Join our adventure travel for a regional exploration of Southern Vietnam. Our student trip to Vietnam begins in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Here, students understand key aspects of history — the “American War” — and modern day issues through a service-learning project. We day trip to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an expansive underground network that housed 10,000 Vietnamese during the conflict. Along the way we stop in Trang Bang to meet the family of Kim Phuc, Life Magazine’s 1972 “Napalm Girl” whose tragic accident and image helped put an end to the Vietnam War. We transition to the Mekong River for an unforgettable Homestay with the gracious locals. Here, we enjoy an immersive experience in river living where students learn to shop local markets and cook native gourmet from the resident matriarch. Kayaking and easy bike rides allow the group to explore the fertile island network in laid-back style. Students understand Vietnam’s national and military history, from an exclusive visit with a former Vietcong general. Our youth exchange project connects our students with those of Can Tho College where advanced pen-paling, sports and art projects form the basis of mutual understanding.
Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, insider’s access to living historians, community service and analytical reflection, this one-of-a-kind educational trip empowers students to understand the causes and consequences of America’s most controversial war. Students learn of Cold-War era dynamics, geopolitical concerns, policies and personalities which shaped the Indochina conflict. Through a comprehensive itinerary balancing active learning with quiet reflection, students are encouraged to perceive the Vietnam War through a lens of compassion. Ultimately, the synthesis of historical curriculum, conscious tourism, contact with living historians and daily journal writing provide a framework for applying the lessons of the past upon the geopolitical conflicts of today.
Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, insider’s experiences and service-learning, this one-of-a-kind student trip to Vietnam empowers travelers to understand the causes and consequences of America’s most controversial military conflict. Balancing active discovery with peaceful reflection, we perceive the Vietnam War through a lens of compassion. Students return from our Vietnam journeys as more ethical, attuned citizens of our global community.
Experience Saigon’s legendary buzz
Savor Hanoi’s French colonial charm
Boat the mighty Mekong Delta
Photograph rare scenery
Visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels
Honor U.S. veterans on China Beach
Relax in Hoi An’s breezy seaside tropics
Shop modern and traditional markets
Meet former “Vietcong” generals
Bike through local fishing villages
Trek terraced highlands to Hmong villages
Relax on breathtaking beaches
Taste Vietnamese-French fusion cuisine
Volunteer with Agent-Orange disabled children
Meditate in serene monasteries along the Perfume River
Kayak through limestone islands of mysterious Halong Bay
Trek through vibrant rainforest mountains
Understand past conflict and modern prosperity
We offer many trips based upon differing curriculum Themes. Our current themes are guides by your school, and to determine which specific Theme is offered please contact your Trip Leader for your school.
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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Paul Rusesabagina, hero of Hotel Rwanda
This hero will speak about the Rwandan genocide and how the courage of ordinary people standing up to evil can make a difference. When: Friday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Where: SBCC, 721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara Cost: Free Age limit: Not available Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings, Lectures, Special Events Description: Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who saved […]