Global Exploration For Educators Organization

Rating: 4.89 stars   89 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 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-8627380
877-600-0105
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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GEEO is a fantastic organization that allowed me to travel and add some professional development hours to my resumé. I had a brilliant time with the experienced tour guides, decent accommodations, and a fantastic group of teachers from all over the US. I am honored to have had the opportunity to learn ao much over the course of my trip to the Peruvian Andes. I would recommend them to anyone looking for an affordable and fun learninng experiencence!

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What a fantastic organization to travel with. I've joined them on a trip to Peru and ended up getting sick. Our CEO had a doctor come to the hotel to check on me and then visited me in the hospital several times. When it was time for the group to leave Cusco, he brought someone to meet me and take over for him. Because of the care and concern exhibited, I joined them again on other trips, Morocco and Turkey. All three I would highly recommend!

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I attended the Peru trip and this was my first experience traveling with GEEO. Our tour guide, Kiki, gave us just the right mixture of group led activities to places we also might want to go. Very few people think of the possibility of getting really sick when they travel. Kiki not only called a doctor to the hotel he came and saw me in the hospital twice a day. When the group left Cusco, a colleague of Kiki was assigned to assist me. You bet I will travel with GEEO again. Unfortunately, I missed over half the trip, but what I was able to attend was great.

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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Geeo is the adventure of a lifetime! The guides are experts on their country, they are usually natives and quite enthusiastic. They can manage special requests and are flexible and organized. I have visited countries I never would have tackled on my own. Peru is the trip of a lifetime as is China and our last trip, Vietnam was a cultural delight. We have also enjoyed Ecuador, Costa Rica and Eastern Europe. All have fallen within our budget and exceeded our expectations. My husband and I look forward to our yearly trips with this fabulous organization.
Susan Helldorfer

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I went on an exciting adventure with GEEO to a country many people don't know about--Uzbekistan.
We saw some of the most exciting Islamic architecture in the world and were fortunate to travel with a Yale professor and local guide who taught us a lot along the way. Everything was well-organized and the head of the organization was helpful every step of the way.
As an educator, I would definitely travel with GEEO again and would recommend them to anyone who wants an amazing experience.

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This past summer I went on my first GEEOadventure. It far exceeded my expectations. The trip to India and Nepal was very well planned, our tour guide was outstanding. He went out of his way to make everyone feel important and he did not seem to mind answering our many questions. Traveling with a small group of educators from all over the United States made the trip exceptional. I am looking forward to another great adventure next 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 traveled with GEEO to Equador, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. I love that Jesse books through GAdventure but gets the best of the various locations. I haven't been disappointed yet, the descriptions of the trips are excellent, the tour guides are outstanding and you usually travel with like minded people. Jesse is always available and will completely put you at ease if you have a question. You travel off the beaten path and can really feel immersed in the culture. This is a great way for those in the education field and associates to travel around the world for extremely reasonale prices. I also love that the GEEO website has so much information included recommended reading. If I am not planning a trip myself then GEEO is the company I contact.

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