• United States of America
2 - 4 weeks
Financial Support
Need-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Dormitory Host Family Lodge Tent
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Travel Insurance
Sep 08, 2023
Aug 31, 2022
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About Program

A nature and adventure-lover's paradise, Hawaii welcomes visitors with incredible vistas, amazing hiking, and the opportunity to dive deep into conservation and permaculture.

Please note: In recognition of the devastating fires that have impacted communities in Maui, this itinerary is subject to change based on the needs and priorities of both our community partners and the larger community on Maui. Experience the indigenous knowledge of Hawai’i‘s people, dive into the environmental history of Maui and its progressing efforts to role model self-sufficiency.

Blending awe-inspiring beauty and transformational learning and service in the areas of permaculture, natural building, and climate justice with a foundation of Hawaiian culture and exploring social justice issues, this program will be an unforgettable, perspective-shattering experience. Dive into the true heart of Hawai'i and learn what it means to be a responsible and respectful visitor on this sacred land.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We recognize that we are a long way from the diversity we aim for within our students, staff, and partners. We want and need more diversity to truly become the organization we would like to be. We recognize that this will not happen overnight or without dedicating time, attention, and resources. To that end, we have created a strategic plan to address our current shortfalls and to make significant improvements, which you can see on our Diversity & Inclusion page.

Neurodivergent Support

At Carpe Diem, each applicant reads through our extensive Essential Eligibility Criteria prior to enrollment. This criteria allows applicants to determine if the organization is an appropriate fit for their gap semester/year goals and their individual needs. During the interview and application process, we have honest and direct conversations with students and families about the support that our staff is able to provide throughout the program experience. We are committed to creating a culture of acceptance and support. To that end, our Overseas Educators and local leaders are selected for their skill in group facilitation and promoting inclusive group dynamics.

Accessibility Support

At Carpe Diem, each applicant reads through our extensive Essential Eligibility Criteria prior to enrollment. This criteria allows applicants to determine if the organization is an appropriate fit for their gap semester/year goals and their individual needs. We have honest and open conversations with applicants about our ability to support individual needs on each program, with the ultimate goal of a healthy and successful experience for all students. In the past, we have worked with students with severe allergies, diabetes, chronic injuries, and mental health diagnoses. We know each student's journey is individual and we work with families to support these individual needs where possible to help determine if the program is a good fit for their gap semester goals.



Global Routes - and our sister organization, Carpe Diem Education - is committed to maximizing the net positive impact while minimizing the carbon footprint of every program. In our office, on our programs, and through our carbon offset match, our programs are geared toward environmental education to empower future leaders to move their communities to take action. During our programs, students learn more about their impact as individuals and a travel community - then take a solution-oriented lens to tackling key issues. We also contribute to and amplify the voices of organizations and partners who focus on permaculture, natural building, and sustainable solutions.

Ethical Impact

Global Routes - and our sister organization, Carpe Diem Education - is designed to connect to our local communities and provide reciprocal exchange and engagement. Through engaging in experiential education, community engagement, and intercultural exchange, our students develop enhanced perspectives, deeper cultural understanding, and a profound sense of self-discovery and personal growth. We work with vetted local providers to build their businesses as they provide value to our students and programming. With our homestay families, we ensure we minimize our footprint by regularly rotating the communities we work with and evaluating our social impact alongside their community leaders.

Program Highlights

  • Experience the power of nature and creation as you watch lava give birth to new earth as it merges with the ocean at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • Immerse yourself into Hawaiian culture: language, food, mythology. Learn about the Hawaiian sovereignty movement and hear ‘story’ from elders in the community.
  • Practice Mālama ‘Āina (to take care of the land) as you dive into the key principles of permaculture, traditional and modern approaches to sustainability, eco-forward practices, and climate justice.
  • Experience 11 of the 13 microclimates, all on one island and get way beyond the traveler’s track.

Program Reviews

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  • Growth 4.75
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.5
  • Safety 4.5
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Amazing experience!

So this was my second time going on a trip with Global Routes and once again it was THE BEST! I learned a lot about Hawaii, about myself, and I met so many amazing people and made new friends. I had a whole new outlook on life after coming back. I felt more confident, responsible, independent, and ready to go out into the world as an adult. I gained important life skills that will be important for college, adult life, and beyond.
One thing I particularly love about a Global Routes program is not having your phone for the duration of the trip. I think that really helped me to be more present & engaged, and I made deeper and more meaningful connections with people.
I would recommend Global Routes for any high schooler who wants a more meaningful travel experience, to be pushed out of their comfort zone, and a whole new perspective about the world.

  • You get a break from technology
  • The land is beautiful and the people are so kind
  • You really get to push yourself out of your comfort zone
  • Lots of bug bites
68 people found this review helpful.
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Global Routes - Hawaii 2022

This Global Routes' program was such an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to meet so many people from across the world who shared many common interests. I also had the privilege of being exposed to many sacred spots around the island thanks to the connections our leaders had with the local community. All of the people we met along the way were super welcoming and eager to share their knowledge with us. This time we spent farming and working with the land was always super rewarding beautiful. I'll forever be grateful for this experience and thankful for the people I met as a part of the journey.

  • Sense of community
  • Insanely beautiful land
  • Insight and shared knowledge
  • Bug Bites
67 people found this review helpful.
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Hawaii Experience Review

This trip was one of the best experiences of my life. The people I met in my group and within the communities and homestays are some of the most influential in my life and they'll always be in my heart for the experiences we shared. The work we did farming and learning about the land on the big island were so transformative in the way I think about my food and where it comes from. I will never forget the growth I endured and the perspectives I am so appreciative of being able to see. 100/10 experience! I can't wait to go back!

  • Wonderful people
  • Beautiful land
  • Perspective
  • Malaria
62 people found this review helpful.
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Global Routes Hawaii Review: 100000/10!!!

Global Routes' programs have forever changed my life!!! I would recommend their trips to anyone looking to step outside of their comfort zone and ready to try new things. Global Routes has given me a million more reasons to smile, travel, and build connections with the people around me. I am grateful to the amazing GR team and leaders:)! As I reflect months later, I think about the impact the Hawaii program has left me with. There is not a day that goes by where I don't think about the program and how I have truly changed for the better because of it. I'm forever grateful for both opportunities to travel with GR to Costa Rica and Hawaii! If I could give you one piece of advice it would be to pick up your phone and call Adam. I promise you will not regret it!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
On the second or third day, we got the opportunity to hike across the Mount Kilauea Volcano crater!! To make the experience even more memorable, there was a rainbow right over it as we were crossing. By far one of the coolest things I've ever seen! (See picture below!)
84 people found this review helpful.

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