Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve led groups of students and community members to more than 10 countries and are always looking for new destinations to experience and global partnerships to explore. Past group experiences include multiple locations in the following countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, Equador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, Mexico, Thailand, and Trinidad & Tobago. Have an idea? Send it to us for consideration.
“A form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves.” – Vanderbilt University.
We are not affiliated with any church or religion and the purpose of our experiences does not involve proselytizing in any way. We do however recognize the alignment of our mission with that of many regional churches and welcome their partnership and support. If GCAC has a particular dogma, it is to facilitate learning opportunities that foster mutual respect and compassion for all people, place, and our planet. It is important to be exposed to cultures outside our own so that we may better humanize all people and practices around the world. Religion is one important aspect of any culture as is art, dance, music, literature, and more. Exposure and education surrounding all cultural aspects of places we visit are encouraged.
As defined by the United Nations, global citizenship is the umbrella term for social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. The term can refer to the belief that individuals are members of multiple, diverse, local and non-local networks rather than single actors affecting isolated societies. Promoting global citizenship in sustainable development will allow individuals to embrace their social responsibility to act for the benefit of all societies, not just their own.
Absolutely not. We love to play! Our experiences are designed to have a perfect balance of the following: Serving a worthwhile project or cause with one of our vetted global partners. Cultural immersion in music, dance, art, language, literature, architecture, religion, history, geography, cuisine, and more. Fun in nature and the outdoors!
No, but travelers on our adventures are expected to attend all group activities. All participants must also be able to transport their own luggage.* *Accommodations will be made for any travelers with special needs.
Yes. Having the time to recharge ourselves is an important part of the program. For example, in Brazil, we love a beach day. In Ecuador, we spend a morning at the hot springs. And, in Costa Rica, we have access to a pool with views of the Poas Volcano! These are just a few examples. We build in time for rejuvenation!
May I use any of my GCAC service hours toward earning other certifications or hours required by other organizations?
Absolutely! While we only vet and certify service projects and hours which are a part of GCAC and the President’s Volunteer Service Award, we know there are many other great organizations and awards involving service out there. Feel free to use your accrued service hours however it benefits you best!