GEEO is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting as many teachers as possible to travel abroad and then share their experiences with their students upon their return to the classroom.
Understanding the world today has never been more important to America's future. For most of us, that understanding begins at an early age, in thousands of classrooms across the United States. From the cacophony of mid-town Manhattan to the remoteness of western Montana, students are looking to their teachers for knowledge about a world that is not yet part of their own lived experience. By spending time abroad, forming international relationships and exploring overseas environments, teachers gain fresh perspectives that deeply enrich their students' learning and global awareness.
GEEO believes encouraging teachers to travel is the best way to equip American youth with the knowledge needed to ensure a strong, positive global role for America in the future. Our teachers often have the time and the desire to travel; we will help to make sure they have the means.
- Establish long-term relationships in the education community as a well-known, trusted organization that provides opportunities for teachers to travel, volunteer, and work abroad.
- Provide a long-term, worldwide educational resource for teachers wishing to broaden their global perspectives and relationships.
- Partner with other NGOs on mutually reinforcing projects and programs.
- Offer teachers incentives to travel internationally that include professional development credits, as well as grant and scholarship subsidies for the cost of travel.
- Make goodwill ambassadors out of teachers by enabling cross-cultural experiences and volunteerism.
- Ensure that teachers share the excitement and knowledge gained from their travel with tested curricula.
- Encourage teachers to educate their students about the opportunities to study and travel abroad while attending university, during their summer vacations, or before entering college.
- Help the next generation of Americans become more outward-looking and dedicated to improving the world around them.