Capitalizing on the dramatic rise in high school online education, the Global Green School was founded on the concept that the world is a child’s best classroom. Previously, student travel abroad fell into one of two categories – an AFS-style language immersion semester abroad or a two-week summer tour / service trip.

Semester abroad programs provide the opportunity for cultural integration, but require language fluency and often postpone a student’s graduation date. The typical 1-2 week summer student travel program is rich in global travel experiences, but lacks cultural integration.

The Global Green School combines the best of both worlds in its high school cultural immersion program. Additionally, the Global Green School actively partners with organizations engaged in sustainability initiatives. These partnerships provide an unprecedented opportunity for student leaders to gain real world experience in global environmental change.

The Global Green School’s 2020 sustainability initiative is to assist Peruvian communities in their commitment to reduce dependence on single use plastics.

In December of 2018, the Peruvian government announced a ban on single use plastic bottles in the iconic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu received over 1.5 million visitors in 2018. The impact of plastic water bottles in this region is staggering, especially considering its remote location – Machu Picchu is only accessible by train! The ban has been limited in its effectiveness due to the logistics involved with phasing out single use plastics.

Our student-led team has the opportunity to partner with a local organization in the Sacred Valley and meet stakeholders who are affecting lasting change in the region. The Global Green School has space available for 10 highly motivated student leaders. Program dates are March 1 – April 26, 2020. Students can apply using this contact form.

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