Why Global Works?

Global Works inspires personal transformation by fostering empathetic relationships with our global community. We provide intentional, authentic, service-learning travel programs which reflect a commitment to sustainability and collaboration with local communities.

Global Works was founded in 1989 on a vision of creating international travel programs that combine community service and adventure travel as a way to not only learn about the world outside our borders, but to be inspired to improve ourselves. Twenty-nine years later, Global Works has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most professional and well organized student travel operations. Focusing on authentic travel experiences, sustainable community service, language immersion and homestays, leadership, and adventure, travelers return home with increased confidence, knowledge, and a greater sense of global citizenship.

Partnering with communities and non-profit organizations worldwide, Global Works co-develops sustainable projects that positively impact both travelers and their partners.


We seek to instill a passion for service work, humanitarian efforts, and environmental preservation throughout the lifetime of a Global Works traveler, to deepen participants’ understanding of social-economic, political, and cultural inequalities of our world, and to open their eyes to their role in positive change.

Global Works envisions building a world where:

  • Empathetic relationships between people and cultures leads to mutual respect and understanding.
  • Confident, positive, and self-reliant students become leaders and bring a global perspective to their city, nation, and world.
  • The wonder of travel continues to lead to self-discovery, perspective, and a passion for life. 


Who is Global Works? Passionate people drive the Global Works experience.  Our directors and staff share a love for travel and their excitement is infectious!  Global Works Summer Service Adventures are comprised of high school students (entering 9th through graduating 12th grades) from all over the USA and internationally. Our Custom Group Travel division specializes in group travel experiences for schools, universities, and other groups. What binds all of our travelers together is a spirit for adventure and an optimism for the future.


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We really mean it when we say ‘Travel wth Purpose’. At Global Works, we aim to do more than just visit a different country, we immerse ourselves. This means making deep and long lasting connections with communities across the globe. We work with local contacts for lodging, restaurants, and activities, and have fostered those relationships for many years. Through a Global Works program, we impart an understanding of the value of getting to know local communities, speaking the local language, and traveling in a way that makes us better global citizens. You can read more about what traveling with purpose means to us here.


With over 29 years of experience in the field, Global Works is committed to the health and safety of each and every participant. It is out #1 priority. Our highly qualified leaders are thoroughly trained every year  and have Wilderness First Aid certifications. Trip leaders are proactive about checking in with each participant and always keep a pulse on the overall group culture. We consider risk management through every step of a Global Works program – before, during, and after. To read more, click here.


B the Change transparent logoGlobal Works is committed to being a business that affects positive change in the world. In 2017, we officially became a Certified B Corporation! We are committed to high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. This way of running our business transcends how we interact in our office, out in the field, and with our participants and their families