Travel Abroad, Teach Abroad, Work Abroad, Volunteer Abroad, or Study Abroad with Greenheart Travel

Greenheart Travel

About

Greenheart Travel is a 501(c)3 non-profit, mission driven organization based in Chicago, USA. We are passionate about providing immersive cultural immersion experiences for teenagers and adults in countries all over the world.

Teach English Abroad | Volunteer Abroad | High School Study Abroad | TEFL Courses | Teen Language Camps | Work Abroad

We believe in the power of travel; a power that broadens your perspective and turns strangers into family. It’s this belief that motivates us at Greenheart Travel to provide life-changing adventures for anyone with a case of wanderlust. We’re your personal cheerleaders as you navigate the unpredictable joys, surprises, and challenges of life abroad. With unrivaled support and guidance, Greenheart Travel gives you the tools to make sure you’re more than a tourist, you’re a world citizen. You don’t just travel for the sights, you travel for a change.

Founded
1985
Headquarters

200 W. Superior St.
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

Announcing $12,000 in Scholarships for First Time Travelers!

In 2019, Greenheart Travel will provide scholarship grants to individuals who are “first time travelers” and have the desire for travel and cultural immersion. Our First Time Traveler Scholarships will be available for our Teach English Abroad, TEFL Course, Work Abroad, Homestay Abroad, High School Study Abroad, Teen Summer Language Camp, and Volunteer programs.

Reviews

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Riley
10/10

Greenheart travel works with you from the visa preparation up until you're ready for your next adventure. They are very quick with replying to any concerns or questions you have about your program, accommodation, pay etc. I felt Greenheart always have an answer that was honest and accurate. Sarah, my program coordinator was very helpful and patient with me when I would e-mail her frequently with questions. They keep you in the loop with what is going on in their company as well as events and opportunities for Greenheart alumni. I always recommend Greenheart to friends and strangers when they are looking for an adventure similar to mine! I am so lucky to have gone through this company and experiened the year & a half away in Thailand that I did! I will forever cherish that experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tatiana
8/10

I did the TESOL course in Hua Hin. What I expected to be just a step before starting teaching was a surprisingly amazing experience. The atmosphere it's just great, in only one week every one participating in the program become friends. The teachers and the stuff were also great, showing us around and helping us orginize extra excursions on the weekends.
I totally recommend doing the TESOL in Thailand instead of online.
After one amazing month, we were send to our placements. My school is a private one and it's great. I asked to be in the South teaching highschool but I am North teaching Highschools, but it is obvious that they cannot give everyone the perfect conditions, you have to accept that and you will fall in love with your place.

What would you improve about this program?
There were some missed information between XploreAsia and Green Heart, for example, Green Heart told me that I could teach wearing trousers but when I got to Thailand XploreAsia told me that most schools don't allow women to wear anything but skirts and dresses so I had to buy them here. It's not a big deal but I could have bring another kind of clothes.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ali
10/10

I wasn't originally planning to go to Myanmar but I could not have been happier that I did. Myanmar is a truly special country that will always have a special place in my heart. Greenheart supported me throughout the beginning of the process and made me feel comfortable traveling to a country I didn't know much about. It was also great to have a job and an apartment ready for me when I arrived. As Myanmar was a less popular destination at the time, we had a smaller TESOL group but I really enjoyed this. I made lifelong friends through the Greenheart program and throughout my time in Myanmar. I loved being able to travel around the country, connect with my students and other travelers, and really feel like I was part of a local community. Myanmar is so special and I encourage everyone to travel there!!

What would you improve about this program?
The partner program Greenheart works with in Myanmar was not as supportive as Greenheart itself. I found some of the employees rude and dismissive. Luckily they weren't involved in our daily work after the TESOL course.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Zhibek
10/10

I am with Green heart organization right now since I am an exchange student in US and so glad for everything they provided to me. To improve my English I went to Language program which is provided by Green heart. And that was amazing. Local coordinators took us to so many cool places. They even took us to Boston, Massachusetts. All employees in green heart are super nice people.They found for me such a great placement to live and they always have lots of opportunities to win something or win a place to go! I am highly recommended it to everyone!!! And you I am not paying anything for this program. Everything what they did for me and doing for me is free. Before when I came to my place ment to live me and my friend form the same program stocked at the airport because of the weather and green heart employees helped us with money and everything. It was so nice. They are easy to find a common thing.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Check your Instagram, Facebook notifications about Greenheart all the time so you will be announced for news a lot
Yes, I recommend this program
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Marybeth
9/10

As a first-time ESL teacher, I found my experience in Costa Rica to be a great opportunity to learn about teaching English with lots of external support, as well as gain experience in the field. The program gives you the curriculum to work with, so there is no lesson planning necessary. While the lesson is already planned, there was still plenty of planning and prepping materials to do. With 6 hours of teaching a day (with breaks throughout), 4 days a week, the schedule is overwhelming at times (especially as a new teacher), but I learned to adjust to the workload.

The program is very new; however, the organization offers lots of support in terms of orientation, materials, and housing. A lot of those tasks and processes that would have been difficult otherwise were much easier with their help. All I had to worry about was teaching my students. Orientation was informative and practical, especially for a first-time teacher. The lesson plans were well laid out, but also offered the freedom (and encouragement) to personalize them by adding in new, fun activities or adjusting activities to fit the needs of the students.

The only aspect of the program that I felt did not fit the description was the promise of having a bilingual on-site coordinator. There was not an on-site coordinator and my social worker spoke almost no English which sometimes left myself and my fellow teachers feeling left out of the loop in terms of what was happening in the school building or with our students. The support from San Jose was helpful, but they could not offer the same kind of support that an on-site coordinator would be able to give to us. Also, while I was fortunate enough to be placed with 2 other volunteers in my location, I know others were not. It is a great idea to have 2 or more volunteers in each location, but it needs to be honestly advertised if there is a chance that you could be placed at a site alone.

My host family was absolutely wonderful. My host mom made delicious food, did laundry, and kept the house quite clean. My family did not hesitate to invite me on trips to new paces, to parties with their family, and to events in town. I enjoyed getting to practice my Spanish at the dinner table. That being said, I had somewhere between a beginner and intermediate level of Spanish before I got to Costa Rica and I still struggled to communicate for the first month. My host parents spoke no English, and it is very difficult to practice your Spanish when you have to speak English for 8 hours a day. My host mom did her best to speak slowly and deliberately with me to help me learn, but I was often left feeling like I couldn't have conversations that were as meaningful as I would have liked them to be. Knowing at least a beginner level of Spanish before coming into this program is must. Overall, I loved learning more about the culture by staying with a local family, and loved being able to share my culture with them as well. My host family helped make my experience an unforgettable one.

Aside from all of the technical aspects, I truly enjoyed my time working with the students in Costa Rica. I got to work with young adults (age 18-30) who were passionate and enthusiastic about learning the English language. These students are receiving the opportunity to learn English from the government for future employment, and it was amazing to be even a small part of that mission. I got to watch my students grow so much over the 4 months I was in Costa Rica. I felt like I learned just as much as the students did. These students, and this organization, gave me a life-changing experience that I will never forget.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure to be flexible and open-minded. This is a new program, so things are constantly moving and changing.
Yes, I recommend this program

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