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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 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

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 traveled with GEEO on 8 tours and I look forward to more! GEEO provides support throughout the planning process and is ready to answer any questions that may arise. Each tour has exceeded my expectations, providing the best in experiential learning and authentic experiences. Whether you travel with a friend or sign up as a single traveler you will find yourself among others who love to learn and with guides who are the best in the field. GEEO even supports travelers upon their return with educational materials to use in the classroom! Do you want to see the world? GEEO will help you make your dream a reality!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have traveled with GEEO on 11 trips and 2 with G Adventures that Jesse, Executive Director of GEEO, booked for me, still getting a teacher's discount for me and helping me every step of the way. I look forward to my GEEO trips every summer and each trip has always exceeded my expectations. Jessie makes sure that the trips run smoothly, makes changes and adds things to the trips when he can that he knows will interest teachers. The CEOs, Chief Experience Officers, that lead us through their countries are exceptional, knowledgeable and always provide service that is above and beyond. GEEO is the best way to travel the world for teachers and their guests and I recommend it to anyone looking for an adventurous and one of a kind travel experience!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience on my first trip with GEEO this past summer. Traveling around Iceland with fellow educators, and an amazing guide was a perfect way to see the country. The trip was well organized, and even though we did visit the most popular spots in the Golden Circle, we also explored areas that seemed somewhat outside the typical tourist spots which was great.
Jesse supplied us with great resources to share with our students. I plan to do so when we return to school.
Next year, I hope to go on the MultStan trip.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been on 2 GEEO tours now (Northern India & Myanmar) and they were both amazing! Saw so much more of each country thanks to the knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging guides. Great itineraries, too, and love the focus on education. I 100% recommend GEEO!

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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.