“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
Socially-conscious travel means having a positive impact on our destinations through humility, sustainable choices and awareness of our actions. We believe in leaving a place better than we find it, taking in what is beautiful with what is real. As curious ambassadors from the developed world, the stories we bring back from these study abroad programs deepen global citizenship and inspire hope in the human capacity for positive change. With our educational travel programs, we offer our travelers a chance to replace “international volunteer opportunities” with meaningful social entrepreneurship: our educational travel programs support local vendors, hotels, restaurants, artists who invest in the integrity of their community and ecosystems. We research our international volunteer opportunities thoroughly, understand the context and culture of the communities we visit, and ensure that what we bring to “offer” –skills and experience– match the needs of our destination partners. Together, we are promoting a movement of ethical engagement abroad. We allow travelers of all ages to understand the essence and character of a place, give of their hearts, with the skills and mindsets they need to “make a difference,” not just while traveling, but for the rest of their lives.
All of our student teacher travel programs meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Mission:
“To improve tourism’s potential to be a driver of positive conservation and economic development for communities and businesses around the world and a tool for poverty alleviation.”
Our unique student teacher travel program themes include:
We invite travelers to experience the magic beyond the tourist exterior. In our teacher travel programs, we are welcomed as family by inspirational people making a positive impact in their communities. Additional options include:
Class Trips – Make your curriculum a journey of life-long learning with our.
Adult Trip Packages – Tailored for your special group and interests.
Build Your Own Custom Trip – Combine elements of our destinations for a unique adventure.
Please contact us to develop your desired study abroad programs. We are happy to create around your needs.
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
From The Blog
Mira Costa School – A New World
by Scott Schaffer on April 3, 2014 in Letters From Cambodia The first day of our great adventure began with what felt like someone put us in an oven. With heat and humidity that none of us have ever experienced before, the crew was left dumb struck by the pure intensity of the sun above us. Although this first thought […]