A Culture of Safety

Global Works has a culture of safety and risk management.

It reflects our commitment to risk management and careful attention to each detail in the planning of our programs. Some very important ways that we maintain these high standards are:

We hire mature, qualified, and experienced Trip Leaders.

The majority of our staff also works as professional educators and the average age of our staff is 28. Each of our staff leaders must be certified in First Aid and CPR and many are also certified Wilderness First Responders. Read more about their qualifications and see Trip Leader Bios on the Inspired Leadership page.


Global Works is proactive. Trip Leaders and participants act as a team to help mitigate potential risks.

Individual and group Weather Checks are held through the program between students and staff.

Weather Check meetings allow students to share medical issues and concerns, social, or emotional issues.


Risk Management takes place before, during, and after each and every program. It starts with communication prior to the program when participants speak to Home Office staff and their Trip Leaders. It permeates throughout the program through our contracts, agreements, scouting, and supervision. Finally, after the trip, we reflect, discuss, document, and evolve.

High School students volunteer at a school in Panama

Effective communications begins pre-trip and lasts throughout the program.

Global Works has a dedicated emergency phone number, enabling parents to contact a Global Works Director 24/7 during the program.