Your support will help us allocate funds towards costs associated with our student trips including airfare, accommodations, meals, travel insurance, travel immunizations and vaccines, obtaining passports, fees to educational sites and visits, fees for extra/co-curricular activities, program development, instructor and chaperone fees.  

explore & learn

Getaway Growth is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Our mission is to remove barriers and facilitate access to international travel for underserved youth in the United States. By planning and providing fully-funded trips, with a combined multidisciplinary and immersive global experience, we offer students an opportunity of a lifetime. In returning home, we hope to open new paths for life and work along with a mindset of possibility.

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Every summer, Getaway Growth sends cohorts of underserved youth on an international trip of a lifetime. We open doors to international travel for youth who may not believe international volunteerism and travel are attainable to them or may not even know it’s available. In an era of unprecedented world challenges, underserved communities need help overcoming steep barriers to enriching opportunities such as international travel. Getaway Growth provides that help by covering costs for each cohort member’s expenses. On this two to four-week global adventure, they build skills, participate in cultural exchange, give back to local community of the host country, and make long-lasting friendships. 


10 student’s lives transformed


What our students are saying

“Two things I learned from participating in Getaway Growth’s Summer 2022 Program:

I can form great relationships with people regardless of their background, culture, and every other thing that makes me different from them.

I must first understand my culture before understanding that of others.”



“The workshops had taught me so much about what I thought I already knew. Hearing the opinions and thoughts from my peers was so insightful. I learned what it meant to be ethical in participating in service learning and working with the environment. I learned what intercultural competence is and how our participation in this program is connected to that. I learned more about my responsibility as a human being, student, environmental steward, traveler/tourist, and as a service learner consist of and the importance of it.”


United States

“One preconceived notion regarding the program was that students from abroad would be different from us, but it turned out they were just like us, the Kenyan students. I also learned that the world has a lot to offer. Let’s explore and learn from it.”



“I learned about different cultures and how to give back to the environment.”


United States

“Four things I learned from participating in Getaway Growth’s Summer 2022 Program:

I learned that being myself is the best way to approach life. I learned to appreciate other cultures, and to asks questions by being curious in order to form relationships. I learned that how my small actions affect the environment on a day to day basis. It was so nice to see that people who really didn’t know each other could love, care, and support one another in such an immense way… I was really touched by this.”



“The best aspect of the program was getting a non-touristy Kenyan experience. For instance, seeing the Maasai village, getting to interact with the women and children there, and experiencing their culture and life firsthand. Also, the safari drive was amazing, seeing non-caged animals in the zoo (rather, in the wild/their natural habitat) And, also making Kenyan friends!!! Just literally meeting everyone there!”


United States

“One preconceived notion regarding the program was that I knew my culture. There is more to culture that meets the eye.”



“By participating in the program I learned a lot about other cultures, traditions, and what service learning truly means. I learned about intercultural competence, about restoration, and I got to meet the Maasai tribe. Not only that but I learned about environmental issues, about Karen Blixen, and history of Mombasa. Although it was only two weeks I’ve broaden my knowledge on various topics that will stick with me forever.”


United States

“The best aspect of the program was all of it really, but what I enjoyed the most was sitting down and listening to other people’s perspectives and getting to know and understand them on a deeper level.”





The structure of our program is mostly project-based learning. Students are fully immersed in the host country, volunteering their time and collaborating with local students and the greater community. Through our Intercultural & Service Learning program, our students learn valuable skills that will prepare them for the real world, including critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. 


We offer educational, international travel opportunities to underserved youth. This includes providing financial resources (airfare, cultural exchange activities, etc), guidance (chaperoning), and mentorship (educational programming). We always travel as a group so no student is left behind. Young students aged 15-24 of all ethnicities, races, religions, and genders are encouraged to apply.


Through humanitarian work, we help our students make thoughtful decisions, become global citizens, build empathy, and pursue careers with the common good in mind. 

International Relations

Through international collaboration, we also strive to support our host country’s local communities and their members, promoting cross-border relationships, and sustainability.