Global Volunteers vs The Family Adventure Company - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 4
Value — 3.9
Guide — 3.9
Activities — 3.9
Lodging — 3.9
Transportation — 3.9
Meals — 3.9
Recent Reviews

Great experience

5.0 July 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This past June, I went to St. Lucia on a Global Volunteers service trip. It was a great experience. I tutored high school age students at a school for kids who need extra support. During my free time I enjoyed the tropical flowers and dramatic scenery. Going snorkeling was a highlight for me. The other volunteers were friendly and easy to spend time with, and the local coordinator was absolutely top notch. This was my first trip to the Caribbean. I saw a slice of life there that I would never have seen, had I just gone as a tourist.
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amazed

5.0 February 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I went to Cuba for two weeks with Global Volunteers to tutor English and learn about the Cuban culture, and I was amazed, enlightened, fulfilled, and rewarded beyond words with my experience there. G.V. is very organized, the cultural activities were very good, the local contacts were brilliant, the students I tutored were wonderful and grateful, and the people of Cuba are very welcoming. Thanks Global Volunteers.
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Amazing people

5.0 November 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My experience in India has been life-changing. I met and worked with the most amazing people, dedicated volunteers, and came away from the experience having received more than I gave. Please consider a trip to India or make a donation - large or even small....every amount helps change the lives of others and will add greatly to your own personal happiness. I am a better person today for having participated in a Global Volunteers experience....I learned to grow my heart!
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The company provided an excellent pre tour service

5.0 December 2016
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The company provided an excellent pre tour service and the information sent was accurate and useful. I would definitely look at using them again and recommend them to any family.

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I was very impressed with the Family Adventure company in terms of the holiday

5.0 April 2016
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was very impressed with the Family Adventure company in terms of the holiday delivered which was exceptional. The booking and pre-holiday experience was fine although it would be better to have a specific contact to email rather than just to phone the general number with queries.
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Booking and customer service were good. From a child's perspective

4.0 April 2016
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Booking and customer service were good. From a child's perspective, FAC were not as welcoming. Another company we have travelled with sent a welcome pack with a travelling companion (soft toy) and activities to do while travelling. When on the holiday this company also catered more for families needs e.g. more frequent stops when travelling for food and toilets, without parents having to ask. The stops were also at more sensible times e.g. making sure there was a stop at lunch time (12.30ish), rather than early afternoon (1.30 onwards). Children (and adults) get irritable if they've not eaten making the journey more stressful.
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Tours 1 Trip 14 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 385 $ 160
Operator Type None Group Tour Operator
Size None Global Operator
Trip Types
    • Group Tours
    • Private Guided Trips
    Service Level N/A Standard
    Regions
      • North America
      • Central America & Caribbean
      • South America
      • Asia
      • Africa
      • Middle East & North Africa
      • Europe
      Known For
        • Adventure
        Headquarters St. Paul, MN, USA 1 Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton, England
        Year Established 1984 1996
        Solo Friendly N/A N/A
        Tour Languages N/A N/A
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            About Global Volunteers

            Global Volunteers is a non-profit program that aims to serve communities worldwide, with volunteers usually averaging about three volunteer trips over their lifetimes.

            About half of team members are under age 55, and half are over 55, with the fastest growing population under the age of 20. An increasing number of families and various intergenerational pairings are starting to exlore volunteer opportunities together. "Baby Boomers" have helped the company pioneer service programs worldwide for nearly three decades.

            About The Family Adventure Company

            Founded two decades ago and based in the UK, The Family Adventure Company specializes in small group family adventure vacations. The company is now part of the global adventure travel operator Intrepid Travel, and trips are offered through Intrepid as well, allowing them to greatly expand their range.

            What Makes Them Stand Out?

            With more than 20 years’ experience, The Family Adventure Company helped pioneer the concept of small-group adventure travel for families with young children. Activities are wide-ranging, from river rafting and kayaking to cycling, sailing, camping, and wildlife viewing, all geared to the ages and interests of the family travelers.

            Who Travels With Them?

            A wide variety of families, including solo-parent, single-child, multi-generational families -- parents, children, and grandparents traveling together -- and families with teenagers. The latter have dedicated trips of special interest to teens.

            Where Do They Operate?

            Much of the world: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

            How Does it Work?

            No matter where you travel, The Family Adventure Company provides an English-speaking, family-friendly local leader. Lodging, transportation and activities are also included. Tours typically consist of three or four families with kids of similar ages or interests. (You can also put together your own trip with just your family or other families you’re friendly with.) Children 14 and under get a ten percent discount off adult prices; large families (over two kids) get another price break.

            Why Travel With Them?

            The award winning company offers a wide range of trips for a wide variety of families. Because they only cater to families, they know what kids like – and as any parent can tell you, nothing is more disastrous than a family tour not geared in any way to kids. The company also supports responsible and sustainable travel practices and gives back to local communities.

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