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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 1600 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

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

Community Stories

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have traveled with GEEO three times so far. All three of the trips were amazing. The guides are very capable, and the experience was excellent. I keep coming back because I feel that I learn so much more from these trips that I would if I had booked it myself. Spending time with other educators, having guides that are from the country who spend the entire trip with you, really expands your knowledge of the countries. Amazing, fast pace itineraries. This is a trip, not a 'vacation'. Not a lot of resting going on - but still worth every penny.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went on my first GEEO trip this past summer to Ireland and I had a great experience. The tour was well-organized and fun. I liked that there were always options in which activities to participate at each location. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and informative and our driver was awesome. I had a great trip and will definitely travel with GEEO again!

1 Jan_81

Client Served

Rating: 5

This summer was both my 3rd and my 4th trip with GEEO and both were a great experience! My 2 trips, to Bali, and then Bangkok to Hanoi were fun, informative, and well-organized. I like the small group size, too. They pick sites to visit, but also allow a lot of flexibility to pursue your interests. I like the experiential focus, such as a cooking class in Bali on the beach!

1 Darcey B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took my second GEEO trip this past summer to Morocco. These programs are so well organized, and being with fellow educators while traveling is just the icing on the cake. Go ahead and take a GEEO trip yourself; you won't be disappointed!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Lauren131

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first year to travel with GEEO and I was extremely pleased with the entire experience--from signing up to post-trip materials. Jesse has been incredible in planning this trips and making sure that GEEO teachers get the best experience possible. I have traveled quite a bit and normally stay away from group tours, but I will definitely be using GEEO again to travel to those places a little off the beaten path. I love the diversity of programs offered--I just am having trouble deciding where to go next!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing trip to South India. Our cohort was made up of all teachers and our focus was on education so not only did we do a lot of the typical expeditions, we also visited several schools and had time to talk with students, teachers and administrators.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have traveled to over 50 countries and have always been hesitant about traveling with tour groups. This past June I took a chance with GEEO to finally go to India and Nepal, both had been on my short list of dream trips for many years. My experience exceeded my expectations. I was very impressed with all aspects of the trip, from the pace of the itinerary to the choice of places to be visited to our wonderful tour guide. I am accustomed to being in control of my travels, but from the first meeting on day 1, I was able to let go and put the trip in the hands of the very capable professionals of GEEO. I hope to have many more experiences with this group in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have loved each of my travel experiences with GEEO. I appreciate the support they offer in preparing for the trip and once it is all booked, they take care of every detail. The trips are planned carefully in order to see as much as possible in a short period of time. In addition to seeing the highlights of a region, GEEO incorporates local experiences visiting schools and communities. The guides are the best sharing the history, culture, and cuisine of each region. It is exciting to gain the knowledge and experience to bring back to students inspiring them to be global citizens and travel the world, when the opportunity arises. GEEO provides safe, affordable travel with comfortable accommodations. I highly recommend GEEO to all teachers searching for adventure!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Social Studies chair for my school and I am passionate about teaching students to look outside their immediate community and become global citizens. My experiences with GEEO have been life changing and have enabled me to let my students learn about the world in a positive and familial way. Through pictures, artifacts, music, and literature I have been able to bring the world a little closer for my students. GEEO has been instrumental in this endeavor- I simply can't say enough positive things about this amazing organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have done 5 trips with GEEO and each one has been extraordinary. It is a wonderful opportunity to travel with other teachers, to link with educators in different cultures, and has definitely made me a better teacher. I had never done a "tour" before- I preferred to do my own independent travel but this has completely changed my perspective. On a practical level the tours are fairly reasonable and all GEEO trips are tax deductible which is a huge bonus for those who receive a teacher's salary. Be transformed and go!

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1 pinkpetunias

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no better way for an educator to see the world. I've taken four different trips with GEEO and will definitely do so again. The tours are designed to give the traveler a lot of freedom to either participate in group activities or venture off on your own. GEEO does an excellent job avoiding touristy hotels and adding many cultural experiences in each tour. Homestays are included in many of the tours. With GEEO you will travel by overnight train, van, bus, many types of boats, camel, donkey, airplane, jeep, and more, Never a dull day! My global experiences have definitely made me a better teacher. My students are not just reading about different countries and cultures but seeing my videos and pictures, adding depth to my lessons. One of the biggest benefits for me is I can travel alone without any issues. I always opt to share my room and have met some wonderful women that I feel will be lifelong friends. You just can't go wrong with GEEO. The tours are well-organized, offer a variety of experiences, and activities The service is amazing...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Knowingdog

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have traveled to 18 different countries on seven tours with GEEO. This international experience has brought an authenticity to my lessons while enabling me to build a strong foundation of global competencies in my students. These global competencies are vital for any young person hoping to make their way in today's global society. This global perspective has become a cornerstone in my teaching and resulted in an enthusiastic support from my administration. GEEO and international travel has defined who I am as a teacher.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great trips, great people, great service, great price.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization: responsive staff, accurate descriptions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gone on three trips with GEEO: Vietnam, Morocco & Israel. I love the balance of being on a tour, yet given the space to be on your own. The guides have all been amazing - knowledgable and bend-over-backwards accommodating. The trips are a perfect mix of seeing the sites and going off the beaten path. If you have questions or concerns about your trip - emails get answered almost immediately. I always come home in awe of the country I've been to and looking forward to booking my next trip.

Karen284

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Planning trips like GEEO offers would be so much more difficult and expensive on my own. I have traveled with this company three times and have always been pleased. I don't hesitate to recommend it to friends.

Amy_288

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would highly recommend GEEO. My first trip with GEEO was to the Galapagos Islands this past August. Everything was well organized and I felt very prepared on the trip. It was wonderful to travel with a group of fellow teachers and our tour guide, Jose, did an excellent job of providing us with expert knowledge and additional excursions. I plan to travel with GEEO again! I am so glad I found this great organization!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I took two trips with GEEO: one to the Peruvian Andes and one to Morocco. Both were wonderful: great guides, great fellow-travelers. I would - and always do- highly recommend GEEO programs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first trip with GEEO tours. I went to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. On the 15 day tour, there was plenty of time for individual exploration and lots of options. The tour provided not only great tourist spots, we got to experience the culture first hand by viciting small villages and visiting some in their homes. Most memorable trip! A+!

Alison42

Client Served

Rating: 5

I traveled to the Galapagos with GEEO. It was an exceptional trip and I will never forget it! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure we maximized our time every day. I learned so much about the people, history and wildlife of these islands, and will be forever grateful to GEEO and Jose for providing such an incredible experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first tour and it won't be my last. I went to Southern Africa and was overwhelmed by the history, the beauty and the people. Our tour guide could not be better, having been well versed in everything from what to take on safari to what to eat in a restaurant. The animals had to be seen to be believed. Although I am not a teacher and the group was relatively homogeneous, I feel that I made some friends and we all got along as one big family over a 3 week period. We traveled over 3,000 miles in three weeks and it went by so quickly. Each day was another adventure. Would definitely take a trip with GEEO again.