New Tours to Ecuador & Nepal, Transformational Travel & Intercultural Youth Program & Travel Events

News from Global Family Travels

Welcome to Global Family Travels 2015 Fall Newsletter and thank you for being part of our community!  We hope to see you at one of our travel seminars in November (see side bar), where we will be showcasing some of our exciting family-friendly destinations.   In November, we will also begin sharing weekly information with our newsletter subscribers about our new 2016 tours, including Brazil & Peru with Coach Fernando!

 In this issue we share news about:
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Transformative Travel Plus (TTP) Program- Nicaragua 2016 

Global Family Travels is excited to share information about Transformative Travel Plus (TTP), a unique, year-long program for Seattle-area youth who want to expand their horizons through meaningful family travel, community service and sustained virtual connections with Nicaraguan youth. Starting in January 2016, TTP includes six monthly pre-travel workshops, a 10-day immersive trip to Nicaragua (in June/July) and post-travel learning and continued impact with Nicaraguan youth.  The workshops and travel include learning about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in conjunction with community development challenges and potential solutions in Nicaragua, and the use of visual storytelling exchanges about these important issues.  Students will partner with a group of Nicaraguan youth throughout the year, sharing ideas, photos and videos online and getting to know their future hosts. 

During the immersive 10-day family trip to Nicaragua, participants will stay with Nicaraguan youth and their families for 3 nights, building powerful bonds through shared experiences, including work on a community service project. They will also enjoy outdoor adventures exploring Nicaragua’s volcanoes, beaches and lagoons, and conduct visits to handicraft workshops and other cultural and historical sites studied during the six pre-travel workshops (January – June 2016).

TTP’s powerful combination of learning, volunteering and travel, and our partnership with an organization that has long-term experience in a rural Nicaraguan community, enables participants to benefit in profound ways, including personal growth and empowerment through service, expanded awareness of other cultures, and the strengthening of family bonds.  Families interested in TTP program and travel to Nicaragua should attend our TTP Information session on November 1, and apply to the program by November 15.  
For more information, please see TTP website and download TTP Informational Flyer

Experience Ecuador: Culture, Wildlife & Photography 

We are thrilled to announce a new family trip taking place in July of 2016: Experience Ecuador: Culture, Wildlife and Photography, led by the amazing, local Seattle photographer, Lisa Merrill.  On this 15-day trip, we'll explore Ecuador's beautiful historic cities, experience a home-stay at the Saenz​'s family-run hacienda in Patate, a the rural communit where we will also volunteer. We will also enjoy outdoor adventures in two biodiversity hotspots – the Andean Cloud Forest and the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands.

The trip offers a great mix of culture (weaving, farming, cooking, etc), outdoor adventure (rafting, horseback riding, hiking, zip-lining, snorkeling) and tropical wildlife. For more information, visit our website and download the itinerary, and join us for our November 8 informational travel seminar, where Lisa Merrill will be on hand to meet you in person to discuss the trip!

Nicaragua 2015 Soccer Exchange Helps Launch TTP 

Global Family Travels kicked off the summer of 2015 with our first soccer exchange in Nicaragua, where we stayed with local families, built a soccer field and taught soccer classes in Chacraseca, a small community outside of Leon. Our team worked hard for 3 days to build the multi-purpose field, which will be used for both playing soccer and as a community gathering place.  For more about our experience in Chacraseca, and to see the arduous process of building the fields, visit our blog, as well as our photo gallery and Pinterest page

Our team of 5 families that traveled to Nicaragua also donated new computers to the local community library and school.  We are thrilled to share that Nicaraguan students in Chacraseca will be able to use them to participate in our new Transformative Travel Program!  

Nepal Annapurna Trek & Volunteer

Well known for its rich cultural heritage and thriving tourist industry, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. The earthquake that struck in April this year has put a huge strain on the country’s economy for decades to come. As tourism is the primary industry for the country, Global Family Travels is committed to helping Nepal on its path to rebuilding and reviving the economy by sponsoring community service projects and organizing treks.  We invite you to join us on this exciting and beautiful trek of the lower Annapurna circuit and give some of your time to a school in Kathmandu Valley that was badly damaged by the earthquake.

GIFTs of India - Volunteer with Lama Tenzin

We still have a few spots left on our GIFTS of India trip (January of 2016), with a unique opportunity to learn, serve, and immerse in support of the good work of Lama Tenzin, a Buddhist monk in Dehradun, India. 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 ). Now Lama Tenzin is expanding his mission to focus on girls with disabilities. The new Girls’ Institute for Technology (GIFT) rescues girls formerly shunned by society and works to develop them in to independent professionals.   We will hold an informational meeting with Lama Tenzin himself in Bellevue on November 11th! See website and itinerary for more details.

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!

Upcoming Travel Events:

November 1, 4-6 PM

Information session on Transformative Travel Plus Program & Nicaragua Travel,
Where: Bellevue Impact Hub
RSVP & More Info

November 8, 3:30-5:30 PM

2016 Family Travel Seminar

Global Family Travels Founder & Trip Leaders will present overview of tour itineraries to Africa, Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Nicaragua, Peru and Turkey. 

Where: Bellevue Impact Hub
RSVP & More Info


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