Category: World Wide Initiatives

Together, we are making an impact in Turkey and Syria

“En geveze kuş ümittir. Kalbimizde hiç susmaz.” (The most talkative bird is hope. It never stops in our hearts.) ~ Turkish proverb Donate Now to Support Earthquake Survivors This week, I have been reminded of how amazing our regional associates and trip experience leaders are. The Grand Circle family is so blessed to have so… Read more »

Support for Turkey’s earthquake victims

“Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say “What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?” If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness.” ~ Mustafa Kemal Ataturk   … Read more »

A day of daring leadership at the Alnoba 2022 Environmental Leadership Awards

    “It is easy to get to habituated to the threads and disasters we hear on morning news. Don’t. The morning news is yours to change.” – Samantha Power Dear Friends, On October 19th, we were honored to host the Alnoba Environmental Leadership Teach-In Day and awards dinner.   More than 150 leaders joined us… Read more »


“Patience is key. Remember: A jug fills drop by drop.” Buddha The Khewan Lhakhang monastery of Gangtey, Bhutan is home and school to young monks, ages 7 to 15.  And at 9600 feet, already challenged in the living conditions of these young disciples but when an OAT traveler saw the condition of the kitchen she… Read more »

Providing housing & necessities for 2,500 refugees in Poland

“The Good Fight is the one that we fight in the name of our dreams.” ~ Paul Coelho Local governments in Poland have stopped providing support to non-profit organizations. Instead, they have opened large warehouse-style refugee centers to house the refugees. Please help us continue to provide dignified housing, food and education for Ukrainian refugees by… Read more »

Sotang School – Nepal

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“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” ~ Sir Edmund Hillary On May 29, 1953 a tall, quiet beekeeper from New Zealand, Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa companion, Tenzing Norgay stood atop the ‘roof of the world’ at 29,035 feet. It has been said that while many could… Read more »

An update on supporting Ukrainians

Kadir Tasdelen shares news of a new partner and a change in support for another. “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” ~ Abraham Lincoln An update from Strefan Mototolea on support for refugees in Romania. Thank you for your generous support of the work we are doing to support refugees in and displaced… Read more »

Thankful Thursday

  Frank Alex came to be sponsored by GCF and Ken as he graduated primary and enrolled in secondary school.  A top student, he dreamed of being a nautical engineer.  Frank thrived the first few years but as happens with many teenagers, he lost his way for a short bit and left school. After a… Read more »

An update on supporting Ukrainians

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh Thank you for your generous support of the work we are doing to support refugees in and displaced people in Poland, Romania and Ukraine. You can help us continue to provide direct support to… Read more »

An update on support for Ukrainian refugees – Father’s Day

Kadir Tasdelen provides an update on refugee relief efforts in Poland. “No one would be foolish enough to choose war over peace. In peace, sons bury their fathers. But in war, fathers bury their sons.” ~ Croesus, last King of Lydia, 546bc You can help us provide direct support to Ukrainian refugees by donating here…. Read more »