Global Routes

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Zoe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hawaii Experience Review

This trip was one of the best experiences of my life. The people I met in my group and within the communities and homestays are some of the most influential in my life and they'll always be in my heart for the experiences we shared. The work we did farming and learning about the land on the big island were so transformative in the way I think about my food and where it comes from. I will never forget the growth I endured and the perspectives I am so appreciative of being able to see. 100/10 experience! I can't wait to go back!

Pros
  • Wonderful people
  • Beautiful land
  • Perspective
Cons
  • Malaria
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Jessie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Routes Costa Rica Trip

The 2021 Costa Rica trip with Global Routes was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. From the very beginning, the staff worked so hard to ensure that we felt prepared for the trip and made sure we knew exactly where to go and what to do. It was so well organized and felt so personalized. The trip was the perfect combination of travel, spanish and cultural immersion, free time, service and fun activities. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who wants to have an amazing summer full of travel and new experiences.

What was your funniest moment?
I had a lot of funny moments on this trip—mostly embarrassing ones, but those were self-inflicted. This one is fairly random, but we were living in the middle of the rainforest, right next to the Savegre River, so we typically went swimming at least once per day. We would jump off a huge rock and then swim back to jump off again. One day, a few of us decided to swim across the river and climb up a steep cliff-like structure to jump off and cross again. Our path the the jumping spot was obstructed by a fallen tree, so I thought I would just slide under it, and save myself a fall if I happened to slip going over. Unfortunately for me, both the rock and the tree were way more slippery than I thought and I slid about fifteen feet down before falling in the river. It was surprisingly not painful, but I was glad I followed the packing list’s advice and only brought a one piece bathing suit.
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ainslie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica: 11/10 Experience

In February of 2020, right before the pandemic began, I was lucky enough to travel with Global Routes to Costa Rica for about a week and a half. GR collaborated with my high school, Notre Dame Academy, in Hingham, Massachusetts. My life changed for the better. I not only met so many incredible people on the program, but made connections with so many new people. To this day I still keep in touch with my host family and other members of the community we stayed in. Although the program was challenging at times, every second was worth it. If I could change one thing about this program, it would be to make it longer. I wasn't ready for the experience to end. Not only did I learn so much about a new culture and new land, but the trip was extremely rewarding. I will never forget this trip with Global Routes and would recommend everyone travels with them. Learning how to be a good global traveller is so important, especially for teenagers in high school. My love for Global Routes began on this program and led me all the way to Hawaii for a 4 week summer program with them a year and a half later (July 2021). 11/10 recommend Global Routes. Not only will you have an amazing experience, meet incredible people, but you will also learn o much about yourself! The leaders and staff members so an extraordinary job!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go in with an open mind and no expectations! This will make your experience 10x better, I promise!
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ainslie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Routes Hawaii Review: 100000/10!!!

Global Routes' programs have forever changed my life!!! I would recommend their trips to anyone looking to step outside of their comfort zone and ready to try new things. Global Routes has given me a million more reasons to smile, travel, and build connections with the people around me. I am grateful to the amazing GR team and leaders:)! As I reflect months later, I think about the impact the Hawaii program has left me with. There is not a day that goes by where I don't think about the program and how I have truly changed for the better because of it. I'm forever grateful for both opportunities to travel with GR to Costa Rica and Hawaii! If I could give you one piece of advice it would be to pick up your phone and call Adam. I promise you will not regret it!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
On the second or third day, we got the opportunity to hike across the Mount Kilauea Volcano crater!! To make the experience even more memorable, there was a rainbow right over it as we were crossing. By far one of the coolest things I've ever seen! (See picture below!)
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Mara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Routes

I had a great time in Costa Rica getting to travel across the country having new experiences everyday. Weather it was working on the greenhouse, swimming in the river or zip lining across the canopy the country, culture and people never seized to amaze me. Every place we stayed at we were met with a warm welcome and some of the best food out of any place I’ve traveled. I The country is so beautiful and an amazing place to create memories that will last a lifetime. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who loves to travel.

What was your funniest moment?
I loved climbing the mango tree to the very top and shaking down the fresh mangos to eat.
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Lily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My journey to Nepal

It would be dramatic to say this trip changed my perspective on life but it did. The amount of submerging my group and I had into the Nepali culture was everything I wanted and more. I made bonds with people so strong without even saying a many words to them. My host family was so amazing to me and showed me how to truly appreciate family. The guides were basically our guardian angels and we all became so close so fast. Of course there were ups and downs and homesickness but that’s life and it only made me stronger and feel the urge to travel more. Because the feeling of traveling and being disconnected from social media with nothing but a mountain peak view right in front of you is one of the beat feelings ever. I did things I never thought I would do and pushed myself when treeking up 2,3949 stairs in the pouring rain of monsoon season. I pulled leaches off of me, showered in buckets, saw monkeys in the rainforest and had to be in by dark when staying in the village or else the tiger would get us. (True story). Made friends with stray dogs, bison, baby chicks, goats, monkeys My leaders, group members and Of course the locals. I shed tears, laughed, bleed, and got sick but it was all worth it. My first time ever leaving the country I choose the right country to travel to. It has inspired me to go to Places all over the world now. I couldn’t be more great full for my global routes experience and what I have gained and taken away from it. Thank you Nepal 🇳🇵

What would you improve about this program?
I don’t think I would improve anything about this program it’s amazing how it is.
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mayley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Day in a Rice Patty

Everything about this trip is incredible, the hiking, the views, the people, but the what changed my life the most was when we stayed with our host families. Living with them for two weeks helped me appreciate everything I had that I taken advantage of before. I also learned about how they lived, got to go to school and hang out with the kids of the village. We played games together, had dance parties, and they helped us with our construction project. The most incredible thing I did was spend a day with my family in the fields helping them with their day to day work and planting rice with them. I became very closer with my Nepali host family and miss them everyday, and I am still in contact with them through facebook. As well, my biggest accomplishment that I will never forget was making it to base camp of Annapurna after all the hard work it took us all to get there. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity Global Routes provided me.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure to make the most out of the trip because although the trip is long it goes by in the blink of an eye.
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PJ
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experiences With Global Routes

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 Experience With Global Routes

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

Summer in Tanzania

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.