What is a GEEO trip like?
GEEO chooses and designs our travel programs with three things in mind:
1. Inexpensive- Our trips should be affordable to most teachers. Please don't sign up for our programs expecting luxury (Unless you sign up for one of our comfort class trips). Most nights will have you staying in a simple yet clean twin-share hotel or lodge rooms with private facilities, complete with running water and electricity. Occasionally you may have a multi-share night at rustic local guesthouses, with communal bathrooms and the sporadic cold shower. Some of our programs even have camping. Transportation will be a combination of public transport, private buses and some private vehicles. Check the individual itineraries for details.
2. Freedom to explore- Our trips tend not to include many pre-paid meals and activities. We want you to have the freedom to make these choices. Large group buffet dinners are typically not the best way to learn about a countries cuisine. On a typical day on our trips you will arrive to a location, be checked into the hotel and have an orientation from your tour leader. They will tell you what activities and restaurants they recommend. The group will then break up into smaller groups doing the things they want to do. Of course, our trips do often include major, "can't miss" activities in the price of the trip. Each of our trips clearly list these in the "What's included" section.
3. Structure without hassle- We also try to take the stress out of travel. With GEEO, all of your accommodation and transport is arranged for you in advance. You will have a tour leader with you escorting you from location to location, answering your questions and helping you explore the region. Our groups are made up of fellow teachers, so you will have 6 to 16 other people with which to share your adventure.
Before you decide on travelling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. To summarize, our programs are quite adventurous.
• We use basic, no frills accommodation. (Unless you sign up for one of our comfort class trips) The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury.
• The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
• You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack. We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack, which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions.
• Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks.
• We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.
• Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
• We try to set up anywhere from 1-3 school visits per program, but these sometimes fall through due to complications. Please understand they are not a guaranteed part of the program.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!