Global Routes

Global Routes

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Be more than a traveler with Global Routes.

Global Routes seeks to foster personal development in our students through cross-cultural experiences that encourage them to step outside of their boundaries and open their hearts and minds to new and diverse people, cultures and ideas. Service to the global community, cultural immersion and adventure allow students to better understand the world around them and grow into more compassionate, dynamic and self-aware individuals. By enriching each student in this way, Global Routes deepens the global community by promoting mutual respect, consideration and understanding for all citizens of the world.

Come and join us for the experience of a lifetime on summer programs for High School students and Gap Semester programs for students that have completed 12th grade and beyond!

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Founded
1967
Headquarters

1 World Way
Windsor, NH 03244
United States

Financial Aid Available

On average, Global Routes is in the position to offer between 10-50% of our High School Summer Program fee to qualified and selected applicants. To apply for financial aid, please complete our brief application.

Reviews

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PJ
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experiences this summer with Global Routes taught me the importance of forming a global community and eliminating stereotypes that plague people’s minds. I have learned to open my eyes to new and different ways of life- making many life-long friendships and many memorable experiences in the immersive process. Because of this new sense of understanding, I am reconsidering what I want to do with my life, the importance of travel and service and the impact I want to leave on the planet I call home. Therefore, I can not express how grateful I am for the experiences, lessons, and relationships Global Routes has given to me this summer- and STRONGLY recommend that you take part in one of Global Routes' cultural immersion programs. .

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Show-up with an open-mind and with no expectations, because I can assure you these expectations will be blown away and your mind will be filled with new perspectives regarding our awesome planet!
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PJ
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experiences this summer with Global Routes taught me the importance of forming a global community and eliminating stereotypes that plague people’s minds. I have opened my eyes to another part of the world, and learned how awesome and transforming this process can be- making many life-long friendships in the journey. Because of this new sense of understanding, I am reconsidering what I want to do with my life, the importance of travel and service, who I want to be as a person and the impact I want to leave on this planet. Therefore, I can not express how grateful I am for the experiences, lessons, and relationships Global Routes has given to me this summer, and STRONGLY recommend participating in one of Global Routes' summer programs.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Show-up with little expectations and with an open-mind, because I can assure you these expectations will be blown away and that you will learn so many things from the immersive trip.
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Nolan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose Global Routes because my mom used to be a leader with the organization so I knew that it was a good option that was safe and provides a very good experience. Global Routes was the hardest thing I have ever done. It was also by far the best thing I’ve ever done. It taught me a lot about myself and helped me work through some problems; I have since been able to work a lot of what I learned into my life which is really nice. It was also so much fun and an absolutely amazing experience in every aspect. I loved everything we did such as safaris, working on the work-site, and living in a homestay. I also loved all the people on the trip; everyone was so welcoming and nice and it was really easy to fit right in. My leaders, Avy and Mary, were absolutely amazing. They exceeded all of my expectations that I came in with. They were always their when I needed them and were splendid in all aspects. Overall, I have no regrets about going on the trip to Tanzania because it has brought me only good things and I loved every minute of it.

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Alina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Global Routes program exceeded any expectations I had and gave my summer a purpose. I was in an environment where I had to try new things, which lead me to discover new things I never thought I would enjoy. For example hiking. I dove into learning about a culture through experience and from the first day felt so welcomed by the community we were staying with. My Global Routes experience was amazing and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is interested. At first I was hesitant to choose the Global Routes LIA trip. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my summer, and going away to a different country without my family seemed frightening. I had a service requirement for my school, so I had to do something, but everything that I found wasn’t exactly how I wanted to spend my summer. When I finally considered doing the Global Routes trip, I really loved how I could bring something I love to kids who may not get to experience the luxury of going to camp every summer. What also sold me about the program, was how we, the students, got to create the summer camp ourselves, unlike any other program.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Breadfruit was the most unfamiliar thing I ate. It was surprisingly tasty.
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aidan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The summer I did this trip was one of the best summers of my life. This trip as influence me in so many ways. I have made so many life long friends, tried new things, and learned so much while on the trip. Getting to immerse in a new culture and really become part of a community was life changing.

One big thing on this trip was the chance to create our own summer camp and work with children. As someone who wishes to go into education this experience was extremely valuable. Running the camp taught me how to work in a group and how to communicate better with others.

Parents and students should take this trip as an opportunity to grow as a person. The Global Routes programs give students the awesome and unique opportunities to really experience a new culture and become part of the community.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My future advice for anyone thinking about joining a Global Routes trip is take advantage of this experience, immerse the culture and community. The Global Routes programs give students the awesome and unique opportunities to really experience a new culture and become part of the community.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Lauren Kerzhner

Lauren is a senior in high school, she loves to travel and expand her view of the world.

group photo in Nepal

Why did you choose this program?

I believe that intercultural competence is a very important tool in life. Having done a Global Routes trip before I wanted to continue to learn and to grow through experience and the Nepal trip was the perfect option. I had never been to Asia and I wanted to do something productive with my summer.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Bring lightweight warm clothing, it was such a lifesaver. There is nothing better than being warm and toasty in the cold weather. Also do no slack on the pre-trek workouts, without them, the trip will be harder than need be.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The first half of the trip began with a few days of orientation and learning about Nepal: the culture, some useful language, what to expect during our stay, etc. After that, we headed out for our almost two-week trek to Annapurna Base Camp and back.

The trek was intense but it built character and helped to bond the group. An average day would involve waking up around 6 am and getting breakfast and packing. After breakfast it was packs on and time to move. The days were 7-8 hours long and in that time we would stop for breaks, a chat, and meals.

After a day of trekking we would have some time to relax and enjoy the new campsite and have dinner then we would all be so tired that would fall asleep pretty quickly.

After the trek, we took a bus ride to Kathmandu Valley where we were assigned a homestay family. This is where our language came in handy, we were staying with a family and coming to work on the project site every day. Staying with the families of the place we were working really helped with the immersion process.

A typical day during this half of the trip involved waking up around 7 am to have a light snack with our host parents, an egg or some cookies with tea. After that my homestay sister and I would be walked to the worksite by our mother where we regrouped with the other members for breakfast. After we ate we would get to work, we would have some water breaks and work until noon for lunch.

After lunch, we had an English class set up where some members would stay up and help while others continued to work. When the day was over we would regroup for discussion about the day's progress and to talk about our highlights and our homestay.

After our meeting, my sister and I would walk back to our house and wind down and get ready for dinner. We could try to have conversations with our host mother, read, or have a shower. In my house, we had dinner together and sometimes we would have visitors come by to say hello. After dinner we would go to bed, my sister and I were usually in bed before 9 am.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

The trek was my biggest challenge. It is hard to trek when you are the tail of the group but I developed a camaraderie with the other tails and it was fun in its own way. I overcame it one step at a time.

Trekking with a group is not something you can quit or give up on, you have to keep going until the end and knowing that I finished the circuit was a great feeling.

What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?

My homestay sister was in the shower and I was admiring a picture of my homestay mother and her husband. I was pointing to it and trying to come up with a sentence that would let her know how pretty she looked in the photo. I was pointing to the picture and saying "ramro" over and over.

At the same time my mother had taken her hair out of her bun and let down her hair, it almost touched the ground. Sounding redundant I told her again how beautiful her hair was and she smiled and seemingly blushed. She picked up my hair and made a sign that looked like she was asking why my hair was so short. I tried to tell her that my mom cut it for me earlier. She replied back to me by saying "mama" and making scissors with her hands. after that we just sat there for a while smiling at each other until she got up and went to her room.

She came back with a few printouts of the same picture I had complimented earlier. She gave me a little square with her and my homestay fathers face on it. It was another silent moment but I felt like we formed a connection.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Adam Aronovitz

Job Title
Director, and 7-Time Field Staff
Adam Aronovitz from Global Routes

As an infant, Adam spent his first summers visiting his relatives in Athens, Greece and caught a case of ‘Itchy Feet’ which has forced Adam to constantly seek adventure, cultural immersion, and awe-inspiring vistas.

When Adam was 21, he set foot on the SS Universe Explorer and circumnavigated the globe by sea, cementing his passion for cross-cultural exploration and education. He loves nothing more than speaking with students and families to support them on their personal global adventures and their path for transformation.

Adam has led for 7 seasons with Global Routes to destinations such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Grenadines, Southern Africa, and Ecuador. He has more than 20 years under his belt as an educator, ranging from running summer camps, leading for Global Routes, teaching in the Boston Public Schools, and leading health and nutrition education programs across Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean through his work as founder of The Cookbook Project. Adam has traveled, volunteered, worked, and adventured in more than 75 different countries.

What is your favorite travel memory?

There are so many to choose from! One that sticks out is the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India in 2013, the largest gathering of humanity on the planet. This experience is beyond words. 120 million souls come together to celebrate life and dive into the depth of existence. It still feels like a dream.

I love the outdoors so some extended backpacking trips are certainly in the mix here as well. Some highlights are 22 days trekking across the Everest Region in Nepal, to the Q Circuit in Torres Del Paine in Patagonia, to the remote Dusky Track in New Zealand, not to mention glorious backpacking across the United States.

All that said, any opportunity to get off the beaten track and immerse myself in the daily rhythm of life is always a highlight. The warmth of homestays and memories of cooking local recipes with loving hosts have been instrumental in my personal development.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since I first began leading with Global Routes my life has completely changed. In 2006, I went straight from the middle school graduation at my first teaching job in Boston straight to Global Routes staff training. The experience of being surrounded by passionate, creative, and committed international educators has permeated the depths of my being and everything I've done since then.

I realized that through the unique type of immersion experiences offered through a Global Routes program, I had the opportunity as an educator to help students step well beyond their comfort zone, and give more than they ever thought they could give, and support them as they propelled themselves into a happier and more meaningful existence.

I've brought the tools I've gained as a trip leader into everything I've done, from launching and nurturing a global health education non-profit (The Cookbook Project) to building community in the urban school classroom, to mentoring emerging leaders, the philosophy and foundation of Global Routes has had a transformative effect on everything that has happened in my life since that late Spring day in 2006.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There are too many stories to tell here. I’m particularly moved by the stories from students I’ve personally led on programs. I won’t get into specifics but I’m in awe of the commitment my students have on making sure that they use their time, energy, and resources towards creating a happier, healthier, and more just world.

They’ve taken the lessons they learn on their program and stand on that foundation for the rest of their lives. I do want to share a couple letters we’ve received from alumni sharing a little bit more about the impact of the program on their immediate and long-term future:

"It has been almost a month since I landed back in the USA. It has been almost a month since I lived an experience of a lifetime. I am writing this because I feel the need to express my joy and gratitude to all of you who make these journeys possible.

I entered this process with an unimaginable sense of anticipation...after all, I was embarking on a journey to Nepal. I expected to go and trek and live and help out people who were less fortunate than me. But, as soon as I arrived, I knew I had been so wrong. I went to give, to give to my village, a village that was supposedly "poor". But as the seconds, minutes, and days passed by, I realized that I was receiving more than I was giving, and I was fine with that.

We all came thinking we were superior to Nepal, superior to the true, simple life. And we were awakened from this fantasy we all held in our heads. Nepal became our second home, at least it became that to me. And even though, it has been almost a month since my feet were standing on that land, every time I look at pictures and every time I speak with my Nepalese family, I feel at home and I feel happy. I feel happy because I was able to learn simplicity and compassion. In reality, words cannot begin to describe my experience in Nepal.

I will never forget those long days walking the Langtang trail, shadowed by the immense Himalayan snow peaks, or that first night in Thanching when I ate dinner with my family. I know I have a second home now and I promised myself and my Nepalese brothers, that I would one day come back. That day that we left the village, I remember my Grandma fixing my shirt sleeve and just starting to cry.

We actually spoke since I spoke English and she spoke only Nepali. We had chucked corn together, we had laughed together at nothing, yet at the same time, we were laughing at everything. She cried and I cried, and I realized what this all meant. It's not about the amount of money in your wallet, but about the amount of love in your heart. A truly happy person is not the one who has the most, but the one who is happy with the least.

In Nepal, all our layers fell apart. We were one with nature and we were one with ourselves. We smelled, we looked dirty, we sweated, but every single day, we went to sleep with a smile. And then, the next day, I would wait for my brother's "Dai morning" (brother morning) to wake up, stand, see what surrounded me, smile and live another day. So, thank you for presenting this chance to me and to everyone to come!"

-GR Nepal Student

"I learned to listen to myself and the world around me through investing myself in every moment of the day, asking real, deep questions to people, and listening to their responses, making an effort to fit words to my experiences and investigating why.

All of that has contributed to a better self-understanding, and that will help me through everything I’ve wanted in my life -- knowing more about what I want to do, trusting my own judgment more, understanding my feelings for the people I love, and really being invested in my day-to-day goings on."

-GR Student

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

How can I answer that!? They are all awesome for different reasons. That said, I'll play this game.

The answer is Nepal. I've been to Nepal 5 or 6 times. I was just there last month. It's mind-blowing. The people are among the friendliest and most inquisitive on earth. It's incredibly safe. The Himalayas are breathtaking and inspire one to be their best self at every moment. The homestay experience is as authentic as anyone can imagine. The food is extraordinary and so healthy.

One's senses are all heightened in Nepal. The sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and feelings are so intense in the most wonderful way. And the underlying spirituality in this Himalayan nation, where Hinduism meets Buddhism is an incredible vehicle to take a step back and appreciate the beauty and simplicity of existence. Come see for yourself!

That said, our programs in Costa Rica and Ecuador are dynamite for Spanish language learners and naturalists, the Caribbean program is out of this world for students that love working with kids. The Tanzania program is unmatched in its authenticity. There is no feeling like taking your first step on the African continent. It really feels like home in a way that’s impossible to describe.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Great question. There are so many awesome abroad organizations out there. What makes Global Routes totally unique, is our focus on immersion and depth. Global Routes students are typically interested in going way beyond the tourist track to a place where they fully immerse themselves in the culture, and come out of the program with a greater understanding of the world and themselves.

Global Routes programs are also fresh EVERY year. We travel to new communities in partnership with our in-country staff so the experience is fresh for everyone, and our students have the opportunity to lead really meaningful and long-lasting service projects.

Our approach to experiential education is also quite unique. Global Routes was born out of the global leader in experiential and cross-cultural education, the Interlocken Center for Experiential Education (now Windsor Mountain International) in 1967 and our commitment to the depth of experience and understanding are unique in this field.

We integrate challenge and learning into every moment of a program. Our leaders are deeply committed to building a loving and supportive group and are always focused on supporting the positive growth of group dynamics throughout the experience. Leaders ensure that students take ownership of every situation and their own learning.

For me, so much of this is absolutely indescribable but I experienced it myself over the course of 7 years leading Global Routes programs, often with brand new co-leaders. The experience is magnificent.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The biggest factor in our success has been our commitment to the original vision and ideals of Global Routes programs. As the world has become more connected, and everything is moving faster and faster, we’ve stuck to our tried and true model of immersion in rural communities, connection through disconnection, and true experiential learning.

We’ve resisted the urge to transform our programs to appeal to less adventurous students or families. We know the Global Routes experience is unparalleled and we stick to the model that works.

We want to work with the students and families who are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be foundational in their transformation into compassionate, capable, and curious adults. Our door is open.

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