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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 2000 educators abroad. Over 300,000 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 with American teachers

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

Community Stories

159 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GEEO is absolutely wonderful! After taking my first trip with them to Ireland, I would recommend them to anyone and plan to take trips with GEEO in the future. The experience was absolutely fantastic - from the professional yet personal service provided by the GEEO team, to the tour itself with partner G-Adventures (phenomenal tour company, btw), and the connections made with other teachers on the trip made for an incredible experience. Also, the way the trip is set up, you are able to learn so much more about the area of travel than if you were to simply plan your own trip (and why hassle with all that planning when it's already done for you for at a great price?) When I returned to the classroom, I had fellow teachers ask me how I learned so much on a 10-day trip, and my students love hearing about the trip and are so much more engaged in lessons when I "sneak" in something to do with my Ireland GEEO trip. It's also an added bonus that you receive professional development credit - this is how PD for teachers should be all the time! And the connections you make with fellow teachers is priceless. Thank you GEEO for making travel for teachers not only possible, but an enriching experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing organization. I attended the summer India/Nepal trip in 2017. I could not ask for a more professional, organized, safe, and engaging adventure. This organization took such great care of us, and our experiences were absolutely breathtaking. They are truly out to make great experiences for educators. I would recommend to everyone I know.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I took a 16 day trip to India/Nepal in late July courtesy of GEEO. I couldn't be more impressed with the quality of everything: trips offered, accommodations, customer service, and the actual tour itself. Our guide was knowledgeable, all staff were extremely easy to work with, and the experience was one of the best of my life. I will recommend GEEO to all of my coworkers and to any educator looking for a great experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GEEO is awesome! Their program let's you experience the culture, not just see the tourist sites. Central Europe (Berlin, Germany; Warsaw and Krakow, Poland; Prague and Český Krumlov, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria' and Budapest, Hungary) was my 4th trip with GEEO. Stefi, our CEO, was fantastic. She did something special for each of us. For me, she went out of her way in Prague to find a Czech Republic National jersey for my son. Our small group ended up becoming a family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I traveled around Morocco for two weeks in the summer and had an amazing experience! The program was extremely well planned and the itinerary well balanced and varied. The local guides and drivers were knowledgeable, helpful, and very professional. I felt immersed in the culture of the region and enjoyed seeing most of the country. I highly recommend traveling with this company, and taking a trip to Morocco!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GEEO has been very cooperative with our interest in designing study tours specific to our group of National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) teachers. The trips have proven to be affordable for our teachers and both GEEO and G-Adventures work with us on accommodating our faculty leaders. We have run two trips thus far and are now planning a third. Here's hoping we can continue this relationship into the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently completed my 4th adventure with GEEO and I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. Jesse immediately responds to any inquiries, the travel experiences are AMAZING, just when I thought I saw it all it only got better, home stays, school visits, and traveling with other like minded educators all are only a fraction of the bang for the buck!

1 Becky P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This summer I traveled with GEEO for the first time to India and Nepal. What I found special about GEEO is the time and effort they expend to make your trip an incredible learning experience. From the places you stay to the places you visit, GEEO puts great care and thought into helping you get the most out of your trip! Our guide was knowledgeable, funny and willing to accommodate special requests to make experiences more meaningful. I plan on traveling with GEEO again in the not too distant future!

2 Kaitlyn U.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I had the most wonderful experience going to Ireland through the GEEO organization. The people that I met on my trip was the best part and it would not have happened without the background work of Jesse and GEEO. Not only did I have an amazing time, I was able to use the experience in the classroom already! I would recommend GEEO to anyone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jesse is an amazing resource who helped make this trip even more amazing. This program was unique and educational experience; not a typical tourist adventure, but truly a life-changing experience.

1 Catherine McQuaide D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with GEEO was wonderful ! The director who served our group of 14 teachers to travel to India and Nepal for 17 days was incredibly helpful and willing to address all the questions and issues that I had. The travel itself was remarkably smooth as travel goes in the crowded cities of India. The before departure work and planning was well communicated with full support of any questions. I would recommend GEEO to any teachers who wish to travel the world and have a well planned trip.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I joined the GEEO Iceland group in June of 2017. We had a fantastic time. Jesse is very responsive to all correspondence, the people in the group were enthusiastic and fun, the guide was knowledgeable and generous, and the itinerary was action packed. It was an incredible value. Not only was I able to take an amazing trip, but I also met some amazing people. I highly recommend it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Eastern European trip this summer, and it was fantastic. This makes my second trip with GEEO as I went to Costa Rica in 2012. The Eastern Europe trip was a very beautiful experience. The food was just great from Roast Boar, pheasant, rabbit, peirogies, beet soup, goulash, wiener schnitzel, stuffed cabbage, and polish sausage. The various cultures was very interesting from the new cities of Berlin and Warsaw (both were destroyed during WWII), to the old world charm of Prague and Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic to Vienna and finally to Budapest. The churches were just beautiful. The WWII history was incredible. We visited Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration/extermination camp, visited the Warsaw Uprising museum, the second largest synagogue in Europe in Budapest, and we visited an underground salt mine. I took river boat cruises on the Vlatava River in Prague and the Danube in Budapest. We floated down the upper reaches of the Vlatava River on rubber boats at Cesky Krumlov. The accommodations were just wonderful. GEEO's partner G-Adventures provided a guide for us throughout our journey. We also had paid guided tours in Warsaw ,Vienna, and Auschwitz/Birkenau. All transportation between our destinations were provided by G-Adventures. We used train, bus, and minivans. We went to out of the way restaurants that served the local cuisine. This was a 14-day trip, but it is not for those who do not like to walk. I probably walked at least 10 miles a day. If you want to see a lo of the cities we visited, you have to go out on your own or at least in a small group. Anyway, the GEEO program tours are very well done, and I would highly recommend these to anyone. I am planning another tour next summer to Morocco.

1 Czarina C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GEEO is the best. I would never be able to travel to these exotic locations without their help. Jesse is always helpful. I have never had a bad experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great communication from Jesse. and GEEO. There are numerous trips to take that have reasonable prices. I have met many great people and have become friends with many. GO!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on two tours now with GEEO and am planning my third for next summer. The customer service is extremely excellent with almost immediate responses via email or phone.Jesse It is very responsive to questions and to suggestions. I would highly recommend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GEEO was excellent in every process of the trip and was highly responsive to all inquiries. I would highly recommend this company, if you are a teacher or the spouse of a teacher. The trips are well organized and encourage you to study the country/region you are traveling to in order to have a better understanding.

1 Knowingdog

Client Served

Rating: 5

EEO is addressing a very important educational need by enabling teacher to build their global competencies through international professional development. Our young students must be prepared to engage in an evolving global society. To do that, they must develop the knowledge and skills needed to assume a leadership role in the global society of tomorrow. To that end, our teacher must first develop their own competencies that allow the globalization of their own classroom. GEEO provided an extremely valuable opportunity for our educators to enhance their own knowledge and skills as they their travel experience also bring a first-hand experience and undeniable authenticity to their lesson. No doubt, my many experiences with GEEO have made me a better teacher. My most recent trip to Central Asia gave me a truly unique opportunity to expose my students to an important alternative perspective to this part of our world.

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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

Great trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangkok with 6 other educators from around the US. Everything about the trip was wonderful, from the itinerary to the accommodations to (most importantly) the guides. All aspects of the trip met or exceeded my expectations. I would absolutely go on another GEEO trip!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Summer 2017, was my 4th GEEO trip, this one to the Stans - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and it was an incredible journey. Traveling with a small group of educators, we were able to gain a real appreciation for the uniqueness of these countries. We had multiple opportunities to meet with locals, we stayed in a variety of guest houses, hotels, and other conveniently located overnights. This is a wonderful way to make history come alive and feel apart of a global community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program arranged home and school visits, which allowed teachers from the U.S. to meet, and interact with, locals. This makes for excellent classroom instruction, because personal interactions always result in great stories!