Greenheart Travel: Change Your Life. Advance Your Career. Become a Leader.

Change Your Life. Advance Your Career. Become a Leader. Embark on the travel adventure of a lifetime with Greenheart Travel.

The Greenheart Travel team is passionate about creating impactful opportunities abroad. Anyone can travel; it's what you do with the experience that counts. As the only cultural exchange organization that incorporates environmental and social responsibility into their mission statement, Greenheart Travel is dedicated to helping you reach your personal and professional goals while creating a lasting impact abroad.

Greenheart Travel's commitment to cultural exchange is matched by their commitment to the environment. A deep concern for the welfare of the planet drives the Greenheart Travel passion for helping responsible travelers satisfy their thirst for adventure while respecting the environment and unique cultural heritage of the destinations they explore.

Travel for a Change

Greenheart Travel offers students and adults the opportunity to explore the world through unique cultural exchange programs in over 30 countries. Choose from volunteer projects, teach abroad programs, work experiences and TEFL courses to help you meet your travel goals. All travelers will receive personal service throughout the program, are provided medical/accident insurance and receive 24-hour support.

Teach English Abroad in a School
Share your English language expertise and make an impact.

Teach English Abroad in a School: Share your English language expertise and make an impact.

Teach English Abroad in a School while earning your living expenses and a monthly stipend! Live like a local while teaching English in your host community.

Locations: China, Colombia, Italy, Myanmar, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Dates: Full-time teaching assignments are available and vary in contract length for three months, a semester or an academic year, with specific application deadlines and start dates.

Teach in Thailand this Fall
Greenheart Travel's paid English teaching program in Thailand is your chance to make an incredible impact in the classroom while having the travel adventure of a lifetime. Whether it's the delicious street food, gorgeous beaches, vibrant cities, or the welcoming people that initially draw you to Thailand, you'll immediately be captivated by all that the Land of Smiles has to offer while teaching abroad.

Greenheart Travel Application Deadline Alert!Apply by August 30th to Teach in Thailand (TEFL program + paid teaching placement) beginning on October 30th.

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Teach in Italy in 2018
Teaching English in Italy is a unique opportunity to make an impact in a classroom while living with a volunteer Italian host family abroad. This 3-month teaching program involves 15-18 hours per week of classroom hours as an English teaching assistant, and accommodation and meals are provided by a local volunteer host family. This is your chance to experience true cultural exchange while you work as an ESL instructor, live like a local, enjoy delicious cuisine, and explore the Italian region of Piedmont.

Greenheart Travel Application Deadline Alert!Apply by September 15th to Teach in Italy beginning on February 7th for 3 months.

More exploration!Aside from the personal and career benefits of teaching abroad, most assignments include an orientation, a monthly stipend, bonuses, full room and board, paid vacation and health insurance. Some programs also provide airfare and an international travel stipend.

More exploration!Teachers must be at least 20 years of age, have a bachelor's degree in any subject, and be a citizen of the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. Most programs require a TEFL/TESOL certification.

Teach Abroad in Southeast Asia! There are opportunities in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam for you to teach English and travel abroad for a change.

Get your TEFL Certification in Chicago, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Spain, or through an online course.Greenheart Travel: TEFL/TESOL Certification Courses
Earn an accredited TEFL certificate — your passport to the world! Once you have decided that you'd like to volunteer or work abroad as an English teacher, it is extremely beneficial to obtain a TEFL/TESOL certificate before going abroad. Many countries require teachers to be TEFL/TESOL certified. Learn how to teach English as a foreign language and open your door to a lifetime of international work and travel opportunities. All TEFL cerificate courses are 4-week intensive, in-person training programs (the online course is 11 weeks, 12-15 hours per week).

Get your TEFL Certification in:
Chicago Argentina Costa Rica Czech Republic Nicaragua Spain Online Course

Moving abroad to teach in Thailand was one of the best life decisions I've ever made. Every day in Thailand is a new beautiful adventure, filled with eye-opening experiences. Of course, adjusting to a new culture and ways of life can be challenging, but it’s the challenges that helped me develop into a determined, independent, resilient individual. I definitely recommend Greenheart Travel’s teach abroad program if you’re looking for a life-changing experience. The program coordinators at Greenheart Travel genuinely care about each of their participants, and want you to have an amazing adventure! —Paula HuYoung, English Teacher

Teach English Abroad in a Homestay
True cultural exchange.

Teach English Abroad in a Homestay: True cultural exchange.

Unlike a tour program, the Teach English Abroad in a Homestay program is an intensive cross-cultural experience. You'll see and experience things beyond the reach of the average tourist. If you are studying a language, there is no better way to improve your conversation skills while tutoring your host family by teaching them conversational English for 15 hours a week!

Locations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Italy, Russia, Spain and Thailand.

Dates: Homestay programs run 1-3 months in length and can begin at any time throughout the year. Applications due 8 to 12 weeks prior to your intended start date.

More exploration! Accommodation is with a carefully screened host family and all or most meals are included.

More exploration! You should have the ability to converse at an intermediate level in the language of the host country.

More exploration! Travelers must be able to create lesson plans to meet their teaching requirements each week.

Homestays Abroad: 10 Ways to Become an Authentic Italian
While teaching English in a homestay in Italy, Greenheart Travel alumna Kayla Maneen has learned some appetizing and fashionable ins and outs of the Italian way of life.

The family was absolutely incredible, I can't overstate how kind and inclusive they were! I understand a lot more French now and even read a few books in French while I was over there. I still need work on my conversational skills but this was definitely a step in the right direction. I had a memorable time and I can't wait to go back! I've told all my friends about Greenheart Travel, and I'll probably be coming back to the program in the future. Thank you so much for all of your help! —Greenheart Travel alumnus, Rebekah Repasky

Volunteer Abroad
Where do you want to make a difference?

Volunteer Abroad: Where do you want to make a difference?

Greenheart Travel's Volunteer Abroad programs combine rewarding service work with unmatched opportunities to learn about fascinating cultures while living like a local.

Locations & Projects:
Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Center
France: Bird Habitat Restoration
Kenya: Maasai Community Development
Peru: Sustainable Development
Puerto Rico: Sustainable Forestry & Permaculture Project
Spain: Promote Environmental Awareness
Sri Lanka: Elephant Conservation Project
Thailand: Stray Dog Rescue Project
Vietnam: Assist Children with Disabilities

Dates: All projects run 2-12 weeks in length with year-round start dates according to your schedule. Applications due 8 weeks prior to your intended start date.

More exploration! Accommodations are typically with a carefully screened host family but depending upon the project, may be in volunteer guest houses. All or most meals are included.

More exploration! Depending upon where your new journey takes you, certain language skills may apply.

Greenheart Travel volunteer alumna, Varisa, talks about her incredible time in Costa Rica, working with animals and experiencing pura vida while traveling for a change. She shares her emotions, the impact and impressions from her volunteer program.

Volunteering in Sri Lanka was in every way an amazing experience. The location is beautiful and you really have the opportunity to be immersed in the culture. The staff on the project was incredible. They were friendly, caring and they had a great sense of humor. There’s not a single bad thing I have to say about my time in Sri Lanka. It was a total life changing experience and a lot of what I learned I will always carry with me. All I can say is how grateful I am that I could have this experience. —Shannon Elder, Greenheart Travel Sri Lanka Volunteer Alumna

Work & Travel
Land a job and fund your travels.

Work & Travel: Land a job; fund your travels to Australia or New Zealand.

Hit the road on a working holiday visa to Australia, Ireland or New Zealand with Greenheart Travel's Work Abroad program. Earn money to fund your travels as you gain unique job skills to make your resume stand out. Students can also take advantage of a seasonal internship in Thailand to get a head start on their career path before graduation.

Australia, Ireland and New Zealand Work & Travel Program
Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to travel? Live and Work in Australia, Ireland or New Zealand for up to a year and earn money to pay for your adventures! This program provides a flexible gap year experience that allows you to travel around while picking up paid work. Flexible program lengths up to 12 months; applications due 8 weeks prior to your intended start date. Must be a US or Canadian citizen between the ages of 18-30.

Seasonal Internship in Thailand
Gain valuable international work experience as an Intern in Thailand! This is a unique opportunity exclusively offered by Greenheart Travel to experience life abroad on this 12-week seasonal internship placement. You’ll work with an organization which provides teach, education, homestay and internship programs across Asia. Possible internship duties include marketing, writing, event planning, and logistics for the organization and its non-profit animal rescue affiliate.

What I liked best about this internship was the environment that we were in. Thailand was absolutely breathtaking, the office space we worked in was comfortable and accommodating, and the people we worked with were very friendly. The opportunities that were given to me from this internship as well as the people I had the chance to meet will never be forgotten. —Greenheart Travel alumnus Shannon Schroeder
Travel for a Change!

Travel for a Change with Greenheart Travel
When you look back on your life, what adventures will have shaped you? What impact will you have made on the world? What memories will stay with you forever? Greenheart Travel is here to help you embrace the moment by jumping into a world of unlimited potential.

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Application

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After your application is completed online, Greenheart Travel will confirm your acceptance within a few days, depending on the program interview process. You will receive an email packet of information including helpful tips on your program, traveling to a new country, and adjusting to life abroad.

Throughout the process, your personal Program Manager will always keep you updated and informed of all information regarding your program.

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