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Global Exploration for Educators Organization

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, Literacy, Promotion of International Understanding

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 2400 educators abroad. Over 400,000 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: Over 400 teachers

Geographic areas served: Worldwide, but mostly with American teachers

Programs: Tours for teachers - enable educators to travel internationally to further classroom education

Community Stories

191 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been traveling with GEEO for 7 years and I happily see no end in sight! I have had so many wonderful experiences in so many beautiful countries and on every trip I meet like-minded people who love to travel, many becoming life-long friends. GEEO/Jesse takes any possible stress or worry out of traveling by making sure that all participants have detailed information at their finger tips on the GEEO website and the reassurance of knowing that he is always available to answer questions and provide assistance. GEEO helps me to see the world!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have traveled on 16 trips with GEEO in the last 7 years and will continue to do so because I know I can rely on GEEO to provide the best service and the most amazing trips. All of the information I need to be prepared for the trip and even during the trip is given and always in a fast and efficient way. I have learned so much about this beautiful world and made life-long friends through my travels. GEEO is the best way to fulfill any travel dream!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Loved my time in Morocco. Our guide, Aziz, made the trip an absolute blast! The accommodations, restaurant choices, and activities were a great balance and really catered to everyone's likes and abilities. It was a great trip and I will most definitely consider traveling with GEEO again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Exotic, mysterious and fun describe Egypt for me! I enjoyed learning about the rich history and culture, while traveling around the country in comfort...even in 100 degree temps! I can't say enough about our wonderful GEEO & G-Adventures guide, Michael and the excellent itinerary. I felt we got a great sense of discovery of the whole country in just 12-days. This is truly a remarkable trip!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A group of 4 teachers from my school were looking to travel with other teachers, and GEEO was recommended to us by a friend. We couldn't believe the amount of options that they have! As Biology teachers we couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit the Galapagos. It was an amazing trip. We saw so much. The wildlife was incredible. The people were great. Our tour guide really worked very hard to make sure that everyone was having their best time. I highly recommend GEEO.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have traveled with GEEO to Ecuador, Thailand and Vietnam, India and Nepal, the Galapagos, and Jordan. Each trip was very different but I felt confident that all the arrangements, both prior and during the trip were painstakingly organized. My questions and concerns are dealt with immediately and with knowledgeable answers. The tours are so wonderful I no longer look to any other tour groups. When I am traveling with GEEO I feel I get a good sense of the country. GEEO has taken most of the worry out of travel.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have traveled with GEEO to South America and Asia on four trips, I cannot say enough about this wonderful organization. From the information provided prior to the trip, the affordability, accommodations, going off the beaten track to the wonderful guides that GEEO arranges. I would not think of traveling with any other group.
Geeo goes all over the world and where they go to they serve those places like no other organization. You will be immersed in the culture, food, environment and come away with a connection to the place you have visited like no other. Most of the time the groups are composed of strangers who are all or almost all teachers. By the end most trips the people in the groups are life long friends.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've just finished my 3rd GEEO trip and I know there will be many more in the future! When you travel with GEEO you will be with many other repeat and happy travelers. We always end up talking about our favorite GEEO trips and what we would recommend next. I love how responsive GEEO/Jesse is to any problems or questions I may have. I know that if I don't have time to prepare I can just show up and things will go smoothly. But, the travel and trip information is extensive and even the packing list is super thorough. I like that our comments are valued and I know that the trips will continue getting improved based on our feedback. The only problem is that once you take your first GEEO trip you will be hooked!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a great trip and an eye opening experience on a trip to Egypt booked through GEEO! The level of service we received from Jesse as well as from the G Adventures staff was unparalleled, and we will be using this program again! A company that enables teachers to travel, as well as organizing tours that are geared toward those who are dedicated to the betterment of the global community and lifelong learning is a gem to find, and find it we have with GEEO!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE THESE TRIPS! What an extraordinary mission--to open teachers' minds through travel! Also, the trips fit into my schedule perfectly. They respond quickly to clients' requests. These trips are so easy to plan due to the CEO's meticulous organization and fastidious communication. It is a very personal travel company.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GEEO organizes fabulous opportunities for teachers to explore the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GEEO is the best! I love traveling with teachers from across the US. Trips are well-arranged, safety is always number one , phone calls and emails are answered immediately. The focus of being in a country and with its people rather than sitting in a 5 star Hoel is wonderful. The varied forms of transportation bring another aspect to the tours that I find add more depth to the experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have taken numerous trips with GEEO. I love traveling with other teachers and our focus on schools and education. I just returned from Madagascar and the trip was well-organized, I felt safe, our CEO was amazing and passionate about his country. GEEO has the best customer service. Emails and phone calls are answered immediately. I plan on continuing my travels with GEEO.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GEEO’s mission is incredible. Helping America’s teachers see the world and bring it back to their students is absolutely the way to help the next generation be more globally minded.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could never have imagined that I would have the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and modern issues in Qatar and Oman, ever!. GEEO and QFI made it possible. I can now bring the stories of the people I met and the places I experienced directly to my students, who may never get to visit in person.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

While conducting an online search of international teacher summer study tours, I was impressed by the number of offerings on the GEEO website and the affordability of the tours. I decided to join the Peru trip along with a friend. I was impressed with the quality of the guides and their professionalism in getting all of us through the Inca Trail and the depth of what we experienced and learned in the Amazon. Our small group size enhanced the experience. I absolutely loved my group.
The variety of activities provided was well balanced with free time to explore on my own. One of my favorite days was when we visited the craft villages and restaurant supported by GEEO. I have already incorporated some of my experience into my teaching.
I was so impressed with my experience that I got together with two others from the Peru trip for a reunion in the Catskills. We hiked, cooked a Peruvian dinner including pisco sours and decided on our next GEEO adventure. Morocco here we come!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been on 2 GEEO trips as a solo female traveler, and both were fantastic! I went to Central Europe in June 2017 and Peru in July 2018. All of my trip leaders were knowledgeable about the locations I visited. They were available for help/company whenever needed, but they were also fine providing support for travelers who wanted to be more independent. Also, my fellow travelers on both trips were diverse in age and very friendly. I had no trouble meeting new friends as a solo traveler. In fact, before both trips, I met a fellow traveler on the Facebook event page for the trip, and we planned a few days of additional travel together. I'm grateful to GEEO for giving me the opportunity to explore new countries that I wouldn't have had the courage to visit on my own.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I traveled to Greece this summer through GEEO. A wonderful, organized trip with energetic teachers was exactly what was provided. Jesse answered questions ahead of time. Mirjam was a tour leader who was knowledgeable about all of the things we were going to see and do in Greece. She was available 24 hours to us. The hotels were quaint and charming. I enjoyed the small villages we saw more than the big cities. People were very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and fresh! Tomatoes, cucumbers, pita, chicken, swordfish, and gelato! We traveled by mini buses, vans, train, ferries, small boats, and more. I learned a lot about the ruins and history of Greece. Visited so many places in two weeks. I added on days in the beginning and at the end to see and do more activities. I would recommend booking a trip through GEEO.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I traveled to Greece this summer via GEEO, who partners with G Adventures. GEEO provided very well-organized information that helped me prepare for the trip, and Jesse was quickly responsive to questions and concerns. The trip was so informative and it was really lovely to be able to travel with other teachers who shared an interest in the history and archaeology.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I travelled with the Armenia & Georgia group, and I'd recommend the trip, particularly for solo travelers! Our tour guides were incredibly knowledgable and friendly, and the hotel accommodations included everything from "nice" to "fantastic." I enjoyed getting to know my fellow travelers, but I also had the luxury of a small group; keep in mind that some of the trips can have 14 or more people. Some of my favorite moments: visiting the genocide museum, Mother Armenia, climbing into St. Gregory's pit, climbing to the Temple of Garni, the Caucasus mountains, Uplistsikhe caves, wine tasting, a cooking class, touring Old Tbilisi! The trips are well planned and highly informative, but I especially appreciated that we occasionally had some down time to either rest or go exploring on our own. I definitely recommend GEEO for world-curious travelers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jesse is great to work with! If you call or email him you will get a quick response with good information! I have greatly enjoyed each trip I have taken with GEEO!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful trip to Morocco with GEEO. The trip was well-organized, informative, and very affordable. The local tour leader we had was truly first class. He taught us so much about the history, culture, and current issues of the country. I will be sharing all that I learned with my students and the school community in the fall!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great study tour experience traveling to Nepal and Tibet. I learned so much about Hinduism, Buddhism, politics, economics, and the cultures of these two locations that I can now share with my students. The landscapes are breathtaking.
I greatly appreciated the visits to the Sisterhood of Survivors Project which helps young women transitions out of human-trafficking and the Panauti home stay, a community based project, which helps local families in this village. Invaluable!!!