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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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 have traveled 7 times with this organization. Jesse, the CEO, is most helpful to anyone who needs it when selecting a trip or answering any question imaginable. The trips themselves have leaders that are highly competent, friendly and knowledgeable. Educators and family/friends can't go wrong with GEEO.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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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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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Educational experience not to be forgotten. I believe that Jesse Weisz is the strength behind this endeavor - so kudos! Please check out Achildhoodforchildren.org it is a non for profit organization helping children all around the world where every dollar goes to supporting the children. Happy trails everyone. Go GEEO!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What's better than traveling the world with a group of teachers...?...Getting your required professional development hours while you're traveling to these fascinating places, that's what!!!! The tours are very organized and affordable (all teachers like to hear that). I traveled with Geeo to India and Nepal during the summer of 2013, and in 2014 to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The groups are small and the CEO's are the best. Both summers, the groups got to visit several schools and see what they are like in comparison to the USA. We did several home stays so you really get immersed in the culture of the country. Geeo is always updating their programs and looking for ways to give it's customers the best experiences possible. I can hardly wait to meet more teachers and experience the world with them.

Jennifer367

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've had my eye on GEEO trips for the past few years and was finally able to work it into my calendar this past summer. I took my daughter with me for her college graduation gift and we went on the Bangkok to Hanoi trip in June and July. We spent most of our time in Laos and I have to say the trip ended up being one of those trips that I will remember as incredibly rich and filled with memories. The more time that passes, the more I love the trip- that kind! We truly got off the beaten path, and were able to visit places (particularly schools) and villages normal tourists would not. Our lodging was adequate to great- but when you are in a 3rd world country, you don't always have luxurious options. Our guide was phenomenal, and the communication from Jesse at GEEO was superb. We got an authentic taste of S.E. Asian culture, food, travel and climate. I will definitely book with GEEO again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled and learned with other teachers on three GEEO adventure travels across Asia, China, and Morocco. All were excellent. The GEEO experience emphasizes preparation, collaboration, safety, local transportation, comfortable but not luxurious lodging, reasonable prices for teachers, educational connections in the host country, and individual choices for free time. The Chief Experience Officers have all been very friendly, helpful, multilingual, knowledgeable, and capable of dealing with unforeseen travel situations. I highly recommend GEEO services for those who can carry their own luggage, be adaptable, and have an adventurous spirit.

Kathy158

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled with GEEO twice (Vietnam 2011 & Morocco 2014) and both trips were fabulous! GEEO & G Adventures do a beautiful job of taking care of the details, chosing the highlights of the country, and adding special events that really enhance the experience. GEEO also offers the opportunity of receiving graduate credit and/or a professional development certificate, which is a great way to renew your teaching certificate! I am looking forward to Greece in 2015!

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have traveled with GEEO twice and each time I have had an outstanding experience. It is a wonderful way to travel!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled with GEEO to India, Nepal, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Each of my trips has been an unique adventure which has furthered my knowledge and life experience. I highly recommend GEEO.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really can't add to the reviews that have already been given. They are all glowing and all accurate about GEEO, the experience, and Jesse with his vision for world understanding. I think that the fact that my wife and I have participated in FIVE of his trips on three different continents should really say it all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to India with GEEO and it was an awesome experience. India can be an intimidating country but I learned to appreciate the chaos and I learned so much about the culture.

Barbara127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

" My heart grew three sizes that day"...... It's a quote I stole from the Grinch, but I have no other way to express the fantastic life changing and eye opening adventure I was engaged in through GEEO, a non profit travel organization for teachers. GEEO gave me the opportunity to swim the Aegean, Black Sea, visit the geo thermal pools Cleopatra swam in. I was in awe when visiting the house Virgin Mary lived in, experienced the ancient city of Ephesus and had the opportunity to understand the workings of Islam visiting many breathtakingly beautiful Mosques. These small adventures were just part of the GEEO experience. I was able to share this adventure with like minded educators, and had the most wonderful knowledgeable, gracious guide who added to the ambiance of the adventure. I feel in love with Turkey and its gracious people. I am not a novice travel. I have traveled many interesting destinations but.... and its a big but....... I felt animportant member of this adventure . MY thoughts and ideas were listened to and the CEOs were responsive to any communication. I will travel with GEEO again........ you see,,,,,, GEEO ( and our guide) gave me a new pair of eyes to view the world