Experiences are more important than landmarks.Our reasons for traveling have changed over the years. GeoVisions is constantly examining our purpose so we can articulate why we do what we do. Why we get out of bed in the morning, why our company even exists and why that should matter to anyone else.
We have learned that many travelers expect to volunteer in the country they visit. And, they want to work there, too. Furthermore, when they return home, they expect — and are reaping — tangible personal and professional benefits from their time abroad.
When I started recognizing the people at my subway stop, or when the waiters in the cafe near my host family started to hand me my coffee when I came in — those were the times I started realizing that my host community was my home. And that was the most beautiful feeling of all.
I wanted something real, something authentic. I wanted to get to know the locals and improve my Italian. I wanted to wake up everyday and feel a connection. I made a difference in my community and host family.
In scenarios much like the ones above, our participants are looking for a specific kind of immersion — one that is about making a kind of (temporary) home within the culture they’ve chosen to experience.
GeoVisions confirms our “Why” by talking to each person on our programs. It no longer matters what they do, it matters why they do it. Making bigger memories, filling journals with photos and inspiring and sharable content. Sharing all of that with the world.
Many prospective travelers have asked us why 90% of our programs are volunteer teach abroad as well as paid teach abroad. Volunteering and working abroad can help with language skills and cultural knowledge. More importantly, they can aid poor communities and bring a measure of cultural diffusion and international cooperation to many parts of the world.
Our participants are very articulate that their program is about more than what they get in their host community or with their host family. It’s about what they are able to bring back.View what our participants reported that they bring back.
Even Apple reminds us everyday, “From one gift come many.”
Our participants travel for authentic and unique experiences that can help them accelerate personally and professionally. In a globalized economy, employers want to see global immersion.
Start with “why” in everything you do. If you know your “why” the “what” will appear before your eyes.