Endorsements

Emmy Award 2013

Peace Works Travel is featured in a 2013 Emmy Award-Winning documentary "Power of a Picture" recognizing the educational value of the Vietnam War's most iconic image for today's youth.

Edward R. Murrow Award 2013

Honored for courageous democratic journalism, the creators of "Power of a Picture" won in the regional market television category.

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award 2013

Peace Works Travel founder wins recognition for outstanding contributions to education and entrepreneurship in the Santa Barbara, California community.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust 2012

Honors Peace Works Travel with an annual sponsorship of selected students for experiential learning abroad Genocide Awareness Tours.

A Year Without War 2014

Celebrates Peace Works Travel's exceptional work connecting communities of students of former U.S. adversaries in collaborative projects for peace.

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Kim Phuc

"Peace Works Travel has introduced hundreds of students to the lessons from Vietnam. My lesson is simple: Forgiveness. I used to hate that picture, because I thought the napalm made me ugly. But now I'm so grateful for that picture because young people can learn to extinguish the fires of war. If that little girl in the picture can do it, so can you."

Kim Phuc is the world's most famous napalm survivor, the 9-year old "girl in the picture" of Life Magazine's 1972 iconic image which won the Pulitzer Prize and shaped world sentiment about the Vietnam War. After decades of healing, Kim has dedicated her life to act as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for peace. She speaks of forgiveness and directs all proceeds to the Kim Foundation International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting child victims of war worldwide.

Kim's eloquence, kindness and other-worldly spiritual presence have inspired thousands. Students and teachers on Peace Works Travel Tour to Vietnam visit the site of the infamous napalm attack in Trang Bang village, meet Kim's surviving relatives and understand the legacy of chemical warfare. Our partnership with the Kim Foundation International raises awareness and funds to alleviate the plight of children suffering from war's indiscriminate cruelty today.

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Paul Rusesabagina

"The students of Peace Works Travel are doing what we should all strive for everyday: learn from history and engage with dialogues of conflict resolution. That's the only way to prevent the next genocide from happening."

Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero of the acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda. Rusesabagina, portrayed by Don Cheadle in the film, saved the lives of more than 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide and has been honored internationally for his heroism. "We've failed to learn from history," Rusesagabina speaks about civil dialogue as a duty to prevent the next genocide from happening. The Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation was founded to raise awareness of the need for a new truth and reconciliation process in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

"Words can multiply hate -- as in the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide -- or they can broker peace and reconciliation."

Read more in the LA Times
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Nick Ut

"Peace Works Travel is a really special company of teachers. I have traveled with the groups on many occasions. Students learn so much from their Peace Works Travel. I love the way Alethea (the founder) invites so many perspectives for the students to consider the history of the world. Every student should learn history this way."

Nick Ut is an Associate Press Wire photographer, best known for his Pulitzer-Prize winning image "The Terror of War." On the 40th anniversary of the photo, Ut was inducted by the Leica Hall of Fame for his contributions to photojournalism.

Excerpted from LA Weekly, 2014

It was a lucky shot, some say of Nick Ut's famous Vietnam War photo The Terror of War, or Napalm Girl, as it is more commonly known. Less lucky, of course, was the little girl in the photo, Kim Phuc. She was running down the street, naked, after a napalm attack on her village. Her skin was melting off in strips. Her home was burning in the background. It was June 8, 1972. Ut was 21 years old. "When I pressed the button, I knew," Ut says. "This picture will stop the war." It has been 42 years since then. But that moment still consumes him...

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Testimonials

what parents say

"For Amy, this trip was nothing short of life-changing. She came home so much more attuned to everything around her. She’s more grateful, more aware, and more determined to "do something" to make a difference. A million thanks to you and the staff of Peace Works Travel for arranging this wonderful, fantastic, amazing opportunity. Every teenager should do this at least once during high school." Janice Reinhart, Thacher School parent, 2011

"I was nervous sending my child to Cuba – who wouldn’t be? I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the place always seemed so sinister in my imagination. But Lily came back from her Peace Works Travel Tour SO energized and so determined to see beyond the exterior of everything –she suddenly realized that there’s a whole separate story to everything she’s every learned. I really respect the teacher-leaders for fostering this kind of critical thinking. I can’t imagine a better way to learn about the world." Mary Boyle, Westridge School parent, 2011

what students say

"Vietnam was a name I had grown up hearing: a place my father had tried to avoid, a war he and my mom had protested against, the battlefield where my uncle lost his sight to a landmine. When my school announced the spring trip, I knew I had to go. I wanted to see first-hand this mythic land of family chronicle and better understand the history and place behind the stories. The pre-trip reading widened my perspective on US history and global relations. But it wasn’t until I completed my Peace Works Travel Tour did all the pieces—the histories, stories, images, and statistics—weave together. I’m now studying political science and am totally determined to shape public policy as a career" Kaitlin Kall, Wellesley graduate, 2012

"The most meaningful experience of the trip for me was visiting the Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh. This is the Cambodian genocide’s school house-turned-torture-prison-turned-museum. It reminded me of Auschwitz. Though horrific and truly disturbing, visiting the prison opened my eyes to one of history’s darkest moments. Reading about the genocide in a textbook is one thing, but actually going to places it occurred gives one a much more profound understanding of the event. I founded the Service-for-Soldiers club on campus as soon as I got home. The least we could do is give back to those who prevent these evils from happening ever again" Kai Dailey, Laguna Blanca School, 2010

what teachers say

Another great day yesterday. We saw the body of Ho Chi Minh and learned more about his philosophy of bringing the government close to the ordinary people, how he lived in such simple quarters to make that point, and how the country evolved from independence from the French. Our students asked such great questions that integrated their thinking on policies and personalities. It’s clear they are connecting the various stories of Vietnam together in a more comprehensive picture of the war. Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California

Volunteering at the Peace Village was life-changing for my students. After learning about chemical warfare, they discovered we can actually “do something” for the children living with the legacy of Agent Orange. I am forever grateful for this experience. Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California

I had never led a group outside the country before. Your organization and planning and daily programing is so excellent. I will definitely do this again. Thanks so much. Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School

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