Global Exploration for Educators Organization

Rating: 4.88 stars   81 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education, International

Location: 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 500 educators abroad and in the past two years have doubled the amount of teachers we serve. Over 45,000 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-8627380
877-600-0105
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Rating: 5 stars  

My first GEEO trip ignited my wanderlust! I completed the India/Nepal trip this summer and everything from lodging to guides to food were really a dream. They made a rather intimidating trip feel safe yet real in every way and I am left with a sense of awe and wonder of this great beautiful world. My fellow travelers became fast friends as well. The people who work for/with GEEO respond very quickly to any question you may have before the trip, I felt comforted by their speedy responses, honesty and knowledge. I can't wait for next summer!

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  

I traveled to India with GEEO and it was an awesome experience. India can be an intimidating country but I learned to appreciate the chaos and I learned so much about the culture.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have just completed my sixth trip with GEEO, a wonderful non-profit for teachers traveling overseas. I have loved each adventure, met some wonderful people and have grown as a human being. I've shared first hand accounts of the places I've traveled with my students, introducing them to different cultures and customs, as well as seeing the things we all have in common. My photos have been worked into lesson plans expanding their vision of the world and the magic of exploring it.

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 wonderful service for teachers and their family and friends who want quality travel experiences with some service options. My wife is a high school AP World History teacher and I am a retired high school administrator who now works in teacher education at our state's land grant university. We have both traveled extensively, particularly my wife, and we have pretty high expectations. We traveled with GEEO last summer to Peru and had a wonderful experience. My review of last summer's trip is also posted on this site.

This summer we elected to join the second India/Nepal tour. We went to India four days early and Jesse from GEEO helped make arrangements for us to stay at the hotel where the tour members later met. We extended our tour for several days in Nepal and Jesse again helped with the arrangements there as well.

Our guide Abhi was outstanding, meeting varied needs of group members with cheerful,can do attitude. He made arrangements for optional activities which added so much to our experience. Two tour members became ill and he made arrangements to help them recover quickly.

Hotels met our expectations for budget travel in developing countries. The Hotel Bissau in a wing of a former raja's palace looked like a movie set, the game lodge at the Chitwan Nature Reserve was charming, and, with the exception of some lacking adequate hot water, met or exceeded expectations.

The ability to have laundry done inexpensively and quickly was a great asset traveling during the monsoon! Jesse's revised packing list is really accurate. Pack less and have the laundry done frequently; this will make you a happy traveler!

As soon as we got home, we went to the website and started talking about where to travel with GEEO next summer!

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

Service by Jesse is outstanding. He is helpful, kind, responsive, and frank when asked questions about additions or changes to itinerary.

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

A lot

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  

Because of how affordable GEEO made their trip to Peru, I was finally able to travel out of country and get a deeply enriching experience! Not only that, I enjoyed this in the company of enthusiastic professionals who treated us to a thorough and carefully planned itinerary.

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  

I've traveled with GEEO two summers now and plan on using them again. I enjoy traveling with fellow educators and GEEO makes it easy for me.

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

A lot

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  

I went on a GEEO trip to the Galapagos, and loved it! The guide was fantastic, the activities were well-planned and incredibly memorable, and it was a great experience to travel with teachers from all over the country (I didn't know anyone before I went, which was totally fine!). I especially loved the school visits, which is something I will never forget.

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

A lot

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  

I have been on not one...not two...but FIVE GEEO trips since 2008. And I'm not crazy. It's just a really great experience. Peru/Inca Trail, Tunisia, Panama, Southern Africa and India/Nepal. The great thing about GEEO is that they're constantly tweaking and reevaluating their tours to make sure that they are well-suited for teachers and a great learning experience. You get the best of both worlds: off-the-beaten-path travel, while still feeling safe, comfortable and well-informed. Our tour guides have always been phenomenal and I know the GEEO makes sure they hire the guides with the best ratings. I was most impressed in India this past summer, where I noticed that we got to experience the hectic, vibrant culture of the country, while still feeling comfortable in hotels and with AC on our transportation. At the same time, the GEEO staff prepared by being honest and candid about less-comfortable experiences such as the overnight train ride...but we were all so well-prepared that it was no sweat! I also have to say that teachers are excellent travel companions. We're curious and open-minded. We can tolerate bumps in the road. We have realistic expectations. We ask lots of questions and are eager to share our experiences with our students. If you're hesitant about traveling in a group, don't worry about GEEO...you'll find great travel buddies. Traveling with this organization is a great deal. You won't regret it. Next summer...I'm thinking Thailand and probably more!!

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

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

" My heart grew three sizes that day"...... It's a quote I stole from the Grinch, but I have no other way to express the fantastic life changing and eye opening adventure I was engaged in through GEEO, a non profit travel organization for teachers. GEEO gave me the opportunity to swim the Aegean, Black Sea, visit the geo thermal pools Cleopatra swam in. I was in awe when visiting the house Virgin Mary lived in, experienced the ancient city of Ephesus and had the opportunity to understand the workings of Islam visiting many breathtakingly beautiful Mosques. These small adventures were just part of the GEEO experience. I was able to share this adventure with like minded educators, and had the most wonderful knowledgeable, gracious guide who added to the ambiance of the adventure. I feel in love with Turkey and its gracious people. I am not a novice travel. I have traveled many interesting destinations but.... and its a big but....... I felt animportant member of this adventure . MY thoughts and ideas were listened to and the CEOs were responsive to any communication. I will travel with GEEO again........ you see,,,,,, GEEO ( and our guide) gave me a new pair of eyes to view the world

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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