• 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 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.

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.

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, meaning that we channel dollars into the hands of those who need them most.

Additionally, traveling with Human Connections is…

  • Affordable

    Good for your heart and your wallet!

  • Sincere

    Participants develop real personal relationships because locals want to share their stories

  • Custom-Made

    We’ll craft an itinerary that allows you to explore your interests

  • Thought-Provoking

    Our multi-perspective approach exposes participants to all sides of an issue, allowing them to form their own opinions on important contemporary issues

POTENTIAL TRIP THEMES

Local Cultures and Responsible Tourism

  • Visit tourism hubs and explore the impact of tourism on local businesses, environments, and communities
  • Venture to historical sites and meet people who are actively preserving indigenous culture and traditions
  • Experience first-hand the diverse cultural traditions practiced in this area of Mexico

Environmental Sustainability

  • Visit innovative local organizations that are pioneering environmentally conscientious initiatives as the focal point of their business models
  • Explore a variety of diverse ecosystems throughout the Riviera Nayarit and learn about how these natural places are preserved
  • Experience the impacts of development and tourism on the natural environment through a micro and macro lens

Sustainable Voulnteerism

  • Work side-by-side with locals on ethical volunteer projects that emphasize long lasting impacts and community empowerment
  • Discuss the nuanced implications of volunteering abroad
  • Learn from local communities about where they stand to gain the most from volunteer efforts and how volunteers can better achieve their goal of positive, long-lasting change

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meet local business leaders who are reinvesting in the community and defying traditional ideas about profits over people
  • See examples of environmentally sustainable businesses and how they compare and compete with other businesses
  • Discuss examples of social enterprise around the world and view these organizations in a historical and cultural context

Social Justice

  • Investigate how vulnerable communities are affected by the evolution of tourism in the area
  • Survey the local indigenous community’s multi-faceted efforts to cater to an evolving tourism industry while also attempting to retain their culture
  • Learn how and why Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area has grown as a popular destination for LGBT tourists and locals

Microfinance

  • Hear the stories of micro-entrepreneurs who have received group or individual loans
  • Interact with loan officers and discuss the policies and procedures of different MFIs
  • Learn about the history of microfinance in Mexico and around the world
  • By standing in the shoes of people who use microloans, you will understand the holistic impact (and risk) of the lending process

SAMPLE ITINERARIES & PLANNED TRIPS

GEE with Allowance for Good: Environmental Sustainability

Quito & Mindo, Ecuador – November 5th – 12th, 2016

Tufts GET: Microfinance and Economic Development

Quito, Ecuador – March 2017

GET: Gender Dynamics and Social Change in Modern-Day Mexico

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – 1 week

UCSD: Break Away Global Service Trip

Bucerias, Mexico – March2016

GET: Women in Enterprise – A Professional Development Retreat

Bucerias, Mexico – 1 Week

GET: Leadership & Community Engagement

Bucerias, Mexico – 1 Week