About 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. 


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.


B the Change transparent logoIn 2017, we officially became a Certified B Corporation!