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Why we travel

Sleeping under the stars, awakening to the sounds of birds and school children, struggling through conversations in Spanish, working hard in jungle humidity. International travel is transformative. Travelers return with new passions kindled, and a fresh perspective on their lives. We want to do more than that, we want to feed that fire after students return from abroad. We know that cultural exchanges are a cataclysmic experience that inform student academic and career pathways and impact their involvement in community.  GSE trips increase student’s understanding of their global place, local community needs, and the connectivity between their lives, the rest of the world, and stewardship of the earth’s resources.

International Travel Destinations

Chacraseca, Nicaragua

Travel to the colonial city of Leon, explore Central America’s largest Cathedral, and sample local street food. Sow seeds and dig in the dirt alongside local environmentalists as we develop sustainable agriculture projects in rural Chacraseca, and spend tranquil evenings taking in the Southern Cross from our rustic bamboo hostel. Finish up the trip with a few days relaxing at a volcanic crater lake called Laguna de Apoyo, or at famous Playa Gigante on Nicaragua’s Gold Coast.

Boaco, Nicaragua

Travel to the colonial city Boaco in the foothills of Nicaragua, and explore this beautiful cowboy town. Sow seeds and dig in the dirt alongside local environmentalists as we develop sustainable agriculture projects at a non-profit clinic outside of Boaco. Explore Boaco's historic plaza, and spend tranquil evenings listing to the howlers from the ranch hotel. Finish up the trip with a few days relaxing at a volcanic crater lake called Laguna de Apoyo, or at famous Playa Gigante on Nicaragua’s Gold Coast.

Bahia, Ecuador

Travel to coastal Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador and stay in the heart of this coastal city. Work alongside local students in in their greenhouses, collaborate on murals, then camp overlooking the beach, and participate in our reforestation projects. Enjoy tranquil evenings watching bio-luminescent waves as the sun sets, and adventure across Ecuador. Finish the trip with a relaxing beach vacation portion, or a visit to Quito or Cuenca, two of Ecuador's beautiful ancient colonial cities.

Cuenca, Ecuador

Travel to colonial Cuenca, a pristine cobblestoned gem nestled high in the Andes of Ecuador. Support rural community farm cooperatives in the outskirts of Cuenca, and the local government planting and maintaining trees in a state-wide reforestation project. Visit busy artisanal markets, learn local dance, taste the food of the Andes, and explore nearby lakes, volcanoes, and snow-capped peaks.

The most challenging part is leaving Ecuador. I recommend this trip to anyone. It’s a great experience filled with lifelong memories.

Mattia Braccini

Harbor High School

International Programs

High School

10 and 18 day international exchanges in Nicaragua and Ecuador focused on environmental service and activism.

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University

10 day international exchanges in Nicaragua and Ecuador focused on environmental service, internships, and research opportunities.

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Educators

Bring an international exchange program to your high school or university,  or collaborate on research.

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