Greenheart Travel
93% Rating
(256 Reviews)

Greenheart Travel

Greenheart Travel is excited to provide authentic cultural immersion experiences for teenagers and adults in countries all over the world. Our programs include volunteer opportunities, short and long term teaching contracts and work and internship positions abroad. We also offer TEFL certification, high school study abroad programs and teen summer language camp courses. Our mission is to change lives, advance careers and create leaders through meaningful travel experiences.

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

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Kristen
Female
28 years old
Thailand
University of Kansas

Why teaching in Thailand is one of the best things I've ever done

10/10

I moved to Thailand over a year ago to take my TESOL course and begin teaching and I'm still here! When researching different ways I could complete a TESOL and find job placement in Asia, there were seemingly endless options. A friend recommended me to the Greenheart Travel website, which immediately showed me the most comprehensive package yet. The fact that I was able to take the course IN the country I would be teaching, and that it included a cultural certificate specific to my new home away from home, quickly sealed the deal for me. Throughout my research, application process, and all the way until I got on the airplane, Sara Dorsey Thacker of Greenheart Travel provided ample information and support. It was this comprehensive support that led me to choose Greenheart Travel over other programs, including: obtaining a visa, advice on packing and preparations, access to an online community of peer support, assistance in preparing my credentials and paperwork, navigating flights, airports, customs, and arranging a pick-up on the other side. This support continued with my TESOL course, and onto my job placement. Sara and her team at Greenheart Travel have the experience and understanding to help you through your transition abroad, navigating culture shock, and making the most of your experience.

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Aly
Female
28 years old
Monteria
University of Manitoba

Teaching in Colombia

9/10

Teaching in Colombia as part of the Ministry of Education English Fellowship Program is one of the coolest and most unique experiences of my life. First off, nothing can really prepare you for how different life is in Colombia. When preparing to apply, and researching the program, Greenheart manager Sara was most helpful, and answered all questions promptly. She ensures you have all your documents completed properly by the required deadlines and makes the whole process a lot easier. Once you arrive in Bogota, the week-long orientation is really well organized, and go will attend full days of pedagogy sessions on techniques and skills required for working in the Colombian classroom. The orientation includes 3 daily meals and hotel lodging, but is tightly scheduled with little to next to no free time for exploring Bogota. As soon as orientation ends, you will be flown to bused to your placement city where all the adventures begin. Your regional coordinator in your placement city will act as a big support to you in terms of finding housing, navigating your new city, and helping arrange social outings. Overall it is a really wonderful program, but you need to be flexible and willing to adapt to Colombian culture and school system (which is very different than in North America). As long as you stay motivated, and bring the best version of yourself to this program, you will succeed! The kids and teachers are really lovely, and you will truly be immersed in the local culture. They are also really excited to meet you, and hear all about your culture (so make sure to bring some items from home to share with them). This is an experience that will change your life, and leave you feeling very grateful.

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Ariana
Female
22 years old
Michigan, USA
Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne

Czeched off my TEFL with Greenheart

8/10

My experience with this course started off pretty rocky. I felt disconnected from the Hello Academies instructors and wasn't sure how the remainder of the course was going to go. I kept an open mind and by the end, I'm happy that I earned my TEFL certificate in Prague. Greenheart Travel, specifically Kara, made all the difference. She truly listened to my concerns and worked with me to figure out the best plan of action to make my experience enjoyable. I'm EXTREMELY excited to see where this course takes me and what opportunities I can now take advantage of with my TEFL certificate!

How can this program be improved?

The instructors weren't present 4/5 days of the first week - it'd make a HUGE change and help the TEFL students to get off on the right foot. Also, being firm with answers when asked questions but being flexible when discussing the differences between American English and British English.

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Jeff
Male

Teaching in Bangkok

8/10

All I knew when I started this adventure is that I wanted to see and fully experience a different part of the world. I knew next to nothing about teaching or Thailand but was eager to dive into the experience and see how it would change me. While I write this review only 3 months into my experience I couldn't be more thrilled with how things have been thus far.
Leaving the US for the first time and traveling solo across the globe brought plenty of anxiety, questions to answer, and opportunities to give up before even getting started. However, once I committed to signing up with Greenheart Travel I gained a support system that would make the details of getting started a breeze. Sara Thacker was my trusted advisor and was personable and knowledgeable in helping answer any questions I had about how to make the leap. Not only did she and the Greenheart team make the experience of getting here and settling in easy but they made the logistics enjoyable. Walking through the steps and talking with Sara helped me turn the nerves into excitement and had me eager to board that plane.
Three months in and feeling more and more at home here in Bangkok is all thanks to the support Sara & Greenheart continue to provide, always letting me know I've got people back home looking out! Nothing makes the experience of moving to a foreign place on the other side of the planet more adventurous and less challenging than having a strong support group backing you. Sara & the Greenheart team fit that roll exceptionally, and I can't recommend their guidance enough in starting this adventure for yourself!

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Gabe
Male
29 years old
Shenyang
University of Texas- Arlington

Gabe experience

10/10

Coming to China has been a life-changer for me. I worked back in the United States, but I knew I wanted a new experience. Living in Shenyang, China now, I realized I made the right decision. Kara Menini from Greenheart travel is awesome. She was very informative about where I was going to teach and how the living conditions were. She also talked about her own experiences, which eased my anxiety of traveling halfway across the world, speaking a language I did not know, and experiencing an unknown culture. A year and a half in, and I am very happy with the decision that I made. I have learned a lot of the language, visited many different countries, and experienced some things that at first, were only dreams. I could not have done all of these things without Kara and the Greenheart program. If you want to travel and work abroad, I recommend Kara and Greenheart Travel 100%. They will provide you with the support you need to have a smooth transition into your program. With them, you will always know that you are not alone.

Program Listings

Thailand

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Greenheart Travel’s paid English teaching program in Thailand is your chance to make an incredible impact in the classroom wh...

Colombia

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Teaching English in Colombia is a unique opportunity to work abroad in South America. Responding to the Colombian government’...

South Korea

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Whether you work for a public or private school, high salaries, free housing, paid vacation and bonuses are just a few of the...

France

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Teaching English in a homestay is your opportunity to become a English language tutor for a local French family while sharing...

Costa Rica

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Based on a private ecological reserve in the rainforests of northern Costa Rica, this Eco-Reserve and Animal Rescue Center wa...

Italy

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Live with a host family while you teach English in the local schools of the Piedmont region. This 3-month teaching program in...

France

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Always dreamed of learning French while exploring iconic cities like Paris and Bordeaux? Now is your chance to experience the...

Spain

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Learn and improve your Spanish through full language and cultural immersion on Greenheart Travel’s summer language camp progr...

Spain

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Spend a trimester, semester, or a year abroad as a high school exchange student in Spain with Greenheart Travel! Immerse your...

Spain

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Greenheart Travel’s volunteer program in Ibiza, Spain is ideal for volunteers who have an active interest in sustainable livi...

Myanmar

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Greenheart Travel’s paid English teaching program in Myanmar is your chance to make an incredible impact in the classroom whi...

Spain

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Greenheart Travel's Teach in a Homestay program in Spain offers you the opportunity to tutor your Spanish host family in conv...

Sri Lanka

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Elephants, while majestic and beautiful, are seen by many Sri Lankans as a nuisance because of their destructive effects on f...

Japan

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Learn and improve your Japanese skills through full language and cultural immersion on Greenheart Travel’s summer language ca...

Italy

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Greenheart Travel's Teach in a Homestay program in Italy offers you the opportunity to tutor your Italian host family in conv...