Student and Parent Testimonials from Recent Trips

“Iva’s Gogi Abroad experience was just the sort of eye-opening, life changing and magical trip we had hoped it would be. She had an amazing time while learning first-hand how communities in Tanzania are grappling with conservation, education, gender equality and much more. She loved working with the kids in Longido, and has already decided she will be going back. Thank you Gogi team for leading such a fantastic trip!” - Sarah, Parent 2018
My daughter spent part of her Gap Year in Peru through Gogi Abroad. The program was a good combo of structured time and free time. This allowed her to be part of the local community while also giving her time to explore on her own. The homestays were well organized with kind and generous hosts. Liz did an excellent job keeping me and her Dad informed of what was going on during her 2 month stay. The experience helped my daughter gain confidence in her ability to take care of herself in unfamiliar surroundings while also improving her Spanish. It was a great step in acquiring travel skills before her solo trip to Argentina. Highly recommend any and all travel with Gogi Abroad! Anne Sarsfield
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My favorite memory from the Gogi Abroad trip to Tanzania this summer was getting the opportunity to reconnect with so many people I had met last summer. Because this was my second time to Tanzania, most of the culture shock didn’t affect me as much, but the connections I made never faded. One woman, who I had made traditional Maasai jewelry with last year, she recognized me when we were walking through Longido. She told me that her daughters, who I had also met the year before, wanted to say hello to me and give me a gift. All of the Gogi Abroad trips that I have been on have taught me that genuine connections don’t fade with time and distance.” - Abby, Student 2018
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“All I want to say is that if you are considering taking a Gogi Abroad trip and you are unsure about applying, just go for it. You never know what amazing things you are going to discover and how connected you are going to feel. I can guarantee that you will be able to connect to who you are, have a more genuine gratitude for what you have at home, and be able to discover something about yourself that you never knew you had. No matter which Gogi Abroad trip you take, something amazing will come from it. Katherine, student, Peru
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What I really appreciate about Gogi is that the trips are beyond anything that I could create myself, even though I am a pretty seasoned traveler. Liz has a global network of amazing people that she works with. The highlights of the Peru trip for me (besides hiking to Machu Picchu at dawn!) was the stay at the Q’ewar project and the traveling, temporary community that the leaders created. Our trip leaders were South American and were very accomplished outdoors people with lots of technical expertise and they were very skilled with nurturing the group, caring for the kids and attending to the evolving community dynamic. That was a very intentional part of the experience; everyone had jobs and responsibilities; they were coached to challenge themselves, work as a team, etc. Michelle, Parent
gap year with Gogi Abroad
gap year with Gogi Abroad
If I had gone to Peru with a tourist group, I never would have had the chance to immerse myself in the Peruvian culture. I was able to experience how the people thought, how they felt, and how they acted, and I was able to interact with them, rather than simply watching them from a distance, and observing. I didn’t want to go to Peru just so I could take pictures of their monuments and take home some of their finely woven alpaca wool. I wanted more than that. I wanted to become part of the country and the culture and the people. Gogi Abroad certainly made this possible. – Pallavi, Student
gap year with Gogi Abroad
gap year with Gogi Abroad
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