Our Story

Jack Golen, President, CEO


In the 1960's, I was a geography teacher at Austin High School in Chicago looking to make a lasting impression on my students. I decided to take my class to visit the nation's capitol, Washington DC. Talk about an eye-opening experience! We spent three days touring and it was the one of the most memorable experiences of my life. My students had an extraordinary tour, experiencing a new city, culture, sites and other attractions, while in the company of their peers. They even handled the additional responsibility of being away from Mom and Dad! I recognized not only were the students excited and having the time of their lives, but how the tour provided an educational enhancement to the curriculum implemented in my classroom. One year later, I decided to retire from teaching in order to pursue the dream of providing the same experiences and feelings for students and youth groups throughout the country.


Today, Hemisphere Educational Travel is a nationally recognized educational travel company with decades of experience, focused on providing customized student tours and youth educational travel services throughout the world. Each year, thousands of students tour the world with Hemisphere and experience the strong bond between travel and education through our tour programs provided by our company.


Whether you are a teacher, principal, administrator, parent or youth group leader, you have the capacity to provide the same experiences, memories and lasting impressions to your student or youth group as I did in 1970. Let hemisphere be the link between you and your group as you embark on your next educational journey.



Happy Touring,




Jack Golen CTC, DS - President/CEO