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Global Exploration For Educators Organization

Rating: 4.89 stars   103 reviews 4,741

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Education, International

Address:

2945 Morris Rd. Ardmore PA 19003 USA

Mission:

Understanding the world has never been more important to America's success than it is today, and for our understanding we depend first on our teachers. Teachers with experience abroad gain fresh perspectives on the world, its peoples, and its natural environments. When they return to their classrooms, students benefit from their instructors' time abroad.GEEO is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit organization that has been created to help and encourage teachers to travel abroad. We hope to serve as a valuable resource to educators who wish to explore the world in order to understand it better.

Results:

Founded in 2007, we have sent over 1300 educators abroad. Over 100,000 students have been educated with our curriculum, hopefully inspiring them to follow in their teacher's footsteps and explore the world.

Target demographics:

Educators of all subjects, levels and nationalities

Direct beneficiaries per year:

400

Geographic areas served:

Worldwide, but mostly in the United States

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Reviews for Global Exploration For Educators Organization

Rating: 4 stars  

Educational experience not to be forgotten. I believe that Jesse Weisz is the strength behind this endeavor - so kudos! Please check out Achildhoodforchildren.org it is a non for profit organization helping children all around the world where every dollar goes to supporting the children. Happy trails everyone. Go GEEO!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was very impressed with GEEO, and would highly recommend this organization to any teacher who wants to truly experience another culture. My wife and I traveled to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia this past summer, and were very happy with the guides, lodging, transportation, and wide variety of experiences. We also liked how we had the chance to choose our own activities. This really made the trip a combination of guided activities and choice, which allowed us to tailor the experience to our interests. We have not been fans of group travel in the past, but going with GEEO along with other like-minded teachers was wonderful. This was our first trip with GEEO, but it won't be our last.

 
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Fabulous organization: responsive staff, accurate descriptions.

 
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I used GEEO for a recent trip to Greece. I am not drawn to group tour travel, but I felt that GEEO was unique in that we were made aware of options but not obligated to participate if we chose to explore on our own. I did appreciate that all of our travel transfers (except flights) and hotels were set up in advance! That made my trip stress-free and FUN! The itinerary took me to places that I would have never gotten to if I had planned this trip on my own. I had a wonderful experience and would definitely take another trip with GEEO.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

If you're looking for a group travel experience, I would highly recommend GEEO! Getting to travel with teachers to India this summer was a once in a lifetime experience and I would do it all over again if I could! Great itinerary, knowledgeable guide, and resources to share your experience with students...overall excellent experience.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I traveled to India and Nepal on my first trip with GEEO. I am not much of a tour-type traveler, preferring to go my own way and travel off the beaten path. This tour, however, was perfect for me. Traveling with teachers who wanted to know India and Nepal meant that we had instant connections in our group. Nobody had unrealistic expectations and we all took each unexpected event as a new adventure and a chance to get to know the culture. Everyone in our group, including those who have been on many tours, agreed that our guide was amazing. He was not pushy, met everyone's needs, remained flexible and taught us anything we wanted to know about the places we visited. My overall experience with GEEO was outstanding, including the communication before, during and after the trip. All of my questions were answered promptly. I would highly recommend GEEO.

 
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I have done 5 trips with GEEO and each one has been extraordinary. It is a wonderful opportunity to travel with other teachers, to link with educators in different cultures, and has definitely made me a better teacher. I had never done a "tour" before- I preferred to do my own independent travel but this has completely changed my perspective. On a practical level the tours are fairly reasonable and all GEEO trips are tax deductible which is a huge bonus for those who receive a teacher's salary. Be transformed and go!

 
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I just completed my fourth summer adventure with GEEO ( Peru, Tunisia, India/Nepal, and Galapagos) and every one of them has had a profound impact on my teaching. I teach history, geography, and global studies and so I feel like my students have been the real beneficiaries of my experiences. The affordability, professionalism, school experiences, and the opportunity to travel, learn, and share with like-minded professionals is unmatched in comparison with other professional experiences that I've participated in. If you haven't gone on a GEEO trip- GO NOW! It's life changing!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

GEEO is providing a much needed service. Having a global perspective is critical in today's world. Solving many of today's economic, environmental and political challenges will require an informed global perspective. The best way to ensure our leaders of tomorrow are prepared is to empower their teachers to bring a global perspective to their classrooms. Educators who have actually been to other parts of the world and experienced other cultures and have made personal connections with the people of those cultures bring a powerful authenticity to their lessons that can't be experienced through a textbook. That's why I am preparing for my seventh GEEO travel program and expect to participate in many more. It's clearly made me a better teacher by bringing my lessons to life and helping my student find a place within their global community.

 
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I have done five GEEO trips. Each one was a great experience. Traveling with fellow teachers you get an opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture in a meaningful and thoughtful way that you can bring back into your classroom. It has made me a better teacher.

 
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There is no better way for an educator to see the world. I've taken four different trips with GEEO. The program is designed to give you a lot of freedom to either participate in group activities or venture off on your own. They also do a pretty good job avoiding touristy hotels by using hotels that are locally run. This helps you get a better feel for the local culture and probably helps keep the costs down a bit. Each of the tour leaders I've had have had very different personalities but they have all been very friendly and knowledgeable. GEEO is also very sensitive and tuned-in to the needs and interests of their travelers. They always send an email following each trip asking for your feedback and on a few occasions the Executive Director has even called me directly to get my thoughts. It's fun; it's affordable and it makes me a better teacher.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If anything, they need to do a better job promoting themselves. More teachers should take advantage of this opportunity.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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GEEO is a great way to see the world and experience the true flavor of a foreign culture while also catching the major tourist sites. They generally avoid the Americanized hotels; opting for more local accommodations that not only save you money but, gives you an opportunity to interact more closely with the local people in a more authentic way.

I also like the fact that they give you a lot of freedom to plan much of your own time. You may opt to take-in one of their recommended activities or just go off on your own. The tour guides really know their stuff and do a great job of looking after your safety while encouraging you to be adventurous.

GEEO is also very helpul as you prepare for your trip. They recommend good books to read before hand and they setup a facebook event which allows you to get to know your fellow travelers before you actually meet face-to-face. Many of us stay in touch after the trip and even plan future GEEO trips together.

The first time I booked a trip with GEEO, I ended up getting a Fulbright-Hays award to Senegal and I was unable to take the GEEO adventure I had planned to China. Fortunately, I notified them in time and they allowed me to apply my deposit to a later trip. They were very easy to work with. I have been on two of their programs and I have already booked another trip for next summer.

My only complaint is that the summer went too fast. I can't wait for my next GEEO adventure.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I have been to India, Thailand, Peru, and Morocco with GEEO. I can't say enough about how organized the trips are. No detail is left unattended to. The communication is outstanding. If you call or email GEEO response wait time it normally minutes (and I am serious). I enjoy travelling with other educators and I was so pleased that I found GEEO. Bringing the world to my students is important to me and GEEO is may way to do that. If you are looking for plush, cushy trips where you sit in expensive hotels these are not the trips for you. If you are looking to meet the people, know the land, and experience the culture this is the place for you. I will continue to travel with GEEO every summer.

 
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I traveled the last two summers with GEEO. I previously traveled with gadventures which is the tour organization GEEO uses for it's tours. While my gadventures trips were good my GEEO trips were much better. I love travelling with educators, visiting schools in other countries, and talking with teachers from around the US. Earning professional development hours is an added bonus. The biggest kudos go to Jesse who ALWAYS answers emails and phone callls. I will continue to travel with GEEO. Be a better educator...be global!

 
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I have gone on two trips with GEEO (Vietnam and Greece) and they were both excellent experiences. The tours were well planned out and the accommodations were excellent. On both trips I had exceptional and knowledgable guides. I have recommended this group to other people and I am already thinking about the next trip.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I recently took a two week trip to Vietnam Through GEEO and I have to say it was a fantastic experience. i am an experience traveller and this is one of the best tours I have ever been on. Every detail was covered. The guide was excellent. I cannot say enough about this company.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

An excellent trip to Viet Nam.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Really do nothing, everything was great.

 
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