• GET Inspired

    Global Engagement Trips are meant to inspire students, allowing them to embark on an educational and formative journey.

  • GET Involved

    Global Engagement Trips will allow participants to travel with other active citizens and share a learning experience.

  • GET Engaged

    The relationships that we’ve formed with our community allow Global Engagement Trip participants to interact organically with local people, hearing their stories.

  • GET Perspective

    Participants will think critically about Latin American social issues and form a personal perspective on sustainable development

WHAT ARE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT TRIPS?

HC GETs

Global Engagement Trips (GETs) are experiential learning trips from 4 days to 2 weeks that provide insight into Latin American culture and contemporary social issues. Through the relationships that we’ve forged with our communities, we facilitate genuine interactions with local artisans, micro-entrepreneurs, and changemakers, empowering them to share their diverse cultural and political narratives with a global audience. Through these dialogues, participants develop a personal perspective on international development and grow as informed global citizens. We consistently witness the profound intellectual and personal development that can take place over the course of a few well-planned days.

Students meeting with Doña Elvira, a migrant from Chiapas
Students watching the sunset in Bucerias, Mexico

Who can participate?

Perfect for student groups, non-profit groups, or adventurous families, GETs are for anyone who seeks to have a lasting social impact and navigate the world with greater self-awareness and multicultural fluency. While group sizes are usually around 10-12 participants, we can accommodate anywhere from 8-20 participants on any given trip. We find that smaller group sizes enhance learning experiences, and allow participants to get the most out of their GET.

What makes GETs different?

At Human Connections, relationships are at the core of everything that we do. Because of this focus, our GETs are intentionally non-voyeuristic; instead, travelers are welcomed into the lives and homes of local people, where they listen to diverse perspectives and engage ethically in a mutually-beneficial exchange of resources and experiences. We pride ourselves on being socially responsible, educating about how to travel responsibly, and channeling tourism dollars into local hands.

So what exactly will I learn?

While all of our trips include discussions of responsible tourism and sustainable development practices, and focus on cultural exchange and storytelling, each individual itinerary has a central theme or topic to be explored. Common trip themes and topics covered include…

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Microfinance & Economic Development

  • Social Justice

  • Sustainable Volunteering

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Migration

We can also run alternative spring breaks, corporate retreats, and more. Have an idea? Just ask!

No matter what the theme, our trips are based around listening to the stories and experiences of local people. When participants are exposed to diverse perspectives from people who have agency over their own stories, learning is accelerated. Follow the links below to learn about our current trip openings, and about planning your own Global Engagement Trip.

What’s Included?

Each itinerary includes:

  1. Visits with local artisans and entrepreneurs
  2. Tours of local nonprofits and social enterprises
  3. Responsible tourism excursions and cultural sightseeing
  4. Group debriefs and reflections
  5. A volunteer component (optional)

Additionally, depending on the group’s request, we take care of logistics like:

  1. Housing
  2. Transportation
  3. Meals
  4. Airport pickups
  5. Risk management
Click here to learn about our current trip opportunities.
Interested in working with us to plan your own Global Engagement Trip? Click here to learn more.