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Browse, get inspired and enroll for trips guaranteed to change your – and others' – lives. Peace Works Signature Educational Travel Tours bring together adventurous Travelers with Heart from across the country. Travel with us on trips led by popular instructors. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and trips are capped at 16 participants for integrity of experience. Want to travel with people you know? Join a trip organized by your school or assemble a group of your own for a soulful, private journey. Investigate our trips below:
A trip for adults and families, these educational travel tours may be your last chance to experience Cuba under the Castro regime of old. Experience the vintage cars, the legendary music, and soulful people as we ring in a new era of friendship. Itinerary is packed with incredible activities while also flexible to accommodate individual explorations and family needs throughout the journey.
Saigon – Trang Bang – Cu Chi – Mekong Delta – Danang – Hoi-An – My Lai – Hanoi
A comprehensive experience of Vietnam’s treasured regions gives an inspiring awareness of cultural magic like nowhere on Earth. Students balance activity with reflection, urban modernity with meditative nature, beach and jungle, boutique hotels with authentic Homestay experiences. Each day is an unforgettable adventure designed to teach the Vietnam War through a lens of compassion.
Experience the renaissance of Cambodia in awe-inspiring grace. Led by our popular history teacher and musician, this trip is infused with the extraordinary magic of our NGO partners, Cambodian Living Arts. Understand the hidden history and the transformative healing of the resilient Khmer spirit. Whether in the city, jungle, beach or village – each moment we bear witness to beauty manifest.
Experience the tranquil spirit of a non-violent people thriving amidst a tragic legacy of the Vietnam War. Working in collaboration with M.A.G (Mines Advisory Group), students explore the UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) issue in a context of safety and mutual understanding. We visit schools where our service-work teaching English, entrepreneurship and how to avoid the “bombies” threatening local villages illustrates the power of education to end poverty and heal from war.
Surreal in its elegant simplicity, Myanmar offers us a tender insight of ancient traditions and British colonial days. Our explorations introduce travelers to the ethics of conscious engagement, increased transparency with people long-isolated by economic embargoes. Discover a living gem, scarcely touched by rapid industrialization of its Southeast Asian counterparts. Students return from our Mystical Myanmar adventures with their heads full and hearts open.
Visit Africa’s most peaceful country now honoring the 20 year anniversary of a genocide that shocked the world. On this educational travel tour, witness the indescribable natural beauty and cultural renaissance of a determined people. We go behind the veil, side-by-side with courageous souls who give voice to the voiceless and help make visible what is invisible in our own communities.
Spectacular Volcanoes. Sparkling Lakes. Exquisite Temples. Colonial Charm. Guatemala invites us to experience the mystical resonance of its hospitable people and verdant ecology. From Glacial to pre-Columbian. Indigenous to Colonial. Ancient to Modern. Guatemala has experienced the peaks and valleys of conquest and reconciliation over time. Now at peace, the nation offers a unique landscape where the full spectrum of human experience transcends the imagination. What can we learn from these incredibly resilient people?
Our partnership with socially-responsible enterprises and profit-sharing cooperatives teaches travelers about economic empowerment through honest community investment.
Tel Aviv – Haifa Bahai Gardens – Jordan River Valley – Jerusalem – The Dead Sea
The Holy Land: experience a life-changing discovery with diverse people united by ancient civilizations, shared monotheism and a vision of peace. With expert insider’s guidance, we explore Israel’s most celebrated sacred and secular sites. Relaxed explorations of the ancient highlights and an unforgettable Shabbat at the Western Wall opens our hearts to the enduring beauty of pluralism. We empathize with Israel’s modern history through immersive cultural exchange. Our group returns with a clear understanding of positive citizen engagement, peaceful coexistence, and mutual prosperity as pathways to a promising future.
Witness history in the making as we watch our next American President be sworn into office. Explore the history of our country's past though a myriad of interactive museums, world-renowned sites, and unforgettable memorials. Interact with living historians as we meet with current political figures, who are changing and shaping the world every day.
We are so impressed with the student travelers of Peace Works Travel. They came to Southeast Asia seeking to understand and help with the challenges of land-mined-Cambodia and the UXO-littered country of Laos. It’s incredible how they have already developed an awareness of war and an intellectual curiosity and exercised the act of social responsibility at such a young age.
Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
My Peace Works Travel tour taught me about my uncle’s military service of Vietnam. I appreciate his sacrifice for our country so much more now than before the trip.
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
This is truly the trip of a lifetime. Every day gets better and our guides make us feel like family.
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Peace Works Travel students 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, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
You opened our eyes to the tragedy created from a war long ago. As a family, we have had many discussions inspired by the trip. There is nothing better than sitting around and having your kids interact in intellectual conversations. Many thanks for adding new food for thought to our kitchen table.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
History teacher-turned social entrepreneur makes an impact on educational travel scene.
The Santa Barbara Independent
After visiting the Killing Fields, we restored our hope with a volunteer project teaching English to kids. I understood how humans can heal from tragedy: We must all invest in the hopes of a new generation.
Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
The Vietnamese veterans shared stories about the War, ideas about a bright future for the next generation and how it feels to connect with those they fought. It was fascinating to hear their insights. The students were awestruck.
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Vietnam was a name I had grown up hearing: a place my father had tried to avoid, a war my mom 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. It was the best experience of my entire life.
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Volunteering at the Peace Works Travel 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
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
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