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Global Exploration For Educators Organization

Rating: 4.9 stars   96 reviews 4,316

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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2 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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2 people found this review helpful

I traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia with GEEO.org, and it was such an enriching experience! Not only did I learn about the people, the land, and the cultures of SE Asia, but I learned a lot from the fellow teachers that I traveled with. Through travel, I am able to bring my experiences home to my district and my community. Would HIGHLY recommend a GEEO travel program to anyone, and I would love to return on another GEEO program in the future!

 
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I traveled for the first time with geeo.org this summer as part of their Belize and Tikal group, and I cannot wait to bring both my experiences and the organization back to my fellow teachers and school district. Jesse, GEEO and our G Adventures CEO were professional and helpful at every turn. As a typical solo traveler, I had a great time experiencing Belize and Guatemala with a group of fellow teachers. Not only will my students benefit from my amazing cultural experiences, but I had a fantastic time!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

GEEO helps teachers travel the world and educate our youth! As a teacher it is the best gift I can give to my students. Get out and explore!

 
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Great communication from Jesse. and GEEO. There are numerous trips to take that have reasonable prices. I have met many great people and have become friends with many. GO!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Traveling with GEEO was a great opportunity. Super organized and always there to answer questions. I highly recommend.

 
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I've traveled with GEEO 2 times, to Southern Africa and most recently Costa Rica. Both trips were well planned, packed full of fun and opportunities to learn about new places and cultures. Both my trips also had animals and nature. It's the best way for an educator to spend the summer. You learn a lot about yourself, meet great people and bring knowledge back to share with your students and staff about the world. It's the best way to learn! I've made friendships for life around the world. I'll never forget my experiences and they'll always influence the way I live and teach. Thanks GEEO!

 
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Go GEEO! I have travelled to South Africa, the Galapagos, Eastern Europe, Greece, and this summer to Italy with this group. I enjoy having someone else to the legwork on transportation and hotels. Although these would never be called "top of the line," hotels are clean and comfortable and the transportation workable. The leaders are highly capable and sometimes quite knowledgeable about the history and culture of places visited, and they can make arrangements for individuals who wish to visit specific sites. The orientation walks always provide an overview, yet there is time to explore on your own. It is really special when possible to visit schools and work with kids and teachers. I also enjoy travelling with educators of different content areas and ages. We can learn a lot from each other, and invariably, new friendships are formed.

 
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I have taken four trips with GEEO, to South Africa, the Galapagos, Eastern Europe and Greece. As a retired educator, I can think of no better way to travel than with fellow educators. The prices are reasonable, and with one exception, the guides have been really great. The accommodations are comfortable, and there are choices of activities that allow every individual on every trip to do as much as possible. Get credit if needed, acquire new knowledge and skills to share with students, learn about other peoples and cultures, and allow yourself to be challenged. GEEO's director will answer any question and is usually able to put someone in touch with a veteran who has taken a trip so that, if there are travel anxieties, these can be alleviated, and you can be prepared to enjoy the experience to the max, and make friends that will last a lifetime.

 
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I took my first GEEO tour this summer and checked off a bucket list item by going to the Galapagos. This was an AMAZING tour that far exceeded my expectations for what it would be like. There was plenty taken away from the program that I can use in my classroom. The CEO was excellent, the accommodations were great, and it was a pleasure meeting teachers from other parts of the country. I recommend this organization to any teacher regardless of content area. I will definitely travel with GEEO again in the future.

 
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