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Abstract: This article describes Global Explorers, a nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive educational travel experience for students of all abilities and backgrounds.

Key Words: blindness, visual impairment, disability, Global Explorers, travel

  • Global Explorers is a mission-driven nonprofit organization, unique in the student travel industry. They are a nonprofit organization driven by their passion for sharing the most educational and life-changing travel experiences available. As a nonprofit, their programs offer a comprehensive, responsible travel experience designed to genuinely enhance the lives of their participants in the most meaningful way possible. Their nonprofit commitment is a promise that:
  • Education is always the guiding principle. Read their Core Disciplines for details.
  • They give back to the communities through service, cross-cultural exchange activities, and financial and technical support.
  • They will never cut corners or sacrifice quality for financial gain.
  • They are committed to helping students of all abilities and backgrounds experience the natural wonders and cultural diversity of our world.
  • They can receive grants and donations to support and offset the costs of their programs. Your group can receive tax-deductible donations from your community to help contribute to your program fees.
  • They are governed by a talented Board of Directors consisting of experts such as teachers, principals, travel experts and scientists.
  • Volunteers contribute thousands of hours of work to support their mission.
  • Every staff member, volunteer, guide, and scientist with Global Explorers cares deeply about the mission and shares their dedication to positively changing the entire student travel industry.

This is no ordinary student travel experience. No other travel organization requires extensive educational preparation prior to travel as well as a follow-up service leadership project after travel. Their interdisciplinary preparatory curriculum prepares students for travel with lessons on leadership, service, science and culture -- all with an eye towards responsible global citizenship. This nationally recognized program content, developed in partnership with experts and input from such organizations as the Peace Corps, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership and the World Wildlife Fund, comes alive through hands-on activities while traveling. A service project in country helps students discover the impact they can have in the world. Science transforms from abstract classroom lesson to concrete experience when the students practice ethnobotany in the Amazon or conservation biology on the plains of Africa. After traveling, the group comes together to coordinate a follow-up leadership project, exercising the skills acquired during travel in service of their own community. These programs have been featured on ABC Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, The Travel Channel and CBS Sunday Morning.

When you join Global Explorers, you join a family. Travel connects people through experience and Global Explorers strives to understand your unique needs, challenges, hopes and aspirations. From the moment you sign up, Global Explorers will help you with everything from fundraising to packing lists and curricular questions to follow-up service, with a goal to make every step of the process as easy, warm and welcoming as possible.