Inside Smaller Earth

Who are Smaller Earth

From our 15 international offices, we send thousands of young people on work and travel programs, all around the world.

We believe that travelling changes your life. It broadens your horizons, changes your perspective and grows you as a person. Everyone should travel. Travel has the power to be truly meaningful and finding that meaning is why we do what we do.

Working abroad gives the opportunity to experience a place on a deeper level. It challenges your perception, encourages cultural understanding and creates lasting friendships. We’ve learnt first hand that by working in another country, you connect with people, you share values and ultimately become more culturally aware. Work and travel shows you the world from a whole new perspective and we believe that revealing the bigger picture will make a Smaller Earth.

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Our History

Smaller Earth was not the starting point, but it was a new beginning.

We started our journey in 1999, when Camp Leaders in America was established, to give students the opportunity to work at camps in the United States. This life-changing cultural exchange experience swiftly grew in popularity and before long, we had catapulted ourselves into the spotlight, where we now sit as a trusted and well-known leader in the industry.

2007 came along and brought with it Smaller Earth. We knew that these life-changing experiences were not just limited to America, and that adventure could be found anywhere, so we diversified as a company and introduced a range of international travel programmes, all connected by a common theme; having a positive impact.

With an expansion across ten different countries quickly following suit, we decided it was time to develop related business opportunities and showcase the amazing services we had to offer. And so Smaller Earth Group was born; our new beginning.

From then, we have grown and expanded across thirteen countries, developed new brands such as Cleversteam, an independent systems development company, and in 2016, established a central services department to carry out global marketing and communication initiatives.

Fueled by talented, passionate staff members committed to our values, our journey continues on. To this day, we continue to expand, make connections and ultimately make a difference, and that’s a path we’re enjoying taking.

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Our Purpose

Here at Smaller Earth, we have a purpose, and that purpose means a lot to us. We want to inspire people to go further; it’s always at the forefront of our minds, it’s the foundation upon which we build our work each day and it’s a purpose that we all believe in.

We recognise the importance of cultural exchange, and the impact that work and travel opportunities can have on people's lives. We don't want our trips to just be trips, we want them to be experiences that people learn from and grow from, we want them to be meaningful.

That's why we have a pupose, that's why we want to inspire people to go further.

Our Values

We know that we couldn’t achieve our purpose of inspiring people to go further if we didn’t have the right team on board.

In order to help us find that team, and to ensure that the energy that goes into our work is positive and good, we created a set of values that Smaller Earth Group aligns itself to, and that our staff should embody. Each value is as important as the next and we encourage our staff daily to strive to achieve goals they set for themselves with regards to these values.

We have 13 offices all over the world, filled with vibrant, dedicated and quite wonderful individuals whose efforts each day to live their lives in line with these values, not just at work, but outside of it too, are the driving force behind us reaching our 2020 vision.

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Our Vision

Why do we want to inspire people to go further? What is our ultimate goal when it comes to our purpose? Our vision is to positively impact 20 million people by the year 2020. We believe that by providing exceptional programs that promote cultural experience experiences and align with our company values, we can make a difference in the world.

We believe our impact can be a positive one on a huge global scale, and that's something that, as a company, we're passionate about.

Our Brands

We're a growing international group of cultural exchange brands guided by a shared set of values, purpose and vision.

Find out more about Smaller Earth Group

Smaller Earth Foundation

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How we give back.

Although Smaller Earth has expanded all around the world to become a global company, it still has it's headquarters at the iconic Albert Dock in Liverpool, UK, where it was founded.

The Smaller Earth Foundation gives back to the local community in Liverpool, and in 2019, expanded to include participants from other locations around the UK. Smaller Earth works with universities and other organization to provide young people from under-represented backgrounds with an opportunity for the ultimate summer abroad.

Explore our world.

Download our 2018 brochure.

Contact Us

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Get in touch

Got a question? Want to talk to us about cultural exchange opportunities or interested in working with us?

You can reach us by phone:

+44 151 709 1192

By email:

Head Office Location:

Atlantic Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AE

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