Global Routes is a non-governmental, non-sectarian organization committed to offering experiences that allow people with different world views to engage each other in creating a global community. The future of that community is dependent upon understanding, open communication, mutual respect and interdependence between diverse peoples. It also depends on the preservation of the cultural and natural environments in which we all live.
To further this end Global Routes designs experiential community service projects and teaching internships that allow high school and college aged students to extend themselves by living and working with people in communities throughout the world. Programs for students of all ages are designed to facilitate personal growth, contribution and adventure.
High school programs are 2-5 weeks long and offered in the summer. A primary focus of the programs for high school aged students is to develop the individual student through the experience of working, traveling and living with a group of peers in new and compelling environments. Typical service projects include: constructing classrooms, laboratories and libraries for village schools, running educational workshops and day camps, and renovating community buildings. Currently high school programs exist in Argentina, Belize, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Peru, Tanzania and Thailand.
The Gap Year/college-level Teaching Internship is 12 weeks long and is offered in the fall and spring. A primary focus of this program is to develop the individual’s sense of self and personal responsibility through the experience of living and volunteering in a remote community. The primary service project for our college interns is teaching, from the elementary to high school levels. Currently, internship programs exist in Costa Rica,Ghana,Peru, Tanzania and Thailand.