A rich blend of community service, adventure travel, cross-cultural exchange and language immersion sets Global Routes apart as a pioneer in the world of value-driven, experiential-based, international programming. We believe that an authentic, fun and impactful program abroad is one that is directed by service, deepened through immersion, broadened by adventure and contextualized by highly trained and caring staff. Through this unparalleled combination, our participants gain profound perspectives of another country, a culture, the world and themselves. Global Routes is first and foremost an educational institution. We are a professional team of educators, administrators, travellers and ambassadors deeply committed to facilitating safe, meaningful and gratifying international volunteer and travel experiences. We have been offering summer high school programs, semester programs for gap year and college students, and customized school programs and independent placements for nearly 25 years. Since 1986 over 10,000 volunteers have partnered with Global Routes across Bali, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guadeloupe, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, St. Lucia, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, the United States, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. All programs and placements follow a similar experiential model. Current and detailed destinations, itineraries, dates and fees for all programs can be found on our website. In-Country Orientation: Each program begins in the international destination. There, excursions, workshops and discussions led by program staff and local experts guide participants’ firsthand exposure to the culture, language, traditions and environment of the host country. The simultaneous development of friendships within the group contributes to this powerful foundation in preparation for the true immersion ahead. Community Service & Homestay: An authentic immersion experience is the hallmark and highlight of all Global Routes programs. Our unique approach focuses the majority of a program’s time and focus within one rural community, and on one primary service project that has been selected by that community. Living in homestays, students work on their service projects and step into the rhythm of daily life alongside their local hosts. Final Travel Adventure: Places of world-renowned beauty and adventure create the backdrop for every group’s final days of reflection and celebration. Global Routes works closely with professional guides and outfitters to craft activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, white water rafting, going on safari, learning traditional arts and music, and visiting local festivals, ancient cities and geologic wonders.