Outside Magazine Names Global Works | Travel with Purpose as One of America's Best Places to Work in 2013

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Boulder-based travel company provides community service, language learning, and adventure programs for students, focusing on social change and global citizenship to more than 20 countries.

Global Works | Travel with Purpose was named to Outside Magazine’s sixth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Global Works | Travel with Purpose was ranked No. 22 out of 100 selected companies. The full list is published online at OutsideOnline.com/bestplacestowork.

Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.

This year’s “Best Places To Work” list will highlight not only the Top 100 companies, but will also spotlight those on the list that offer the best perks, including “Fitness-Friendly” companies, those with the “Best Benefits”, and the “Best Social/Environmentally Responsible” organizations. The list will also pinpoint the companies based on location, highlighting the “Best Places To Work” in the West, the Mountains, the Midwest and South, and the Northeast.

Global Works' Director, Polly Moriarty, says it best: "I started working for Global Works in 1998 and was immediately drawn to the supportive, family-like environment. Fifteen years later, I am so proud to continue to be a part of an organization that inspires social change and global citizenship!"

“We’re thrilled to celebrate all 100 of these forward-thinking companies,” says Michael Roberts, Senior Executive Editor of Outside. “They believe success depends on helping their employees live more active and fulfilling lives. The kinds of benefits they’re providing—free fitness classes, flexible hours, subsidized healthy meals, lots of time out of the office—result in a more productive and engaged staff.”

Global Works strives to provide young adults with rewarding service, language learning, and adventure travel programs, which foster personal growth and promote social and cultural awareness for each participant and the communities involved. The company organizes and runs custom group trips for colleges/universities and high schools as well as high school summer programs to more than 20 countries worldwide, including trips focused on sustainable business practices and public health in developing countries.

CONTACTS:

GLOBAL WORKS |TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE: Kaitlin Herlihy/Director of Marketing/kaitlin(at)globalworkstravel(dot)com/303-545-2202

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: Jada Williams/Jada(at)giantnoise.com/646.649.4933

ABOUT GLOBAL WORKS | TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE

For over twenty-three years, Global Works | Travel with Purpose has been an industry leader in community service-based adventure travel programs for students and groups. Much more than a vacation, Global Works international trips are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. In all of our locations, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make an impact. Our philosophy is to work WITH a village, not for a village. In partnership with community members, we provide a grassroots experience that makes an impact on both our students and our partner organizations. An unforgettable journey of community service, language immersion, cultural exchange, and adventure starts with us!

ABOUT OUTSIDE

Outside is America¹s leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books. Visit us online and on Facebook.

ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP

Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA’s career center:http://www.outdoorindustry.org.

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