Our Projects and Partnerships are what make our program so unique. We are partnered with kindred spirit organizations at home – Los Angeles Holocaust Museum, Vietnam Veterans of America, A Year Without War, Facing History and Ourselves – reinforcing mutual goals of meaningful education for a better future. We expand those relationships with support of like-minded organizations abroad. On tour, we work with non-profit organizations serving people recovering from conflict. Students and teachers return home inspired to expand those friendships with advocacy work, fundraising, connectivity and growth. How will your Peace Works Travel tour blossom in your global community? Join us, and let’s innovate new solutions together.
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LAMOTH provides free Holocaust education to the public, particularly students from under-funded schools and underserved communities. We guarantee dialogue with an actual Survivor, a living embodiment of history.Learn More
Peace Works Travel is proud to be a member of the Student and Youth Travel Association. SYTA is the trusted resource for educators, administrators, parents, and travel professionals. They provide everything you need to know about student and youth travel. Our members understand that travel is a key part of a complete education, and are committed to providing student and youth travelers with safe, rich, and rewarding travel experiences.Learn More
Kim Phuc, the famous “Napalm Girl” of Life Magazine’s 1972 Pulitzer Prize winning image. The KIM Foundation International mission is to help heal the wounds of war suffered by innocent children and to restore hope and happiness to their lives by providing, much-needed medical and psychological assistance.Learn More
Hanoi University (formerly known as Hanoi University of Foreign Studies) is a prestigious training and research institution with leading quality nationwide in the area of foreign language training at the graduate and post graduate levels; providing customised courses in foreign languages; a reliable cornerstone of the Ministry of Education and Training in terms of foreign languages training; and the first multi-disciplinary university in Vietnam, where major subjects are instructed in foreign languages.Learn More
The Little Rose Shelter is a refuge that provides shelter, care, education, and assistance for young girls who are at high-risk for, or are survivors of, sexual abuse or trafficking in Vietnam. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to building a network of local collaborators in preventing school drop-outs, child labor exploitation, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Since 1992, Little Rose has helped hundreds of Vietnamese girls build positive futures for themselves by offering them psychological rehabilitation, opportunities to go to school, free healthcare and a supportive, loving environment to grow.Learn More
COPE was formed in 1997 by agreement between the Ministry of Health of Lao PDR and a group of non-Government organizations including POWER, World Vision and Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics. COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO (unexploded ordnance) survivors with the care and support they required, namely by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices. COPE is now a local not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with the Centre of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) and provincial rehabilitation centers to provide access to both orthotic/prosthetic devices and rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pediatric services to people with disabilities.Learn More
Give Children A Choice, Inc. (GCAC) is a US nonprofit corporation, based in North Carolina, USA and is a Lao PDR registered International NGO. GCAC has been operating in Lao PDR since 2002. GCAC currently focuses its efforts on preschool children’s education and health and children UXO victims.
Give Children A Choice’s mission is to build and fill preschools with children. Building preschools focuses on its construction and ongoing maintenance. Filling preschools focuses on ridding the barriers that prevent children from attending school and performing well. GCAC holds health fairs with US/Lao doctors working together to provide free medical checkups and emergency medical care to thousands of children along with health, hygiene and nutrition education. GCAC assists children UXO victims and families, based on need and funding availability, with medical care, social care, logistics expenses, medicine and school expenses when necessary. GCAC advocates on behalf of languishing UXO (unexploded ordnance) victims and continues to raise public awareness of the Secret War.Learn More
Network for Africa works with communities torn apart by war and genocide. We help the forgotten survivors of African conflicts left behind by the world after the fighting stops and the humanitarian aid moves on. We train survivors in specialized trauma counseling so that they can help each other tackle the long-term psychological consequences that often block recovery. We also help rebuild lives with access to education, health and the means to support themselves.Learn More
A Year Without War (AYWW) is a growing community dedicated to ending war for one year. With your engagement, January 1, 2020 will mark humanity’s first year-long, global ceasefire. We are an increasingly cosmopolitan, tech savvy population who now possess the tools to work together globally. The time is right for creating a truly integrated community dedicated to ending war for one year. With 765 million dedicated, engaged members, AYWW has a plan to tip human history away from war for at least one year. AYWW believes that a majority of the human population has war fatigue and is entitled to at least a year without war.Learn More
Sapa O’Chau is a social enterprise made up of three inter-connected and mutually-supportive pieces: the school, the café and the tour operation.
At the Sapa O’Chau School we help students who would otherwise not be able to complete their education due to financial or geographical limitations. Our curriculum consists of free English and Vietnamese Literacy, Arts and Crafts, Mathematics, IT Skills and Life Skills classes. We also support our students with free accommodation and food.
The Sapa O’Chau Café is the social hub of the organization! Drop in for a drink or snack, meet some of our students and trekking guides, book a tour or learn more about what we offer and how you can get involved.
As the ambassador of responsible tourism, Sapa O’Chau Trekking & Homestays has a team of trained English-speaking ethnic minority guides and offers a wide range of itineraries, from half-day and one-day tours of hill tribe villages to week-long homestay adventures.Learn More
The mission of Cambodian Living Arts is to facilitate the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. We work in collaboration with others to create an environment where Cambodian arts empower and transform individuals and communities. We do this by encouraging the growth of artists and the arts community, by promoting awareness of the arts, and by advocating for the arts with cultural policymakers and major institutions. In doing so, we aim to create value and understanding of what it means to be Cambodian and to create a sense of unity and shared culture. We believe that through creativity we can each expand our potential as human beings. By 2020, we envision a vibrant and dynamic cultural sector throughout Cambodia, with the arts as the country’s national and international signature. Cambodian Living Arts will be a catalyst for this development. The successful transformation of Cambodia’s cultural identity will be a model for other societies.Learn More
Our mission is to invest time and resources in young people in Cambodia, working with them to connect them to the skills, systems, and inspiration necessary to achieve their goals, raise standards of living, and improve the quality of education in their communities.
We believe that positive changes are only possible if we invest time in people. The changes we want to see in the world won’t come from giving things away, or focusing on inputs rather than high quality impact. We are just as impatient as others to make these changes, but we have learned through our mistakes and our successes, that only through investing time in a team of passionate, local leaders will be able to reach our vision.
Our vision is a future where all young Cambodians are empowered to achieve their dreams.Learn More
Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.Learn More
Our model is simple: we work with young women from low-income, traditionally marginalized communities who have the talent and desire to succeed but lack access to opportunity. Through an intentional, holistic program, we provide access to education, intensive support from peers and mentors, and a diverse knowledge base to ensure that each young woman can realize her full potential and create systemic change.
We call the young women in our program “Girl Pioneers” because they are truly trailblazers. As the first women in their families, and often their communities, to study past the second grade, they are on an unprecedented trajectory. Intensive mentoring is crucial for long-term success—the Girl Pioneers can look to their mentors (young indigenous women from the same circumstances) as examples of perseverance on an otherwise unknown journey.
The result: Starfish Girl Pioneers are overcoming previously insurmountable obstacles to earn an education and empower themselves as leaders in Guatemala and on the global stage, thereby unlocking the power of the “Girl Effect.”
At Starfish our goal is to innovate high-impact responses that equip each Girl Pioneer with the skills to blaze a new trail and become part of the first generation of female outliers. This is in stark contrast to traditional approaches to development.
The result? Our Girl Pioneers are far surpassing several generations of otherwise incremental change. We believe our approach will propel and inspire countless others to do the same.Learn More
The Vietnam Friendship Village is a residential facility located in Hanoi, Vietnam that provides medical care, physical therapy, education and vocational training to Vietnamese children and elders with a range of maladies (such as cancers, birth defects, diseases, and disabilities) presumed to be caused by Agent Orange.Learn More
Harvard-Westlake student club raises money and awareness about Unexploded Ordnance in LaosLearn More
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Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Paul Rusesabagina, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
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Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California
Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California