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2016-2017 Globetrotter Program - Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

About   |   Targeted Students   |   Desired Characteristics   |   Requirements   |   Selection Process


About the Program

The Globetrotter Program is an interactive and “outside of the classroom” learning environment that focuses on self-actualization, service learning and global exploration. The program includes a 6-8 month in-country curriculum, as well as a 2-3 week international trip that combines physical

 adventure with cultural enrichment and philanthropic service. To date, the Dustin’s GreenHouse Globetrotter Program has taken students and teachers from across Guilford County to Guatemala, Uganda, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Romania and Hungry.


Our Globetrotters will commit for two years to head up a campaign to promote service learning within their high school. They will become part of a countywide team that will plant the seeds of service learning and global awareness across Guilford and Alamance Counties.


We will train our Globetrotter team in leadership, organizing, fundraising that will culminate in a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, where they will get the chance to experience the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos, the wonders of Ecuador, Ecuadorian townships and people firsthand, the culture and history of Ecuador.

Students We Target

High school is a formative and vulnerable experience for most students, and arguably one of the most pivotal chapters in a child’s life. It represents a period of time during which academic successes and failures, extra-curricular activities and personal/life choices begin to have a direct impact on the opportunities that will (or will not) be available to a student in the future. High school is also a time when self-esteem seems to dissipate, family dynamics are tested and new levels of negative influence begin to surface at every turn.


Recognizing that we cannot possibly serve all high school students, DGH has chosen to focus on the kids in the “gray” zone. These are students who are not recognized for exceptional talents or achievements. Nor are they classified as “at risk.” These are the under-nurtured students who too often are overlooked because they do not draw attention to themselves – through positive or negative behavior, and the results of these omissions mean untapped potential and missed opportunities.

This year we will only be accepting applications from a few Seniors or Freshmen and will not have any scholarships for Seniors. There will be some full/partial scholarships available for Sophomores and Juniors.


Total time of the trip will be 15 days, trip will be held in mid July 2017, exact dates to be determined.


Cost - Approximately $5000 (+/-) includes:

All lodging, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner every day except travel days)

Airfare, and all in country travel costs, transportation, activities, camping gear, park fees, and hiking guides


Dustin’s GreenHouse will have a limited number of  scholarships this year


Characteristics We Look For In  A Globetrotter

  •  A desire to explore different cultures, customs and beliefs with a compassionate heart and an open mind
  • A commitment to investing in personal growth which requires vulnerability, self-reflection, honesty and self-discipline
  • An ability to work well with others in diverse, high stress environments
  • A track record of being able to overcome adversity and to learn from one’s mistakes
  • A positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Charisma and a sense of humor
  • A desire to serve others and to be a part of something that is bigger than one’s self
DGH also takes into consideration the following:
  • The anticipated impact a Globetrotter experience would have in the student's life
  • The unique contributions a student would bring to a Globetrotter team, artistic, personality, skills, leadersh

  • ip qualities.
  • Socio-economic limitations that would otherwise limit/prevent an applicant from pursuing similar experiences will be considered for a limited number of partial or full scholarships.
  • The applicant’s involvement in THE Club at your high school.


Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a high school within Guilford  or Alamance County Schools system. (Students in their senior year are not eligible for the Globetrotter program this year but will be encouraged to be involved in community service. Students who apply to the program are expected to give a two year commitment to be service learning leaders within their school.
  • Applicants must submit a completed Application Packet, which consists of a student application and nomination/sponsor form. (Teachers, principals, employers and/or community or church leaders are invited to complete nomination forms on behalf of applicants.)
  • Applicants cannot have a criminal record.
  • If selected, scholars are expected to attend team meetings and functions for THE Club.
  • If selected, Guilford County scholars are expected to become Guilford County Service Learning Ambassadors, (Alamance County does not that this program).
  • If selected, scholars are responsible for their own transportation to and from meetings.
  • If selected, scholars are required to get a US Passport, or demonstrate that they already have a valid US Passport. (This includes financing the cost of the passport, approximately $120, and managing the passport application in a timely manner.)
  • If selected, scholars will need to have the vaccines or immunizations required for traveling to our destination country. A list of vaccines required for each country can be found at the Center for Disease Control’s website. (Students are also responsible for financing the cost of these vaccines.)
  • If selected, scholars will be expected to be involved in fund raising activities to raise money that can be used for costs of the program and the trip to our destination country.

Selection Process

    • Applications for the 2016-2017 Globetrotter Team are due Friday, November 18th, 2015.
    • A selection committee will then consider information gained through application packets, student interviews and social media to narrow the applicant pool down to a group of prospective finalists. The finalists will be invited to join the 2016 Globetrotter Team contingent upon their ability to satisfy scholar expectations, which include:
    • Attending team meetings and participating in team events;
    • Demonstrating behaviors that are consistent with those conveyed in their application packet and during the interview process;
    • Playing an active role in team development activities, including helping to raise funds for community service initiatives; and
    • Demonstrating ownership over the Globetrotter experience (which includes meeting passport and immunization deadlines.
    • Continuing the promotion and development of service learning and global awareness at their high school.
A final list of the 2017 Globetrotters will be published in December of 2016.