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About Us


For 25 years, Global Works has been providing exceptional Community Service, Cultural Exchange, Adventure Travel, and Language Immersion programs for teens. Our educational and “student first” approach builds independence, self confidence, and leadership skills within our participants. Much more than a vacation, Global Works international trips are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. Global Works has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most professional and well organized student travel operations.

Our knowledgeable and experienced staff lead participants according to high standards of quality, safety, and of course, fun! Students who travel with Global Works are adventurous, curious, open-minded, and inspired young adults—comprised of a diverse group of students from across the United States and abroad. A common trait in our enrollees includes a desire to learn more about other people and cultures.

Our programs take students to visit three to five differentcommunities, providing a cross-section of cultures and environments— from rural villages to capital cities. Community Service projects are an integral part of every Global Works trip and students can earn up to 60 hours. A well-rounded journey is made extraordinary by its adventures! It’s difficult to capture in words or pictures that which overcomes you when standing among the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, the feeling of confidence gained after rafting the Río Sarapiquí, or the pure sense of awe in the natural world when snorkeling in the Fiji Islands. Global Works understands that traveling is not about the souvenirs; rather it is about what you share with different cultures and what you learn along the way.


Global Works strives to provide young adults with rewarding service, language learning, and adventure travel programs, which foster personal growth and promote social and cultural awareness for the participant and the communities involved.


Global Works was founded in 1990 by Pam and James “Biff” Houldin. After dedicating more than two decades to enriching the lives of young adults through teaching, providing horseback riding programs for physically challenged youth, and running Stone Mountain Adventures (a summer camp at their family farm in Central Pennsylvania), the Houldins dreamed of some-thing more. Pam and Biff envisioned an international program that combined community service and adventure travel as a way to give back to the world. 

Biff choose Puerto Rico as the destination for the first four-week service program. In an unfortunate coincidence, Hurricane Hugo devastated much of Puerto Rico that September. Amidst the devastation, Biff realized that meaningful service and cultural exchange might be achieved through the reconstruction of homes after this terrible storm. In the summer of 1990, 25 students and five staff embarked for Puerto Rico under the name Caribbean Adventures.

After two successful summers in Puerto Rico, Biff expanded to British Columbia in 1992, changing the name of his brainchild to Global Works. Since then, Global Works has steadily expanded to other destinations around the globe. 

The small office at the Houldin family farm has grown into a close-knit staff based in Boulder, Colorado. We hope to share our passion for travel, teaching, and the search for a profound travel experience with you!


Founders, Pam and Biff Houldin


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I couldn’t have asked for better leaders for the adventure of a lifetime. They were by our sides through the good and the bad times. Before the trip, I was nervous to leave into the unknown and a foreign country. I was nervous about the kids I would be spending a month with. All three leaders made the transition very easy. From each counselor, I took in vast amounts of knowledge which will last me a lifetime. These three leaders made my trip as good as it was, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better or anything more.

Global Works Participant

I honestly can’t pick a favorite part! The whole trip was fantastic, but specifically I loved the food the most. Also, Lama Temple was incredible and not expected at all. The trip leaders were so great and nice people. I think they are mostly what made the trip great! 

Sabina Young, China CGT Participant