A teacher-founded company, Peace Works Travel is a socially-conscious educational travel program focused in destinations recovering from history. Our travelers engage in meaningful adventures using investigative journalism skills designed to foster critical thinking, empathy, and citizen action for a more peaceful world. Itineraries are supported with standards-aligned history, ethical journalism and digital storytelling curriculum. Destinations include Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Rwanda, Guatemala, Cuba, the California/Tijuana Border, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
- Provide superior educational group travel that teaches ethical citizenship.
- Create Peace: Support social enterprise and mutual prosperity.
- Inspire travelers to be informed, invested citizens of a global community.
What Sets Us Apart
Founded by passionate high school history teacher, Peace Works Travel gives students empathic understanding of our world and 21st century skills to generate solutions to social issues.
In 2005—30 years after the “Fall of Saigon” and with American forces stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, pop culture began to reflect on the lessons learned from the Vietnam War. Inspired by the gravity of this inquiry and wishing to pose it to a broader audience of students and teachers, we built a service-learning program initially focused on Vietnam. Featured in an ABC News Emmy Award-winning documentary, Peace Works Travel earned notoriety among kindred-spirit educators, war veterans, and activist organizations dedicated to peace. We now offer meaningful travel and digital storytelling programs aligned with curricula in notable destinations recovering from history: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Rwanda, Guatemala, the California/Mexico Border, Chicago, Washington D.C, and Cuba.
Balancing intentional exploration, digital storytelling skills, reflection, and individual empowerment, we provide transformative experiences designed to cultivate students’ agency as informed citizens. Our groups travel in small numbers to ensure an authentic adventure that promotes well-being, personal growth, and connectivity. Our integrative approach—actively engaging with key people in cities we visit—builds empathy and understanding with diverse concepts and models of civil conflict resolution. After meeting activists, survivors, journalists, academics, artists and traversing iconic grounds together — interactive museums, sacred sites, and natural landscapes– students are better equipped to analyze their own role as ethically-engaged global citizens in a democracy.
Students return forever inspired to make a difference. Once they go, they know. Using their own talents, digital media creations and our network of partnerships, travelers give voice to the voiceless. How? Create a short documentary about an issue. Develop a Vlog (Video-Blog) for refugees seeking to update loved ones from afar. Join other NGO’s that lobby Congress to increase funding for landmine removal in Cambodia. Start a campus club for genocide-awareness and prevention campaigns. Design a website for an Agent-Orange rehabilitation facility in Hanoi. Launch advocacy efforts to lift the travel ban to Cuba. Create new markets for Rwandan genocide-widows handicrafts. Capture first-hand interviews and photographs of human trafficking issues in SE Asia. Our method of teaching builds upon a documentary journalists’ framework, building long-term muscle memory for investigation and a passion for creative activism. We ignite the spark of empathy within travelers to take action and innovate positive solutions.