Hi I’m Abby Miller, a fresh returnee from the Global Works China trip! I’m 17 years old and will be a senior at Fairview High School next year. I’m currently working in the Global Works office and would like to share my experience in China with you! So many moments on this trip stick out in my mind as things I will never forget, but the most meaningful experience to me was the time we spent at the Starfish Orphanage.
We walked through the doors, dropped our backpacks, and immediately jumped into playtime with our new found two-year-old friends. Within minutes Ryan, a year and a half old boy with squeaky flip flops and a new found talent for walking, had snatched up the aviators from the top of my head and tried to put them on. It might have been the cutest thing I’d ever seen. Soon, we were walking around the play area, his whole hand gripped tight around my index finger, wobbling through a sea of volunteers, toys, and smiling kids. (more…)
Q: What year did Global Works set out on their first adventure, and what was the purpose of this trip?
A: Global Works was founded in 1989 by Pam and James “Biff” Houldin. Puerto Rico was the destination for the first 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 5 staff embarked for Puerto Rico!
Greetings from China! Yesterday we woke up before dawn to go to the flag rising at Tiananmen Square! After the sunrise and flag raising we had a wonderful breakfast back at the hotel and got ready for the day ahead. First stop, back to Tiananmen Square to take some photos, get some souvenirs, and go into Chairman Mao’s Memorial Hall. After Mao’s Memorial Hall we walked to the Forbidden City where we learned that there are 9,999 and a half rooms in the entire Forbidden City! We learned about the emperors who have lived there, and got to look into most of the rooms and buildings. After seeing the Forbidden City we took our bus to the rickshaws, which are men on bikes with carriages for two people on the back, to tour the Hutong (a type of residential neighborhood meaning small alleyways). We went to a traditional Chinese family’s home where they made us an amazing lunch of dumplings, chicken, and stir-fried celery and lettuce. (more…)
Looking to take your organization or class on a travel adventure? Global Works offers Custom Group Travel programs geared towards school groups and organizations. More than a typical “tour” these programs offer real world learning and fun, community service opportunities, and authentic cultural exchange. If you are interested in learning more about how to create an incredible adventure experience for your students or organization, see the steps below and/or call our home office: 303.545.2202 (more…)
Global Works has been gearing up for the 2010 Summer! Introducing new adventures in Costa Rica, China, Nicaragua, Fiji and more … next summer is already shaping up to be an exciting season with our 24 program offerings in 15 countries. (more…)