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Individual students ages 14-21 who are not a part of an organization can travel with Global Explorers in many ways. For 2011 travel, check out the map above or the links below for the following opportunities:

  • Leading the Way. Our nationally-recognized program brings together students with and without disabilities on extraordinary journeys. This year's destinations include the Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu.
  • Hear the World Sound Academy. The 2011 Hear the World Sound Academy: Amplifying the Grand Canyon will integrate students ages 15-20 of mixed hearing abilities for the learning adventure of a lifetime in the Grand Canyon. The Sound Academy will foster awareness about hearing loss and sound preservation while equipping students with the tools needed to step up and make a difference in the world. Using hearing loss awareness as a case study, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to launch a campaign for a cause they believe in. The Sound Academy will include preparatory curriculum, a week-long expedition to the Grand Canyon, and post-travel action that includes development of an online international Hear the World youth campaign and podcasts for Grand Canyon National Park.
  • American Youth Leadership Program with Cambodia. This exciting cross-cultural exchange program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division, will bring together students ages 15-17 of diverse backgrounds from across the United States for a once in a lifetime 18-day expedition to Cambodia in June 2011. In addition to the international expedition, participants join conference calls and webinars prior to travel, attend a retreat in Washington, DC immediately prior to departure and engage in follow-up conversations upon their return. The rigorous educational content emphasizes responsible global citizenship as students explore the complexity and interconnectedness within our world and emerge as self-aware servant leaders who strive to make the world a more sustainable place now and for generations to come. Educators and students can apply to win a fully-funded cross-cultural exchange program!
  • Girl Scout Programs. Each year, we offer programs for Girl Scouts via their Destinations Programs. Through these programs we help girls Discover, Connect and Take Action as they build their leadership skills, self-awareness and service commitments. For 2011, Girl Scouts can travel to the Amazon, Machu Picchu or the US Southwest. Not a Girl Scout? It's easy to join! Simply register with your regional Girl Scout Council. The annual fee is $12. Find a Council near you and become a Girl Scout!
  • Start Your Own Group! Find an adult in your community such as a parent or teacher who is interested in organizing a group travel experience. Then, put together a group of your friends and peers from your community and get ready to travel! Interested in this? Contact us!

Learn more about how our individual student programs work in the students section of our site.