Who We Are

Our Company

Since 1992, our mission has been to provide authentic, worry-free, stress-free European travel adventures that not only inspire and inform but also prepare to better understand and to actively contribute to the world in which we live!
  • We are experts in worry and stress free, safe and authentic travel experiences and adventures
  • We are providers of worldwide travel concierge service
  • Our vision is to lead tours and provide services that lead to meaningful, life-enhancing, life-changing experiences.
  • Our goal is to be known as caring experts and trustworthy providers of value driven travel services and purveyors of worry-free, stress-free and authentic travel adventures.

Our DNA

Our DNA is best expressed via our commitment to be trustworthy and ethical and transparent in everything that we do.  So, when international travel is unpredictable and ever changing, you need a company that isn’t!

  • We put customer’s needs first
  • We organize authentic, worry and stress free travel events with layers that match expectations and comfort levels for every tour participant: 
    • Experience: we propose optimal travel times, best sites to visit at each destination, and healthy balance between sightseeing and free time. We strive to offer as many intentional, memorable, and meaningful “wow” moments as possible.
    • Authenticity: we promote opportunities to connect with locals and to explore unique regional events, to see the wonders that many tourists overlook, to go beyond the commonplace and into the unique, authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that creates lifelong memories and impact.
    • Adventure: we offer “being local” opportunities (living in apartments, shopping at the grocery store, attending community events and gatherings). We encourage more than viewing destinations from the outside by stepping inside a local culture and becoming a part of the local community.

Experience. Authentic. Adventure.  The choice is yours. 

Our Humanitarian Work

Here at Go Global we are focused on connecting people with people of different cultures around the world. We believe part of that connection is giving back to those who are in areas that are less fortunate than ours.  Because of that, part of our work is humanitarian-based and is no-profit focused.  We complete this through language teaching, bringing in materials, helping coordinate groups that do in-country work, leading and participating in groups that coordinate with local NGOs, and giving back financially.  A portion of each trip supports our Going = Giving program and our trip participants have the option of rolling the cost up and participating in our giving back program.
Come travel with us and see how giving back is a part of who we are!

Humanitarian work is not an add-on to our company mission.  It is at the very core of who we are and why we travel.  We see travel as an agent for greater good and goodwill that is beneficial to all.

What we do

What we don’t do

How to contact us

  • If you have travel questions or feedback for Darek, send an e-mail or text 918-214-4582
  • For all tours, visit the Contact Us Page

Darek’s 7 Commitments

Darek Jarmola

Founder/CEO

Darek took his first international trip in 1971 and lead his first tour in 1992. Since then he has visited 54 countries (mostly Europe, Asia, the US, and the Caribbeans) on 5 continents. He has organized and participated in cultural and humanitarian projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He speaks English, Polish, German and Russian fluently and is conversational in Italian, Dutch, Slovak, Czech, and Ukrainian.

Savannah Griffin

Creative Director

Savannah has always been ready to explore, regardless if it is the backyard with a flashlight or across the world with a language translator app. She has a “To Be Read” pile of books taller than a small child, and hopes to one day get her dog a passport.

She graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University with a degree in Digital Cinema, which means she loves to be behind the camera and help other people tell and create their stories. Savannah has been on numerous trips with Go Global and loves to tell stories about her adventures!

Timothy Crabtree

Chief Operations Officer

After growing up on the family farm and never traveling he stated he was on his own. From that time he has moved more than 20 times in the last twenty years. He has studied at 10 different colleges and universities. He has done relief work / humanitarian work in 7 different countries including living in Central America for 5 years.  He has experienced 15 countries and counting. He loves travel, adventure, new places, new food, making new friends, languages, and giving back. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and novice in French, German, and Portuguese. He has been a team member with Go Global since 2016.

Candy Matheny

Director, Go Global Abroad and Travel Studies Ambassador

There is no better classroom than the world.  Candy has a passion for exploring the world and  sharing  it with others. She wants others to be able to experience the things she loves whether its climbing mountains, seeing castles and imagining yourself in their prime, standing in awe in the great cathedrals, being inspired by the art of the greatest artists, sampling the cuisines of the world, kayaking an ocean, sailing to an island, or practicing a new language.

She is the mother of four children and eleven  grandchildren, veteran homeschool teacher, and senior caregiver. Her volunteer activities include working on many committees with her Church, tutoring children, editing  her neighborhood association’s newsletter and serving as one of its board members. She still works closely with homeschool co-ops and is a homeschool curriculum representative for TRISMS Curriculum. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas University.

Adventure is her favorite word and when she’s not turning everyday routines into adventures she’s taking the opportunity to grow personally and inspire others through international travel.

Pierson McDonald

Ambassador

Pierson loves to travel. He’s been to 29 cities outside the US in 11 countries on 4 continents. Pierson enjoys planning and logistics in life and in leisure. Whimsy isn’t exactly him unless it’s planned ahead of time. When he and his wife travel he has been known to insert “no plan” into spots on their itinerary just so that “no plan” is the plan. When Pierson is not working for Go Global he helps his friend operate a local coffee shop, and is the drummer for his church’s modern worship service called The Refuge. Pierson is also an exercise enthusiast who enjoys running races. Has he talked to you about the Chicago Cubs, or paleontology, or tried to punish you with puns? No? Just wait 5 minutes or less. Ultimately for Pierson, traveling is like life, we know the ending but our journeys are the most important and the most interesting – new places give us new eyes and enrich our souls.

Charity LaFountain

Director, Humanitarian Projects

Charity LaFountain took her first international trip at the age of 14, and has been hooked ever since, traveling wherever the opportunity presents itself. She enjoys leading teams of new and experienced travelers, appreciating the cultures together. Charity stays involved in her community by serving as a Victim Response volunteer with the local Police Department and is a member of the Casper Committee on Foreign Relations, a division of the American Committees of Foreign Relations, based out of Washington DC.  Charity is married with three children, two now married and one teenager still at home. She enjoys every minute she can with them and appreciates that they each share a passion for international travel.  She received her BA in Comparative Politics from the University of Wyoming and a MA in Diplomacy with a focus on International Crisis Management from Norwich University in Vermont.

Lydia Kohl

Signature Tours Director

Lydia loves travel and studying the history of the many destinations she has explored, but one of her favorite aspects are the people she meets along the way.

Lydia obtained a Bachelor’s in History at Hannibal LaGrange University, then went on to get her Masters at University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Living overseas in Edinburgh has made Scotland one of her favorite places in which to show people around, but she is happy to be anywhere.

Testimonials

“Our trip to Italy exceeded our expectations. The group was fun, we had lots of laughs, the tours were not only educational but amazing. The Italian experience that Darek gave us though the hotels he chose and the places we visited were much better than anything we could have thought up on our own. We were amazed that we had as much free time as we did, it was one of the most restful vacations we have ever experienced. We are looking forward to our next European vacation.”

KAMA & CHARLES RHEUARK, Tulsa, OK (1 Italian tour with Go Global)

“Go Global provides travel experiences without the worry, time, or frustration, of scheduling your itinerary on your own. Go Global delivers ALL advertised sites, adventure, learning opportunities, and dining experiences. I always feel safe during travels with you/your company. In today’s world that is an important consideration.”

KIM ELSOM, PARIS, TX (3 bespoke adventures with Go Global)

“As homeschoolers, we tend to be fiercely independent, expect the best, and desire to raise world and community leaders. Go Global has repeatedly met and gone beyond our standards in providing a unique opportunities, in authentic settings, to view and live the history we study in TRISMS curriculum. He has custom-tailored each of our trips to our particular curriculum and desires, and has become a treasured friend and leader to each of my four children and their many student peers. ‘Authentic,’ Yes! ‘Cultural Integrity,’ Yes! As our students say, ‘Go Global rocks!’”

CHERYL HORTON, Toledo, OH (3 customized trips with Go Global)

“Go Global has been terrific to work with. If you are looking to simplify your trip preparation, this is the way to go. Darek worked overtime to get me on the best and most reasonably priced flights possible. Go Global’s experience and expertise saved me from what would have been hours of sitting in front of my computer, working out the logistics for my trip to Hong Kong. Thanks Darek!”

WENDEL WEAVER, Bartlesville, OK (regular customer of Worldwide Travel Concierge services)

“The tour exceeded my expectations! I loved the fact that I could customize my trip. Darek is incredibly flexible. His knowledge of Paris and expertise is local logistics translated into crowd-free, authentic French immersion experience. I recommend Go Global to anyone who wants to have a one-of-a-kind, customized, and authentic travel experience.”

FRANCOISE SULLIVAN, Tulsa, OK (6 authentic trips with Go Global)