Global Edventure Travel

GECO Oman – beat the heat!

The local British School from Muscat enjoyed their time in the Hajar mountains with two groups travelling to the high altitude locations of Jebal Shams and Jabal al Akdhar respectively for a four day Edventure Camp experience.DSC00776

2017-05-10-PHOTO-00000871The first group of 50+ young and enthusiastic edventurers camped at the Jebal shams Resort for four days whilst taking part in a range of outdoor activities from climbing, abseiling, trail biking and bush-craft to orienteering and team challenges.  The cooler altitude of the mountain provided the perfect escape from the summer temperatures of Muscat.

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DSC00790The second group consisting 40+ year 8 students ventured to the more remote Jabal al Akdhar where they took part in a variety of activities offering a first experience of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award which many of them will join when they enter Year 9 in the next academic year.  Amongst a couple of other outdoor activities, including climbing and mountain biking, the group participated in hiking, navigation exercises, camping wild and demonstrating camp-craft skills, all in small groups to develop personal and team experiences in an outdoor setting.  The programme is hoped to promote the popular Duke of Edinburgh International Award which the school has been running for a number of years.

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The group finished with a wonderful stay at the local Time-Reversal Spa to round-off an exciting and memorable trip.DSC00857
GET offer a number of programmes in Oman with our GECO Camps and site specific location at Jebal Sifah, plus our newest camp setting of France,  with the opening of GECO France Sarl earlier this year.  Our programmes are tailored to schools and all ages, and being a licensed ITAP for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, we are able to offer a range of options for the Expedition component of the Award to various locations worldwide.  Contact us for more details.DSC00891

 

I Amsterdam! School Business Studies visit

An international school from Germany travelled with GET to the magnificent city of Amsterdam.  The theme for the trip was Business Studies, and a fun packed week ensured the students had a wonderful educational experience.

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Visits to the following sights and business linked topics coupled both the educational and cultural side of the trip:IMG_5413

  • Ajax Arena Stadium
  • Singel Canal
  • Royal Delftware
  • Port of Rotterdam
  • Museums: Van Gogh, Banksy Exhibition
  • Bicycle tour of the city
  • Heineken Brewery tour
  • De Zaanse Schans – windmills
  • Clogg and Cheese Factory
  • Coster Diamonds
  • The Amsterdam Stock Exchange
  • Plus a variety of local sights and visits in the city.

A wonderful group and trip and many lasting memories to take home from the city of Amsterdam.

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GET offer a number of European city tours for curricular purposes, including: Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Helsinki, Oslo, London, Madrid, Rome, and more!  We are always open to new suggestions and always tailor our trips to the needs of your group!  Contact us..

Finland! Our new destination of the year!

Finland, home to Santa Claus, northern Lights, reindeer and endless summer sun and winter nights.

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Our most recent trip for one of our regular school clients took the group to Finland for a Winter Edventure exploring new culture, activities and environment!

Finland offers a fantastic range of activities for schools and adult groups alike, and with our new found destination in the southern most fjells of the country, it provided the perfect setting for our school tour.  Iso Syote is one of the few winter activity areas in Finland, and with the support of the resort of the same name, offers groups a multi-activity programme: husky-dog sledding, reindeer farm and sledding, fat-bike winter mountain biking, ice-fishing, tobogganing, snow-shoeing, ski and snowboard on pristine slopes, and a northern lights safari by snowmobile.  There are more activities on offer and can be tailored to all groups depending on number of days, age and focus.

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There are other side-trips available for which our group opted for: a trip to Lapland to see Santa Claus (the real one!), Ranua Zoo and time in Helsinki city to round-off a very memorable trip for everyone.

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If you would be interested in a trip to Finland please contact us for more details.  As part of the EU it has Euro for its currency and is somewhat less-expensive than its neighbours: Sweden, Norway and Iceland.  A good time of year to visit is December through to end of March (April marking the end of the winter season).  The months of December through February are colder and have longer nights but the activities on offer are provided throughout the season and well managed to cope with the cold and limited light during these periods.

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GECO Camp France! Open now for 2018 winter ski & Snowboard season.

Our new venture in the French Alpes with the opening of our new camp in the Alpe d’Huez Grande Domain.

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Ski & Snowboard camps for schools offering a range of dates for the Winter Season opening January 2018.

Contact us for further details and visit our GECO Camps webpage for further details.

You can also view our Winter Camps specific GECO Winter brochure.

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New… Global Rescue!!

Global Rescue for school groups travelling with Global Edventure Travel.

An additional policy to cover all participants on tours for the coming season. For Medical and Security emergencies providing additional peace of mind for your school or group travel. This cover does not replace normal travel insurance. More details click here or contact us. Also offering individual membership.

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GECO Camp Sifah Oman: Bookings open for 2017-18!

Proud to open its doors for its third season! Oman’s only dedicated outdoor education camp based at As Sifah, in partnership with Muriya and Sifah Tourism Development company.

Open for the new season 2017-18, GECO Camp Sifah is ready for it next guests from various international schools from around the Gulf region and worldwide.  Already taking bookings, the camp has gained popularity and is proving a hit with local and international schools for all ages and nationalities.

Offering a range of outdoor activities and educational experiences, the camp provides schools with the perfect venue: beach front location, mountainous back-drop, and the security of camping within a private walled, fenced and fully functional site.

Please see our new GECOman brochure and webpage for further details!

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All programmes are catered to the age and ability of the groups and tailored to the specific needs of the school.

Contact us for more details and booking information.

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Summer in the Hajar Mountains…

Edventure Camps in the summer heat of Oman have not proven very successful in the past, until now.  Over the past four years GET has worked with sister company Arabian Overland to offer summer camps in the Hajar Mountains of Oman.  IMG_2872 copy

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Whilst the temperatures soar to nearly 50 degrees celsius in Muscat and the lower regions, the Hajar Mountain range offers an ideal location to continue with our GECO Camps.  With temperatures maxing at approximately 30 degrees celsius and dropping to nearly 12 degrees at night, both Jebal Shams and Jebal al Akdhar offer the perfect climate for our summer programmes.IMG_0201 copy
DSCF3771 copyOnce again the local British School ventured into the mountains for two weeks of adventure activities for their Year 7 and Year 8 students.  Our first camp setting for the Year 7 group provided four days of adventure while camping in tents and having the comfort of the facilities at the Jebal Shams Resort (2000m amsl).  The group participated in a variety of activities, from abseiling and via ferrata, trail biking and team challenges, to bush-craft, survival and GPS navigation.

A special evening complemented the trip with the addition of a highly successful star-gazing event led by the Oman Astronomical Society and the use of their newly installed telescope providing a glimpse of the stars and planets.DSCF3846 copy

IMG_2861 copyOur second camp location was Jebal al Akdhar (2350m amsl) for a two night wild camp and adventure activity programme, followed by a final night at the newly renamed Time Reversal Spa (formerly known as the Sahab Hotel).  This group of Year 8 students focused on a development of those skilled learned on previous camps in a variety of activities: mountain biking, climbing and abseiling, team problem solving and challenges, navigation and a final hiking and bush-craft challenge to finish the weeks programme.IMG_0155 copy

A fantastic couple of weeks for all of those involved, returning home and to school with new friends, experiences and skills.

Our summer camp locations and activities are open to all groups and are offered from May to June, and from September to October. We also offer these locations during the winter season. Our GECO Camp Sifah opens in November through to April. Contact us for more details.

GECO Camp Sifah Community

Kicking off the latest edition of the Jebel Sifah Community magazine, GECO Camp Sifah headlines on pages 10 and 11 – to read the full article please click here.GECO logo Oct 2015

At the close of season, end of March 2016, the camp has seen over 400 participants pass through the gates taking part in a variety of activities. The majority of groups have been local and gulf-wide international schools, and we are looking to expand this for the coming season, which will begin this coming November.   We are already in the process of improving the camp, with the installation of our new majlis shade, offering a huge area of covered and shaded space, following the theme of the deluxe bell-tents we use at the camp.  Additional items will be introduced before the season starts again and we are hopeful for an increase in numbers.  We are also looking to open the camp for general bookings at weekends for families, couples, groups, events and more, for those who want to camp but with the added convenience of bathrooms, large tents with mattresses, and bbq area.DSCF2127 copy 2

Contact us for more details, and please look out for our offers which will be available in September.

GECO Camp Sifah – book now for 2016-17!

GET are currently taking bookings for next season at our GECO Camp Sifah in Oman.  We still have a number of spaces remaining between October 2016 and April 2017, but please hurry to secure your camp with us as we are already taking enquiries.  We are open to all types of groups form school and youth groups, to corporate and events.

Tanzania: IB CAS Service

Continuing with our range of Community based Service trips, GET recently organised another successful trip with the American School Doha, Qatar.  The school sent an impressive 60 students to the beautiful African country of Tanzania, returning once again after several other trips to the country organised between GET and the school. The destination was the small town of Arusha in northern Tanzania where they participated in a large scale building and teaching project with a small local school in need of development – St Pius Elementary School. The project was prepared in advance over the past several months of planning with the buying of necessary materials to ensure the group literally came of their flight running!

On the project blue-print: building a classroom from the foundations up; plastering and painting several classrooms; and providing sports coaching and hand-crafts workshop to the children of the school. With 60 eager students on-site and specific tasks divided between the group, the project finally got underway. Over three exhaustive days the building project was a huge success, and the group left many smiling facings on the children and teachers of the school, who had also been keen to participate and assist where they could. The smaller group of students on the same trip, who offered their services in coaching the local school children various sports and arts and crafts, also had huge success with their activities.

To compliment the site development and interaction with the children, the American school also sent a teacher in advance of the trip to offer in-sevice training in ‘differentiation’ to the local teachers, and are currently planning to offer a similar, more extended programme in the summer this year.

After the challenge and hard work was over, it was time to enjoy the rest of Tanzania with a two day R&R (rest & relaxation) safari to the Ngoronogoro Crater, to see the Big 5 and experience the culture of this amazing country, visiting a local Maasai Boma (village), where they took part in local traditions, particularly the famous Maasai dancing! They also visited the working plantation and beautiful hotel Gibbs Farm for a tour and lunch. A fantastic one night stay in the famous Sopa Lodge overlooking Ngorongoro Crater was the icing on the cake for a well-deserved group of students and teachers.

A successful trip all-round and a fantastic job well done! The group are hoping to return to the same school next year to continue their relationship with the school. A big thank you to the school, students and teachers from us here at GET and the community of St Pius School of Arusha!

For anyone interested in our trips to Tanzania, in particular with visits to our partner school, safari and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or other trekking holidays, please contact us for more details.

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