2015 Tours - Nicaragua Soccer Exchange, China, Turkey  & New India trip. 2016 trip planning - share your top destinations with us!

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In this issue, we share information on a few of our favorite 2015 trip destinations, which has a few spaces left! We also invite you to follow Founder, Jennifer Spatz's upcoming trip to Nepal this April, and to share your thoughts on what destinations you might like to travel to in 2016! 
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2015 Summer Trips to China, Nicaragua & Turkey - Few spaces left! 

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China: Learn, Serve, Immerse  
(June 20-July 5)
Picking peppercorns in Sichuan

This Global Family Travels’ tour emphasizes authentic cultural experience to give you a true taste of China. Besides visiting some of its best-loved destinations, such as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, you will also have the chance to immerse yourself in the local customs and culture of the Qiang minority people of Maoxian County and work with wildlife in a Sichuan panda sanctuary. Take an evening stroll down Jinli Street, learn Chinese handicrafts from a local artisan, work side-by-side with Chinese veterinarians in Bifengxia. Whether you find yourself drinking tea and playing Mahjong with the locals, joining in a morning Taiji practice, or making dumplings with a local family, this tour offers plenty of opportunities to “do as the locals do.”
Nicaragua: Bridging Cultures with Soccer
(June 21-July 1)
Pack up your cleats and head out with Global Family Travels on an incredible tour of Nicaragua that combines a love of soccer with a cultural exchange like no other! Our service learning project in Nicaragua involves building soccer fields and working in the community of Chacraseca, just outside of the colonial city of Leon.  For 3 days of this trip, participants will enjoy soccer drills and playing games with the locals, orchestrated by a professional soccer coach who will accompany us on the trip.  One of the highlights of this trip is a local homestay and the opportunity to get to know the local culture. 

Excursions and activities include:  zip-lining,  hiking volcanoes, chocolate making and pottery classes, shop local markets and spot wild monkeys on boat tour. Click here to learn about the Top 10 highlights of this Soccer Exchange trip.   

Exploring Turkey’s Roots – from early history to organic farming 


This Global Family Travels’ tour of Turkey offers an insightful learning experience of Turkey’s ancient history and traditional lifestyle.  From the capital city of Istanbul, to the geographical center of the country in Cappadocia, this sweeping tour of Turkey offers the perfect introduction to a fascinating country that spans two continents.  One of the highlights of this tour is living and working with a traditional Turkish family engaged in certified organic farming on the coast of Turkey, where you will enjoy home cooked meals, help out with farm chores, and get to know your family and the pace of daily life in the Turkish countryside. Tour participants will also see some of Turkey’s most treasured sites such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, explore the unusual formations and ancient caves of Cappadocia, re-live biblical times at the impressive site of Ephesus and swim in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  

Lama Tenzin's GIFT - New India Tour 

In early January of 2016, Global Family Travels will offer a unique opportunity to learn, serve, and immerse in support of the good work of Lama Tenzin, a Buddhist monk in Dehradun, India. In this article, we share Lama Tenzin’s story and his causes.  

In 2000, Lama Tenzin traveled with his two brothers through the Upper Dolpo region of the Himalayan border between Nepal, India and Tibet. During his journey, he rescued abandoned and neglected children (mostly girls) and founded an orphanage called the Children’s Educational Development Society (CED ). They involve trekking 10 hours/day for 20-30 days while climbing over altitudes of 18,000 ft through treacherous conditions.  Continue reading on our blog post

Trip to Nepal-Follow Us

Nepal opened its borders in 1950 and since then, its  jaw-dropping beauty and its myriad of treasures has had a mystical allure for many travelers.  This April, Founder of Global Family Travels, Jennifer Spatz, will travel to Nepal to visit some of its historic sites and vibrant cities, including Katmandu, Nagarkot and Bhaktapur, for the purpose of planning a trip for 2016. We will be posting photos of the adventure on our Facebook page, so please follow us if you are interested in learning more about Nepal.  And, look for information in the coming months about our 2016 tour!

We have some exciting new trips planed for Ecuador, Peru and Nepal that we will be unveiling soon for 2016 tours, along with some other surprise destinations.   Win a chance to take $200 off one of our trips by entering our survey: Family Travel Questionnaire. 

We will draw from entry names on April 30th and inform the winner!

About Global Family Travels
Global Family Travels' mission is to "Learn, Serve and Immerse," using travel as a means to build cultural bridges and to foster global citizens. In partnership with community-based tour operators and local non-profit organizations, Global Family Travels creates and offers service learning tours for families which include a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, homestays and participation in local service projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities we visit.   We hope you will choose to expand your family circle by joining us on one of our life-changing tours! Visit our website to learn more!


Volume 3, Q2, 2015


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