Peace Works Travel Blog

Monday, July 31, 2017

What can travelers expect?

Housing, Food and Water:
Students are accommodated in same-gendered shared rooms, typically double-occupancy, unless in a dormitory setting. Students have their own beds and share a bathroom. Breakfast is served onsite, and students are briefed on the day’s plans each night previous with ample time to prepare, sleep and bathe before departure. Lunches and dinners are served in a diversity of authentic restaurants for travelers to sample many local social enterprises. All food is “western-stomach-friendly” and the ice is made of purified water. Specialty drinks – smoothies, sodas, juice or coffee– in the restaurants are not included, but can be ordered and paid for individually. Travelers are briefed on the environmental issues of plastic bottle waste in each location, and are encouraged to refill their own water bottles from the large purified dispensers available in hotels and homestays. Liters of purified bottled water are provided on the busses to all travelers upon request.

Students are transported in private, air-conditioned coaches for long distances, and in the local style (Tuk-tuks or cyclos), for short distances (a mile or less). All drivers abide by strict rules of operation, are regulated by the luxury transportation company and certified by Ministries of Tourism in each destination. Peace Works Travel does not transport groups at night without explicit advanced permission of the trip leaders and disclosure to parents.

Daily Activities:
Every day on a Peace Works Travel program offers a unique adventure connecting the abstractions of academic learning to the lives of ordinary people. The traveling rhythm alternates between high energy excursions, and quiet restorative time. Witness the sunrise above the ancient, jungle-entwined monuments of Angkor Wat. Take dancing lessons with Hutu and Tutsi musicians of Rwandan unity. Trek mist-woven mountains to hill-tribe villages scarcely touched by technology. Enjoy French fusion gourmet cooking lessons taught by former street children trained in Saigon’s fine culinary arts. Play baseball with Che Guevara’s relatives and understand “Revolucion!” through Cuban history. Construct an organic orchard for the victims of Agent Orange poisoning at the Vietnam Peace Village in Hanoi. Each destination and excursion has a lesson, a purpose and unforgettable people with whom we connect and humanize. Our curriculum fosters consciousness of scale, firsthand knowledge of how international foreign policies impact communities, then and now.

Our programs leave very little to chance. All Host Managers and trip leaders have been trained in emergency preparedness, and carry first-aid kits and cell phones at all times. Travelers are briefed on basic “street smarts” before excursions.

Upon Return:
Students are expected to complete a post-trip program evaluation providing feedback and expression of their heightened global consciousness. Digital Storytelling programs require post-trip production of media projects. Internship, film festival and photography contest opportunities are made available to especially engaged alumni student travelers.

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