Global Gateway Experience

"The Global Village is amazing. The experience is life changing for our students. It solidifies what we teach in the classroom about social justice." - Mary Kay Lively

Mary Kay Lively, Hill Country Montessori School – Boerne, TX

About the Program

Global Gateway is Heifer International’s signature experiential program. It is offered as a standalone program but also included within the Ranch’s other multi-night experiences.

The program uses a Global Village to create a microcosm of our world in which families face everyday challenges. The Global Village is made up of different sites such as Guatemala, Thailand, Zambia and the USA (Appalachia Region) as well as an Urban Slum and a Refugee Camp. Each site provides accommodations, cooking facilities, gardens, livestock and other resources which are culturally appropriate for a family living in this area. The wealth of the village is unequally distributed, creating an environment in which challenges and conflicts may arise. The group’s experience will be determined by the group’s choices throughout the program – and any scenario that takes place in the Global Village sheds light on real situations happening within our world today.

Participants gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of hunger and poverty through real experiences and conversations. The program includes focused reflection and debriefing activities to move the group through the experiential cycle, sending them home feeling inspired and empowered to be a part of the solution.

What's Included

  • Overnight Stay in the Global Village
  • Meals Cooked in the Global Village
  • Introduction to Heifer International’s Work
  • Personal & Group Reflections
  • Global Village Trail Walk
  • Service Learning Activities

Heifer Ranch

The Alternative Break program will take place at Heifer Ranch. The Ranch is a 1,200-acre beacon of transformational education and sustainable agriculture nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains.

Open minds and change lives with a visit to Heifer Ranch. Come away with a deeper understanding of hunger and poverty, sustainable food systems and community development. Immerse your group in hands-on learning to accelerate their individual growth and transform relationships.

Know Before You Go

  • 5th Grade & Up
  • Offered Year-round
  • Start Time: 1 p.m. on Day 1
  • End Time: 11 a.m. on Day 2
  • Group Size: 12-150
  • Cost: $75/person

To get more information about Heifer Ranch and this program, please call 855-3HEIFER (855-343-4337) or email

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