thought all of the hours of traveling would have tired us out, or made us cranky, but actually it brought us closer and we had a great time.

FROM PARTICIPANTS AND PARENTS

PARENT TESTIMONIALS This summer was one I’ll remember for my whole life . I can barely put into words how thankful I am for the privilege to come here. – Leah Reisman, Australia & New Zealand

– New Zealand/ Fiji I would describe my Global Works experience as: life changing, eye opening, impossible to forget and just AMAZING! – Alex J., Costa Rica

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Don’t hesitate if you have fear of the unknown, you are walking into a life changing experience.

– Jenna, Costa Rica

My favorite part was when I got to see the completed projects and the smiles on the community members’ faces, because I felt like I was part of a big change in those people’s lives. – Jae Lee, Nicaragua

As I begin to embark on my journey back to New York, I feel a real sense of accomplishment, for having tried something new, learned a lot of Spanish, gained insight from my friends and leaders, and personally feeling a new sense of maturity. Thanks to everyone for an amazing time!

Global Works has really opened my eyes to a different culture other than my own. I’m very thankful for what I have now and no longer take things for granted. – Meredith Moller, Costa Rica

Among the winding streets, pristine – Rachel Seidman, Argentina natural pools, and wealth of fun spots and delicious restaurants, my host family stood out as the best part of Arenas. Global Works is….A little bit of everything, Jamming on the guitar with my Spanish really. Adventure tied with cultural immerbrother, Alberto, was equaled by melonsion, traveling, and natural interactions. Our cutting lesson from my nueva madre. All trip really raised the bar for my future travels. in all, Arenas was an amazing place. – Becky, Peru/ Ecuador -Zach Cartun, Spain

This program is truly life changing. It is really worth it. – Annie Abrams, Spain

Wow! I had an amazing time

Being immersed in a culture different than mine is the most amazing and rewarding experience anyone could have.

traveling through Spain, getting to meet new people, making friends for a lifetime and opening the doors to traveling in my life.

– Rebecca Hoogwerf, China

– Jenna Hennessey, Spain

The program is invaluable ... every child should do this at some point during their high school years. – Wendy, Parent of New Zealand/ Fiji participant

The homestay was the absolute highlight or Tori’s trip­—in her opinion. She learned a ton, felt really close to the family, loved sharing that with a friend from the trip. – Kate Staley, Parent of Costa Rica Participant

A wonderful enriching experience. Elouise has learned a great deal about the people of Fiji and can appreciate the culture and friendship of the community they live in. – Ruth Roche, Parent of Fiji Surf Participant

Our daughter came home with a new found spirit and outlook on the world. – Karen Hennessey, Parent of Spain Participant

My sons had an incredible experience. They came to love the country, but more importantly they came to love the people of the country. They made a connection to a wonderful family, as well as a close group of teens from this country! – Bridget Ardissono, Parent of Argentina Participants

Eye-opening, engaging, authentic, adventurous, fun, global. He loved everything about it! – Janet, Parent of Panama Participant


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Cultural Exchange Programs Just like our first trip to Puerto Rico in 1990, the “Cultural Exchange” Global Works Summer Service Adventure trip offers a blend of community service (estimated 10-15 hours per week), cultural exchange, and adventure activities. While several options exist in Spanish speaking destinations, there are no prior language study requirements and no formal language study involved, we just ask that you come with a willingness to learn and have fun! All Cultural Exchange programs include:

CULTURAL EXCHANGE Journeying to a small village incountry, we immerse ourselves in each of the local cultures. Living, working, and playing alongside our village friends, we expand our experience and vision of the world as we share in community activities and gain a deeper understanding of each other’s lives, traditions, arts, and customs. Global Works trips give you the opportunity to experience the language, spirit, and kindness of the people.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL A well-rounded journey is made extraordinary by its adventures! It is difficult to capture in words or pictures the magical feeling that overcomes one when standing among the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, or the feeling of confidence one has after rafting the Río Sarapiquí, or the pure sense of awe of the natural world when snorkeling in the Caribbean. Global Works understands that traveling isn’t about the souvenirs and postcards, rather it’s about what you give and gain from your heart and mind.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE Global Works is a service company first and a travel company second. We partner with local communities and organizations to complete meaningful, well-organized and thoughtful service work. Our philosophy is to work with a village, not for a village. In partnership with community members, we hand select meaningful projects to provide a grass-roots experience that will make an authentic impact.


Australia TRIP OVERVIEW

Down Under Explorer 4-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

Session : June 26 – July 21 (26 days)

Australia abounds with dramatic scenery, colorful marine wonderlands, vast open spaces, great beaches, and welcoming, friendly people.

Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff

From working alongside locals, to mingling with koala bears and kangaroos, this rugged and unique land will provide us with extraordinary experiences and a surprise around every bend.

GRADES: 9–12 Tuition for 26 day program : $5,995 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Los Angeles)

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* This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 40–60 community service hours • Work alongside the local community in environmental conservation efforts • Work with elementary age school children

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Discover surfing at Australia’s famous “Surfers Paradise” • Snorkel or SCUBA dive Australia’s Great Barrier Reef • Experience the village life of Australia *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

“The sites I’ve seen have been breathtaking and I’ve widened my comfort level so I now have the ability to achieve any goals I set.” – Gabriella Shink


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ITINERARY Days 1-4: Sydney We fly directly to Sydney, Australia where we meet our Global Works leaders at the airport and transfer to our lodging in central Sydney. Travel time is 12 hours, yet we arrive two days later than we departed thanks to the International Date Line! We arrive early in the morning, and have time for orientation activities and rest from the long flight. We explore the Sydney Harbour on an Aboriginal boat tour and get a wonderful introduction to Australia by the traditional owners of the land. We will learn about the indigenous history of the area and maybe a little “Aussie lingo” from our Aboriginal guides. Next, we visit one of the city’s most well-known symbols, the Sydney Opera House, majestically poised between the Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanic Garden. A trip to the observation deck of the 1,000 foot Sydney Tower rewards us with views of all 600 square miles of Sydney.

Days 9- 18: Brisbane, Frasier Island and Surf Camp During our stay we will participate in a variety of meaningful service projects with schools, environmental groups, and other community organizations. Activities include learning to ride the waves in a surfing paradise, hanging out with the kangaroos and koala bears at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and exploring the beauty of a World Heritage site, Fraser Island.

Days 19-26: Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Our last stop is Cairns (pronounced “Cans”), located on the northern coast of Queensland. After exploring the metropolitan city of Cairns, we will head to our base at Crocodylus, a truly unique resort situated between the World Heritage rainforest areas of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks, and the Great Barrier Reef. We have the unique opportunity to participate in environmental service work at Daintree, the oldest living rainforest in the world. We punctuate our trip with a snorkeling and SCUBA dive trip at the Great Barrier Reef- a chance of a lifetime! Our evenings will be spent under the Southern Cross reflecting on an incredible four weeks of service, adventure, and friendly people. Come join us!

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Days 5-8: The Blue Mountains and Kangaroo Service For the next few days, we will work alongside local volunteers at a wildlife sanctuary outside of Sydney. We contribute our time and effort to it’s education and conservation mission. Here, we get an up-close view of kangaroos, koalas, emus, and many more of Australia’s unique animals. Characterized by sandstone plateas, deep gorges, and high mountain peaks, the Blue Mountains get their name from the blue tinge they have when viewed from far away. See if you can spot a koala bear nibbling on a leaf in one of the many eucalyptus groves during a day hike through the bush!

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Journey to the Far East 3-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 25 – July 15 (21 days)

China’s grandeur is met in its people as well as its rich cultural history.

Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff

In Beijing you will find the stunning modern architecture of the 2008 Summer Olympics only miles from the ancient Forbidden City, once the exclusive home of China’s emperors. This bustling urban landscape strikes a stark contrast with the serene hills

GRADES: 9–12

of southwest China’s tranquil villages nestled among lush, steep mountains. Regardless of these differences in geography and environment, the people of China share a long history full of conflict and accomplishment.

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Tuition for 21 day program : $4,695 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Newark to Beijing, Beijing to Chengdu, Chengdu to Xi’an) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 30-50 community service hours • Volunteer in an orphanage and elementary school • Teach games, arts, and sports to children • Work with the endangered Giant Panda

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Toboggan slide on the world-famous Great Wall of China • Explore the Olympic venues of Beijing • Visit the Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and other famous sites • Take a Tai Chi lesson in the gardens of the Temple of Heaven • Trek to waterfalls outside the Bifengxia Panda Reserve *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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ITINERARY Days 1-7: Beijing, the Great Wall, and Orientation Both historically and recently, Beijing has been a portal through which China has interacted with the rest of the world. In past centuries, that interaction was marked by violence and the building of the Great Wall to ward off hostile forces to the north. Modern China has sought to reach out to the world in a different manner by hosting the Olympics and using Beijing as a showcase for its achievements. Fittingly, we will begin our tour by visiting the historic Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the modern venues from the 2008 Summer Olympics. One full day we travel to the Great Wall to trek a section of the 5,000 mile iconic landmark. cal care. We will provide the home with invaluable assistance. The exceptional children we will meet have heightened needs for a loving, nurturing environment due to congenital disorders that are not addressed by their own families or other orphanages. This experience will allow us to interact with Chinese children, giving them companionship and providing students with perspective on societal issues in China.

Before leaving Beijing, we give back to the city by volunteering at a school for low-income students who have relocated to the capital city from rural China. Previous groups have designed murals, painted classrooms, and built a library from scratch.

Naturally, it is not all work and no play! Xi’an is home to a number of famous sites—the Terra Cotta Warriors, Big Goose Pagoda, and Great Mosque. We also have time for some shopping in the expansive marketplace of Xi’an.

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During this time, we will get to know one another through orientation activities. We will present basic language lessons for students to provide them with greetings and other conversational skills to use when interacting with locals and bargaining in markets. And don’t forget the food! Our sightseeing and orientation will be punctuated by the sampling of China’s various cuisines (remember to practice your chopstick skills beforehand)!

Days 20-21: Travel Home Days 8-13: Bifengxia Panda Reserve is our final destination and the place where students will Xi’an From Beijing, we will fly to China’s southwest, landing in reminisce about their trip before returning home. In Xi’an we Chengdu. From there we will move into the bamboo forests will experience the city’s bustling energy. We go out for a faof Sichuan and head to one of China’s major panda research stations. Bifengxia is set in a ravine crowded with trees and filled mous hot pot meal and take in a local theater presentation, and with the sounds of songbirds. The dense foliage and mysterious have plenty of time to share stories and cement the friendships you have made on this amazing adventure. setting provide a perfect backdrop for one of the world’s most elusive animals.

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Costa Rica

La Pura Vida – Cloud Forest to Beach 3-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session 1 : June 25 – July 15 (21 days) Session 2 : July 11 – July 31 (21 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff

Costa Rica has amazing geographic and biological diversity unmatched by any country its size. From the 12,000-foot mountains in the Talamancan Range to the pristine beaches and rainforests of the Pacific coast, Costa Rica teems with natural beauty. Global Works has been traveling to this amazing country since 1994, experiencing both the diversity of ecological life and the friendliness of the “Ticos”!

GRADES: 9–12

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Tuition for 21 day program : $4,695 (plus RT airfare, group flight from Newark) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 40-50 community services hours • Work on small construction and erosion prevention projects with a Costa Rican conservation organization • Help build a community center or school classroom • Assist park rangers with local ecotourism projects • Teach English or work in a school

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Raft Costa Rica’s best white water • Surf world class Pacific waves • Take canopy walks and night hikes in one of Costa Rica’s pristine cloud forest preserves • Experience a homestay in a small Costa Rican village • Enjoy Latin dance classes No prior language study requirements. *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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ITINERARY Days 1-4: Orientation and Rafting Our experience begins in a San Jose Central Valley B&B, where students get to know one another and establish goals for the weeks ahead. Here we will learn more about Costa Rica, take a Latin dance class, and loosen our muscles with an overnight rafting trip on one of the spectacular scenic rivers. We will also participate in some basic Spanish lessons so please come ready to learn some key words and phrases!

Days 8-16: Community Stay After our stay in the cloud forest, we travel to a rural highland village for an authentic community experience. While staying in a paired homestay (two students per home), we will work on projects chosen by the community itself. Participants can choose between small construction and/or educational projects each day. Typical small construction projects include: pouring the foundation for a community center, planting organic school gardens, painting and tiling a community kitchen, constructing a plant nursery, completing a sidewalk around the town square. Educational projects include teaching English lessons and organizing and leading a “Día de Actividades” – an event for the community that includes field day competitions, art workshops, music, games and more! Inevitably “los niños” become an integral members of our group!

Days 20-21: Central Valley and Travel Home Leaving paradise is always sad, but our trip back to the Central Valley gives us time to share our memories before we fly home. At a celebratory dinner in a nice restaurant we have an ‘awards ceremony’ to reflect upon our last three weeks together. We realize that Costa Rica and the friends we have made will always be with us!

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Days 5-7: Cloud Forest Exploration and Service After settling in, we travel to work with local park rangers in one of Costa Rica’s pristine tropical cloud forests. A challenging trek will bring us to a comfortable eco-lodge, our home for the next Days 17-19: Pacific Eco-Resort and Surf Camp several days. Time will be spent on a combination of environTime to hit the beach! We depart from our homestay commental projects, night hikes to view wildlife, and day hikes to munity, promising to stay in touch with our new families and swimming holes and waterfalls. The work projects consist of friends. We travel to the Pacific Coast, famous for its unique trail maintenance, small bridge construction, and painting. The combination of rainforest and ocean settings. We spend two work is physically demanding but critical to the upkeep of this days boogie-boarding, enjoying zip-line canopy tours, and special land. If the weather cooperates, we may have a specviewing wildlife. We also get to challenge ourselves with surf tacular view of the active volcano, Arenal, and adjacent Lake lessons taught by professional surf instructors. The wave condiArenal. It is very common to spot monkeys, anteaters, parrots, tions on this beach provide the perfect opportunity for all levels coatimundis and dart frogs in the cloud forest! to hang ten!


FIJI ISLANDS TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 26- July 21 (26 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12

Bula! Mountain Village to Outer Islands 4-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

The Fiji Islands are home to some of the most friendly and hospitable people on the planet. There are many beautiful islands, but it is the people who make Fiji a true paradise in the Pacific. We share in the communal life of a small village that holds the deep belief that family and friends are the most important things in life. Upon our arrival in the village we participate in a formal “sevu sevu,” a traditional welcoming ceremony, during which we are accepted into the community as guests. While we immerse ourselves into the villages that exist without cars or stores, we gain a deeper understanding and an appreciation of the simple Fijian way of life.

Tuition for 26 day program : $4,995 (plus RT airfare, group flight from Los Angeles)

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Service Projects* • Earn 50-70 community service hours • Restore a community school • Work with preschool children • Assist with marine conservation and reef protection projects

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • SCUBA Dive Fiji’s coral reefs • Trek volcanic mountain trails • Snorkel along village shores • Sea kayak Fiji’s coastal waters • Experience Fijian community life *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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ITINERARY Days 1-5: Beach Lodge & Orientation Our beautiful beach eco-resort on Fiji’s Sunshine Coast will serve as a wonderful base for orientation, getting to know one another, and introductory community service activities with a local school.

These are meaningful grassroots projects where we work side by side with the village families who will directly benefit from our efforts. The days follow relaxed “Fiji-time” and include projects, adventure activities, and introductions to traditional local customs, crafts, and games! Fiji is paradise in the Pacific, complete with volcanic mountains, coral reefs, waterfalls, hiking trails, and single lane dirt roads that transport us back to a simpler time.

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Your time in Fiji will forever be an example of communal village life, a way of life that may soon be lost in time. Join us to explore this amazing culture, to meet people who will forever be in your heart, and to discover what it means to have a truly meaningful travel experience!

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Days 16-18: Dolphin Tour & Waterfall Adventure After our incredible stay in the mountain village we return to our eco-resort base to unwind, swim and explore the markets before traveling a few hours along the Sunshine Coast where we have the experience of an up close interaction with a school of Spinner Dolphins. The naturalist guides that accompany us on our boat tour will help us to understand these amazing creatures and the environmental issues that they face. You may even get a chance to swim with them! After our dolphin encounter our group will take a hike to a tropical rainforest waterfall with views of the Pacific. It is a perfect place to reflect on our time on the mainland before traveling to the outer islands for the last component of our journey.

Days 19-26 Island Exploration & Beach Adventure After circumnavigating Fiji’s big island, Viti Levu, and working alongside our community hosts, we will travel by ferry to the world famous Yasawa Islands. We spend the final five days at a small island resort where time will be spent snorkeling above colorful coral, windsurfing, sea kayaking, playing beach volleyball or simply soaking up the sun. We will have a day of PADI Certified diver instruction (a SCUBA resort course). You will find yourself enchanted by the underwater dream worlds! As we explore the reefs and view dazzling colored fish, it is easy to see why Fiji is known for its world class diving! Your evenings will be spent under the bright stars of the Southern Cross with new friends reflecting on an incredible four weeks of service, adventure and friendly people.

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Days 6-15: Trek & Mountain Village To gain a full appreciation and understanding of Fijian culture, we set off from our beach base on a trek to our mountain community. This hike provides beautiful scenery and ample time for discussion about the Fijian lifestyle we are going to experience. When we arrive, a “sevu sevu” welcome ceremony inducts our group into the tribe for the duration of our stay. During our community stay we eat in a communal setting where our village family spoils us with inspired banquets full of fruits, breads, and native dishes. In our first few days, we will learn about the sustainable community development plan. The villages we work with have mapped out the need for health, education and community facilities. We will work alongside our hosts on projects that contribute to this movement, lending our time, labor and financial support. During the past thirteen summers, we have built nurses stations, constructed and restored community buildings and classrooms, led classes teaching English to village kids and planted thousands of young trees for the benefit of future generations.

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New Zealand & fiji islands

4-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW

The South Pacific is one of our planet’s most diverse and beautiful environments, and your home for four exciting weeks of service, culture and adventure!

Session : July 3 – July 28 (26 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff

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Jewels of the South Pacific

Meaningful projects, incredibly friendly people, and world class SCUBA diving are just a few of the reasons why this program has been so successful. New Zealand is a

GRADES: 9–12

country of rare seismic beauty complete with glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers,

Tuition for 26 day program : $5,195 (plus RT airfare, group flight from Los Angeles, Auckland to Nadi)

Fiji, with over 300 islands in its archipelago, is a true paradise in the pacific. The New

crystal clear lakes, abundant forest reserves, and long, deserted beaches. Our two and a half week stay in New Zealand will take place in the temperate North Island. Zealand/Fiji program combines meaningful environmental and community service projects, cultural exchange, beautiful surroundings, and fun, exciting adventure activities in two countries.

* This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 50-60 community service hours • Help with construction projects for an ecological center • Work alongside locals in environmental conservation efforts • Help build a community school • Work with preschool children

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • SCUBA dive Fiji’s coral reefs • Discover surfing at New Zealand’s famous “Raglan” surf break • Challenge yourself with a high ropes adventure course • Explore the world famous Waitomo caves • Dolphin/Whale watching • Experience life in a Fijian Village community *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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Days 12-15: Raglan From Rotorua, our group will travel to the western coast of the North Island and the quiet beach community of Raglan. Our joint community projects involve organics and permaculture, conservation work, planting trees, and environmental service. When we are not working, we will be hanging out with our new friends and enjoying New Zealand’s incredible beauty. Activities include learning to surf at the famous Raglan beach break, hiking on Mt. Karioi, and a day trip to experience black water rafting through the world-renowned Waitomo Caves. Our final New Zealand stop is Auckland, “the City of Sails.” On our last evening in New Zealand we will have time to explore and take in dinner in the heart of the city and reflect on the first leg of this amazing journey.

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Days 16-26: Fiji Islands Although it will be a sad farewell as we board our flight, our eyes will remain wide with excitement and anticipation as we head towards the sandy beaches of the Fiji Islands. After a short flight, we will travel to a remote coastal village. A true paradise in the Pacific, this Fijian village is complete with volcanic mountains, coral reefs, waterfalls, and friendly people. We will essentially become part of this coastal community, living and working at the relaxed pace of “Fiji-time.” After a formal “sevu sevu” welcoming ceremony, the village will open its heart and homes to us. Working side by side with our Fijian friends, we will help with a community construction project, such as building a nursery or library for the village school. During our days here, we will work on projects, learn about local customs, and participate in adventure activities such as SCUBA diving! Our stay in Fiji will provide us with the extraordinary experience of living a communal village lifestyle.

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Days 10-11: Rotorua and the Central North Island Before heading across New Zealand to the wild West Coast we will visit Rotorua and the TE PUIA Marae. The local community will welcome us, sharing the spirit, legends, dance, song, food, vitality and warmth that are the essence of New Zealand’s native Maori culture. We visit the geothermal wonderland of the central North Island and gain a true appreciation for the Maori people and their unique culture. Here, an outdoor pursuit center provides us with safe, professional guidance on activities such as high ropes courses and rock climbing.

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Nicaragua

Viva the Spirit of Servicio y Comunidad! 2 AND 3-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session 1 : June 26 – July 16 (21 days)

Nestled in the heart of Central America, Nicaragua offers the opportunity to connect with grassroots organizations, interact with playful and earnest villagers, and explore a landscape dotted with volcanoes, lakes, and pristine beaches. Experience

Session 2 : July 27 – August 10 (15 days)

this all in our specially designed Nicaragua program for any student who wants to maximize the community service experience! On this program, we spend 20 plus hours per week working on locally-driven, sustainable projects. You’ll participate in

Average size of group : 20 students / 3 staff

clean water initiatives and community development efforts to assist in bettering the quality of life for the residents of this truly brilliant culture.

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Tuition for 21 day program : $3,895 (plus RT airfare from Miami) Tuition for 15 day program : $3,395 (plus RT airfare from Miami) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 25-40 per week in community service hours • Build water wells and irrigation systems • Renovate a rural school building • Teach English in an elementary school • Learn how to construct adobe ovens

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Explore the historic city of Granada • Bargain for goods in the National Artisan Market • Swim in the natural pools and waterfalls of Quelentaro Reserve • Cruise around Ometepe Island and Lake Nicaragua on boat. • Take a well deserved break at the beaches of Pochimil and/or San Juan del Sur No prior language study requirements. *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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Days 17-19 (Session 1)/ Days 12-13 (Session 2): San Juan del Sur: We travel to the Pacific Coast and the town of San Juan del Sur, famous for it’s unique combination of rainforest and ocean settings. We’ll spend a full day with options to enjoy boogie boarding or snorkeling. This is a major sea turtle nesting area, with some turtles present year-round. In addition to the aforementioned turtles, other common fish seen in the area include scorpion fish, noisy parrot fish, rays, eels, anemones, and star fish. The beach and wave conditions in this area also provide the perfect opportunity for everyone to catch some playful waves.

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Days 20-21 (Session 1)/ Days 14-15 (Session 2) Granada and Travel Home With new perspectives and open hearts, we’ll prepare for our trip to come to an end. Departing is sad, but the final trip back to our hotel in Managua allows us to share our memories before we fly home. A celebratory dinner at a nice restaurant and an ‘awards ceremony’ allows us to reflect upon our time together. We realize that the Nicaraguan friends we have made will always be with us!

Days 11-16 (Session 1)/ Days 3-11 (Session 2): Ometepe Island We’ll travel south to Lake Nicaragua and the island of Ometepe. The island was formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua. Its name also comes from Nahuatl words: ome (two) and tepetl (mountain). The people of the island are stoic and lively, and will be sure to share their love of music, art, and life with us. Here we’ll also work alongside villagers on community-

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initiated endeavors to repair water systems. Groups last year improved clean water access for the community by installing pipes for a new water source. We’ll have time to explore the island and participate in cultural exchange and educational activities with local school children. It will be impossible to leave un-touched by the energy and beauty of this location and the people that you meet.

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Puerto Rico TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 26 – July 10 (15 days) Average size of group : 20 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12

‘LA ISLA DEL ENCANTO’ CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE 2-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

Discover the hidden pleasures of Puerto Rico – remote tropical beaches, pristine rainforests, and “locals only” waterfalls. 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 infused with a laid-back island lifestyle. Puerto Rico is the home of Global Works’ first community service trip in 1990, when we helped rebuild communities devastated by Hurricane Hugo. Many years later, we continue meaningful and valuable projects, working with families to build homes and assisting in much-needed rainforest protection and conservation. Our group also explores the island’s hidden

Tuition for 15 day program : $3,995 (plus RT airfare to San Juan)

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Service Projects* • Earn 25-40 community service hours • Complete home construction projects with families in the community of Villa del Rio • Organize community events and educational activities with students • Assist and learn about conservation efforts at a rainforest enrichment project • Volunteer with the Sierra Club’s Seven Seas Corridor program

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Swim in a waterfall • Surf or boogie-board on Luquillo Beach • Zip line at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park • Kayak and snorkel on “Hidden Beach” • Explore historic Old San Juan • Enjoy a local barbecue and salsa dancing No prior language study requirements. *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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ITINERARY Days 1-6: Villa del rÍo For the first week of our adventure we will be living at Hacienda Don Noel and working in the community of Villa del Rio. The hacienda is a homey ‘camp-like’ lodge in the hills just miles from the coast and beautiful Playa Mar Chiquita. After a day of orientation, we’ll be ready to dig into our work at the nearby community of ‘Villa.’ This close-knit village is comprised of relocated families that are building their homes and are thrilled to have students come join them in work and play. Most mornings and afternoons we’ll spend fixing up homes, working on education projects with local kids, and sharing home cooked meals and laughs with community members. In the late afternoon and evenings we’ll enjoy group activities such as relaxing at local beaches, enjoying a Puerto Rican beach barbeque, hosting a pool party with local families, and participating in various cross-cultural activities. On our final day we will take an excursion to the Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park and enjoy one of the most extensive and reputable zip line tours in Puerto Rico.

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Days 7-11: Patillas and El Yunque Rainforest The next segment of our adventure will be spent at an ecolodge located just outside the quaint town of Patillas in the southeastern region of the island. This amazing group lodging facility is located among acres of rainforest and is only minutes away from the beaches of the Caribbean. Our group will continue to work on housing projects as well as environmental projects in El Yunque Rainforest. Learn about the ecology of the rainforest and swim in hidden waterfalls. Evening activities include salsa dance lessons with live musicians and a jewelry making workshop led by local artisans. Days 12- 15: Luquillo Beach and Old San Juan Next we will travel to the northeast corner of the island and find out why this is the Caribbean’s hotspot for beautiful beaches and a laid-back vibe. As a reward for all our hard work, we’ll spend the last few days at a lovely guesthouse right near the beach. We’ll have the opportunity to spend a couple mornings boogie-boarding or challenging ourselves with surf lessons taught by professional surf instructors. The wave conditions in Luquillo provide the perfect opportunity for all levels to hang ten! One afternoon we’ll enjoy a guided catamaran excursion to the beautiful and desolate Icacos islands. On the penultimate day of our trip we head into Old San Juan where we’ll visit the historic fortresses and artisan markets. In the evening we will bring our action packed journey to a close, sharing our experiences at a heartfelt farewell dinner.

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Thailand

Culture and Adventure in South East Asia 3-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 26 – July 16 (21 days)

Thailand is often referred to as “the land of smiles” and you’ll uncover a country of contrasts, one with everything to offer, from the vibrancy of Bangkok’s markets to the rural villages and hill tribes to the idyllic southern islands. Thailand is among the

Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff

greatest adventure destinations on the planet . You will be surrounded by stunning scenery, fascinating history, mouth-watering food, and most importantly the amazing people who will help you appreciate it.

GRADES: 9–12 Tuition for 21 day program : $4,995 (plus RT airfare, group flight from Los Angeles)

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Service Projects* • Earn 40-50 community service hours • Work alongsidethe National Elephant Conservation Center

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Explore Historic Chiang Mai • Bargain for goods in Chatuchak Market • Sea Kayak the Andaman Coast • Build classrooms and teach English lessons *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.


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ITINERARY DAYS 1-3: BANGKOK - FLOATING MARKETS & MONASTERIES We fly as a group directly to Bangkok for three days of orientation and exploration. After resting from our flight, we get the chance to meander through the extensive Chatuchak Market and float through the canals on a restored teak rice barge converted to a floating classroom. While in Bangkok we will be treated to a guided tour of Wat Po temple, famous for it’s reclining Buddha. Local guides will help us to learn about Thailand’s rich history and culture before we embark on an overnight train to Chiang Mai. DAYS 4-7: CHIANG MAI Upon arrival in the northern cultural hub of Chiang Mai, we will continue our orientation with a seminar on Thai history and culture and a visit to Doi Suthep Temple, which sits on the mountain overlooking the city. We begin projects at Pun Pun Earthen Building Centre, where activities include a discussion about Buddhism at local temple with one of the monks and a visit to the Night Bazaar.

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DAYS 8-13: ELEPHANT NATURE PARK AND HILL TRIBE VILLAGES Our service continues at Elephant Nature Park, an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center. After spending two days with these gentle giants, we begin our journey to the small, rural mountain communities which are home to Thailand’s unique hill tribe population. During our time here, our service work will include classroom construction and English Camp, where we will teach local kids and those from neighboring communities. Our Thai hosts will share their knowledge of native crafts, such as traditional weaving, bamboo artistry, and traditional songs with us.

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Zambia TRIP OVERVIEW Session : July 2 – July 26 (25 days) Average size of group : 16 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12 Tuition for 25 day program : $5,395 (plus RT airfare, group flight from JFK, Mfuwe to Lusaka)

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Service Projects* • Construction projects with schools and villages • Environmental conservation work with the national park • Community sporting event coordination, facilitation, and participation • Working with women’s craft and farming cooperatives

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Visit to a local school and orphanage • Explore the David Livingstone Museum • Get to know the locals in a traditional village • Learn about the issues facing the “gentle giants” on an elephant-back safari • Experience Victoria Falls, one of the “Natural Wonders of the World” • Take a boat trip on the Zambezi River *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

The Real African Experience – Safari to Village 3 1/2-Week Cultural Exchange and Service Program

Zambia is one of the safest and most welcoming countries in Africa. Zambia is one of the most welcoming and intriguing countries in Africa with its friendly people, ancient traditions, and abundant wildlife! As one of the most politically stable, yet poorest countries on the continent, Zambia provides incredible service and cultural enrichment opportunities. While the office language is English, there are over 70 harmonious ethnic groups in Zambia, each with its own wealth of customs, ceremonies, and rituals to share. Join us on an exotic adventure through Africa’s best safari reserves, fascinating and warm rural villages, and ending at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the magnificent Victoria Falls!


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Days 5-7: Tikondani From Lusaka, we will take a five hour bus ride east to the Katete district and Tikondani Community Center. The center is a community-based organization that provides comfortable lodging for volunteers who come to work on micro-finance projects such as vegetable gardens and souvenirs and crafts, like weaving, knitting, sewing, pottery, and soap making. And, of course, the ghost dance in the village is a must see. Come see it for yourself! Days 8-12: Mfuwe and South Luangwa National Park Continuing another 4 hours by bus, we make our way to Mfuwe, a populated community located on the renowned South Luangwa National Park. Located in the eastern part of the country, the Park covers an area of 3,500 square miles. Famous for its unspoiled beauty and its varied habitats, it supports one of Africa’s richest concentrations of game and birdlife. Over 50 species of large mammal and over 400 species of bird thrive in this last haven of wild Africa. Here, students will see large elephant herds of up to 50 individuals, an abundant number of buffalo, fourteen antelope species and Thornicroft’s giraffe, unique to this valley. This area is also known for its healthy population of leopard and lion. The next few days are spent in workshops and service projects with game scouts, park wardens, and safari guides. We will explore the park and learn about human/wildlife conflicts and wildlife management strategies in the region. Visits to community organizations such as Tribal Textiles, the Elephant Orphanage Project, and a number of local schools will be arranged. A primary focus here is the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which works with over 500 local farmers in peanut butter and honey production. Students will also take game drives in the park where they find all the magnificent animals of Africa. Days 13-17: Chiawa Community (Lower Zambezi Region) and School Project A transfer from Mfuwe back to the capital of Lusaka will give us the opportunity to re-group and enjoy an afternoon at the modern shopping centre before departing for the rural community

of Chiawa the following day. This next portion of the program is focused specifically on community development and educational projects while staying at a basic mobile tented camp on the grounds of Chiawa High School, a rural community on the edge of a magnificent Lower Zambezi National Park. Sports, specifically soccer and netball, are extremely important to the people of Chiawa and students can participate in a variety of athletic, music, and dance activities within the community. Days 18-21: Munyameshi Camp (Lower Zambezi Region) and Community Development Project After a few days in Chiawa, students travel by boat downriver to Munyameshi Camp, a charming riverside camp on the banks of the Zambezi River. Here, students have a few days to work on a rural community development project building a chicken coop while also relaxing and exploring the surrounding wilderness. This area is home to the magnificent wild animals of Africa, with plenty of elephant, hippo, crocodiles, lion, leopard, antelope, zebra, and warthog. Students have the opportunity to explore the river by canoe or motor boat, go fishing, and take guided game walks.

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Days 1-4: Travel and Lusaka Orientation The group will embark on a flight from the US through Johannesburg, South Africa and continue on to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. From our safe and comfortable accommodations at Eurkeka Camp, we will begin with an orientation to get to learn more about one another and the country of Zambia. Visits to both private and public schools will be arranged, allowing students to experience the division of classes within Zambia and engage with students of their own age. This provides them with the opportunity for an interactive exchange of cultural heritage and political history.

Days 22-23: Livingstone and Victoria Falls While staying in comfortable tented chalets at the Waterfront, located on the banks of the Zambezi, students will enjoy a variety of adventure orientated activities. Activities include an elephant-back safari, a visit to Victoria Falls, and a boat trip on the Zambezi River. The Zambezi also provides a perfect backdrop for debriefing and preparation for re-entry and travel home. Days 24-25: Travel Home Leaving paradise is always sad, but we realize that Zambia and the friends we have made will always be with us! The group will return with flights from Livingstone to Jo-berg and then onto the US and home!

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Language Immersion Programs Global Works Language Immersion trips involve the same elements as the Cultural Exchange trip (community service, cultural exchange, and adventure activities) with an added Language focus. Participants engage their second language skills each day through our experiential education curriculum and, in most programs, an 8-12 day homestay experience.

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Global Works Language Immersion Programs offer students the opportunity to improve Spanish, Mandarin, and French language skills while engaging in service work and cultural activities. Facilitated by our bilingual leaders, all of our Immersion Programs include leaders that speak primarily in the target language while also facilitat-

ing daily Experiential Learning Activities designed to enhance language learning through guided interactions with other native speakers. On a daily basis, participants may find themselves interviewing a local soccer star, teaching in their host community’s elementary school, or working with their host moms to compile a book of local traditions and recipes. The highlight of most Immersion Programs is a homestay with a friendly family where speaking skills improve as the culture and language are absorbed. (The exception is the China and Spain 2 Week programs where we will visit families, but stay together in group lodging.) While a minimum of two years of classroom study is recommended, students at any level of language proficiency

with a positive attitude and an open mind will benefit from these programs! All Global Works Language Immersion staff members are bilingual and each program has at least one “veteran or native” leader who has spent time in the destination. Each student’s progress is monitored throughout the trip and successful participation in the program is acknowledged with a Certificate of Completion. If you want to improve your French, Mandarin, or Spanish and have a great time doing it, Global Works is the place for you! Check out some of our Homestay Community Profiles on Notes from the Globe! Here you can read about and see photos from the communities we visit!

“The homestay was my favorite. it was the biggest opportunity to understand the Tico culture. It was also great to have a welcoming family and home so far from my home in the States.” – Samantha Stratton, Costa Rica

“My favorite part of the trip was the homestay because I learned a lot about myself and the world at large – it allowed me to go outside of my comfort zones and gain a global perspective.” – Ecuador Participant


Frequently asked Questions

ABOUT HOMESTAYS... AND THE ANSWERS!

How does Global Works select the homestay families?

What do we do during a typical day in the homestay?

Global Works has been committed to providing secure and meaningful homestay experiences for the past 21 years. Homestay families are carefully chosen through a standardized process of interviews, home visits by our country directors, contractual agreements, and careful consideration for our students’ privacy and safety. In addition, we search for families who have the desire to partner with our groups in service work and cultural exchange. Most families live in simple homes and are committed to providing a caring, secure environment for our participants.

Participants eat meals, sleep, and spend weekends with their homestay families. Most weekday mornings, afternoons, and evenings, the groups come together to work on projects and engage in organized activities with fellow Global Works participants and members of the community. Please visit our website at www.globalworkstravel.com for more details on homestays, including a sample homestay schedule!

We match participants based on a number of criteria that you provide on a Homestay Information Form, including (but not limited to): allergies, diet, age, language proficiency and personal preference. We do consider participants wishes as far as having kids and teenagers in the home (a vast majority do), etc. but cannot always guarantee this will be available. Our first priority is a reputable, responsible, and warm family with an authentic interest in cultural exchange.

Definitely! We encourage participants to write letters and emails and send photos to their homestay families after the trip. This is a wonderful way to stay connected to the host community. Our homestay families especially love to receive mail from their “Global Works son/daughter� during holiday times and birthdays!

When will I find out about the family that I will live with? Generally, our Global Works leaders will determine which participant will stay with which family once they have met and spent a day or two with the group. We find that this greatly increases the possibility of excellent matches. For this reason, participants will find out about their family while on their trip, not prior to departure.

To read other Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our Global Works Website.

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Argentina TRIP OVERVIEW

El Ritmo de la Música y las Montañas! 4-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

Session : June 27 – July 24 (28 days)

Argentina entices and delights visitors with amazingly diverse environmental and cultural landscapes.

Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff

Its historical heritage is strongly connected to Europe, but also tied to the indig-

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enous Andean and Guaraní cultures. Here you will experience an adventure that will take you through the buzz of Buenos Aires to the vast waterfalls of Iguazú and then into the amazing Andes to revel in a land exploding with music, dance, art, and adventure!

Tuition for 25 day program : $5,695 (plus RT airfare from Miami to Buenos Aires, Iguazu internal flight)

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Service Projects* • Earn 50-70 community service hours • Work with a community theatre in Buenos Aires • Construct a garden with an Argentinean youth group • Teach English in an elementary school • Help construct furniture for a school classroom

Language Immersion* • Receive language lessons facilitated by leaders during the homestay • Learn Spanish through music and dance • Interact in Spanish with Argentinean students • Live with a host family

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires • Learn the tango in a Buenos Aires dance hall • Take a boat ride up to the world famous Iguazú Falls • Ski or snowboard in the Andes Mountains *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

An amazing trip that was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

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Days 19-25: Malargüe and the Central Andes After a week and a half of some hard work, and with improved Spanish, we will bus to Malargüe for some of the country’s most exciting outdoor pursuits. Since it is winter in the “Land of Sun,” we’ll hit the beautiful peaks of the Andes for some recreation, relaxation, and more valuable service opportunities. The ski resort of Las Leñas, located outside of Malargüe, is home to some of the best powder in the world! With a backdrop of the breath-taking Andean peaks, we’ll take to the slopes with two full days of skiing and boarding in some of the driest powder in South America! For those who prefer less vertical pursuits, there

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Days 16-18: Iguazú Falls From Bonpland, our group will take a short bus trip to one of the most spectacular and must-see sights in South America, Iguazú Falls. Made up of roughly 270 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazú River, the power, size, and noise of the falls are truly an incredible experience! We’ll enjoy a variety of eco-friendly excursions and adventure rides on water and land to fully interact with and experience the falls and the national park.

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Days 26-28: Buenos Aires and Travel Home We will round out our trip with a few more days in this fantastic metropolis known as much for its connection to Europe as for its own romantic culture steeped in art, music, and fashion. Save your money for this last week, as Buenos Aires is renowned for its shopping! Buenos Aires is one of the best places to find high-end foods, fashionable clothing, and cutting edge accessories at the cheapest prices. A final celebratory dinner and show in Buenos Aires will provide us with an opportunity to exchange stories and laughter from the month gone by. Don’t miss this incredible adventure!

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Days 5-15: Bonpland and Homestays For the next week and a half, this small town in the Misiones province will be ‘home’ to our group. With a pleasant climate and warm, friendly people, Bonpland is an ideal place for homestays and community service projects. As many of the families do not speak English, your Spanish language skills will improve daily. With an expanding population, there are overcrowded schools that need our help assisting in the classroom with educational projects as well as constructing new classrooms. You’ll feel the sense of accomplishment in pouring a cement floor for a school classroom or teaching English to young Argentinean students eager to learn. The community is teeming with youth excited to participate in cultural exchange and work projects together. We will also enjoy day excursions to the famous Misiones Jesuitas and the markets of Posadas.

are plenty of opportunities to try snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, or sledding. We’ll enjoy an afternoon checking out some of the intense natural surroundings of Malargüe such as the Caverna de las Brujas (Witches Cavern) and the Laguna de Llancanello where it is common to see flamingos, wild goats, choique (a large bird related to the ostrich) and the world’s largest concentration of volcanoes. During our stay there will be time for participation in a variety of meaningful service projects with schools and other community organizations. We’ll leave the community of Malargüe feeling a further connection with the people and spectacular landscape surrounding them.

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Days 1-4: Buenos Aires and Orientation We begin our journey in the bustling capital city of Buenos Aires. This elegant yet energetic city provides a wonderful backdrop to get to know one another and los Porteños (people from Buenos Aires). Here we have time for work and play! We will work with a community development organization painting murals and refurbishing playground equipment. In addition to touring many of the scenic and historic sites in the city, we will spend an afternoon with professional musicians and dancers who will demonstrate the hypnotic rhythm and steps of the tango, the beat of Buenos Aires for over a hundred years.


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Go beyond the wall! 3-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 29 – July 19 (21 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12

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Go “beyond the wall” on this journey through China’s lesser-known regions. We’ll escape the tourist track in order to delve deeper into Chinese society and learn about the many cultures that contribute to China as we know it today. During our time in Lijiang we visit Buddhist monasteries, enjoy a traditional meal with local families, and experience the Tibetan-influenced Naxi culture.

Tuition for 21 day program : $4,695 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Newark to Beijing and all in-country flights) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 30-50 community service hours • Volunteer in orphanage and elementary school • Teach games, arts, and sports to children

Language Immersion* • Receive language lessons facilitated by Chinese teachers • Learn Chinese through cultural activities, tai chi, and sports • Visit with local families and farmers

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Explore the Olympic venues of Beijing • Visit the Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and other famous sites • Toboggan slide on the worldfamous Great Wall of China • Bike to Buddhist Monasteries outside of Lijiang • Trek through the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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ITINERARY Days 1-5: Beijing, the Great Wall, and Orientation Both historically and recently, Beijing has been a portal through which China has interacted with the rest of the world. In past centuries that interaction was marked by violence and the building of the Great Wall to ward off hostile forces to the north. Modern China has sought to reach out to the world in a different manner by hosting the Olympics and using Beijing as a showcase for its achievements. Fittingly, we will begin our tour by visiting the historic Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the modern venues from the 2008 Summer Olympics. With spectacular views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain One full day we travel to the Great Wall to trek a section of the above and the Yangzhe River below, this is an opportunity not 5,000 mile iconic landmark. to be missed!

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We’ll make out home at a cozy family-run guesthouse 15 km north on Lijiang in the Naxi village of Yuhu. Yuhu is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, providing views of spruce glades and alpine glaciers. While there, our mornings will be devoted to studying Mandarin with trained local instructors. Class size is limited to 8 students to assure individualized attention and provide appropriate practice. In the afternoons, we’ll experience rural Chinese life first hand. We’ll tend the garden, visit the monastery, and learn to prepare authentic Chinese cuisine. We’ll make longer excursions as well: the yak meadow on the brink of the Tibetan Plateau and the fabled Shangri La or “paradise on earth” are just two options. One full day is spent trekking along the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Naturally, it is not all work and no play! Xi’an is home to a number of famous sites—the Terra Cotta Warriors, Big Goose Pagoda, and Great Mosque. We also have time for some shopping in the expansive marketplace of Xi’an. For our final evening, we go out for a traditional hot pot meal, take in a local theater presentation, have plenty of time to share stories and cement the friendships you have made on this amazing adventure.

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Day 18-21: Xi’an and Orphanage Volunteer Xi’an is our final destination and the place where students will reminisce about their trip before returning home. But before we go, we have some important work to do. We volunteer with children in one of China’s only orphanages dedicated to serving children in need of medical care. We will provide the home with invaluable assistance. The exceptional children we will meet have heightened needs for a loving, nurturing environment due to congenital disorders that are not addressed by their own families or other orphanages. This experience will allow us to interact with Chinese children, giving them companionship and providing students with perspective on societal issues in China.

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La Pura Vida - Pueblo a la Playa 4-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 29 – July 26 (28 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12

Costa Rica’s most popular saying, “pura vida,” literally means “pure life.” And that’s just what you will get on this Global Works journey to this land of amazing geographic diversity and unassuming human warmth. From the small villages we live in to the beaches we play on, our experience will be one that is authentic and meaningful. Join us on one of our most popular and longest running immersion programs.

Tuition for 28 day program : $5,295 (plus RT airfare, group flight from Newark)

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* This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 50-70 community service hours • Work on small construction and erosion prevention projects with a Costa Rican conservation organization • Help construct community facilities in the Pacific Region • Teach English and lead “Día de Actividades” for local children

Language Immersion* • Experience a Homestay in a small village • Improve your Spanish through fun scavenger hunts and homestay interview questions • Practice your Spanish & teach English with Costa Rican Students

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Raft Costa Rica’s best white water • Surf world class Pacific waves • Take canopy walks and night hikes in Costa Rica’s beautiful cloud forests • Enjoy a Latin dance class *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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ITINERARY Days 1-4: Orientation and Rafting Our experience begins in a San Jose Central Valley area B&B, where students get to know one another and establish goals for the weeks ahead. Here we will learn more about Costa Rica, take a Latin dance class, and loosen our muscles with an overnight rafting trip on one of the many spectacularly scenic rivers. We will also participate in some informal Spanish games and lessons, so please come with a desire to use your Spanish!

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Days 5-8: Cloud Forest Exploration and Service After settling in, we travel to work with local park rangers in one and indulge ourselves in Rincón’s many thermal hot springs, of Costa Rica’s pristine tropical cloud forests. A rigorous hike mud baths, and hidden waterfalls. The combination of exciting will bring us to a comfortable eco-lodge, our home for the next activities in such a unique setting makes Rincón the destination several days. Time will be spent on a combination of environof a lifetime! mental projects (trail work, reforestation efforts, etc.), night hikes to view wildlife, and day hikes to swim or see waterfalls. If Days 23-25: Pacific Eco-Resort and Surf Camp the weather cooperates, we may have a spectacular view of the Time to hit the beach! We travel to the Pacific Coast, famous active volcano, Arenal, and adjacent Lake Arenal. It is very com- for its unique combination of rainforest and ocean settings. We mon to spot monkeys, anteaters, parrots, coatimundis and dart spend two days boogie-boarding, enjoying zip-line canopy tours, and viewing wildlife. For two days we challenge ourselves frogs in the cloud forest! with surf lessons taught by professional instructors. The wave Days 9-19: Pacific Region Community Experience conditions on this beach provide the perfect opportunity for all After our stay in the cloud forest, we head off for our community levels to hang ten! service projects in the Pacific Region. While staying in a paired Days 26-28: Central Valley and Travel Home homestay (two students per home), we will work on projects Leaving paradise is always sad, but our trip back to the Central chosen by the community itself. Participants can choose beValley gives us time to share our memories before we fly home. tween small construction and/or educational projects each day. At a celebratory dinner in a nice restaurant we have an ‘awards Typical small construction projects include: pouring the foundaceremony’ to reflect upon our last four weeks together. We tion for a community center, planting organic school gardens, realize that Costa Rica and the friends we have made will be painting and tiling a community kitchen, constructing a plant with us forever. nursery, completing a sidewalk around the town square. Educational projects include teaching English lessons and organizing and leading a “Día de Actividades” – an event for the community that includes field day competitions, art workshops, music, games and more! Inevitably “los niños” become an integral members of our group! We will spend our afternoons and eveNicaragua nings joining in the daily lives of community members as we play C soccer games, prepare special dinners, participate in a traditional A R RINCÓ N D E L A VIEJA IB game and dance night, or take short excursions. B E


Costa Rica TRIP OVERVIEW Session 1 : July 9 – July 23 (15 days)

Viva la Vida Rica! 2-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

JOIN US FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED COSTA RICA EXPERIENCE. Get off the tourist track with a journey that takes you into the las casas y los cora-

Session 2 : July 27 – August 10 (15 days)

zones—the homes and the hearts—of the friendly “Ticos”. Become immersed in this culture and the Spanish language, and enjoy fantastic adventures. From white water rafting, to meaningful community service, to surfing the perfect waves of Costa

Average size of group : 20 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12

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Tuition for 15 day program : $3,895 (plus RT airfare, group flight from Newark) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 25-45 community service hours • Help construct community facilities in the Pacific Region • Present English Language lessons to local community members • Organize field days for elementary school students

Language Immersion* • Experience a homestay in a small village • Receive instruction from language teachers who work alongside students on service projects • Improve your Spanish through fun scavenger hunts and homestay interview questions

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Raft Costa Rica’s best whitewater • Surf world class Pacific waves • Enjoy Latin dance classes *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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Days 11-13: Pacific Eco-Resort and Surf Camp Days 1-3: Orientation and Rafting Our experience begins in the San Jose Central Valley area B&B, Time to hit the beach! We depart from our homestay community, promising to stay in touch with our new families and where students get to know one another and establish goals for the weeks ahead. Here we will learn more about Costa Rica, friends. We travel to the Pacific Coast, famous for its unique combination of rainforest and ocean settings. We spend a day take a Latin dance class, and loosen our muscles with an overnight rafting trip on one of the many spectacularly scenic rivers. boogie boarding, enjoying zip-line canopy tours, and viewing wildlife. For two days we challenge ourselves with surf lessons We will also participate in some informal Spanish games and taught by professional instructors. The wave conditions on this lessons, so please come with a desire to use your Spanish! beach provide the perfect opportunity for all levels to hang ten! Days 4-10: Guanacaste/Nicoya Region and Homestays Days 14-15: Central Valley and Travel Home After orientation, we head off for our community service projLeaving paradise is always sad, but our trip back to the Central ects in the Pacific Region. While staying in a paired homestay Valley gives us time to share our memories before we fly home. (two students per home), we will work on projects chosen by At a celebratory dinner in a nice restaurant we have an ‘awards the community itself. Participants can choose between small ceremony’ to reflect upon our time together. We realize that construction and/or educational projects each day. Typical small Costa Rica and the friends we have made will always be with us. construction projects include: pouring the foundation for a community center, planting organic school gardens, painting and tiling a community kitchen, constructing a plant nursery, completing a sidewalk around the town square. Educational projects include teaching English lessons and organizing and leading a “Día de Actividades” – an event for the community that includes field day competitions, art workshops, music, games and more!


Ecuador

La Aventura ecuatoriana 3 AND 4-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 27 – July 17 (21 days) Galapagos Add-on : July 18 – July 24 (7 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff

The vistas are immense. The opportunities are endless. This Ecuador excursion spans snowcapped volcanoes, the Amazon, the incomparable Galapagos, and meaningful community service featuring authentic cultural interaction. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey that will immerse you in unique and exciting environments and cultures!

GRADES: 9–12

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Tuition for 21 day program : $4,495 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Miami) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Tuition for galapagos Add-on : $1,495 (plus RT airfare to Galapagos Islands) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 40-60 community service hours • Build and restore local playgrounds for a school that serves handicapped children • Help improve infrastructure for community economic development projects • Assist in sustainable agriculture initiatives • Work on environmental, reforestation, and wildlife preservation projects

Language Immersion* • Language study and activities throughout the program • Experience a homestay in a typical Ecuadorian village • Engage in leader-guided homestay language lessons

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Raft in the Amazon • Mountain Bike adventure • Visit artisans’ homes and lively market towns such as Otavalo • Boat tour of the Galapagos Archipelago • Snorkel the Galapagos *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

“It opened my eyes to much more of the world and it was amazing.

Honestly a trip that I will never forget.”

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Days 3-10: Amazon Adventure and Community Service The excitement grows as we bus down to the city of Tena. Perched in a beautiful and accessible region of the Amazon rainforest, a jungle lodge will be our base for this portion of the trip. Activities here include rafting, rainforest educational tours and projects, and inspirational service work providing a playground for a nearby school. Evening activities like night hikes, dance lessons, and games will complete our productive days here in the Amazon. Days 11-12: Papallacta Hot Springs and Mountain Bike Adventure Next stop, Papallacta hot springs and a downhill mountain bike adventure! After a beginner/intermediate level mountain bike adventure surrounded by spectacular views, there is no better way to relax than a soak in the stream-fed hot springs with your fellow riders. Day 13: Otavalo A trip to Ecuador would be incomplete without a visit to the bustling city of Otavalo, host to the largest indigenous artisan marketplace in the world! Otavalo’s colorful artisan market is a shopper’s paradise and a wonderful opportunity to practice your Spanish and hone those bargaining skills. Days 14- 20: Homestay Community Our small homestay village is located in the high valleys in the Northern Sierra of Ecuador. For the next week, our friendly and hospitable host families will open their hearts and homes to us; you will quickly feel a part of the family! The homestay portion of the trip is without a doubt the most rewarding and a favorite among participants. While meals, evenings, and weekends are reserved for homestay family time, our group gathers daily to work on projects. In the past, we have constructed community gardens, built bridges, and worked alongside the women’s cooperative in their markets. During our homestay days, work and play go hand in hand!

GALPAGOS OPTIONAL ADD ON Days 21- 27: Galapagos Archipelago For those traveling on, we take a flight from Quito to Guayaquil and then continue directly on to the Unesco World Heritage site of the Galapagos Islands. Our professionally guided journey through this unique landscape begins on the island of Santa Cruz. We will join our Galapagos guides, board our boats, and head to Isabela, the largest island of the archipelago. Lodging will take place in hotels and days will be full of adventure and exploration. Our stay in Isabela is highlighted by a trek along Sierra Negra volcano, famous for its gigantic crater measuring 10.5 by 7 kilometers in size! This educational and exciting adventure continues on to Santa Cruz where we can view nesting sea turtles and an array of fish while snorkeling the Concha Perla. We’ll be sure to visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center for an introduction to “Lonesome George”, the most famous of the giant tortoises we will see. Then we’re off to our third island paradise, San Cristobal. Time here is highlighted by snorkeling at the remains of an underwater volcano, better known as Kicker Rock. We wrap up our action-packed and educational experience in Galapagos with a celebratory dinner before heading back to Quito. Days 28: Quito and Travel Home The final day, we fly home to the United States via Quito, reunite with friends and family and share our new experiences. It is the end of a trip, but a beginning to a new awareness about yourself and new cultures. Few countries can boast the geographic and cultural diversity that Ecuador holds. Join us for an amazing journey!

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Days 1-2: Quito and Orientation We fly directly to the colonial capital city of Quito for two days of orientation. We explore the architecture of Latin America’s best preserved historic colonial center, and warm up our Spanish skills with interactive language activities and lessons.


France TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 26- July 21 (26 days) Average size of group : 20 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12 Tuition for 26 day program : $6,895 (plus RT airfare from Newark)

Un Grand Voyage… Médiéval á Moderne 4-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

FRANCE EXTENDS THE WARMTH OF ITS PEOPLE, THE BEAUTY OF ITS LANGUAGE, AND THE VALUE OF SHARING COMMUNITY. 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 Alps and sightseeing in Paris and Provence et voilà! We have an amazing recipe for experiencing the heart of this incredible country. Global Works offers the only French program combining serious service projects, language immersion, homestays, and adventure activities. This is truly a remarkable opportunity for anyone wanting to have an authentic travel experience!

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• Earn 30-50 community service hours • Help archaeologists excavate Lastours, an 11th Century village • Work on environmental service projects in the Alps • Volunteer at a youth summer camp

Language Immersion* • Experience a 12-day homestay in the historic town of Carcassonne • Engage in leader facilitated language lessons during the homestay • Work with French teenagers

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Participate in a photographic project • Swim in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean • Challenge yourself with a multi-day hike and white-water rafting in the French Alps • Visit Paris and its wealth of sights • Experience the fireworks and festivals of Bastille Day in France! • Explore the Provence region *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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ITINERARY Days 11- 22: Carcassonne From Provence, we are off to our homestay town near the Mediterranean! We will travel to the beautiful medieval town of Carcassonne to meet and stay with our gracious host families for 12 days. It’s a great opportunity to test your language skills, make friends, and absorb the many cultural differences found in day-to-day living and conversation. Some days are “family days” when we will spend time immersed in the life of our host families. One of our family days will be Bastille Day, and we will be treated to a local view of this popular holiday! We will get together as a group and spend several days alongside local archeologists working on restoration and conservation projects. In addition, we volunteer at a local youth summer camp and participate in a photographic project for the chamber of commerce. We also have time to take excursions to the beach, through the fortress of Carcassonne, and one day is spent on a cave exploration and zip-line tour.

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Days 1-5: The French Alps and Environmental Projects Upon arrival in Paris we travel by private coach to Grenoble and the majestic French Alps. Each year we stay in a small village far from the tourist crowds where down to earth, open-hearted people make for a warm reception! This is an ideal setting for our orientation to the French culture. During these days we will focus on cultural exchange and language fluency by working alongside local friends on environmental and historical restoration initiatives. There is also time to play! The towering scenery is breathtaking and adventure awaits us. During our stay in the Alps we challenge ourselves with activities such as an overnight hike, whitewater rafting, and a ropes course. We also begin the service component of our trip by participating in projects such as trail maintenance and stone-wall building. Our group stays together in a gîte or traditional stone-wall building mountain lodge that provides traditional French meals and hospitality.

Days 6-8: Overnight Hike Days 23- 26: Paris “The City of Lights” Please come prepared to challenge yourself on this riveting hike A visit to France would never be complete without time spent in the beautiful French Alps. Accompanied by our skilled and in Paris. We spend a few days exploring a city teeming with rofriendly French guides, we hike up the mountain to the Plateau mance and history. We kick off our visit with a cruise along the d’Emparis where our welcoming hosts await us in our refuge at Seine River where Paris monuments are lit against the night sky. the summit. The second day is less physically demanding, but During the days, there is so much to see and do: le Tour d’Eiffel, rich in cultural exchange. We learn from the proprietor, and tal- Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, le Louvre, Musée de Piented chef extraordinaire, how to cook traditional Alpine food casso, and Quai d’Orsay... The list goes on and on! We’ll muster such as tartiflette, gratin aux pommes et aux courgettes, crozet, enough energy to have a final dinner celebration during which or the mouthwatering dessert tarte aux myrtilles, the French we will reminisce how our time with Global Works gave us a way. During this day on top of the plateau, we also invest our unique and fulfilling glimpse of French culture. Our new friends, time in an environmental service project. Our third day we arise vastly improved language skills, and fond memories of our days early, take our final pictures, and head to a glacial lake where in France will remain with us long after we have bid au revoir! anyone brave enough can take the swim of a lifetime. In the Alps our group bonds its first important relationships, we conquer our mental and physical doubts, and we go places where United Kingdom very few people ever have the chance to explore. Belgium

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CELEBRANDO DIVERSIDAD Y AMISTAD! 2 AND 3-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session 1 : June 25 – July 15 (21 days) Session 2 : July 17 – July 31 (15 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12

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Tuition for 21 day program : $3,995 (plus RT airfare from Newark)

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PANAMA, THE SOUTHERNMOST COUNTRY IN CENTRAL AMERICA, FORMS A BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS. This journey takes us to the land between North and South America, to a place touted as one of the earth’s best eco-tourism destinations. With solid infrastructure and amazing biodiversity, Panama beckons us to experience unique service and adventure. Our journey begins in the cosmopolitan capital of Panama City, a crossroads of culture and commerce. We’ll traverse the countryside to the northern province of Chiriquí and the “land of eternal spring” where we’ll share in the life of a rural village, living with friendly families and doing meaningful service projects. Finally, we’ll top off our adventure at some of Central America’s hottest surf beaches and protected marine parks. Whether we’re surfing the Pacific, rafting through the fertile highlands, snorkeling in the turquoise waters of Kuna Yala, or walking through the 17th century ruins of Casco Viejo, both historic and modern Panama will dazzle.

Tuition for 15 day program : $3,495 (plus RT airfare from Newark) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 35-45 community service hours • Assist children at the Hogar Malanzo Orphanage • Work on the environmental and educational programs of the Kuna Indians • Construct facilities at the Quebrada Guabo School for Indigenous Populations • Teach English and other lessons to Ngobe Bugle school children

Language Immersion* • Practice your Spanish with Panamanian students • Experience a homestay in a small, rural village • Engage in leader guided homestay language exercises and activities

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Snorkel around the coral reefs of the San Blas Islands • Tour Casco Viejo and the Panama Canal • Surf on world-class Pacific waves *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

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afternoons we’ll play soccer and basketball games, and spend time with community members. Evenings include cultural activities such as dances or cooking classes, and games with our host community.

DAYS 10-9 (SESSION 1): SAN BLAS ISLANDS/ DAYS 4-10 (SESSION 2): Chiriquí PROVINCE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE An early morning transfer brings us to the San Blas Islands. The Kuna people have autonomously governed the islands since DAYS 17-19 (SESSION 1)/ DAYS 11-13 (SESSION 2): the 1920s and have maintained their distinctive dress, music, PACIFIC ECO-RESORT AND SURF CAMP dance, and legends. During our stay there will be time for Time to hit the beach! We depart from our homestay comparticipation in a variety of meaningful service projects with munity, promising to stay in touch with our new families and schools and other community organizations. A snorkeling friends. We travel to the Pacific Coast, famous for its unique excursion around the coral reefs and time to enjoy the tropical combination of rain forest and ocean settings. We’ll spend a scenery and beaches makes this a not-to-be-missed destinacouple days boogie-boarding or challenging ourselves with surf tion. We’ll leave the community of the San Blas Islands feeling lessons taught by professional surf instructors. The wave condia connection with the people and the spectacular landscape tions on this beach provide the perfect opportunity for all levels surrounding them. to hang ten! DAYS 10-16 (SESSION 1)/ DAYS 4-10 (SESSION 2): Chiriquí PROVINCE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE Chiriquí Province, in the northern region of Panama, is a mountainous paradise known for its ideal climate, small and friendly agricultural communities, and spectacular scenery and wildlife. From Panama City we travel by bus to our small homestay village in the Chiriquí Province. For the next week, we have the opportunity to live, work, and play with the exceptionally hospitable people of this community. Students live two students to a home. The members of the host families do not speak English, so our Spanish language learning curve rises quickly! Upon arrival, we greet our homestay families and head to the welcome fiesta. The evening includes introductions of students and families, dinner, music, and dancing. During the day we work alongside our host brothers and sisters on service projects that are determined and coordinated with community members prior to the trip. In the past we have worked with rural indigenous communities in the NgobeBugle reserve. Examples of previous community projects have included building the foundation for student dorm rooms, constructing a lunchroom for the school, teaching English at the primary school, and painting a school classroom. In the

DAYS 20-21 (SESSION 1)/ DAYS 14-15 (SESSION 2): PANAMA CITY AND TRAVEL HOME Departing is sad, but the final trip back to our Bed & Breakfast in Panama City allows us to share our memories before we fly home. A celebratory dinner at a nice restaurant and an ‘awards ceremony’ allows us to reflect upon our last four weeks together. We realize that the Panamanian friends we have made will always be with us!

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Days 1-3: Orientation and Panama City (Sessions 1 & 2) Upon arriving into Panama City, we will settle into the cozy, private Bed & Breakfast that will serve as our base for the first portion of the trip. After warming up our Spanish skills exchanging money, we tour the colonial section of Casco Viejo and visit the artisan and fish markets. Next we’ll marvel at the awesome engineering feat that is the Panama Canal and learn about its inner-workings at the Miraflores locks. We will also spend a day completing our first service project at an orphanage on the edge of the city.

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Peru/Ecuador TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 27 – July 22 (26 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff GRADES: 9–12

Aventura de los Incas 4-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

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, history, language learning, or adventure, Peru is the destination for you. Your Global Works experience will take you beyond the tourist track and into the communities of the Sacred Valley. It is here that impactful service, fascinating indigenous market places, and exciting adventure activities will populate your journey.

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Tuition for 26 day program : $5,995 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Miami, Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Quito, and Galapagos) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 30-45 community service hours • Help improve infrastructure for community economic development projects • Build classrooms or playgrounds • Teach art, English lessons, or sports in local primary schools

Language Immersion* • Practice your Spanish with Peruvian students • Experience a homestay in a small Peruvian village • Engage in numerous leader-led language exercises and activities

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • White-water raft the Rio Urubamba • Visit the majestic lost Inca city of Machu Picchu • Barter for artisan goods in indigenous markets in Pisac and Cusco, Peru • Visit a remote indigenous Quechua village and experience traditional life • Bike down Cotopaxi in Ecuador • Boat and snorkel throughout the Galapagos Archipelago *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

“The trip is…educational, eye-opening, fun, and enlightening” – Ali


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ITINERARY Days 1-2: Lima and Orientation in Urubamba The group flies together into Lima, transfers to Cusco, and takes a bus to Urubamba. We settle into our B&B for introductory activities, including a team scavenger hunt, that gets the group speaking Spanish and working together.

Days 6-14: Homestay in Urubamba Time to transition to our homestay families in Urubamba. For the next week, our friendly and hospitable host families will open their hearts and homes to us; you will quickly feel like part of the family! As most of the families do not speak English, your Spanish language skills will improve daily. While meals, evenings, and weekends are reserved for homestay family time, our group gathers daily to work on projects. We will collaborate with our host community and local schools on projects they deem necessary. Previous projects have included constructing playgrounds, building a community center, painting a school classroom, and working with local youth on educational activities. We spend our afternoons exploring the region, hiking, learning local arts and crafts, and engaging in cultural activities with new local friends. On the last day, we throw a final fiesta to celebrate our hard work and thank our new friends and families. Days 15-16: Machu Picchu We arrive by train at the small, scenic town of Aguas Calientes. Accompanied by a local guide, we rise early to behold the majestic lost city of the Incas. Nestled high in the mysterious Andes, Machu Picchu is a phenomenal and dramatic way to highlight this adventure of a lifetime in Peru!

Days 19-25: Galapagos Archipelago A short flight from Quito takes us to Guayaquil and directly on to the ‘Capital of Paradise,’ the Island of San Cristobal. After settling into our cozy hotel, we’ll visit the Galapagos Interpretation Center to get oriented on the geography, social and natural history, and wildlife of the archipelago. Our guides accompany us on boat rides each day where we’ll encounter an amazing diversity of marine and land species. Later, we travel to the islands of Isabela and Santa Cruz where we will enjoy snorkeling in the radiant green waters while sea turtles gracefully swim by and sea lions frolic around us. White sand beaches, sunbathing seals and panoramas of lava rocks await you!

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Days 3-5: Urubamba and Rafting The group will stay together at a centrally located lodge while we get to know the locals through service projects and adventure activities. An incredible day of rafting on the Urubamba River will provide further opportunity for team building and fun. We also prepare for our upcoming homestays through language lessons and homestay role-playing.

Day 26: Departure Our final night, we enjoy a celebratory final dinner. The next day, we fly home to the United States via Guayaquil. Our friends and family greet us when we arrive to share our new experiences. It is the end of a trip, but a beginning to a new awareness about yourself and the world. Very few destinations boast the geographic and cultural diversity contained in Peru and Ecuador. Join us for the ultimate South American adventure!

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SPAIN

Viva la cultura española! 4-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 25 – July 21 (27 days) Average size of group : 22 students / 4 staff GRADES: 9–12 Tuition for 27 day program : $6,695 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Newark, Madrid to Barcelona)

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Service Projects* • Earn 40-60 community service hours • Build with adobe at an Ecological Center • Restore a historical building • Assist at a youth center and home for the elderly

Language Immersion* • Communicate with bilingual leaders (they’ll facilitate fun activities and conversation for all levels!) • Experience a homestay with Spanish families • Play games and interact with Spanish youth

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Visit the cultural sights of Madrid, Barcelona, Segovia and the medieval walled city of Ávila • Swim and hang out with Spanish youth at the natural pools in the Gredos Mountains • Participate with locals in town festivals • Enjoy a traditional flamenco show in Barcelona *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

From Barcelona’s Roman relics to Madrid’s newfound modernity, Spain is a cultural marvel. On this journey, we will visit a side of Spain that most tourists will never see. The sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean provide our adventure while the experience of living and working in a sustainable community provides our service. During our homestay, we learn about the cultural and political changes Spain has seen over the past thirty years that have created a modern, exuberant country coming into its own. In our travels through this diverse country, you will find that Spaniards share an unparalleled zest for life.


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ITINERARY Days 1-4: Madrid We start our journey in Madrid, the capital of Spain. Our hostel is right off the Puerta del Sol and gives us easy access to the cosmopolitan inner city and the palaces of another era. During our stay we’ll visit the world-renowned Prado Museum, stroll through the Plaza Mayor and Retiro Park, and take in an optional bullfight.

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Days 23-27: Barcelona and Travel Home Next, our group travels to Barcelona! Prepare yourself for the fascinating buildings designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, including the Sagrada Familia cathedral which we will see on a leisurely bike tour around the city. We’ll combine visits to the monuments and museums of this fantastic city with time to hang out and enjoy the beach. Enjoy a day trip on a tree-top canopy tour and explore the incredible Boquería market. A final celebratory dinner will provide the backdrop as we exchange laughter and stories from the past month. Make sure you save some Euros for last minute souvenir shopping on Las Ramblas! Although you are sad to be leaving, you know that Spain will be asking you to return in your mind’s eye for many years to come

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pools formed by water from the nearby mountains. During the weekend, our group will take an overnight trip to the Gredos Center to experience the mountain lifestyle of Spain. The farewell dinner and community celebration will bring to a close an unforgettable time.

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Madrid to Andalucía 2-Week Language Immersion and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW Session : June 29 – July 13 (15 days)

Spain allures the traveler with its combination of old world charm and vibrant people.

Average size of group : 22 students / 4 staff

Join us on a journey through Spain that most tourists will never see. In addition to experiencing the ancient sites and modern cities of this diverse country, you will be exposed to a beautiful and untainted Spain. In the village where we will stay, people

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lead family-oriented lives and strolling through the plaza at night is a local pastime. Our Spanish program is a tapestry of culture, language immersion, and community service throughout this diverse and enchanting country.

Tuition for 15 day program : $4,495 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Newark)

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Service Projects* • Earn 20-30 community service hours • Teach English to local Spaniards • Plant a community garden • Make crafts sold to raise money for an organization • Help with light construction projects

Language Immersion* • Communicate with bilingual leaders (they’ll facilitate fun activities and conversation for all levels!) • Play games and interact with Spanish youth

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Visit the cultural sights of Madrid, Granada, and Toledo • Play fútbol with Spanish teens at the local soccer fields • Participate with local youth in town festivals • Enjoy guided tours throughout Madrid *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.


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ITINERARY Days 1-2: Madrid We start our adventures in Madrid. Upon arrival from our overnight flight, we are greeted by our Global Works leaders at the airport and taken to our hostel. We’ll have some time to rest before beginning orientation and language activities in the famous Retiro Park.

Days 11-15: Madrid We return to Madrid for the final days of our trip. Our hostel is right off the Puerta del Sol and gives us easy access to the cosmopolitan inner city and the palaces of another era. During our stay we’ll visit the world-renowned Prado Museum, stroll through the Plaza Mayor, and take in an optional bullfight. There will also be a day trip to the historic city of Toledo, once the capital of the Spanish empire and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. A final celebratory dinner will provide the backdrop as we exchange laughter and stories from the past month. Although you are sad to be leaving, you know that Spain will be asking you to return in your mind’s eye for many years to come.

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Wow! I had an amazing time traveling through Spain, getting to meet new people, making friends for a lifetime and opening the doors to traveling in my life. – Jenna Hennessey

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Focus Programs Global Works Focus programs include the principles of our Cultural Exchange Trips (community service, cultural exchange, and adventure activities) with an added focus such as soccer, surfing, science, sailing, or photography. On a Focus program, participants engage in interactive and intensive skill building workshops led by professionals in the field. Our 2012 Service and Focus trips help you to develop your skill and passion in the following areas:

SCience Soccer Elevate your game to another level with a week of world class Geek out to sea turtles In Costa Rica and spectacled bears in Ecuador! These focus trips will teach practical field techtraining and competition with talented young Costa Rican niques, tropical ecology, conservation, and biodiversity in coaches and players. Then take your game on the road to awesome locales like Galapagos and Costa Rica rainforest. a Costa Rican village where you give back through service projects. Highlight your trip with a fun and competitive tour- This experience may set you off to a truly exciting career path, and it will show you a good time. nament between Global Works and Tico club teams!

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Surf Get stoked in Fiji and Costa Rica! Following a week of inspiring community service in a rural village, spend a week honing your skills on some rad surf breaks. Totally! Photography Snap your way through one of the most picturesque places on earth. Immerse yourself in the magical culture and dramatic landscape of the Sacred Valley in Peru. Sunrise shots of Machu Picchu, and candid portraits of the Uros people floating on their reed islands, will complete this portfolio of a lifetime.

Sailing Set sail from Fajardo, Puerto Rico on a journey through the Spanish Virgin Islands (Culebra and Vieques) and the USVI (St. Thomas and St. Johns) Whether a student is a beginner or has extensive sailing experience, they will take charge of piloting and running their vessel! Under the guidance of licensed sailing masters and professional staff, you will earn an internationally recognized certification in sailing and valuable community service projects in the areas of environmental conservation and education with local youth groups.

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Costa Rica TRIP OVERVIEW Session : July 9 – 23 (15 days)

La Pasión del Fútbol, Comunidad, y Aventura 2-Week Soccer and Service Program

Beautiful Costa Rica provides an incredible backdrop for this unique soccer and service adventure. Kick off your trip with an exhilarating raft trip on one of Costa Rica’s awesome rivers. Experience the challenge and fun of five days of professional co-ed soccer camp with at a Costa Rican soccer academy! And then, while your game is hot, take your skills into a rural Costa Rican village where you will live with families

grades for Session : 9 – 12 Tuition for 15 day program : $3,995 (plus RT airfare, group flight from Newark) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Soccer Elements* • Improve and train with professional soccer coaches and guides in a world class facility • Play scrimmages and games against with talented, young Costa Rican players • Compete in a tournament with nearby communities

Service Projects* • Earn 20-30 community service hours • Build soccer fields, goals, changing facilities, and kiosks • Teach English and lead a Día de Actividades for local children

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Train with a renowned Soccer Academy • Raft Costa Rica’s best white water • Take canopy walks and night hikes in Costa Rica’s beautiful cloud forests • Enjoy Latin dance classes

This language exposure program is designed for students of any Spanish language level. While no prior Spanish is required, we ask that students come with a willingness to learn basic phrases. *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

and provide meaningful service work for the community. Each afternoon, soccer games with your trip-mates and the locals provide the perfect balance to a full day of productive work. The Costa Rica Service and Soccer adventure is a great opportunity to make real gains in your soccer skills and provide meaningful service work in a community environment.

ITINERARY days 1-2: Orientation and Rafting Our experience begins in the San Jose Central Valley area B&B, where students get to know one another and establish goals for the weeks ahead. Here we will learn more about Costa Rica, take a Latin dance class, and loosen our muscles with a day rafting trip on one of the many spectacularly scenic rivers. We will also participate in some informal Spanish games and lessons, so please come with a desire to use your Spanish! Days 3-7: Soccer Academy and Excursions Each morning for the next five days will be devoted to developing and improving soccer skills. A soccer academy located in the suburb of Alajuela will provide intensive training with world class players and coaches. In addition to the soccer program, the group will take excursions to nearby Poás volcano, cool off in a local pool, and explore other Central Valley highlights. We’ll unwind with games and activities at our bed and breakfast. Days 8-14: Homestay and Service Projects We depart from the Central Valley for an authentic cultural and community service experience in rural Costa Rica. Students will live two per home in a small community where we will conduct service projects, play soccer mejengas or pick-up games with the local students, and experience Costa Rican life first hand. Our community projects are designed to boost the local economy. We’ll build soccer fields, goals, and kiosks so the locals can host regional tournaments. Global Works participants will also plan and teach English lessons and organize an event for the community that includes field day competitions, art workshops, music, games and more. Day 15: Central Valley and Travel Home Leaving paradise is always sad, but our trip back to the Central Valley gives us time to share our memories before we fly home. At a celebratory dinner in a nice restaurant we have an awards ceremony to reflect upon our last weeks together. The spirit of Costa Rica and the friends we have made will be with us forever.

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Costa Rica TRIP OVERVIEW Session 1 : June 29 – July 13 (15 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 Staff grades for Session : 9 – 12 Tuition for 15 day program : $4,195 (plus RT airfare, group flight from Newark)

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Science Elements* • Sea turtle habitat and population study. Beach cleaning activities, night watches, searching the beach for turtle eggs, taking scientific data, taking care of the nesting sites. • Visit to the National Institute of Biological Diversity • Work alongside park rangers on environmentally sustainable projects designed to preserve and to protect the staggering six life zones within the reserve’s boundaries.

Service Projects* • Earn 20-30 community service hours • Work on environmental, reforestation, and sea turtle projects

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Overnight rafting adventure • Snorkeling expeditions • Boat tour along Osa pensinsula coast line • Hikes through untracked cloudforest *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

Science, Sea Turtles, and Rainforest 2-Week Science and Service Program Despite its size, the Central American nation of Costa Rica is considered to be one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Costa Rica serves as a global model of conservation and land stewardship, with nearly thirty percent of its lands preserved and protected. Spend two weeks exploring and working to further protect the cloud forests, tropical rivers, rainforest canopies, and coastal habitats of this impressive nation.

ITINERARY Days 1-4: Los Santos Highlands, Pacuare River Students fly into the Central Valley and the country’s capital of San Jose and are transported high above the city to a small community run eco-lodge which will serve as our home base for exploring the diversity of Costa Rica’s volcanic interior. The program begins with dynamic orientation activities followed by a visit to the National Institute of Biological Diversity, where students will learn more about the many distinct life zones of the country. An overland transfer alongside some of the region’s most impressive volcanoes takes participants to the pristine Pacuare River on the precipitous Caribbean slope. Two days are spent running the river’s rapids, camping along its banks, and learning about the surrounding tropical rainforest canopy from professional river guides and naturalists. Days 5-8: Cloudforest Participants hike deep into the misty cloudforest of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, the largest private reserve in Costa Rica. Students work alongside park rangers on environmentally sustainable projects designed to preserve and to protect the staggering six life zones that are encompassed within the reserve’s boundaries. In addition to environmental service work, participants will learn of the initiatives to preserve this ecologically fragile environment for future generations. Days 9-13: Osa Peninsula, Coastal/Marine Environments Travelling south along the Pacific Coast towards the Osa Peninsula, students partner with a local organization working with the native Sea Turtle population. Learn about sensitive turtle habitat and population factors. Activities may include beach cleaning activities, night watches, searching the beach for turtle eggs, taking scientific data, and caring for the nesting sites. We also visit Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge. Our program partners with local schools and conservation organizations to establish wildlife corridors that provide protection for mammals migrating from the highlands to the coast. A snorkeling expedition to the idyllic Canos Island allows students to peer deep into the region’s terrestrial and marine diversity. Days 14-15: Travel Days, Central Valley Program participants leave the lush rainforest of the Osa Peninsula and make their way over rugged mountains back to the Central Valley. Students celebrate the new knowledge gained and their efforts to protect the biodiversity of this special place in a final dinner before boarding a group flight back home.


TRIP OVERVIEW Session 1 : June 25 – July 9 (15 days) Session 2 : July 17 – July 31 (15 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff grades : 9 – 12 Tuition for 15 day program : $3,995 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Houston) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 20-25 community service hours • Work on small construction and erosion prevention projects Costa Rican conservation organizations • Assist park rangers with local ecotourism projects • Teach English environmental education to local children

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Raft Costa Rica’s best while water • Surf, surf, surf, world class Pacific waves! • Swim under a waterfall in a Costa Rican rainforest *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

2-Week Surf and Service Program

Central America encompasses some of the most pristine and epic surfing conditions in the world, and the Pacific breaks of Costa Rica are the region’s gem. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer, you can experience the unparalleled beauty of Costa Rica’s remote surf breaks and warm people in our program’s perfect balance between adventure and service activities.

ITINERARY Days 1-3: Orientation and Rafting Our experience begins in the San Jose Central Valley area B&B, where we’ll river raft through a tropical rainforest on Class II and III rapids while get to know one another and Costa Rica. Days 4-8: South Pacific Region/Dominical, Uvita, and Ballena National Marine Park After a quick orientation, we travel to the southwest region near the communities of Uvita-Dominical and the Ballena National Marine Park. We’ll begin at Colonia Beach in the Ballena National Marine Park which has a sandy bottom to smooth perfectly shaped waves to learn or progress to the next level. In the upcoming days we’ll find the best surf conditions among the breaks at Palo Seco, Playa Rey, and Playa Dominical among others. Each afternoon the group will spend a few hours working on environmental service projects within the Ballena National Marine Park such as small construction work on the park’s facilities, reforestation and trail work, and environmental education campaigns with nearby communities. DAYS 9-14: NORTH PACIFIC REGION/PLAYA GRANDE AND LAS BAULAS NATIONAL PARK Traveling northward along the Pacific Coast, densely vegetated rainforest hills give way to tropical dry forest and the savannah landscapes of Guanacaste Province. Costa Rican northernmost province is home to renowned surf spots such as Tamarindo, Playa Grande, and the famed Witch’s Rock. Again, participants will split the day by riding the region’s waves and working with conservation groups to protect beaches which serve as one of the most important nesting sites for leatherback sea turtles in the world. In addition we’ll work with an after school youth group, Abriendo Mentes, to share environmental education and cultural exchange activities. At a final celebration on the beach we’ll enjoy an ‘awards ceremony’ to reflect upon our last two weeks together. Day 15: Liberia and Travel Home Leaving paradise is always sad, but our group flight from nearby Liberia International airport to Houston gives us time to share our memories before we catch connections home. We realize that the friends we have made and the waves surfed will always be with us!

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La Pura Ola Surf-vice Adventure!


Ecuador

SCIENCE IN PARADISE! 3-Week Science and Service Program

TRIP OVERVIEW

Join us on an adventure in two of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world: the

Session : July 2 – July 20 (19 days)

Through partnerships with local NGO’s and a Biological Research station, students

Average size of group : 16 students / 3 staff

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upper Amazon basin and the Chocó cloud forests of the western flank of the Andes. will learn practical skills through the guidance of professional field researchers and scientists. In the process we will travel to some of the most beautiful landscapes in

Tuition for 19 day program : $4,995 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Miami and Galapagos flight) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

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• Attend seminars on field techniques, tropical ecology, conservation, and biodiversity. • Students will participate in field study. Examples include: bird or beetle counts and identification, camera traps to identify macro-fauna populations (spectacled bears, pumas, ocelots, etc.), and forest biomass increase studies.

Service Projects* • Earn 25-35 community service hours • Work on environmental, reforestation, and wildlife preservation projects

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Mountain Bike adventure • Visit artisans’ homes and lively market towns such as Otavalo • Boat tour of the Galapagos Archipelago • Snorkel with seals and sea lions in the Galapagos *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

ITINERARY Days 1-7: Quito, Orientation, and Biological Field Station We fly directly to the colonial capital city of Quito for two days of orientation. From there, we travel to a field station in a beautiful Andean cloud forest where students will learn about biological field techniques. We participate in hands on field studies such as bird identification, and macrofauna populations counts for spectacled bears, pumas, and ocelots. Days 8-11: Papallacta Hot Springs, Mountain Bike Adventure, and Otavalo Next stop, Papallacta hot springs and a downhill mountain bike adventure! After a beginner/intermediate level mountain bike adventure surrounded by spectacular views, there is no better way to relax than a soak in the stream-fed hot springs with your fellow riders. A trip to Ecuador would be incomplete without a visit to the bustling city of Otavalo, host to the largest indigenous artisan marketplace in the world! Otavalo’s colorful artisan market is a shopper’s paradise and a wonderful opportunity to practice your Spanish and hone those bargaining skills. Days 12-19: Galapagos Archipelago From Quito, we fly to Guayaquil and then continue directly on to the Unesco World Heritage site of the Galapagos Islands. Our professionally guided journey through this unique landscape begins on the island of Santa Cruz. We will join our Galapagos guides, board our boats, and head to Isabela, the largest island of the archipelago, where our stay is highlighted by a trek along the Sierra Negra volcano, famous for its gigantic crater measuring 10.5 by 7 kilometers in size! This exciting adventure continues on to Santa Cruz where we can view nesting sea turtles and an array of fish while snorkeling the Concha Perla. We’ll be sure to visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center for an introduction to “Lonesome George”, the most famous of the giant tortoises we will see. Then we’re off to our third island paradise, San Cristobal. Time here is highlighted by snorkeling at the remains of an underwater volcano, better known as Kicker Rock. After wrapping up our action-packed and educational experience in Galapagos, we will depart back to Quito from San Cristobal. Few countries can boast the geographic and cultural diversity that Ecuador holds. Join us for an amazing journey!


TRIP OVERVIEW Session : July 2 – July 16 (15 days) Average size of group : 18 students / 3 staff grades : 9 – 12 Tuition for 15 day program : $4,395 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Miami) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Photography* • Capture stunning images of ancient Inca wonders like Machu Picchu and the ancient Uros tribe upon their floating reed islands • Learn and apply practical skills related to exposure, aperture, lighting, and composition • Publish photos online during the trip for friends and family to see • Students will have a wide variety of cameras, from point-and shoot to SLR cameras. You will get great photos no matter what you bring!

Service Projects* • Earn 20-30 community service hours • Help improve infrastructure for community economic development projects • Build classrooms or playgrounds • Teach art, English lessons, or sports in local primary schools

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • White-water raft the Rio Urubamba • Visit the majestic lost Inca city of Machu Picchu • Barter for artisan goods in indigenous markets in Pisac and Cusco, Peru • Visit a remote indigenous Quechua village and experience traditional life • Two day tour and homestay on Lake Titicaca *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

2-Week Photography and Service Program

Engage in an unparalleled voyage from Machu Picchu and the sacred valley to the highest navigable lake in the world and the colorful Uros people of Lake Titicaca. We learn and apply photography skills in the field while exploring the culture and life of Peru first hand though adventure, exchange, and community service activities. Whether beginner or expert, you will gain valuable skills and experience the trip of a lifetime.

ITINERARY Days 1-6: Lima and Orientation in Urubamba We fly together into Lima, transfer to Cusco, and take a bus to Urubamba. The group stays together at a centrally located lodge while we get to know the locals through service projects and adventure activities. We gather each morning to learn photography tips and to capture the colorful scenes unfolding in the Sacred Valley. We collaborate with our host community and local schools on projects, including constructing playgrounds, building a community center, painting a school classroom, or working with local youth on educational activities. There will be photographic excursions to a nearby traditional indigenous community and colorful market places. Days 7-9: Machu Picchu and Cusco We arrive by train at the small scenic town of Aguas Calientes. Accompanied by a local guide, we rise early to behold the majestic lost city of the Incas. Nestled high in the mysterious Andes, Machu Picchu is a phenomenal and dramatic way to highlight this adventure of a lifetime! Back in Cusco, we lend our skills and provide photo journalism service work for a local nonprofit. Days 10-15: Puno and the Uros Islands The group departs by bus for the 8 hour journey to Puno and Lake Titicaca, where we board a boat to the floating islands of the Uros people. We have the opportunity to experience and photograph the unique pre-Incan settlers on the Uros who have constructed their own islands, homes and boats out of totora (dried Reeds). We spend one night with a family homestay on the beautiful Island of Taquile, inhabited by native Quechua people who have developed an efficient and original social system and technique of weaving. We fly from Juliaca back to Lima and connect for our flight home. It is the end of a trip, but a beginning to a new awareness about yourself and new cultures.

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Puerto Rico TRIP OVERVIEW

Discover the hidden pleasures of the Spanish Virgin Islands (Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques) and the USVI (St. Thomas)– remote tropical beaches, pristine rainforests, and amazing marine life. Whether you are a beginner or have extensive sailing

Average size of group : 16 students / 3 staff

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Tuition for 17 day program : $4,295 (plus RT airfare to San Juan)

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Service Projects* • Earn 20-30 community service hours • Participate in conservation work with the island marine parks • Work on educational projects with students at a local school

Adventure and Cultural Activities • Learn sailing skills and put them into real world practice! • Kayak and swim in a world famous “Bioluminescent Bay” • Snorkel the pristine waters of the US and Spanish Virgin Islands • Sail into and explore historic Old San Juan *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

experience, you and your team will take charge of piloting and running your vessel!

Days 1-3: Fajardo, Puerto Rico Participants will fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico and meet their leaders in the airport. After a quick overland transfer to Fajardo, we’ll begin with a welcome and familiarization of vessels, your home for the upcoming weeks! Living aboard a sailing yacht in a small group of 10 to 12 shipmates, you will experience the confidence of succeeding as both an individual and as a team. On the first three days you will learn terminology and basic sailing skills to get started while setting up our supplies for our voyage. Along with this introduction into sailing we will have two practice days in the Fajardo harbor and surrounding cays, Icacos Island and Palomino Island. Along with these practice sessions we will do some snorkeling on the surrounding cays and an excursion out into one of the most renowned bioluminescent bays in the world. Days 4-8: Vieques and Culebra Islands (The Spanish Virgin Islands) The first stop will be in Esperanza, on the south side of Vieques Island and located just 18 miles east of the main island of Puerto Rico. While docked in Vieques, we’ll spend a couple days of community service at local schools and youth groups at the Vieques Land Trust. On the second afternoon we will sail to Culebra Island where we’ll sleep one night in Ensenada Honda near the main town of Culebra. The next day work with some conservational youth groups and the University of Puerto Rico doing marine conservation work. We’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy some of the many water activities in the area such as fishing, snorkeling, and sea kayaking. The next day we will begin our sail to The USVI, St. Thomas and Coral Bay in St. John Island. DAYS 9-13: ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN ISLAND (THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS) Over the course of the next couple days we will work and play in St. John and The Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, 708 acres of federally owned submerged lands. The Virgin Islands National Park encompasses underwater areas that teem with marine life, gorgeous white sand beaches and acres of lush green forests. In St. John we will engage in conservation work with the park while exploring some of the most pristine bays in the the Caribbean. DAYS 14-17: RETURN INTO OLD SAN JUAN PORT We will make our return voyage home through St. Thomas and then Fajardo before sailing into the city of Old San Juan just as ships have done for centuries! On the last evening we’ll enjoy a final celebratory dinner and dancing in Old San Juan, providing time for final reflections and memories of this once in a lifetime journey!


Fiji Session 1 : June 19 – July 3 (15 days) Session 2 : July 3 – July 17 (15 days) Average size of group : 16 students / 3 staff grades : 9 – 12 Tuition for 15 day program : $3,895 (plus RT airfare for group flight from Los Angeles) * This Program Offers Staff Escorted Group Flights

Service Projects* • Earn 30-40 community service hours • Restore a community school

2-Week Surf and Service Program

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 fullest by sharing in the communal life of a small village that holds the deep belief that family and friends are the most important things in life. This program has been designed to bring together like-minded and adventurous students. It combines authentic cultural exchange, meaningful service and the opportunity to spend a week surfing in one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. We will also immerse ourselves into the villages that exist without cars or stores and gain a deeper understanding of the simple Fijian way of life. Suitable for all levels from beginner to expert, our service and surf program will provide great adventure with new friends.

ITINERARY Days 1-3: Beach Lodge & Orientation Our experience begins on the Sunshine Coast at our beautiful beach ecoresort base, where students get to know one another and establish goals for the weeks ahead. Here we will learn more about Fiji and its traditions and customs. We will take time to rest, swim, explore the local markets, and prepare to immerse ourselves into true community living.

• Work with preschool children • Assist with marine conservation and reef protection projects

Adventure and Cultural Activities* • Surf Fiji’s coral waters • Trek volcanic mountain trails • Snorkel along village shores • Experience Fijian community life *Please note that some of the projects and activities will change from year to year, however, they will be similar to those listed. A final itinerary will be printed prior to each trip.

Days 4- 9: Coastal Village After our orientation, we travel to a coastal community where we will stay as a group. Fiji is paradise in the Pacific, complete with volcanic mountains, coral reefs, waterfalls, hiking trails, and single lane dirt roads that transport us back to a simpler time. On arrival in the village there will be a traditional “sevu sevu,” or welcoming ceremony, where we will share in drinking kava with the village chief and will be welcomed as part of the village for the duration of our stay. We eat together in a communal setting where our village family spoils us with inspired banquets of fruits, breads, and native dishes. Our projects will include construction of a village school facility and teaching English to the local kids. These are meaningful grassroots projects where we work side by side with the village families who will directly benefit from our efforts. The days follow relaxed “Fiji-time” and include projects, adventure activities, and introductions to traditional local customs, crafts, and games! Days 10- 15: Surf Camp & Beach Time Adventure. If you surf, you have already heard that Fiji has some of the finest and most consistent breaks on the planet. There are many great surf spots that can accommodate all levels of experience. We partner with a surf camp whose staff provides instruction and guidance. We have a full instructional program for those wanting to learn or hone their skills, and fun and experienced guides who bring local knowledge on the best spots and conditions. When we’re not surfing we will explore the surrounding area and work on a photographic and video diary of our adventures. Our final nights will be spent under the bright stars of the Southern Cross with new friends reflecting on an incredible fifteen days of fun service, fine surf and friendly people.

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HOW TO ENROLL Choosing a Program The first step to a great summer experience is making a well informed decision. Global Works programs offer a wide variety of destinations, activities, service projects, and language learning options. Here are several ways for you to learn more about our programs.

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Enrollment Steps 1. Contact us to check availability and/or to reserve a space: We are available by phone (303.545.2202) or e-mail (info@ globalworkstravel.com) to answer questions and/or check program availability. Some of our programs fill by late January or early February, so we encourage parents and/ or participants to contact our office early in your decision-making process to determine the availability of any specific program(s). Inquiries are always welcome as our enrollment is on a rolling basis and occasional openings do become available in spring. 2. Submit an application and $800.00 deposit: Space is limited. To hold a space for more than a few days we require an application and deposit. Complete the application and enrollment agreement in this catalog and fax it to us (303.545.2425) or visit our website and apply online. We accept credit cards over the phone for the deposit, but we prefer that a check be mailed for the tuition balance, when due.

3. Enrollment: Once a completed application and deposit are received the participant will be contacted by email with login information where you can access all the enrollment forms on our website. The login page will also include program specific information, such as packing lists, immunization information, and your leader bios. 4. Enrollment Process: Once you receive your program login, complete the Travel Reservation Form as soon as possible to ensure flight arrangements. Please complete and return the following forms a minimum of eight weeks prior to your departure date: • Medical Information Form • Physician Report • Health Insurance Form • Program Interruption and Cancellation Insurance

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Tuition Refunds and Trip Cancellation: The tuition includes: lodging, food, all transportation (not including airfare), all excursions, any activities and entrance fees specified on scheduled itinerary, full-time services of professional Global Works leaders, and all non-optional gratuities. The tuition does not include: passport and visa fees (non U.S. citizens must secure any necessary visas), airfare, baggage fees, airport departure taxes, excursions and activities not included on the itinerary, meals in airports or on travel days beginning or ending a trip, medical and evacuation insurance, or program interruption protection. Global Works’ refund policy is based on the fact that most program costs are determined on a per-group, instead of a per-person, basis. In addition, last minute cancellations often prevent other participants on the waiting list from participating. 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Rules and Regulations: I understand that for the health, safety, and welfare of its staff and participants, Global Works requires that the rules and regulations it establishes be observed. I agree that should the participant’s conduct, at the sole discretion of Global Works, be deemed to be in violation of Global Works’ rules or otherwise detrimental to the maintenance of standards or to the successful operation it’s programs, Global Works may dismiss him/her from the program. I agree that Global Works responsibility for the participant ends with his/her dismissal or withdrawal from the program. I understand that in cases of early dismissal or withdrawal, accompaniment by a Global Works leader on the flight(s) home will not be possible, however at the request of a parent or guardian, Global Works will attempt to arrange for the participant to be treated as an unaccompanied minor by the airline when possible. I agree that should my child/ ward be dismissed from a Global Work’s program, I will make arrangements for, bear the cost of, and provide supervision and/or responsibility for my dismissed child/ward, even in situations that require extended international travel, and that no refund of the program tuition will be given for a dismissed participant. The following cases may be cause for early dismissal from the program: • Unsafe behavior, which includes, but is not limited to: failure to wear seat belts, life jackets, and other safety equipment, self mutilation, and/or body piercing. • Behavior that is destructive, abusive, violent, injurious to others or involves harassment, theft, vandalism, or chronic defiance of rules and regulations. • Exclusive relationships, sexual activity, unauthorized absence from the group, or failure to abide by curfews and/or other set expectations for behavior. • Possession or use of any weapons, non-prescribed drugs, tobacco products, narcotics, or alcoholic beverages. Personal Property Loss: I agree that Global Works will not be held responsible for the loss, theft, or damage of personal property or equipment. Petty theft is worldwide! Global Works strongly advises participants not to bring expensive cameras, electronic equipment, jewelry, sunglasses, etc. Personal insurance should be purchased to protect any valuable personal property. Health forms: Global Works’ Medical Information Form must be completely filled out and signed by a parent or guardian. The Physician Report and Examination must be completely filled out and signed by a physician who has examined the participant within one year prior to the start of the program. Acceptance into a Global Works program is contingent upon Global Works’ approval of the foregoing health forms. Failure to answer all questions accurately or the misrepresentation of the participant’s current or past physical and/or emotional condition may necessitate the dismissal of the participant, even after the program has commenced, at the parent’/ guardians’ expense. Misrepresentation, failure to fully disclose information or failure to update Global Works with new behavioral developments or other pertinent health form information prior to the program may result in dismissal or rescinding of acceptance (even before a program begins) without refund.

Medical Treatment: I understand that all participants must be covered by medical and emergency evacuation coverage in the destinations they travel with Global Works. In case of illness or injury, I grant permission to Global Works and/or its assigns, to hospitalize, treat and order injections, anesthesia or surgery for me or my participant son or daughter as may be appropriate. I further authorize Global Works to administer non-prescription medicine in the event of minor injuries and/or ailments to me or my participant son or daughter as may be appropriate. I understand and agree to pay all costs associated with medical care and transportation, including the cost of any evacuation, treatment, or medications. Photo/ Statement Release: I give permission to Global Works to use any photographs, videos, and writing of the participant and/or parent in Global Works promotional and/or educational publications and media. I agree to let Global Works list participants and parents, unless otherwise stated in writing, as a “Reference” in future Global Works promotional materials. Assumption of Risk, Release, and Indemnification Agreement: I understand and acknowledge that the Global Works program to which I and/or my participant son or daughter is applying, as may be appropriate, involves inherent risks that are beyond the control of Global Works. These risks include, but are not limited to: strikes, civil unrest, war, terrorist activity, weather, medical outbreaks, other possibly dangerous conditions beyond the control of Global Works, illness associated with an unfamiliar diet, risks of personal injury in motorized vehicles, participation in unauthorized and unsupervised activities while on the program, and the risk of personal injury involved in adventure activities or otherwise. I (participant) on behalf of myself, and I (parent/ guardian) on behalf of myself and my participant son or daughter, accept and fully assume these risks of travel. I (participant) on behalf of myself, and I (parent/guardian) on behalf of myself and my participant son or daughter, agree to release, waive, covenant not to sue, indemnify and hold harmless Global Works and its agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, demands, damages, costs, attorneys’ fees, losses, expenses, rights and causes of action of any kind or nature arising out of any loss or damage to property or personal injury, including death or illness, incurred by me or my participant child while participating on a Global Works program. I further understand that Global Works subcontracts various transportation companies, travel agencies, and adventure outfitters, and with this understanding, I (participant) on behalf of myself, and I (parent/guardian) on behalf of myself and my participant son or daughter, agree to release, waive, covenant not to sue, indemnify and hold harmless Global Works and its agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, demands, damages, losses, expenses, rights and causes of action of any kind or nature arising out of or caused by any act, error, omission, or default by any such subcontractor. Should it become necessary for Global Works to advance monies on behalf of a participant for any reason, I (participant) on behalf of myself, and I (parent/guardian) on behalf of myself and my participant son or daughter, agree to reimburse and indemnify Global Works for all such expenses. Any individual upon bringing legal action against Global Works will be responsible for all legal fees and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred by Global Works in the defense of such action. If one parent or guardian of a participant does not sign this Enrollment Agreement, the signing parent or guardian indemnifies Global Works and its agents from all claims by the non-signing parent or guardian. If any provisions of this Enrollment Agreement are held to be invalid, void or unenforceable, all other provisions of the Enrollment Agreement will nevertheless remain in full force and effect. Any and all actions arising out of or to enforce this Enrollment Agreement shall be heard in the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The construction, interpretation, performance and enforcement of this Enrollment Agreement shall be governed by the substantive law of the State of Colorado, U.S.A., notwithstanding its choice of law rules. This Enrollment Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties regarding the subject matter contained herein. This Enrollment Agreement supersedes all prior agreements, proposals, understandings, statements and/or representations, whether written or oral, concerning the subject matter contained herein. This Enrollment Agreement may not be altered, amended or extinguished except by a writing that expressly refers to this Enrollment Agreement and that is signed by all parties subsequent to the execution of this Enrollment Agreement. I believe that I or my participant son or daughter is capable of handling the physical and emotional experiences entailed in a Global Works program. I (participant) on behalf of myself, and I (parent/guardian) on behalf of myself and my participant son or daughter, have read, feel adequately informed, and agree to all of the terms and conditions as stated in the Enrollment Agreement.

PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN (1) SIGNATURE DATE

PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN (1) NAME (Print)

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PARTICIPANT SIGNATURE DATE

PARTICIPANT NAME (Print)


Global works 2012 Program Offerings Cultural Exchange Program/Country

Session

Australia China Costa Rica

1 2

Fiji Islands New Zealand & Fiji Islands Nicaragua

Dates

Length

Grades

Tuition

Group Airfare

Departure

June 26- July 21

26 days

9–12

$5,995

$1,685**

LAX

June 25- July 15

21 days

9–12

$4,695

$1,949**

EWR

June 25- July 15

21 days

9–12

$4,695

$594*

EWR

July 11- July 31

21 days

9–12

$4,695

$624*

EWR

June 26- July 21

26 days

9–12

$4,995

$1,199*

LAX

July 3- July 28

26 days

9–12

$5,195

$1,259**

LAX

1

June 26- July 16

21 days

9–12

$3,895

$579*

MIA

2

July 27- August 10

15 days

9–12

$3,395

$618*

MIA

Puerto Rico

June 26- July 10

15 days

9–12

$3,995

No group flight

Thailand

June 26- July 16

21 days

9–12

$4,995

$1,840**

LAX

Zambia

July 2- July 26

25 days

9–12

$5,395

$1,995**

JFK

Dates

Length

Grades

Tuition

Group Airfare

Departure

Argentina

June 27- July 24

28 days

9–12

$5,695

$1,099**

MIA

China

June 29- July 19

21 days

9–12

$4,695

$1,789**

EWR

1

July 9- July 23

15 days

9–12

$3,895

$594*

EWR

2

July 27- August 10

15 days

9–12

$3,895

$594*

EWR

Costa Rica / 4-week

June 29- July 26

28 days

9–12

$5,295

$564*

EWR

Ecuador / 3-week

June 27- July 17

21 days

9–12

$4,495

$753*

MIA

July 18- July 24

7 days

9–12

$1,495

$425*

MIA

June 26- July 21

26 days

9–12

$6,895

$1,212*

EWR

June 25- July 15

21 days

9–12

$3,995

$624*

EWR

Language Immersion Programs Program/Country

Costa Rica / 2-week

Session

Galapagos Add-On

France Panama

1

July 17- July 31

15 days

9–12

$3,495

$624*

EWR

Peru/Ecuador

2

June 27- July 22

26 days

9–12

$5,995

$1,652**

MIA

Spain / 4-week

June 25- July 21

27 days

9–12

$6,695

$1,317**

EWR

Spain / 2-week

June 29- July 13

15 days

9–12

$4,495

$1,056*

EWR

Dates

Length

Grades

Tuition

Group Airfare

Departure

June 29- July 13

15 days

9–12

$4,195

$564*

EWR

Focus Programs Program/Country

Session

Costa Rica - Science Costa Rica - Soccer Costa Rica - Surf

July 9- July 23

15 days

9–12

$3,995

$594*

EWR

1

June 25- July 9

15 days

9–12

$3,995

$594*

IAH

2

July 17- July 31

15 days

9–12

$3,995

$594*

IAH

July 2- July 20

19 days

9–12

$4,995

$931**

MIA

1

June 19- July 3

15 days

9–12

$3,895

$1,199*

LAX

Ecuador - Science Fiji - Surf

July 3- July 17

15 days

9–12

$3,895

$1,199*

LAX

Peru - Photography

2

July 2- July 16

15 days

9–12

$4,395

$1,275**

MIA

Puerto Rico - Sailing

July 9- July 25

17 days

9–12

$4,295

No group flight

A GW staff member accompanies the group from the departure city on every international group flight! On a non-group flight, the staff meets the participants in-country. EWR= Newark, MIA= Miami, LAX= Los Angeles, IAH= Houston, JFK= New York * Group airfare does not include taxes and fuel charges. (Average tax/ fuel costs is $250-$550.)

** Extra in-country flights included in cost.


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