In 2015, David Freund launched Globalized Citizen with the belief that his peers would share his desire to experience and learn from foreign cultures around the globe through authentic and sustainable international travel. What initially started as seasonal backpacking adventures to Thailand for young adults has grown into an international organization with global study abroad operations for North America’s largest university.
The University of Central Florida (UCF) has played a vital role in our launch and growth. While David was studying Marketing and International Business at UCF, he received countless hours of mentorship and coaching from UCF’s Blackstone Launchpad to help provide the required support to turn the vision for Globalized Citizen into a reality. As a college junior, David Freund launched Globalized Citizen with nothing more than a credit card, a student loan, and support from friends and family.
Just a couple years later, Globalized Citizen has international operations spanning across 16 nations for adventure backpacking tours. From our team at Globalized Citizen, we are very excited for the future as we continue to deliver authentic, educational experiences globally.
Responsible Travel Philosophy
Globalized Citizen’s guides, employees and partners deeply respect and care for the wonderful destinations we visit. We define being a Globalized Citizen by having a comprehensive understanding of sustainable travel for the environment and for the local communities we engage with. We believe education is the key for having a meaningful and authentic experience while abroad. The goal behind each Globalized Citizen program is to have a deeper understanding of the local culture, religion and environment. We focus on educating each of our travelers for each encounter with local customs, religion, and safety through pre-departure meetings, courses, and onsite guidance.
We do not support or allow any Globalized Citizen traveler or staff member to engage with child-labor, sex tourism, alcohol / drug abuse, any form of environmental destruction, or any activity which is sensitive to the host nation we are visiting.
We contribute to the conservation of the environment through beach clean-ups and open water dives. While participating in a Globalized Citizen Study Abroad or Backpacking Adventure, we regularly engage with donation-based excursions where our participants will be guided into some of the most remote villages of the world to provide resources such as packaged goods and clothing.
When hiring partners in undeveloped nations such as guides, drivers, or activity personnel, our goal is to always provide a highly competitive salary to support the families of our selected partners. If you know of a nonprofit or an impactful organization that you would like to see Globalized Citizen get involved with, please contact our team!
Founder & Director of Operations
International Logistics Manager
UCF Study Abroad Coordinator
BSM Study Abroad Coordinator
University of Central Florida
As the largest university in North America with 66,000 students, The University of Central Florida is named one of the nation’s most innovative and impactful colleges. Globalized Citizen currently hosts multiple Global Advantage Programs for UCF’s College of Business Administration.
Bangkok School of Management
Established in 1998, Bangkok School of Management is an educational institution offering international business curriculum. It is the first and only institution in Thailand that is internationally accredited with Premier Status by the UK ASIC. We are proud to offer our Thailand Study Abroad Program on BSM’s campus which is strategically located in the heart of Bangkok.
We Tour Thailand
Providing amazing experiences across Thailand, We Tour Thailand is one of the prominent tour operators that provide a wide range of travel services in all the key cities and regions of Thailand. We Tour Thailand specializes in uniquely Thai activities that any traveler must experience during their journey to Thailand. Globalized Citizen partners with We Tour Thailand to give our Thailand Study Abroad program participants the most well-rounded, unforgettable, and authentic Thai experience possible.
As the most successful Thai domestic airline, Thai Airways founded one of the world’s largest global airline alliances -- Star Alliance. Today, Thai Airways operates from Bangkok and flies to 33 countries and 64 destinations. Globalized Citizen partners with Thai Airways to let students from the Thailand Study Abroad program visit the headquarters and learn about what makes this airline so influential in Southeast Asian travel.
Petroleum Authority of Thailand
Recently renamed to PTT Group, this state-owned company is the leading distributor of Thailand’s oil and gas. PTT Group is Thailand's fully-integrated energy company that is spearheading the exploration and production, transmission, refinement, marketing and trading of petroleum and petrochemical products domestically and overseas. Globalized Citizen is partnered with PTT Group to engage our Thailand Study Abroad students with face-to-face experience with some of the influential executives leaders shaping the Thai economy.
Siam Cement Group
Founded in 1913, SCG is the oldest and largest building material company in all of Southeast Asia. It is ranked as the 2nd largest company in Thailand and specializes in Cement-Building Materials, Chemicals, and Packaging. Globalized Citizen’s partnership with Siam Cement Group allows the Thailand Study Abroad students to visit the company and meet some of the top officials that maintain their reputations as industry leaders.
As Thailand’s leading co-working space for startups, Hubba Thailand is a ‘hub’ for innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration for the digital nomad. Co-working spaces like Hubba are great for creating personal relationships with driven and creative individuals who are part of professional networks and work to provide the next generation of game-changing businesses. The Thailand Study Abroad students will get a chance to visit Hubba and see how entrepreneurial communities operate!
Headquartered in Germany, Allianz is the world’s third largest financial services company by revenue. They provide Globalized Citizen and it’s travelers the insurance to keep us safe! Travel Insurance is a must for all our travelers following our promise for safe and smart travel precautions. Should your trip be cancelled or interrupted, Allianz is there to protect your financial investment, as well as provide benefits for baggage protection and emergency medical and dental coverage.
As one of the world’s leading online travel companies, Expedia has always been in the forefront of the rise of innovative travel business. Expedia partners with very notable travel brands to be able to provide very competitive pricing around the globe. They have connections to 550+ Airlines, 590,000 international properties, rental cars and cruise lines, and 25k+ activities to book. Globalized Citizen partners with Expedia and its affiliates to give our travelers the very best in pricing and service.
Travel Planners International
Travel Planners International is a marketing and support agency for Globalized Citizen. They aim to promote and uplift the travel industry as a whole by educating, connecting, and supplying consumers and travel agencies alike. They boast an incredible network and regular training for those interested in the industry. Based in our backyard in Maitland, TPI helps Globalized Citizen provide services at a competitive price for our travelers year round!
Brandcoders is an Orlando-based full-service digital marketing firm that provides boutique agency attention and big business marketing results. A full team of copywriters, SEO wizards, programmers, and web designers helps Globalized Citizen succeed online at the highest level.
The Career Cycle
With a focus on career development, The Career Cycle helps students align their goals and priorities to get their dream job. Offering online, textbook, and scholarship resources to students and young professionals, The Career Cycle aims to create a more passionate generation of people who succeed in their careers. Globalized Citizen and The Career Cycle share the same vision and collaborative help elevate students through international education.
Why Travel With Globalized Citizen
When traveling with Globalized Citizen, we encourage you to expect the unexpected, take a step off the beaten path, and immersive yourself in the extraordinary cultures and landscapes. Our programs are designed to deliver an authentic, unforgettable educational experience in a safe small-group environment. We are about changing your perspective on the world, widening your horizons, and educating yourself on different religions, cultures and ways of life. We not only make travel stress-free by managing all of the logistics, we empower you to return home with lessons learned and stories to tell.
Our previous travelers are a community of Globalized Citizens who have a deep connection to the world and to each other through the unforgettable experiences which have been shared together. This community continues to foster the importance of international education and travel long after the return flight home.
Messages From Our Previous Travelers
"I think traveling with Globalized Citizen was amazing! They planned a great itinerary with various activities that helped me gain a deep understanding of Thai Culture. The tour was designed to explore the culture and indulge in the amazing beaches and scenery that Thailand has to offer. I left the tour wanting to come back and do it again next summer. Thank you to the Globalized Citizen team for making my first backpacking trip unforgettable! I feel motivated to keep travelling and most importantly to join Globalized Citizen again for a new adventure!"
“I backpacked to 7 destinations in Thailand with Globalized Citizen this summer and each place was completely breathtaking and unforgettable. Traveling with a group of people I had never met ended up being such a great experience. Globalized Citizen ensured we didn't have any problems as far as transportation or hotel accommodations. I would recommend this experience to anyone who has a bit of wanderlust, or might not have much travel experience.”
“As someone who had never traveled anywhere alone, it was a significant milestone of my life in which the Globalized Citizen group played a huge role in, and for that i'll always remember them. I placed my feet on countless beaches, met kind souls, adventured, and indulged myself into other cultures which is something I alway wanted out of life. I felt so free and full of genuine happiness the whole entire time. It was the most beautiful summer I ever experienced, one that i'll always look back on.”
“I travel with Globalized Citizen to Bali & Lombok, Indonesia! It was one of the best trips I've ever taken. Not only amazing locations, but amazing travel buddies! The team took care of everything from hotels, guides, transportation, activities, and helped me book my flights. The only thing I had to worry about was getting my passport! I loved every minute of the experience. This experience taught me so much about Indonesian culture - it was truly an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to travel with them again next year to Thailand, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka!”
“I've traveled with Globalized Citizen twice now and wouldn't want to travel the world any other way. The trips are put together so flawlessly, from accommodations to transportation and activities. I couldn't have asked for anything better. The tour guides are so knowledgeable. I've left learning so much more about different cultures then I could have imagined. Everyone is so friendly and makes you feel extremely comfortable. I would highly suggest traveling with Globalized Citizen! I am looking forward to my next couple trips with them to Mexico, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and India!”
“Traveling with Globalized Citizen has been the finest and most rewarding form of education I could have ever asked for. I joined a Globalized Citizen backpacking adventure to travel through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Traveling with like-minded individuals who were focused on the “real” authentic experiences made this trip all worth it. I have never been on an international trip with such a fun, loving and down-to-Earth group. If you are considering traveling abroad, I highly suggest you travel with Globalized Citizen because they truly create unforgettable experiences."
“My fiancé and I travel a lot and have been to many different countries but I must say Thailand and the Globalized Citizen experience was by far the best trip we've ever been on! When we travel alone we have a great time but the experience of traveling with people our same age and interest made the trip so much more enjoyable. The Globalized Citizen team did a fantastic job of handling all of the logistics of hotel and transportation so I was truly able to enjoy the destination without having to worry about hotels, transportation and activities. I can’t wait to go on another Globalized Citizen program next year!”
“I traveled Southeast Asia with Globalized Citizen for 45 days through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and the experience was hands down the best 45 days of my life! Words cannot explain how awesome this trip was. Everything from my hotels, transportation, and activities were all taken care of so I was able to spend more time enjoying the experience. I highly recommend traveling with Globalized Citizen as I will be 100% traveling with them again!”
“I traveled with Globalized Citizen to Thailand and had the absolute best time! If anyone is curious about traveling the world, I would definitely recommend traveling with this group. I loved how accommodations were taken care of as well as a bunch of fun activities that were planned. They also let you have free time so you can do anything else you want to do while visiting a country. Such an awesome group, everyone is so friendly and helpful. I also learned so much about different cultures from the awesome tour guides. Can't wait to travel with Globalized Citizen again in the future!”