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For more than 28 years, Global Works has been an industry leader in community service-based adventure travel programs for high school students and custom group trips. Much more than a vacation, Global Works international trips are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. In all of our locations, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make an impact. Your unforgettable journey of community service, language immersion, cultural exchange, and adventure starts HERE!

Founded
1990
Headquarters

1365 Forest Park Cir #201
Lafayette, CO 80026
United States

Reviews

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Malachy
10/10

Sitting in school, I've got a sticker on my laptop. Well, I've got a lot of stickers. But the most prominent one reads like this. "Global Works: Travel With Purpose". Most of the time, it goes unnoticed by everyone but me. I go about my day without anyone taking the time to notice those stickers I've collected. Every once and a while, however, someone notices. Maybe it's just a passing comment. But more often, it's a question of "what's that one for?", or "where'd you get that?", and this big white and orange sticker, right in the dead center of the case, just below the apple logo, is a pretty easy target to ask about.
Hidden within that sticker are incredible memories. Ones that, if nobody had ever asked, might have existed nowhere but within my own mind. I remember long bus rides full of music and conversation, hiking through the alps of southern France, working with the most genuine and kind french people I've ever met, meeting my incredibly generous host family, and relaxing in Paris. I remember learning that french isn't just wrote grammar, repetitive sentences, and ask and answer projects in a classroom. It's an expressive, emotional, and entertaining language that millions of people around the world all use and share.
Getting back to school the next year, I surprised even my fluent french teacher with terms, phrases, and accent tips that I'd learned over my three weeks abroad. I met people over that summer that I still keep in touch with and that live all over the United States, in Qatar, and, obviously, in France. And I have that sticker on my laptop as a touchstone to it all, which is what I tell any curious victim that happens to stumble upon said sticker before I close my laptop and explain how much I enjoyed going on this trip with Global Works.

How can this program be improved?
This program is fairly physically demanding. Long hikes, community service, and higher altitudes in the Alps are all core elements of this trip, and may be things that you should take into consideration before planning your adventure.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hallie
10/10

I had such an amazing experience during my community service trip to Panama this summer. This trip pushed me out of my comfort zone in many ways and I feel like a better person because of this. I loved meeting new people and experiencing the Panamanian culture. The home stay in Santa Fe was an incredible experience and it helped me to become a better Spanish student. I also loved working at the schools and helping to teach English to the young kids. I’m so happy I got to make friends on this trip that I am still in touch with and the staff members always made me feel safe. The trip wouldn’t have been the same without them. The adventure activities that I got to experience on this trip were so much fun. I am very fortunate and lucky to have gotten to experience this winderful trip. I will keep the memories from Panama forever.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sofie
9/10

This program was incredible! I had such an unforgettable time in Panama with Global Works and had so many new experiences and made so many amazing friends who I am still in touch with. Our leaders were awesome and I felt safe and supported the whole trip. I got out of my comfort zone and had so much fun meeting new people, visiting new places, trying new food, and being immersed in the culture. I had no idea that Panama was such a unique and beautiful country! I gained new perspectives and really enjoyed interacting with locals in the different locations and the homestay portion of the trip. I also loved working at the school in Santa Fe and spending time with the kids. It really stuck with me how happy they were about the smallest, simplest things. If you are considering going on a trip with Global Works, I would highly recommend going on a trip with Global Works! It was such an unforgettable experience!

How can this program be improved?
It was a little chaotic in the airport, but once we were in Panama everything was great. And I wish it was longer!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Noa
10/10

I am 16 years old, my name is Noa and I went on the global works trip to panama. I really wanted to do a trip out of the country this year and my family and I stumbled upon global works online. Global works is an amazing program that I was so lucky to be a part of. Their efforts to incorporate culture, leadership, and community throughout the trips were what made it so special. I learned a lot about myself on the trip, and other cultures that were so different from mine. They made us think about real world issues, and how fortunate we are which really inspired me. Global works changed me in many ways, and the leaders in the group are so amazing. I would highly recommend this program. All of the people got so close at the end of the trip and the friendships and relationships I made on the trip are so important to me and I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing! Theyre the best and they don’t really need to do anything to improve. I loved this program
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kennedi
10/10

I participated in session 2 of the Costa Rica: La Pura Vida trip with Global Works this year. As I signed up for the trip, I was excited, but as it drew closer I became more and more wary. I had never traveled without my family before, and other fears crept up as well (what if I didn't get along with the group, what if my Spanish failed me, what if we were in danger, what if...). Motivated by my uncertainty, I emailed my co-leader, Annie. She immediately put my anxiety to rest by describing her own experience on a Global Works trip in high school, and her experiences as a leader as well. My shaking nerves placated, I took a deep breath and resolved to go on the trip, no matter what other worries my brain might come up with. And I am so glad I did. The moment I stepped off the plane in Houston and met my other co-leader, Brent, I knew it would be a fun-filled two weeks. He and Global Works' lively dance instructor/ leader Randall greeted me with smiles and riveting conversation in jumbled Spanglish. The rest of my inhibitions disappeared one by one as the other members of my group arrived. After the flight to San Jose, we bustled through customs and met Annie and the last member of the group. Although we were all exhausted after a long day of traveling, we discussed our concerns and apprehensions-- most of which circled around the homestay. However, after completing that week of immersion I can tell you that without a doubt, the homestay was the most rewarding experience of my life. Since our group was so small, the two other girls and I lived with the same family, who are the most incredible people I have ever met. Our homestay mom was so kind and patient, and curious about our lives back home. We spent many nights up until almost midnight just talking with her and our dad. I look back on those nights as some of the best of my life, because I was able to learn so much about them and the culture of Costa Rica. Our town is called Pueblo Nuevo, and it is small enough that everyone knows everyone. Our three homestay siblings would introduce us to people as we were walking down the street, just as excited on the last day as they were on the first. If you are feeling anxious about the homestay portion of the trip, I hope I can help calm your nerves. I felt safer in every part of Costa Rica than I have in some places in the U.S. The families are patient and understanding, and will open your mind to brand new perspectives. On top of that, in the homestay you get to eat the most amazing food you will ever have. Through the experience, my Spanish improved tremendously. I no longer have any fears about speaking Spanish outside the classroom; in fact, I seek out opportunities to do so. If you are considering a Global Works trip, but you're uncertain, please take my advice and go for it. My live has been improved so much because of what I learned those two weeks, and yours will too. Get out there!

How can this program be improved?
If it was a week longer! I never wanted to come home.
Yes, I recommend this program

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