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Seattle: Learn, Serve & Immerse on Sustainable City Tour

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Seattle, WA, USA 1 DAY (ALLOW 7 HOURS)


Join Global Family Travels in an incredible excursion that connects participants to a day of learning and caring for the community in one of the US’s most sustainable cities, Seattle! With visits to the city’s cultural and heritage landmarks, we engage and support with Greater Seattle partners that work to alleviate our community challenges, including homelessness. Visit Pike Place Market Foundation, FareStart, the Gates Foundation Discovery Center Tour, and Wing Luke Museum in the Chinatown-International District are included. 

​Our Seattle Sustainable City Tour is part of our new Sustainable Community Excursions for the Seattle Area, and unite our Learn, Serve & Immerse travel pillars by offering sustainable tourism opportunities that strengthen our local communities and alleviate poverty in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development  Goals (UNSDGs)

Please click on the "express interest" button below to connect with us to discuss the specific needs and interests of your group! A sample itinerary is outlined below and can be customized to meet your group's needs. 

This tour is one of our Compassionate Community Tours & Team Building Experiences click here to learn more! 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS are below, click on ITINERARY to see all the details.


Location : Seattle, WA, USA

Much more than a traditional tour operator, Global Family Travels’ mission is to “Learn, Serve and Immerse” through community-based travel programs.  In partnership with non-profit organizations and schools, we offer family-friendly and sustainable travel experiences in support of education, gender equality, access to clean water, preservation of local cultures, conservation and economic growth, all of which foster cross-cultural understanding and global citizens.  

Our trips include a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, homestays and participation in local service projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities we visit.    
Expect to expand your family circle when you embark on a Global Family Travels trip!  Visit our website for more information: Global Family Travels

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Pike Place Market

Be greeted by a representative of the Global Family Travels who will give a brief introduction to the Sustainable City Tour. This representative will stay with the tour the whole day.

Proceed to "Rachel the Pig" at  Pike Place Market and be met by a  Pike Market Foundation representative for a private walking tour where a talk will be given that focuses on the history of the Pike Place Market, it’s importance to Seattle, and the work that the Pike Place Market Foundation does to help the local community work, learn, and live around the market to ensure it remains a thriving, caring community. There will be some time for shopping too!

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About the Pike Place Market Foundation

The Pike Place Market Foundation nurtures a thriving Market community so that everyone within it has the opportunity to live their best life possible. 

Established in 1982 to uplift the charter of Pike Place Market, the Market Foundation has granted $31 Million to support low-income housing, culturally-appropriate health care, access to healthy food, high-quality preschool, an active community and to fund capital needs within the historic district. As community builders in the Market we partner with, as well as operate and sustain, a network of programs and services that support low-income residents, workers, families and neighbors of the Market.

For the past 37 years, The Market Foundation has contributed to a neighborhood model that allows a diverse community to live and thrive here at Seattle’s historic Market. We do this by focusing on and measuring our impact against the model for a healthy community.


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Fare Start

Location : Seattle, WA, USA

Next, enjoy lunch at one of FareStart’s restaurants, or a boxed lunch made by them. (Ask us about options) FareStart has been providing real solutions to poverty, homelessness, and hunger. Through investing in people Fare Start empowers people to overcome barriers by teaching them work and life skills they need to succeed in the food service industry and in life.

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About Fare Start

Location : Seattle, WA, USA

FareStart has been helping people transform their lives through food for over 25 years- one person, one job, and one community at a time.   People in poverty struggle to escape the cycle they are in and often face other compounding barriers to getting and keeping a job.  FareStart helps people overcome those barriers by teaching them work and life skills they need to succeed in the foodservice industry, and in life.

Through their restaurants, cafes, catering, and programs that provide meals to social services, shelters, schools, in the Seattle area, participants in their programs get practical work experience while giving back to their community.    

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Gates Foundation Discovery Center

After lunch, you will be transferred to the Gates Foundation Discovery Center. Arrive curious and leave inspired! We will have a private 90-minute tour of the Discovery Center. A talk will be given focused on the work of the Gates Foundation and their commitment to improving the quality of life for billions of people around the globe.


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Chinatown-International District and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience

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Next, you will be transferred to the International District’s Wing Luke Museum. The museum’s mission is to connect everyone to the dynamic history, cultures, and art of Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences to advance racial and social equity. Here, we will be met by a Wing Luke Museum Guide and embark on a 90-minute neighborhood tour and gallery admission. You will learn what makes the International District unique to Seattle. Experience the sights while uncovering how Asian culture has shaped the Pacific Northwest. End the day with a bit of free time for shopping at the museum.

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About the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

As a National Park Service Affiliated Area and the first Smithsonian affiliate in the Pacific Northwest, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience offers an authentic and unique perspective on the American story. Nationally recognized for our work in creating dynamic, community-driven exhibitions and programs, we put our community at the heart of each exhibition we create. The stories you see and hear within our walls are their authentic experiences and perspectives. From the struggles of early Asian pioneers to accomplished works by national Asian Pacific American artists, their contributions give us a look at what it means to be uniquely American.

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