Global Routes

Program Reviews

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Eleanor
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Routes Costa Rica program was an incredible adventure and my student grew tremendously

My son was a Global Routes student in summer 2022. He was extremely nervous and more than a little scared about going on his first long adventure by himself, especially after 2+ years of Covid that made everyone way too comfortable going nowhere and not making social connections. It was very hard for him to say goodbye and then embrace all the new people and experiences. The staff, his host family and the other students were incredibly open, accepting, warm and gracious with him. They helped him find a successful pathway through what ended up being an extraordinary adventure. With support, he was able to embrace the hard parts, really enjoy the good stuff and grow tremendously.
When he arrived home, he was transformed. He feels more confident and comfortable in his own skin. This is visibly evident – he stands taller and is much more willing to try new things. For example, on his own initiative he decided to try out for the soccer team, which we feel he would not have been open to before his Global Routes experience.

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Maya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

So this was my second time going on a trip with Global Routes and once again it was THE BEST! I learned a lot about Hawaii, about myself, and I met so many amazing people and made new friends. I had a whole new outlook on life after coming back. I felt more confident, responsible, independent, and ready to go out into the world as an adult. I gained important life skills that will be important for college, adult life, and beyond.
One thing I particularly love about a Global Routes program is not having your phone for the duration of the trip. I think that really helped me to be more present & engaged, and I made deeper and more meaningful connections with people.
I would recommend Global Routes for any high schooler who wants a more meaningful travel experience, to be pushed out of their comfort zone, and a whole new perspective about the world.

Pros
  • You get a break from technology
  • The land is beautiful and the people are so kind
  • You really get to push yourself out of your comfort zone
Cons
  • Lots of bug bites
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Ella
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Routes - Hawaii 2022

This Global Routes' program was such an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to meet so many people from across the world who shared many common interests. I also had the privilege of being exposed to many sacred spots around the island thanks to the connections our leaders had with the local community. All of the people we met along the way were super welcoming and eager to share their knowledge with us. This time we spent farming and working with the land was always super rewarding beautiful. I'll forever be grateful for this experience and thankful for the people I met as a part of the journey.

Pros
  • Sense of community
  • Insanely beautiful land
  • Insight and shared knowledge
Cons
  • Bug Bites
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Ayden
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

LIA Costa Rica Review

This trip was by far the greatest trip that I have ever been on, and the greatest experience that I have ever had. I got to be with a group of people with the majority of them being some of the best friends that I have while traveling Costa Rica and going on amazing, super fun adventure and also immersing ourselves in the culture there. The trip was a 10/10 for me because all of the activities that we did were super fun, and even when we weren’t doing any activities I was still having fun which was definitely partially due to the amazing group that I was with. From this trip you also gain many new, life-changing perspectives that help you to grow as a person. I would without any question fully recommend this trip to anyone that is interested.

Pros
  • The group of people
  • The chance to immerse ourselves in the culture by living in a town for two weeks
  • The personal growth that I gained
Cons
  • Some arguments throughout the group here and there
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Ebba
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

LIA Global Routes

This LIA program was one of the best experiences of my life so far and I'm not just saying that. I learned, grew, and had so much fun on this trip. When we got to the town I met my host family and I am still keeping in touch with the people I met there. My host family was amazing and my Spanish improved a lot. I connected with the kids there doing the Friendship Camp even with limited Spanish skills and it was so fun. I am so happy I met the people in the town and also broadened my friendships with the other LIAs. Overall, this was an amazing experience and I really do recommend it to any teens who want to connect with a new community as they help out and immerse themselves in a new culture. Especially for Windsor Mountain people, this is a perfect follow up to LIT year but really it would be great for anyone.

Pros
  • improved spanish
  • made connections with lots of new people
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Brynn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Experience in Costa Rica with Global Routes

The month of July 2022 was hands-down the most incredible month of my life by far. Being in Costa Rica fostered a period of personal growth for me that has been so eye-opening. This program introduced me to friendships that I know will be life-long and I am forever grateful for that. I also walked with newfound confidence and a broader perspective on the world. I truly cannot recommend this trip enough. I was also once sitting behind my computer scrolling through reviews and let me tell you that whatever anyone wirted won't do the trip justice -- you have to just sign up!

Pros
  • Technology free -- no phones!
  • Time set aside for reflection and learning
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Zoe
5/5
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
5/5
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
5/5
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
5/5
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!)