Educational Outings to Help Communities & Nature Thrive
Seattle Community Tours for Educational Groups
Global Family Travels mission is to Learn, Serve & Immerse by providing authentic community-based travel experiences to foster cross-cultural understanding, destination stewardship and better global citizens. Our Seattle Community Tours and Pacific Northwest Adventures are ideal experiences for educators and students to explore regional heritage, cultural landmarks and social and environmental issues, while engaging with non-profit partners who tackle community issues.
Our impactful Seattle experiences broaden perspectives, open new lines of communication, and inspire students and teachers alike to support local communities and causes, such as history public art, urban farming, food security and more. Our Seattle Community Tours and downloadable educational brochure list an inspiring menu of unique community experiences, which are affordable and flexible. There are also with options for pre and post tour learning, as well as a team of educational consultants who can help bring your curriculum alive with these inspiring outings.
Please submit an inquiry to discuss the specific needs and interests of your educational group, or to consult with one of our educators who can help enliven your classroom curriculum to a Seattle Community experiences to Learn, Serve & Immerse in Seattle!
Meet our Educational Consultants
A Seattle native, Ben Wheeler has worked as a secondary school educator and administrator. Ben gave the keynote and endnote at the 2008 Global Citizenship Summit in Bali, Indonesia, and was the World Affairs Council’s 2009 World Educator. He authored the high school textbook It's All Connected - a Comprehensive Guide to Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions.
From 2012 to early 2020, Ben taught Geography and Civilizations courses for middle schoolers at The Bush School in Seattle, and also taught a wide-range of elective and experiential courses, including the following: Art in Public Places, Sustainable Design for Urban Living, Seattleness, Urban Forest Stewardship, Food Awareness, Oral History with Elders, Backpacking the Olympic Coast, and Stehekin Multi-Adventure.
Ben loves running, biking, fly-fishing, jazz and classical guitar, cross-country skiing, and backpacking. In addition to guiding numerous wilderness adventures in California and Washington, Ben has led international tours in Italy and India, where he led a two-week cultural immersion trip to Ladakh, India, on the Himalayan Plateau.
Ryan Hauck is a teacher at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, WA. As a teacher of comparative politics and international studies, he is often applauded for bringing the world into his classroom by engaging students around the importance of living in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world. One of Ryan’s global projects has been his work in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, building not only a sister school relationship between his high school and a remote village school in Oporoza, but also a village library. Recently, Ryan participated in a U.S. State Department fellowship to Senegal as part of the Teachers for Global Classroom Program and as a fellow with the Goethe Institut’s Transatlantic Outreach Program to Germany. Ryan Completed his master’s degree in Globalization and Educational Change from Lehigh’s Comparative & International Education Department. As part of this program, Ryan worked with a cohort of classmates and teachers on a professional development project in Cambodia to enhance teacher training and student learning. As a Washington State Council for the Social Studies Board Member, Ryan extends his passion for global studies to other teachers, students, and communities. Ryan brings his own real-life experiences into the classroom so that his students begin to understand the value of cross-cultural understanding and humanitarian action. Over the last 15 years, Ryan has worked closely with the World Affairs Council and hosted numerous International Visitor Program delegations at his school. He has traveled to South Africa and Swaziland, returning to write curriculum for other teachers to use. Ultimately, Ryan wants his students to think critically about world issues, acquire the skills needed to be globally competent in the 21st century, and become actively engaged citizens locally, nationally, and internationally.