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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877-600-0105
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Rating: 5 stars  

My co-teachers and I have always enjoyed teaching about the civilizations of the middle Americas and South America, so when the opportunity to travel to Peru on Spring Break came up, we were quick to investigate the program. It absolutely met, and exceeded expectations. Being able to learn about Peru's past, through the eyes of Peruvians who clearly love their homeland, was fabulous. The scenery was breathtaking, the food delicious, the ruins magnificent--what more could you ask for! We visited a school (which was heartwarming as well as heartbreaking), visited a weaving co-op, saw salt mines, and of course--Machu Picchu! What a marvel that was--pictures just don't do it justice.
I absolutely would travel with geeo.com again. They contract with g adventures, who does an amazing job. Go--you won't be sorry!

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GEEO provided me with an excellent teacher professional development experience in India over Spring Break. Our tour guide and academic representative were knowledgeable and helpful. The tour was planned thoughtfully and provided many unique learning experiences. Participants' needs were met well by the company's office staff and guide. As a non-profit organization, the tour company kept the tour costs kept reasonably low to accommodate teachers' budgets. I have recommended GEEO to my colleagues.

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The Geeo India trip was one of the best trips that I have taken in my life. We were treated so well by our tour guide and the company. The trip exceeded my expectations. I would recommend Geeo to other people. It's too bad you can only invite one other person to go along with you on the trip. Many people have asked if they can go along with me on my trips in the future, but I am only able to bring one other person. It would be nice if Geeo was able to change this policy to include other friends and family and not limit it to one other guest. There are not enough words to describe how wonderful this trip was to India. I highly recommend Geeo to others and I have done just that. I look forward to many more adventures with Geeo.

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I just spent my 3rd summer in a row traveling with GEEO--for a total of 7 trips. Summer 2014, I went to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. It was the best trip I have ever taken! The trips were well-planned and allowed me to get to know more about the culture and meet the people of the places I visited. The experiences I had with the kids in Laos is something I will never forget. Traveling with other teachers increases the learning experience. I made many new friends who I know will be life-long friends. GEEO is definitely the way to go! It will cause you to fall in love with travel! I can't wait for my next GEEO trips next summer!

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My second summer with GEEO was just as wonderful as the first! I traveled through Morocco, Portugal and Spain with two great groups of teachers and knowledgeable guides. The itineraries were packed with adventure and meaningful local experiences, while still leaving time for us to explore on our own. GEEO provides global learning experiences for teachers so that they in turn, can bring those experiences to life in the classroom for their students.

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

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I had a great summer with GEEO in Russia, Mongolia and China! Jessie made sure we were well informed and prepared for the trip, booking and planning was easy with the information provided. The guides were wonderful and the itineraries were well planned. Our experiences covered all bases--tourist, local, adventure and time to explore on our own. Being a single traveler, I still felt comfortable and welcome with the groups. As teachers, we always find a common thread. Looking forward to traveling with GEEO again 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?

2012

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I went to Greece through GEEO. It was an amazing experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I met some amazing teachers and we got along very well. Our leader was knowledgable, funny and strived to give us the best experience possible. I would love to travel with GEEO in the future. I would highly recommend GEEO to teachers that want to have and share these experiences with their students.

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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 had an amazing experience. I met 7 other teachers in Greece whom I had never met before. We all got along beautifully. We had an extraordinary experience hiking, shopping, eating our way through Greece. At the same time we were learning so much about the history and the current culture it was truly fascinating. The tour guide and Geeo planned everything for us. The travel was made so simple for us. The transfers and tours were all prearranged. The accommodations were great.

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I have taken six tours with GEEO and plan to take another next summer. I enjoy traveling with other educators and seeing schools in other countries when possible. The guides have been fantastic and the itineraries full but also with some free time. I also find the prices comparable if not less expensive than what other agencies offer. The fact that the trip counts for staff development allows me to claim the expenses on my federal income tax returns. Try it, you'll like it!

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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 through GEEO the last two summers to Vietnam and India/Nepal. Both times have been excellent. The guides they provide you are top notch and are an encyclopedia of knowledge. We stayed at some great hotels and we got to see some amazing things. GEEO is awesome and I plan on traveling with them in the future.

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