Globe Aware
95% Rating
(13 Reviews)

Globe Aware

Globe Aware coordinates, organizes and leads volunteer vacations, service vacations, working holidays and service trips to two Peru locations (Andes & Cusco/Machu Picchu), Costa Rica, Thailand, Cuba, Nepal, Brazil, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, India, Jamaica, Romania, Ghana, Mexico, and China.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Judith
Female
117 years old
Knoxville
Other

An amazing experience with a customer-oriented company

10/10

This is my second trip with Globe Aware as a trip leader. I found Globe Aware and began a conversation about how they may be able to help my students find a meaningful abroad experience containing a service component. Their communication is excellent; there is nothing worse than putting in a phone call or e-mail to someone with whom you are trying to do business and then feel ignored, because of how long they take to answer. Rest assured that this will not be the case with Globe Aware, a company of dedicated professionals who exemplify superb customer service at every turn. Once you get to your destination, you may be assured that the in-country coordinators will be the same way. The Cuba trip was incredible from beginning to end. Since we as American citizens have not been allowed to visit our neighbor during my lifetime, it was especially meaningful to be able to go there under the guidance of a company who already had experience there and could speak to the circumstances of the country, what to expect, and more. I have dealt with many companies of this type and can say without reservation that Globe Aware is within the top three. I am planning another trip with them for next year. If you are on the fence about which provider to use, look no further. These folks will deal with you in a most professional manner and you can have confidence that they will deliver a superior product.

How can this program be improved?

I only wish we could have stayed longer!

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Kris
Female
50 years old
Buffalo, NY

Thailand - Globe Aware

10/10

This program was life-changing for me and it's critical for the elephants in Surin that volunteers continue to support it. The work is not overly taxing as there are sufficient breaks due the heat (I was there in March/April - the hottest time of the year). The food is terrific and freshly prepared every day. I'm vegan and there were no issues accommodating my needs. You get to spend a lot of time with the elephants through daily walks where you observe them in the forest and through walks to the river to bathe them. Volunteer support is critical as it show the mahouts and villagers that tourists want to see elephants treated humanely, off chains and able to roam the forest with their elephant friends. Most of the elephants in Surin are chained all day when they are not performing in the circus and are subjected to the bullhook (which is NOT allowed in the project). The Surin Project exists side-by-side with the circus and it can be troubling to see the conditions and treatment many of the elephants endure. But it is imperative that volunteers continue to support Surin Project. It makes a world of difference for the elephants.

How can this program be improved?

The only improvements I can recommend is great awareness of the program itself.

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Cindy
Female
21 years old
San Diego

Costa Rica Orosi

9/10

The school we worked on was in need of cleaning and painting. The Girl Scouts we brought took great pride in their projects. I also learned how to mix and lay concrete. The people we met were great and made us all comfortable in their homes. The down time was nice. The girls were able to interact with one another. The day at the hot springs was a treat. We all had a great experience. Federico was a great guide and was very caring and patient. Federico knew how to interact with all the girls in the troop. He connected with one of the girls that needed a little more attention. Federico shared his world experiences. It was very comfortable just hanging out at night. Federico was also very conscious of protecting the people on the trip.

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Doug
Male
35 years old
Memphis

China

9/10

We were able to meet local people, see how they live and what life is really like outside of tourist areas. By teaching English to both children and young adults we felt as though we were making a difference in their lives. They could use the knowledge we gave them to make a better life for themselves and families. We don't believe in giving people handouts - helping people who will eventually help themselves is what we did and feel great about having the opportunity to do it. Food was always excellent and very local. I love the opportunity to try the cuisine that is native to the country I visit. As part of an organized cooking class we were actually shown how to make Khmer food which was amazing! The Free time we had was enough for us to rest and recharge for the next part of the day. The excursions and organized tours were made excellent by the quality of our guide and Globe Aware facilitator Dine Tuy. We can't say enough good things about him.

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Deborah
Female
38 years old
Delaware

Laos

9/10

I was assigned to teach English at an orphanage outside of Luang Prabang. The teachers were excited to watch my methods and didn't speak English well themselves. My only regret is I didn't stay longer. I was just hitting my stride and figuring out where everybody was at, and how I could be more useful on the last day of my stay. I recommend to anyone considering a Globe Aware assignment to try and stay longer than 1 week. I think their experience, both for themselves and their location of assignment, will be deeper and more successful.

Program Listings

Thailand

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Sustaining Thailand's Treasures Volunteer with us and see how to help preserve the native elephant habitat in Thailand! On a...

Costa Rica

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El Yaz community experiences beautiful spring temperatures and is rich in soil and known for its clean water. The community i...

Cuba

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Join Globe Aware in Cuba, experience the unique Cuban culture, and make contribution to the country! Globe Aware places volun...

Romania

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The country of Romania is still trying to redeem itself after the fall of its controlling dictator system. Although, it is be...

Peru

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Volunteer Vacation in Peru Globe Aware volunteers will work on various projects in the Cuzco region of Peru. Projects include...

Costa Rica

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The great Carara Rainforest Reserve of Costa Rica borders a small village where villagers are fighting to make ends meet whil...

China

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China’s prospering economy is drawing millions of its country population into the cities. The Chinese government mandates tha...

Laos

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Laos is one of the least advanced and most needy country in the region and has the arguable honor of being the most heavily b...

Cambodia

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Globe Aware Volunteers will work in the area of Siem Reap where they will work hand in hand on a variety of projects. They wi...

Ghana

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The project takes place in the capitol of the Volta Region, in the beautiful city of Ho. Ho and nearby communities are facing...

Vietnam

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Globe Aware in Vietnam Vietnam’s Socialist government have made many improvements to move Vietnam forward and out of poverty...

India

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Globe Aware has partnered to combat poverty in Jaipur with a local community that has identified several areas in which Globe...