Learn, Serve & Immerse

with Community in

Greater Seattle

Connect with Community!  

Global Family Travels'  Greater Seattle and Pacific Northwest adventures unite our Learn, Serve & Immerse travel pillars to offer impactful, outdoor community-focused experiences which address social and environmental challenges.  These one-day or multi-day overnight outings, which can be customized for a week-long adventure for visitors,  give participants the opportunity to learn about the Pacific Northwest region’s diverse communities, natural beauty and history in fun and engaging ways.  These experiences support the preservation of diverse and native cultures, conservation, education, and economic growth of the communities we work in, and each of our tours includes a small donation to the local non-profit partners we are supporting. 

 

Join our Greater Seattle/PNW mailing list to stay informed about more exciting adventures! .Consider organizing one of these outings as a Team Building Experience!

COVID-19: With the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of Global Family Travels’ travelers, community partners, colleagues and guides are of paramount importance to us and some of these experiences we are not currently operating.  Please contact us to express interest

 

Seattle skyline & Ferris wheel photo credit: Lisa Merrill of Merrill Images

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Seattle Street Art: Power to the People 

Seattle boasts a vibrant culture of street art, from the powerful pieces done in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests to ever changing murals on buildings and in alleys brimming with the brilliant work of local artists. In partnership with  206 Zulu, we incite you on this community-based, small group adventure in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood to explore the street art and topics such as ownership, power, and identity in public art. We will travel by foot and streetcar to examine tremendously varied street art, from graffiti, tags, and “sticker bombs” to elaborate spray paint, brush work, and stencil pieces.    

Operations: This experience will begin operating on select dates in April, 2021!

Discover Lake Union's  

Colorful History by Bike!

In partner with Colorful Cities and the Center for Wooden Boats, we invite you  on the fun adventure to explore the history, communities and parks around Seattle's Lake Union by Lime Bikes.  A fun outing for kids and adults alike, we will explore  Lake Union through the lens of Colorful Seattle Explore and Color, learn about the maritime history, with an optional boat ride around the lake!  As us about the opportunity to volunteer before the adventure to help maintain the City’s forested parklands Lake Union with Green Seattle Partnership!  

Operations: This experience will begin operating on select dates in April, 2021!

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Land and Food Justice in Seattle 

with the Black Farmers Collective

Global Family Travels is excited to bring you this educational experience in partnership with Seattle’s Black Farmers Collective, a group of urban food system activists, and the organizing entity for YES Farm.

 

Through our three travel pillars of Learn, Serve and Immerse,  this hands-on community-based experience at YES Farm gives participants the chance to engage with urban black farmers and to learn about the intersections between urban farming, race and inclusion, and food access in this increasingly gentrified neighborhood of Seattle.

Operations: This experience will begin operating on select dates in April, 2021, but we can customize it for groups. Contact us to do so!

Preserving Culture & Community:

Indigenous Experience with the Suquamish Museum

The city of Seattle is named after the chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish people, Chief Seattle.  In partnership with the Suquamish Museum, this enriching program highlights learning about the natives of our region, including their land, culture, language, environment, human rights, leadership, responsibility, understanding, and cooperation. 

 

This tour is also offered as a team-building experience which will inspire your team with centuries-old wisdom to build and preserve your own culture.

Operation Status: We are not currently operating this tour, but please contact us if you are interested for small groups in Spring, 2021.    

Explore our Diverse
Cultural Heritage in Seattle's

Chinatown-International District

Since the later 1880s, Seattle's Chinatown-International District has been an important neighborhood for new immigrants and their American-born descendants.  The
CID is a unique pan Asian neighborhood where Chinatown, Nihonmachi (Japantown), FilipinoTown, and Little Saigon (the Vietnamese community) all settled together.  

Excursions to this neighborhood allow you to discover the neighborhood’s diverse cultures and heritage, immigration issues, support small locally owned businesses and work with the Danny Woo Community Garden or the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area  (CIDBIA) to support their stewardship of clean streets and public space enhancement. 

Operation Status: We are not currently operating this tour, but please contact us if you are interested once we can  operate it in early 2021.  (updated Oct. 5, 2020)

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Culture of Giving:

Engage with the Pike Place Market Foundation & Pike Market Food Bank

Engage in a day of learning and caring for our community, starting with a private tour to learn about the history of the iconic Pike Place Market and the Pike Place Market Foundation, the neighborhood,  and the development of the Pike Market Food Bank.  For team building outings and corporate groups, participants will engage in a service project that will support those engulfed in some of our communities’ biggest challenges, such as hunger and homelessness.

 

Operation Status: We are not currently operating this tour, but please contact us if you are interested once we can  operate it in early 2021.  (updated Oct. 5, 2020)

Seattle Sustainable City Tour

Immerse in a day of exploring urban sustainability.  This tour connects participants to a day of learning and caring for the community in one of the US’s most sustainable cities, Seattle! With visits to the city’s cultural and heritage landmarks, we engage and support with Greater Seattle partners that work to alleviate our community challenges, including homelessness. Visit to Pike's Place Market Foundation, the Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Wing Luke Museum in the International District are included.

Operation Status: We are not currently operating this tour, but please contact us if you are interested for dates in early 2021.  (updated Oct. 5, 2020)

Photography for Social Impact with Merrill Images

Strengthen group bonds, help a non-profit and gain photo skills in this unique experience led by John and Lisa Merrill of Merrill Images. For over two decades, John and Lisa have helped social impact organizations in the Pacific Northwest and around the world tell stories of their vital work. They will arrange for your group to volunteer at a non-profit which is tackling a challenge of interest to your organization’s team, and provide hands-on coaching the participants, who will take turns photographing the action.

 

Operation Status: We are not currently operating this experience, but please contact us if you are interested for dates in early 2021.  (updated Oct. 5, 2020)


 

Compassion Starts Here

Compassion is an important aspect to a sustainable and strong community and the organizations within it.  In offering our Learn, Serve & Immerse Seattle-area adventures,  we partner with many local non-profit organizations that address community challenges.  In doing so, we hope to help cultivate compassion, justice, and inclusivity as guiding forces, to inspire participants to take action to help achieve a more just and sustainable future for all.  

Using the important United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as a framework, these community  excursions create awareness about a range of social and environmental challenges, and introduce strategies to foster equity, economic growth, climate change and environmental protection

Not sure how to book a tour, have more questions about the trip itineraries or looking for something a bit more personalized? Contact us or explore custom trips we’ve done in the past. We’d love to hear from you!

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