Our Model

Global Glimpse is a travel and leadership program that combines pre-trip workshops and weekend summits with immersive international travel. Our innovative model empowers high school students from all backgrounds to build greater empathy, agency, and global perspective. 100% of donor and foundation support goes to fund organizational growth and need-based travel scholarships for students from low-income backgrounds.

Need-Based Scholarships

Our Model - Global Glimpse

We provide generous need-based scholarships to all students in our partner school programs and we serve more low-income youth annually than any other educational travel organization in the United States. In 2023 we provided over $2M in need-based scholarships to make our program accessible to high school youth from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Pre-Trip Workshops

Our Model - Global Glimpse

We train teachers to facilitate workshops with their students that develop leadership and global competency. In preparation for their summer travel experience, students participate in these monthly workshops and engage in activities and discussions that prepare them for issues they will experience during their international travel.

Workshop Topics

  • Youth Leadership
  • Cultivating A Global Perspective
  • Latin American History
  • Savvy Traveler

Summer Travel Experience

Our Model - Global Glimpse

Our international program focuses on service learning, cultural immersion, and leadership development. For 14 days after their junior year in high school, diverse cohorts of approx. 20 high school students are immersed in a developing country, living and learning alongside locals and among peers.  Students experience a 360-degree view of a different country that is constantly tied back to life at home in the US.

Program Components

  • Academic Seminars
  • Student Leader of the Day
  • Community Speakers
  • Reality Challenges/Cultural Immersion
  • Field Trips/Community Engagement
  • Nightly Meetings/Self-Reflections
  • 40+ hours of service-learning
  • Community Action Project

Academic Themes

  • Deconstructing Poverty
  • Education
  • Politics
  • History
  • Culture
  • Global Business
  • Aid and Development
  • Immigration
  • Indigenous Worldview
  • Environmental Sustainability

Alumni Ambassador Program

Our Model - Global Glimpse

We provide alumni with a follow-on program that supports them to give back to their schools and communities and prepare for college. Each year over 400 students participate in our Alumni Leadership Summits and collectively contribute over 3,000 volunteer hours to their school and neighborhood communities.

Alumni Leadership Summits

  • Summit #1: The Power of Youth Leadership
  • Summit #2: Storytelling for Social Change
  • Summit #3: College & Career Day
  • Summit #4: Life After High School & Ambassador Graduation