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Global Explorers

Global Explorers


Table of Contents With this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, my students have gotten to admire, explore and conquer. ey have gained self-confidence, tasted independence and success, and are eager to do more, to see more and to keep reaching for more. Molly, Educator Chicago, IL Sustainable Tropics: Costa Rica

e program taught me more about myself and my ability to impact the world. I returned from the trip with a greater sense of purpose in my life. Global Explorers is an excellent program for anyone looking to be inspired, and to catch the travel bug. Corey, Student Colorado Springs, CO Sustainable Tropics: Costa Rica

International travel has provided my child with a worldly perspective not only in respect to his Global Explorers travels but in his everyday life. Even at his young age, he is able to confidently speak about world issues and advocate for the country that he has visited. It has been a positive, life-changing experience that has included a higher level of maturity. Darlene, Parent Libertyville, IL Machu Picchu & e Sacred Valley: Peru

My favorite part is watching the change that students go through while on the trip. ey wake up excited and are ready for the day well before I am! On our trips, they go back to the simple things that make life fun. It’s about the basics: friendship, food, exploration and letting your mind and body dictate what needs to happen instead of a clock. ey find they don’t need mp3 players, cell phones and such to be happy. Dara, Educator Fredericksburg, VA Canyon Skies: U.S. Southwest

is trip has had a profound impact on Anna and will certainly shape her for the better. I wish there was a way for every kid to have this type of opportunity – the world would be a different and better place. Richard, Parent Seattle, WA e Maya Yucatan: Mexico

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A trip like this is beyond words. Just imagine something that fills you up inside and clears your head. You feel better for being involved in something way bigger than yourself and it changes your life for the better. Caynen, Student El Paso, TX AYLP with Cambodia

I’ve learned confidence, open-mindedness, flexibility, independence, tolerance and patience. I had the opportunity to see the world from another perspective, to live in it and relish it. Madi, Student Boston, MA AYLP with Cambodia

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Office 420 S. Howes, Suite B300 Fort Collins, CO 80521 office 1.877.627.1425 fax 1.970.672.1073 Communications & Outreach Manager Katie Watkins 1.877.627.1425

Catalog Design Catalog design time was graciously donated by Jess Vulcan and Dina Snow.

All catalog photos were generously donated by the Global Explorers family of students, educators and staff. ank you all!

Letter from the Director Core Values Staff Bios

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Partnerships that Matter What We Teach Programs that Work

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More an Just Travel Honest Pricing What to Expect

Administrative Information Frequently Asked Questions

Specialty Programs AYLP with Cambodia

African Discovery: Tanzania

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Global Explorers

Global Explorers

Letter from the Director

Core Values

My first international travel experience was to a remote community in the Fiji Islands as a young teenager. It profoundly changed the way I see the world. e connections I made and the growth that followed my journey to Fiji changed the trajectory of my life. e experience informed what I studied in college and graduate school; sparked an insatiable desire to explore the world; and influenced my choice of jobs, internships and eventually my career path. Years later, I felt inspired to provide opportunities for young people to have a similarly lifechanging experience. A close examination of the travel industry convinced me that there was much room for improvement. Student travel in particular must not only be thought-provoking, educational, sustainable and inclusive, but also affordable to families. e result is what we’ve created at Global Explorers – an extraordinary nonprofit organization that provides unique educational travel experiences designed to inspire responsible global citizenship. Parents, students and educators believe in our mission because they have personally experienced the transformative power of a Global Explorers program. I invite you to join us!

Our Organizational Values Hold true to our mission of inspiring responsible global citizenship through travel.

Contribute to the communities we visit through service, cross-cultural exchange and financial and technical support.

Never sacrifice educational quality for financial gain.

Empower volunteers to contribute thousands of hours of work annually to support our mission.

Be honest, caring and compassionate in our work with students, educators, staff and partners. Julie Dubin, Director

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ink systemically and seek synergies.

Offer opportunities to students of all abilities and backgrounds. Live, work and travel sustainably.

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Global Explorers

Global Explorers


Staff Bios



Staff Bios


e educational quality of our programs begins with an outstanding and highly qualified staff. All of us at Global Explorers are educators at heart, and we can all recall life-changing travel experiences that have helped shape who we are today. ese moments continue to motivate the work we do.

Global Explorers staff members do an amazing job of facilitating a rich and complete experience – somehow orchestrating the details with finesse without losing the excitement, spontaneity and challenge that are the reasons we choose to travel in the first place. Hans, Educator Oakland, CA Amazon Adventure: Peru

Chris Frost, Ph.D. Field Instructor Chris is an ecologist and plant biologist who has worked in the tropics of Peru and temperate forests of the eastern U.S. While earning his master’s at the University of Florida, he compared perceptions and attitudes about forests between young adults in the U.S. and the Peruvian Amazon. His doctoral work examined the role of insect herbivores on ecosystem processes. He currently works at Penn State University, where he focuses on airborne volatile compounds emitted by plants in response to herbivores. In Peru, he has served as a naturalist guide and helped to develop and lead extension workshops with youth. Chris is very interested in developing scientific and ecological literacy in people of all ages.

Tom Lillig Board President A true global marketer, Tom has extensive experience managing international marketing campaigns. His work and his adventurous spirit have taken him to some of the far corners of the world. Tom has been recognized for his efforts leading award-winning advertising campaigns, crafting groundbreaking marketing initiatives and launching new products for a number of prestigious companies and organizations including the Peace Corps, Kellogg’s, Reebok and the U.S. Postal Service. Tom is the Director of Account Management for Stone Ward, an advertising and marketing agency.

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Erik Weihenmayer Board Member e only blind man to have reached the summit of each of the seven continents’ tallest mountains, Erik is an incredible inspiration. He is also the author of two successful books, e Adversity Advantage and Touch the Top of the World, and an acclaimed motivational speaker. In 2005, he partnered with Global Explorers to create the Leading the Way program, offering a unique opportunity for visually impaired students to participate in extraordinary travel. He is also a founder of Global Explorers’ partner organization No Barriers and its Soldiers to Summits program. Erik continues to inspire an audience worldwide as he helps pioneer and spur new technologies both in his personal life and in the lives of others.

Andrea Delorey Board Member Before establishing roots in Colorado, Andrea called at least a dozen different cities “home,” and she continues to thrive on new experiences and learning. With over 15 years of experience as an educator, Andrea is currently Social Studies Facilitator for Poudre School District in Colorado. Previously, she taught in international schools in Venezuela, Chile and Ecuador, as well as in the New York City public school system. Andrea earned her Master’s in Education from Teachers College Columbia University.

Percy Rengifo Unuma Field Guide Percy was born in the village of Santa Rita de Castilla on the Chambira River, a tributary of the Mananon River, which flows into the Amazon in Peru. Percy has been guiding for 12 years. He speaks Spanish, English and German and his areas of expertise are fishing and nature walks. Percy enjoys sharing his culture with so many different people and showing off the beauty of the rainforest to the world.

Brian Miller Expedition Leader A community service trip to Costa Rica in 9th grade, followed by a semester abroad in Argentina, changed the direction of Brian’s life forever. Brian’s past work includes teaching biology at the Westridge School for Girls, where he started an environmental club, a recycling program, a worm composting program and an Earth Day celebration. Currently, Brian owns and operates an event photography company called LA Photo Party. He received a degree in community-based conservation from Colorado College.

Aracely Rojas Expedition Leader Born in a small town in rural Nicaragua, Aracely moved to Mexico City as a teenager before settling into Baja California Sur, Mexico. It was in La Paz that Aracely focused her life on the ocean and the outdoors, studying marine biology at the state university with a focus on marine protected areas. She is a strong female role model for students and exudes passion for sharing the joys of science that can be discovered in every nook and cranny of the world.

H. Bruce Rinker, Ph.D. Field Instructor Dr. Rinker is a distinguished ecologist, educator and explorer. His scientific expeditions have included numerous trips to remote locations around the world, especially in the tropics. Co-editor and contributor to Forest Canopies (2004) and Gaia in Turmoil (2010), Dr. Rinker has received many awards, including “Outstanding Biology Teacher” from the National Association of Biology Teachers. His undergraduate work at Virginia Tech concentrated on forestry and wildlife resource management; his Ph.D. from Antioch University Graduate School in environmental studies focused on tropical forest ecology.

Katie Watkins Communications and Outreach Manager With a childhood landing her in over 10 different schools, Katie was aware early on of the regional differences within the culture of the U.S. is, combined with her personal philosophy that everyone can teach you something, inspired her insatiable curiosity about the cultures of the greater world around her. Her first international travel experience was at 17, when she participated in a humanitarian housing project in Mexico. e passion ignited in her from that experience has taken her abroad for both business and pleasure. She has a B.A. in marketing and a diverse background within the student travel industry.

Jimmy Trejos Camacho Field Guide Jimmy grew up in the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica in the middle of the rainforest. Jimmy is a knowledgeable guide with experience in the ecology, conservation and culture of Costa Rica. With a passion for sharing his country with others, he runs a certified guiding company with several childhood friends. He loves seeing the spark in the eyes of youth as they make a new discovery and a smile comes to their faces.

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Global Explorers

Global Explorers

Partnerships that Matter

Partnerships that Matter



Global Explorers is committed to building long-term relationships with partnering organizations around the world. ese partners improve the educational quality of our programs, expand the scope of our impact and provide new opportunities that inspire our participants and staff. Meet a few of our partners.

In-Country Partners We partner with respected non-governmental organizations in each of our host countries to provide youth with authentic cross-cultural exchange and service learning opportunities. Some of our partners include:

e Jane Goodall Institute rough the Roots & Shoots Tanzania program, we organize authentic and educational cross-cultural immersion opportunities as well as meaningful service learning projects.

The future of our global community depends on the young people of the world. And the future is looking brighter because of the work of Global Explorers. – Andrew Zimmern, Host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods

CONAPAC is Peruvian nonprofit develops our in-country service projects and promotes rainforest conservation and education for the people who live along the Amazon and Napo rivers.

e Pearson Foundation e Pearson Foundation, a supporter of our Learning AFAR programs, aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning and great teaching.

Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center

OtterCares Foundation

Focused on environmental education, community development, conservation and tourism, the SCLC assists with service project development in Costa Rica.

e OtterCares Foundation supports scholarships for students in our home base of Northern Colorado and is dedicated to educating and empowering youth towards positive growth.

NativeEnergy NativeEnergy helps Global Explorers offset the carbon footprint of all of our expeditions by investing in community-based renewable energy projects.


Amazon Medical Project We support the Yanamono Medical Clinic in the remote Amazon basin of northeastern Peru – a regional clinic that provides primary care to families throughout the region.

Wimmer Solutions

Grand Canyon Youth

Wimmer Solutions is a Seattle-based business and technology consulting company whose work is rooted in the belief that care creates community. Wimmer Solutions supports our programs for diverse Seattle-area youth.

Together with GCY, we provide experiential education along the rivers and canyons of the Southwest, inspiring curiosity and appreciation of the natural world and our community.

e AFAR Foundation Together, through our Learning AFAR program, the AFAR Foundation and Global Explorers promote cross-cultural exchange by sponsoring travel for high-achieving students who could not otherwise afford the experience.

Girl Scouts of the USA Global Explorers provides programming for girls of all backgrounds and abilities, helping them “discover, connect and take action.”

Khiri Reach Khiri Reach helps disadvantaged people in ailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Khiri Reach facilitates our relationships with local communities in Cambodia.

Cambodia Community-Based Ecotourism Network is network of communities, non-governmental organizations, academic institutes and companies supports, promotes and advocates for sustainable tourism in Cambodia. CCBEN ensures that our youth experiences in Cambodia are authentic and meaningful.

Schlumberger Schlumberger is a leading oil fields services provider that aims to make a positive difference in priority areas including: education, human health, climate change and the environment. Schlumberger is a sponsor of Learning AFAR Houston. Partner description and logo in no way represent a formal endorsement of Global Explorers.

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Global Explorers

Global Explorers

What We Teach

Programs that Work



Self-Awareness: Students explore the ways they see themselves, others, the world and their place in it. Communication: Students learn to listen, to appreciate diverse perspectives and to improve their peer-to-peer communication skills. Collaboration: Students learn about creating a shared vision and utilizing the skills and abilites of all team members. Critical inking Skills: Students practice problem solving, analysis, logic and reflecting on the big picture using systems thinking. Self-Direction: Students explore their personal passions, adaptability, sense of responsibility and personal vision. Information Literacy: Students investigate various forms of knowledge acquisition, source discernment and management of complex information to deepen the quality of their analyses.

Our mission is to inspire responsible global citizenship by providing life-changing travel experiences for students and educators of all abilities and backgrounds. Our unique educational model equips students to explore science and culture for a deeper understanding of the world, to discover their personal interests and to tackle community issues with passion and wisdom.



Scientific Curiosity & Competence: Students develop a curiosity towards the natural world and understand the complexity of interrelationships between human and environmental systems.

Appreciation for Life: Students deepen their appreciation for the opportunities they have in life and recognize that there are many ways to make a difference in the world.

Cultural Curiosity & Competence: Students build curiosity, respect and tolerance for different ways of life and experience connectedness with people around the world.

Inspired Action: Students take action and engage in service before, during and after their Global Explorers expedition.

Career Exposure & Leaders that Inspire: Students learn about the motivating factors behind career choices made by a diverse group of professionals and develop ideas about fulfilling careers for themselves. Service Knowledge: Students explore the meaning of service learning and civic responsibility and navigate the challenges of working with communities to identify and evaluate needs.

Before I left, I was a child looking for an outlet to adulthood. Global Exlorers has helped me find that outlet and pushed me into becoming a fully functioning adult. GEx has changed my life for the better and taught me values that I am going to remember and cherish for the rest of my life. Before traveling with GEx, my mind was locally based. I hadn’t seen outside of my own town. GEx opened my eyes to the world that we live in and truly helped me open my heart to everyone around me. – Ethan, Student

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Service Attitude: Students develop confidence in their ability to inspire change and demonstrate an ongoing willingness to spend time bettering communities at home and abroad.

Annually, Global Explorers works with outside researchers from Texas A&M University to conduct a thorough evaluation of our programs from start to finish. We use the results to guide the continuous improvement of our programs.

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Research gathered from Global Explorers participants has been presented in the following academic journal articles: Duerden, M. D., Witt, P. A., & Taniguchi, S. (2012). e impact of postprogram reflection on recreation program outcomes. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration Duerden, M. D., & Witt, P. A. (2010). e impact of socialization on youth program outcomes: A social development model perspective. Leisure Sciences Duerden, M. D., & Witt, P.A. (2010). e impact of direct and indirect experiences on the development of environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology

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Global Explorers

Global Explorers

More Than Just Travel




Honest Pricing We believe that in order to truly harness the full power of a meaningful travel experience, a program must also include thorough preparation and follow-up action. Our three-phase programs engage students before they travel, provide real-world connections to those lessons during travel and challenge them to make the most of their experience upon their return.

Programs that engage learning and inspire curiosity before, during and after travel.

:: Phase One:: Preparation Global Explorers’ user-friendly preparatory curriculum and support materials are customized to your destination. We offer fun but challenging activities designed to provoke questions and critical thinking while improving global knowledge, skills and attitudes. Experts from such diverse organizations as the Peace Corps, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership and the World Wildlife Fund assisted with the development of our curriculum.

:: Phase Two:: Expedition e time spent on your expedition is designed to inspire responsible global citizenship. is is not a sight-seeing tour. Our small group expeditions foster meaningful and challenging discussions, engage students in service and develop important civic and leadership skills. Educators can customize programs to meet their targeted educational goals.

:: Phase Three:: Global Citizenship Project e Global Explorers experience continues in your own community after your expedition is over. Participants take a leadership role in designing and implementing a service project that makes a positive difference post-travel.

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Global Explorers’ all-inclusive program fees are designed to make your travel experience as stress-free as possible. You can feel at ease knowing that your Global Explorers Expedition Leader handles all travel and program-related financial transactions.



W hat’s Incl uded: + All transportation & lodging upon arrival at your destination + All activities including guides & entrance fees + All meals & drinking water during program + An individual bed for every traveler + A private experience for your group – you’ll never be joined by students you don’t know + A world-class Expedition Leader + Various other experts, scientists & educators + Certified local guides & drivers + Respectful gratuities for local guides, drivers & other services + Free educator spots with paying participants + Your choice of program & travel dates + Comprehensive preparatory curriculum + Extensive staff support before & after travel + Carbon offsets + Basic travel insurance + Customized promotional materials to help organize your group + 24-hour emergency service with GEx staff and a U.S.-based physician on call + T-shirts, travel journals, luggage tags & pre-travel student program handbooks + Airport departure fees + Online log-in for details & fundraising resources

W ha t’s NOT In c l ud e d: * Airfare to the city in which your program starts (price of airfare not included in program fee, but we will work with our travel agent to organize the best group airfare for your needs) * Passport fees * Visa fees (where applicable) * Extra snacks or beverages at meals * Meals while in transit on international travel days * Immunization fees * Spending money for souvenirs & gifts * Personal travel items * Airline baggage handling fees * Expenses as a result of travel delays or cancellations that fall outside of Global Explorers’ control


Wat ch ou t for Hi dde n Cos t s w it h oth er Compa ni es Be careful as you compare travel options. Many companies publish prices on marketing materials that do not include all the essentials. Here are just a few things that often cost extra: - Optional activities: $20 - $200 - Enrollment fees: $80 - $100 - Lunches or other meals: $10 - $15/day - Travel insurance: $20 - $150 - Private group fees: Up to $500/student - Taxes & other fees associated with airfare (if price indicates airfare is included): $100 - $400 - Private beds (base price may require students to share beds): $30 - $40/night - Gratuities: $15 - $20/day

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Global Explorers

Global Explorers

What to Expect

Our Destinations




From the moment you contact us until the completion of your global citizenship project, you’ll have a Global Explorers team member helping you every step of the way.



Meet Your Team Global Explorers is a family that gives young adults incredible opportunities and teaches life skills that make us all better people. Laura, Student Madison, WI The Maya Yucatan: Mexico

Planning a travel program with your students will take some time and effort. Here’s what you can expect before, during and after travel.

Global Explorers is passionate about providing a unique, life-changing travel experience for students and educators. Our team is here to support and guide you every step of the way. Here are a few of the people you’ll encounter while working with us:

Your Communications and Outreach Manager will help you select a destination that meets your group’s needs. She will work with you to customize your itinerary and finalize pricing. She will also help you recruit students by providing groupspecific promotional materials and fliers and presentations for parent meetings. When possible, she will present at your school. Once your group of students is solidified, you will begin working with our Director of Group Management. He will help you to book flights, provide preparatory curriculum and other materials, and manage every detail of the planning process, right up to the day you leave.

* Select a destination and timeline that match your group’s specific goals * Solidify school approval and travel dates

* Promote program and recruit students * Host information sessions

Your Expedition Leader(s) will manage all of the logistical details once you arrive at your destination. ey will guide students through meaningful activities and discussions and manage relationships with local vendors and partners for a seamless experience.


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A CANAD U.S. SOUTHWEST * Implement preparatory curriculum * Individual and group fundraising efforts * Arrange pre-travel essentials (e.g., passports, immunizations)

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Amazon Adventure: Peru

Program Itinerary is is a sample standard 10-day program. Number of days and order of events can be amended to better suit your needs and goals.

Amazon Adventure: Peru

Day 1: Travel Day

Program Description

Program Highlights Experience the rainforest as toucans and monkeys do – over 100 feet above the forest floor on one of the longest canopy walkways on the planet. Explore this rarely-seen world with field scientists and local guides. Search for pink river dolphins, barter for Yagua handicrafts, fish for piranha and have a mud fight on the mucky banks of a river island. Scour the tree line for boas, monkeys, three-toed sloths and other critters on a silent moonlight float along the Amazon River.

Few places on Earth can rival the rich diversity, both cultural and ecological, of the Amazon rainforest. e vastness of the Amazon captivates the mind and reveals a world full of secrets. Experience the hustle and bustle of Iquitos, one of the largest cities in the Amazon basin, and immerse yourself in the slower lifestyle of rural river communities. Along the way, search for scarlet macaws, poison dart frogs and thousands of other species that call this amazing place home. rough engaging science activities and meaningful visits to local communities, this program presents a genuine opportunity to understand the importance of conservation in the rainforest. A true living classroom, the Amazon has the power to open the mind like no textbook can.

Pre-Travel Curriculum Amazon ecology and rainforest conservation Peruvian history, Yagua culture and Spanish language Leadership skills, service learning and responsible travel knowledge

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We depart the U.S. and arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru. Depending on our flight schedule, we may spend the night at a hotel or we may head directly to Iquitos.

Days 2 - 3: Amazon Culture & Rainforest Living A short flight brings us to Iquitos, a bustling jungle town on the banks of the Amazon River. From here, we climb aboard a motorized boat for a spectacular ride down the river to Explorama Lodge, our home for the next two nights. Here, we meet our local guides, enjoy open air meals and learn a few skills used to live in this ecosystem. We visit a Yagua community to catch a glimpse of a different rainforest life and barter for handicrafts. e surrounding forest offers many opportunities for guided afternoon hikes and nighttime forest walks by flashlight.

Days 4 - 5: Ethnobotany & Canopy Walkway

blackwater lake and spend the evening on a moonlight river float, enjoying the magnificent night sky. A short hike on Day 5 brings us to the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies (ACTS) Field Station, home to one of the longest canopy walkways in the world. From the walkway, we watch the sun set over the canopy and learn about the many different layers of the forest and uses for plant life.

Days 6 - 7: Service Project & Swimming A short boat ride brings us back to Explorama where we will stay two more nights. We eat lunch and spend the afternoon fishing, swimming and searching for pink river dolphins in the magnificent Amazon river. We may have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Linnea Smith, an American physician who moved to the region and opened a rural health clinic. On Day 7, we participate in a service project alongside local community members. is is often the highlight of the week for many participants!

Days 8 - 9: City Tour & Return to Lima After a morning hike we say goodbye to the rainforest and make our way by boat back to the friendly city of Iquitos in the late afternoon. We enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town, then spend the night at a hotel. e morning of Day 9 is spent touring the city by foot. We do some souvenir shopping and visit a market before catching a late afternoon flight back to Lima. Depending on our flight schedule, we may stay at the airport and wait for our connection back to the U.S. or have time to sleep at a hotel in Lima.

Day 10: Travel Day Continue traveling and arrive home.

At dawn, we enjoy a short wildlife excursion into the forest to look for and identify a few of the hundreds of species of birds in the region. We then get back on the motor boat to travel further downriver to ExplorNapo Lodge, a more remote facility where we visit a local shaman. Later, we explore a

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Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley: Peru

Program Itinerary is is a sample stand-alone 10-day program. is program can be amended to serve as an extension of the Amazon Adventure program. Visit our website for information on other itineraries, including alternate trails or train rides to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley: Peru Program Highlights Experience the solitude of the Andes as you trek to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Gaze in awe and explore these fabled ruins first-hand. Discover the wonder of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the famous center of the Incan Empire known for its stunning highland terrain, colorful culture and captivating history. Enjoy a fireside Pachamanca dinner, cooked in the ground, and engage in a service project alongside members of a rural highlands community.

Program Description Machu Picchu tops the must-see list for many of the world’s intrepid travelers. After encountering this mysterious sanctuary and its famous walls, it comes as no surprise that Machu Picchu was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Navigate the lush and jagged peaks of the Andes and explore a variety of rich cultural and historical sites in Cusco and the mystical Sacred Valley. Engage in service, dive into the lively culture of the Peruvian highlands and ponder your place in the world while gazing at some of Earth’s most extraordinary scenery.

Pre-Travel Curriculum Andes ecology and regional conservation issues Incan history, Peruvian culture and Spanish language

Day 1: Travel Day

Days 4 - 6: Trekking

Days 7 - 8: Machu Picchu

After departing the U.S., we arrive in Lima. Depending on our flight schedule, we may spend the night at a hotel in Lima or we may head directly to Cusco.

We meet our porters on the morning of Day 4 and begin our trek. After a couple of hours of gentle hiking we reach and visit the Inca ruins of Llactapata. We continue hiking, this time away from the Urubamba River, ascending and following a stream towards the village of Huayllabamba. We have a picnic lunch nearby and continue to Paucarcancha, a magnificent archaeological site, and right next to it a locally owned private campsite where we set up camp for the evening. On our second day on the trail, we march on past Huayllabamba to a lunch site with spectacular mountain views. We pass through a cloud forest and hike over Warmiwañusca, the highest point of our trek at 13,830 feet above sea level. We enjoy incredible views during a brief descent to our next camp at Pacaymayu. Passing through different ecological zones the next day, we climb our second highest pass and may catch a glimpse of the snow-covered peaks of Cordillera Vilcabamba above the lush valley below. We encounter masterful Inca engineering at several more ruin sites and reach our final campsite before Machu Picchu at Phuyupatamarca, the “Place Above the Clouds.”

We say goodbye to our camp crew this morning and hike an easier trail for several hours down a stone-paved road with incredible stairways, a small tunnel and several viewing terraces. We enjoy a lunch at Wiñay Huayna and continue on to Inti Punku, or “the Gate of the Sun,” where we catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Today, we spend some time exploring the ruins on our own and spend the evening at a hotel in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes. On Day 8, we have a full day of guided tours of Machu Picchu followed by some additional time to explore ruins on our own. In the afternoon, we board the train to return to Ollantaytambo and then return to our hotel in Cusco.

Days 2 - 3: Cusco & Sacred Valley of the Incas We settle into our hotel in Cusco. A hot coca tea eases our adaptation to the high altitude (Cusco is 11,200 feet above sea level). After a light lunch, we meet for a guided tour of the city and the nearby ruins of Cusco. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner with a cultural show at a local restaurant. On Day 3, we visit the Sacred Valley, beginning in the colonial town and Inca City of Pisac. After shopping at the local craft market, we travel by road following the sacred Urubamba or Vilcanota River on our way to Ollantaytambo. We enjoy lunch and take time to visit the impressive Inca remains there. Later, we proceed down the Sacred Valley where we enjoy dinner and camp for the night.

Days 9 - 10: Travel Home On Day 9 we do some last-minute souvenir shopping in Cusco and catch our flight to Lima. We then relax at the airport while waiting for our connection back to the U.S. and arrive home on Day 10.

Leadership skills, service learning and responsible travel knowledge

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Sustainable Tropics: Costa Rica

Program Itinerary is is a sample standard 8-day program. is itinerary can easily be made into a 10-day program by adding a coastal extension. Specialized itineraries are available if you are interested in more emphasis on culture & language, service or science.

Sustainable Tropics: Costa Rica Program Highlights Stroll along Caribbean beaches, explore the rainforest and cruise through the cloud forest on zip-lines as you experience the myriad ecosystems and incredible biodiversity this tiny country has to offer. Immerse yourself in the animated “Pura Vida” lifestyle that makes Costa Rica’s vibrant culture world-famous. Search for howler monkeys, poison dart frogs, resplendent quetzals, three-toed sloths, nesting sea turtles and more with expert local guides.

Program Description Full of adventure, beauty, captivating culture and rich biodiversity, Costa Rica has everything you could ask for in an educational travel destination. It’s small in size and well-traveled, making it one of the best countries on Earth for student groups. In the Sustainable Tropics program, explore three different ecosystems and visit lesser-known learning spots in some of Costa Rica’s most enticing destinations. Search for all kinds of wildlife and learn about the successful sustainable development strategies that have made Costa Rica famous for conservation and ecotourism. Interact with rural community members and collaborate on service projects. As you travel by foot, kayak, boat, canopy walkway and zipline, you will experience this wonderful country in a truly authentic way.

Pre-Travel Curriculum Tropical ecosystems, sustainable development and rainforest conservation Costa Rican history and culture and Spanish language Leadership skills, service learning and responsible travel knowledge

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Day 1: Travel Day

Day 4: Service Projects

We depart home and arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica, where we meet our Expedition Leader and get oriented to the area. We spend the night at a comfortable hotel near San Jose.

We spend the morning engaged in a meaningful service project with a local NGO called the Sarapiquí Conservation and Learning Center (SCLC). We work alongside community members and may even get to play a game of soccer together. Later, we travel to Fortuna where we have the opportunity to spend the day and night at an educational farm called Don Juan’s. We help harvest items for meals, tour the farm and even get to try our hand at pressing sugar cane. We spend the night in a comfortable bunkhouse on the farm.

Day 2: Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation Today we spend the majority of the day with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF) in La Carpio outside of San Jose. Founded by squatters in the mid-1990s, La Carpio is a village composed primarily of Nicaraguan immigrants and is one of the poorest communities in Costa Rica. We spend the day learning about Latin American history, participating in service projects and playing games with the children of La Carpio. In the late afternoon we drive a couple hours to our next stop, the Sarapiquí region. Tonight we spend the night at a rainforest lodge.

Day 3: Rainforest Exploration Today includes a visit to La Selva, one of the most important sites in the world for scientific research on tropical forests. Established in 1968 as a biological reserve, it protects 3,900 acres of tropical and premontane forest and connects to the Brauillo National Park (100,000+ acres). At La Selva, we are likely to see many species that live in the forest, including mammals such as monkeys and coatimundi. In the afternoon, we continue our exploration of the rainforest as we float down the Puerto Viejo river by kayak. Tonight, we reflect on the many complex factors of sustainable tourism and spend a second night at the same lodge.

Days 5 - 6: Ziplining & e Cloud Forest Our next stop is the Monteverde region, filled with cloud forests and wildlife. We arrive at the UGA San Luis Research Station in the afternoon of Day 5, where we stay for the next two nights. We spend the afternoon discussing sustainability and participate in an ongoing conservation project that will contribute to offsetting some of the carbon our trip has produced. Day 6 begins with a bang as we experience the forest as the birds do, zipping through the canopy and exploring a series of walkways! In the afternoon, we explore the community and learn to make handicrafts. is evening, we enjoy dinner with a local family.

Day 7: Coffee Plantation We spend the morning touring a local coffee plantation where we learn about the process of

coffee production from start to finish. We enjoy our final lunch in the community before heading back to the San Jose area, where we participate in our closing ceremony and spend the night at a comfortable hotel.

Day 8: Travel Day We depart San Jose and return home.

Specialized Costa Rica Itineraries Tico Life (Cultural Immersion) A focus on Spanish language, crosscultural exchange and extended time in local communities, including additional service. Home stays are also optional. Learn & Serve (Service Learning) An intensive focus on service learning including a multi-day project with CRHF, optional home stays, and additional projects throughout your travel experience. Nature Lovers (Science) A deeper focus on education and exploration of Costa Rica’s diverse natural history, conservation efforts and role in the global marketplace. Program fees and length of itineraries vary. Contact us for more information.

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The Maya Yucatan: Mexico

Program Itinerary is is a sample standard 9-day program. Number of days and order of events can be amended to better suit your needs and goals.

The Maya Yucatan: Mexico Program Highlights Cool off in the Yucatan’s famous freshwater cenotes, take a “lazy river” float down a freshwater canal and snorkel at the world’s second largest barrier reef. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and admire the beachside temples of Tulum.

Swim alongside whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and camp on the deserted beaches of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Program Description Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula may seem close to home geographically, but the natural wonders and ancient cultures of this region reveal an exotic land. e Yucatan’s lush vegetation, idyllic beaches and monumental ruins call out to the explorer in us all. Venture off the beaten path and into Maya and Mexican cultures, past and present. Explore the pros and cons of development and tourism and visit the communities that exist outside of the Yucatan’s trendy Riviera Maya. is exciting program highlights global issues that affect life everywhere, exploring the delicate balance between human life and environmental concerns.

Pre-Travel Curriculum Coastal ecology, tropical conservation, ecotourism and sustainable development Maya history, Mexican culture and Spanish language Leadership skills, service learning and responsible travel knowledge

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Days 1 - 2: Travel & Snorkeling

Days 5 - 6: Maya Culture & Service

Day 8: School Visit & Snorkeling

After a brief travel day to Cancun, Mexico, we take a short drive to the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos. Here we watch the sun set on the beach and discuss forces shaping the local ecology, culture and economy. We spend the night in a modest lodge. We begin Day 2 by learning the basics of snorkeling and then try out our skills by exploring the world’s second largest great barrier reef. Later, we visit the breathtaking vistas and beachside ruins of Tulum and spend our second night in a different lodge.

is morning we embark by boat on a tour of Rio Lagartos, a wetland Biosphere Reserve. Rich in biodiversity, Rio Lagartos is home to many species of birds, including a very large population of Caribbean flamingos. We spend the afternoon and the next morning engaged in a service project in a small Maya village called Ek Balam located in the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula – well off the beaten path. Alongside local community members, we forget our proximity to the massive tourist resorts and work together on a project to address a need expressed by the village. We get to know community members and have a chance to appreciate the similarities and differences of our cultures. Following completion of the project, we visit the nearby ruins of Ek Balam. We stay two nights at a communityrun ecotourism lodge in Ek Balam.

is morning we rise early to visit a local school and participate in a cultural exchange. In the afternoon we have an opportunity to snorkel off the beaches near our hotel. We take some time to relax and write in our journals, reflecting on our amazing experiences and the issues we’ve explored.

Days 3 - 4: Fresh Water Swimming Today we travel south to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and visit the archaeological ruins of Muyil. We cool off on a “lazy river” float down natural freshwater canals and then search for lagoon wildlife by kayak in the evening. We stay in the same lodge in Tulum tonight. On the fourth morning we visit and swim in a beautiful cenote – a limestone sinkhole that creates brilliant freshwater pools. Later, we travel inland and visit with local Maya women from a handicraft cooperative in a small interior village. We also tour a small tortilla factory and move on to the colonial city of Valladolid, where we spend the night in an historic estate-turned-hotel.

Day 9: Travel Day Today we may have some time to relax on the beach before heading back to Cancun to catch our flight home.

Day 7: Chichen Itza – Wonder of the World is morning we head to one of the most incredible archaeological ruins in the world: Chichen Itza. We spend most of the day learning about the history of this site and the people who called it home. Following our visit, we cool down by swimming in nearby Dzitnup Cenote and return to Puerto Morelos, where we spend our last two nights at our beachfront hotel.

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African Discovery: Tanzania

Program Itinerary is is a sample standard 13-day program. Number of days and order of events can be amended to better suit your needs and goals.

African Discovery: Tanzania Program Highlights Search for lions, cheetahs, giraffes, wildebeest, leopards, elephants and more on multi-day safaris in the savanna. Experience life as a tribal Maasai villager, cook a traditional Tanzanian meal and practice Swahili alongside local students with our partner youth organization, Roots & Shoots. Work side-by-side with students from the Moshi area on a meaningful service project that will support the community.

Program Description Tanzania is truly a gem that showcases Earth’s amazing cultural and ecological diversity. Under the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, it’s easy to feel a deep personal connection to this region known as the “Cradle of Life.” Marvel at an abundant array of animals that rivals any wildlife experience on Earth while on safari in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Learn about human life in Tanzania, past and present, through a visit to a Maasai boma and several days of cultural activities with local students in Moshi. e African Discovery program reveals a fascinating world, opening doors to personal reflection like nowhere else.

Pre-Travel Curriculum Grasslands ecology, wildlife management and conservation issues in Africa Tanzanian history, Maasai culture and Swahili

Days 1 - 2: Travel & Arrive in Arusha

Days 7 - 8: Safari

We leave our home city and spend the day in transit to Tanzania. We arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport on the evening of our second day and spend the night at a hotel in Arusha.

We begin our safari experience in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and visit a rural Maasai village, or boma, along the way. We settle into our beautiful campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and spend the next day touring one of Africa’s best-known wildlife viewing areas. is stunning 12.5 mile-wide crater is home to the world’s largest density of predatory animals and humans alike, and we have the unique opportunity to become a temporary part of this symbiotic relationship. At night we camp under the stars.

Days 3 - 6: Service & Cross-Cultural Exchange We spend our first several days in Tanzania alongside our local Roots & Shoots student partners. Together, we engage in various hands-on, experiential activities designed to teach us about ecology and conservation issues in the region, enjoy true cross-cultural understanding and friendship building, and work on several meaningful and fulfilling service projects. Our days are filled with such varied activities as building fuel efficient stoves, conducting a forest inventory, visiting a community of elders, cooking a traditional meal, participating in a reforestation project, and exploring traditional medicines at a clinic. We get our hands dirty, entertain our hosts through dances, try new foods, gain perspective and understanding, and make many new friends.

Days 11 - 12: Final Activities & Begin Journey Home is morning, we bid farewell to the Serengeti with a final game drive. Our return to Arusha affords us a welcome hot shower at our hotel and a chance to do some souvenir shopping. After a late lunch on Day 12, we head to the airport to begin our journey back to the U.S.

Day 13: Arrive Home We arrive home and begin sharing our stories with friends and family!

Days 9 - 10: Serengeti National Park On the morning of Day 9, we head to Serengeti National Park. After a stop at Olduvai Gorge to learn about the Origin of Man, we continue on to an official park campsite within the Serengeti plains. Day 10 is filled with game drives in the Serengeti, during which we can expect to see lions, elephants, buffalo, cheetahs, antelopes and hippopotamuses. We camp again tonight under the Serengeti skies.

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Canyon Skies: U.S. Southwest

Program Itinerary is is a sample standard 9-day program. Number of days in the Navajo Nation and on the San Juan River can be increased to better suit your needs and goals. is program provides an intense wilderness experience – travelers should be in good physical health and comfortable “living” in the outdoors!

Canyon Skies: U.S. Southwest Program Highlights Warm yourself by a campfire as you visualize ancient tales recounted by a Navajo storyteller and flute player under the endless stars of Canyon de Chelly. Enjoy a true escape as you raft the San Juan River, embrace the mystical power of the desert and conduct important research on the impact of sound on the environment. Explore hidden and mysterious cliff dwellings and learn how their original inhabitants faced conservation issues similar to those we face today.

Program Description e stunning scenery of the Southwestern U.S. never fails to awe and inspire those who take the time to discover its riches. is region, known as the Four Corners, showcases dramatic geologic formations and sits at a crossroads of American Indian, Spanish and American cultures. As a testament to the unique combination of natural and cultural history in the region, the Colorado Plateau boasts the country’s highest concentration of National Parks and Monuments. Raft the San Juan River, explore spectacular National Monuments, and visit the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian reservation in the country. ere’s no better place to contemplate your place in the universe than under the desert sky’s magnificent canvas of stars.

Pre-Travel Curriculum Desert ecology, soundscape research and Southwest conservation issues Navajo culture and Spanish, American Indian and U.S. history

Day 1: Travel Day

Day 4: Hiking & Service

Day 8: Transition Day

Today we travel to the heart of the Southwest – either Albuquerque, New Mexico or Durango, Colorado, depending on whether we drive or fly. Here, we spend the night at a modest motel.

Today we engage in a service project that will help the family whose property we’re staying on. We may help clear the area of invasive species or assist Canyon elders with a special project such as building fences or benches. We hike out of the canyon in the late afternoon and then drive a few hours to the San Juan River. Tonight we meet up with our river guides from Grand Canyon Youth and camp near the river at a campground called Sand Island.

Today we spend our last morning on the river and then help our guides unload all the boats and pack up gear. From the “take-out” in Mexican Hat we either drive to Gallup, New Mexico or Moab, Utah. Here, we enjoy a much-deserved shower at our motel and reflect on our awesome adventure.

Days 5 - 7: Raft the San Juan River

Depending on whether we’re driving or flying, we may have time to visit another National Park nearby before heading home.

Day 2: Canyon de Chelly & Navajo Culture Today we travel to the Navajo Nation, specifically Chinle, Arizona – the gateway city to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. We get our first taste of Navajo culture and watch the sun set from an overlook on the rim of spectacular Canyon de Chelly. Tonight we camp at a campground on the rim.

Day 3: Hiking & Storytelling Before we hike down into the dramatic red rock walls of Canyon de Chelly, a Navajo Park Ranger introduces us to the challenges of protecting an area that’s been inhabited by humans for over 5,000 years. Once in the canyon, our resting spot is Antelope House Ruin, where we camp under a massive alcove on a Navajo family’s property. Tonight we are captivated by fireside Navajo storytelling and music as we gaze at the stars above.

We begin our voyage down one of the most spectacular rivers in America, the San Juan. We spend the next four days floating 27 miles from Sand Island, Utah to Mexican Hat, Utah. Although we use rafts to make our way down the river, we actually spend quite a bit of time on land hiking to ancient ruins, playing games around camp and exploring the amazing geological features of the region. is is a calm section of the river and the largest rapids we encounter are Class II. During our time on the river, we camp on sandy beaches every night and help with each meal preparation.

Day 9: Travel Day

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Arctic Exploration: Canada

Program Itinerary is is a sample standard 11-day program. Number of days and order of events can be amended to better suit your needs and goals.

Arctic Exploration: Canada Program Highlights Watch beluga whales make their annual migration in the Churchill River and Hudson Bay. Gaze at the surreal and entrancing glow of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Experience an epic train journey through the beautiful Canadian prairies to the Hudson Bay and conduct field research on tundra and boreal diversity.

Days 1 - 3: Travel & Train Ride

Program Description e lure and intrigue of the Far North has brought explorers to the Arctic for years, but it still remains a vast, remote land. Polar bears, giant herds of caribou, great boreal forests and a fascinating mix of cultures call this region home. Employ scientific research techniques alongside biologists and delve into a study of the area’s natural diversity. Look for polar bears, catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis during the very few hours of summertime darkness, and meet with Cree, Metis or Inuit community members. e Artic Exploration program gives you a chance to hear firsthand from the local people how this unique place is changing and impacting its residents – from beluga whales to polar bears to human beings.

Pre-Travel Curriculum Northern Canada biomes, Arctic conservation and climate issues

Today we travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba and settle into a hotel. We begin Day 2 with a city tour of Winnipeg, followed by a visit to the Manitoba Museum. Next, we board a train that will take us to Churchill. On the train, we have time to admire the amazing landscape and conduct some preliminary research using GPS units by plotting our journey as we head north.

Days 4 - 5: Field Research in the Tundra We arrive in Churchill early on Day 4 after two nights aboard the train and get situated at a local lodge or research center. We then head out on our first excursion into the Arctic tundra, where our instructor acquaints us with the area. On Day 5, we conduct field research and set up transect-plot studies in at least two of three distinctive ecosystems here. is afternoon, we visit a nearby lake to fish and go for a chilly swim. In the evening, we are treated to a handicraft-making lesson, storytelling or drumming with a local community member.

Days 6 - 8: Whale Watching, Aurora Borealis & Service is morning, we head out to the Hudson Bay to learn about and search for beluga whales – one of the most amazing whalewatching experiences in the world! We spend the afternoon continuing our field research. Our next morning we visit the tundra, taiga and coastal Hudson Bay ecosystems where we progress with our research. After lunch, we head into town to explore Churchill and the Eskimo Museum. is evening includes a traditional Arctic dinner and a potential viewing of the Aurora Borealis. On Day 8, we participate in a service project in partnership with Parks Canada, the equivalent to the U.S. National Park Service. After dinner we catch an evening train to Winnipeg and ride off into the sunset.

Days 9 - 10: Train Ride On the train, we have plenty of time to reflect and record our final thoughts in our journals. We arrive at the Winnipeg train station on the morning of Day 10 and stay in a hotel overnight.

Day 11: Arrive Home We travel home and begin sharing our stories with family and friends.

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Administrative Information

Frequently Asked Questions Q: Who travels with the students?

Information for Your School or Organization Global Explorers works with public schools, private schools and a variety of other educational institutions across the U.S. and Canada. The following information may be useful to administrators.

Our Nonprofit Status: We believe our nonprofit status speaks strongly about our commitment to providing a meaningful, educational and life-changing program. Our Board of Directors consists of current and former teachers, administrators and travel experts. e Board guides our long-term vision and ensures that we are providing the inspirational programs to which we aspire.

Exclusive Group Travel: Groups are not paired with other participating groups at Global Explorers unless specifically requested or stated in the program description. We offer a personalized small group-based experience that includes pre- and post-travel support, diverse educational resources and knowledgeable Expedition Leaders on all Global Explorers expeditions.

Professional Liability Insurance: Global Explorers carries a professional liability policy that includes bodily injury, property damage, professional errors and omissions, and personal injury. Educators who travel with students are considered volunteers for Global Explorers and are included in our liability coverage. A certificate of insurance can be provided upon request.

Educational Quality & Course Credit: Due to the educational nature of our program, many of our schools provide course credit to their participating students. Additionally, students who are 16 and over are eligible to receive two college credits and participating teachers are eligible to receive up to three graduate credits. Contact us for details on course registration fees and processes.

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Adaptability of the Program: We’re happy to work with your school to tailor a unique program that reflects your school’s culture, character and educational goals. Travel Insurance: Every Global Explorers participant is covered by a travel insurance policy that typically covers the costs of emergency medical care, evacuation, travel delay and baggage loss. Coverage is provided by Travelex Insurance Services. Global Explorers provides coverage details to all participants at the time of booking. Trip cancellation or trip interruption coverage is available for an extra charge. References: We are happy to provide references from teachers and/or school administrators who are familiar with our program.

A: Students travel with at least one teacher or representative from their school or organization in addition to a Global Explorers Expedition Leader, local guides and various other experts.

Q: Can parents travel with their student? Q: Are your programs safe? A: We take a proactive approach towards safety. at’s why we spend so much time preparing students and our staff for the kinds of experiences they are going to have in the field. While traveling, students will always be from within minutes to a few hours of excellent medical care. We work very closely with our in-country partners to provide the most up-to-date policies and procedures to deal with unexpected emergencies. Our staff medical training and first aid kits are developed in consultation with a family physician who specializes in travel health. Our physician is also on 24-hour call for consultation when our groups are traveling. All travelers are required to complete health, booking and liability forms in order to participate in a Global Explorers program.

Q: Do educators travel free with group programs? A: We waive one educator program fee (airfare not included) for your first 10 paying travelers; thereafter, we waive one educator program fee for every five paying travelers up to 40. In addition, we offer proportional discounts for educators when the total number of paying travelers is not a multiple of five. Contact us for details and for groups larger than 40.

A: We recommend that only students and educators travel on group programs; however, we leave the decision up to each group. It is usually not possible for parents to travel on individual enrollment programs.

Q: What type of food do you eat while traveling? A: We eat the local cuisine for the regions we visit. Most places this is food you will recognize like fish, chicken, rice, beans and fruit. ere are always multiple options available and we can accommodate most types of diet restrictions.

Q: Can we add custom activities or days to any of the programs? A: Absolutely! We work with many groups to customize the itinerary to meet specific needs and requests.

Q: What type of liability protection do you provide? A: Global Explorers provides industry-standard liability insurance. Participating educators and their schools or organizations are covered as volunteers under our liability policy.

Q: What are your cancellation policies? A: Global Explorers will work with you to determine the most convenient payment schedule for your group. Deposits are nonrefundable. Payments must be made in full no later than 60 days prior to travel. Withdrawal 46-90 days prior to date of departure results in loss of 50% of program costs. Withdrawal 45 days or less prior to date of departure results in loss of 100% of program costs. Late payments beyond 30 days are charged an 18% service fee and can result in the loss of your reservation.

Q: What kind of lodging do you use? A: Our accommodations are always safe, comfortable and responsible. We purposely strive to take students to locations that are rustic and comfortable, not extravagant. We do our best to ensure that we treat the local economy, culture and ecology with respect by seeking out partners and accommodations that do the same.

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Specialty Programs



Learning AFAR

Born from the idea that travel is the best form of education, Learning AFAR grants travel scholarships to high-achieving students who would not otherwise be able to explore our world. Learning AFAR is the flagship program of the AFAR Foundation, the philanthropic affiliate of AFAR Media.

We truly believe that a Global Explorers travel experience can change lives. Yet, many young people face obstacles that prevent them from even considering travel. We are committed to making travel accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities. By collaborating with diverse partners, we strive to remove obstacles and empower students who dream of travel to embark on their journeys. A few ways we break down barriers: Provide Individual Opportunities: We know that not everyone can travel with a local group, so we provide individual enrollment programs open to students across the country. Visit /individuals for info on our current offerings. Welcome Diverse Abilities: We encourage students of all abilities to participate in our programs. See page 36 for details on our Leading the Way program, specifically designed to accommodate students who are blind or visually impaired. Award Full Scholarships: We provide full travel scholarships to several high schools in low-income communities every year. See the next page for details on our Learning AFAR program. We also provide full travel scholarships to individual students accepted into our AYLP with Cambodia program. See page 37 for details. Offer Financial Support: We know that cost is often the biggest barrier to travel. Visit to check out our fundraising resources. Learn how to devise a successful fundraising strategy, write grant requests, access current scholarship opportunities and more!

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How to Apply:

In addition to the standard Global Explorers program components, the AFAR Media team introduces students to travel writing as a means to not only tell their travel story but also to learn self-advocacy in the telling of their own “life” story. Our end goal is to help students understand they are part of a larger, interconnected world and that their actions have an impact on the world around them. To learn more about how you can become a part of Learning AFAR, please visit /learning_afar.

Annually cities are selected throughout the U.S. Each fall, educators apply on behalf of their school to receive scholarships for 10 students and one educator. Students apply once their school has been selected to participate in the program.

Eligibility: is program is designed for educators and students at the high school level. Educators & Schools We seek educators with a passion for travel, a commitment to teaching students about responsible global citizenship and a proven track record for success as an educator in and out of the classroom. Successful candidates currently work within a school serving a large lowincome population. Students Student selection is based on the following selection criteria: financial need, merit, leadership potential and lack of previous international travel experience.

Scholarship Details: Successful applicants receive scholarships for full program fees and airfare. Travelers are responsible for their own passport fees, immunizations, gear and spending money.

Sample Program Timeline: Educator and student applications: September - November Monthly preparatory sessions: January - May Travel orientation and media skills retreat: March/April We Give Books service project: March/April 10-day expedition: Summer Global citizenship project & Learning AFAR magazine development: September - November

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Leading the Way

AYLP with Cambodia :: The American Youth Leadership Program with Cambodia A Program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Youth Programs Division, Managed by Global Explorers e American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) with Cambodia is a fully-funded cross-cultural exchange program for individual high school students and educators across the United States. Each year, Global Explorers selects students and educators with exceptional leadership experience and potential to receive full scholarships for this 3 - 4 week expedition in Cambodia. is program is part of the U.S. Department of State’s efforts to offer American citizens different opportunities to learn about global issues through cross-cultural exchange. In addition to standard Global Explorers program themes, AYLP with Cambodia specifically explores Environment and Climate Change and Conservation and Sustainable Development. To learn more about how to be a part of the next AYLP with Cambodia, please visit:

Individual enrollment opportunities for students of diverse abilities Developed in partnership with world-renowned blind mountaineer and Global Explorers Board member Erik Weihenmayer, our Leading the Way program unites students of mixed abilities on incredible adventures around the world. Participants gain unparalleled skills as leaders who focus on building a shared vision, encouraging independence and teamwork, learning from mistakes, questioning assumptions, promoting trust and embracing adversity.

How to Apply: Our annual application deadline is in November. Students apply online or they may contact us for a print application.

Eligibility: is program is designed for students ages 15-21. Ideal candidates demonstrate leadership experience and leadership potential in their application.

Sample Program Timeline:

All eligibility criteria are compulsory; we cannot make exceptions.

Application deadline: November or December Monthly preparatory sessions: January - May 3 - 4 week expedition: June (including 3-day preparatory retreat immediately prior to travel) Global citizenship project: July - December

Students 1. Citizen of the United States of America 2. Between the ages of 15 and 17 on the first day of the expedition 3. Currently enrolled in high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining after the expedition

Scholarship Details: Destinations:

All participants learn the adaptive skills necessary to fulfill their roles as members of a diverse team striving to accomplish a common goal.

Destinations vary each year. Visit our website for current listings.

Every summer we offer at least one expedition for blind, visually impaired and sighted students. We also offer programming for students who are deaf, hard of hearing and normal hearing.

Sample Program Timeline:

To learn more about how you can be a part of Leading the Way, please visit:


Application deadline: November Monthly preparatory sessions: February - June No Barriers Leadership training retreat: Spring 1-3 week expedition: Summer Global citizenship project: September - November

Educators 1. Currently hold a position working directly with students 2. Have plans to remain in a similar position after travel

How to Apply: Applications for students and educators are typically available online between October and December of the year prior to travel. Please visit the Cambodia page listed above for up-to-date information.

All major costs associated with domestic and international airfare, as well as ground costs in Cambodia such as room and board, are funded by the U.S. Department of State. Travelers are responsible for their own passport fees, immunizations, gear and spending money.

e 10 days I spent in Peru were some of the best days of my life. I saw, heard, and accomplished things I never knew I was capable of. My life has changed for the better as a result of this trip. I have come back a better hiker, traveler, tourist and overall human being. – Alex, Student

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How to Choose

Global Explorers

Reflection We know that you have many choices available as you consider the best travel options for your students. Part of our commitment as a nonprofit organization is to help you sort through all the details. To find a program that is right for you, we encourage you to consider the following.

I noticed a young girl in a bright orange sweatshirt. She was examining tattered children’s books one by one, and after gently leafing through the pages, she carefully returned each to the little shelf in the back of the classroom. I took books for granted growing up, having plenty. ese books were torn, dirty and very well-loved, filled with scribbles. I walked over and sat down next to the girl. We started thumbing through each book together; she liked the animals the best. I started reading off the English names, “cow, chicken, horse, pig.” She went back to the first page. I started making the noises this time, “moo, cluck, neigh, oink.” She laughed and flashed me a smile. I started to feel better. We picked out another book, and I started pointing to objects, telling her their color, “green, blue, orange.” She had no idea what I was saying. I went back to page one, and pointed to every green and brown object on each page. She grabbed another book, I repeatedly pointed and said emphatically, “green” and “brown.” I wanted this girl to understand me. I wanted to relate to her, to communicate, and I didn’t know how. Suddenly, she got it. She grabbed my hand, tugged me out the

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doorway, and started showing my every green and brown object in her school yard. We were both giddy with excitement. is little girl made a huge impact on my life. She taught me humility and compassion. I don’t know her name, nor if I’ll ever see her again. It’s possible she doesn’t remember what green or brown is. But I can guarantee that for those 30 minutes, I made her smile and laugh, and I smiled and laughed with her. In Cambodia I found happiness; I learned to focus on others. For the first time in my life, it wasn’t about me or my schedule. It was about just being and embracing the situation, something I rarely do in my hectic life. Traveling into that little girl’s world allowed me to forget myself. Madison AYLP with Cambodia

Qu es ti ons t o as k your se lf

Qu estions t o a sk ot h er orga nizati ons

• What are my goals for this experience?

• What is the goal of your travel program?

• What size group would I like to travel with?

• What costs should we be expected to pay while traveling that are not covered by your program fee?

• What types of activities do I want my group to participate in? • What do I want my students to walk away with? • Am I looking for a “tour” or an in-depth travel experience?

• How do you help participants prepare for travel and process their experience upon return?

• How much extra money do we need while we travel? • Will my group be combined with others?

• What does a typical day on your program look like?

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When I think about the major problems facing the world, what gives me the most hope for tomorrow is the youth of today. Young people today are inspired to care about the world around them thanks to the work of organizations like Global Explorers. Dr. Jane Goodall

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