Journalism & Digital Storytelling Tours

“To explore the unknown and the familiar, distant and near, and to record in detail with the eyes of a child, any beauty, horror, irony, traces of utopia or Hell.” – Dan Eldon, Creative Activist

Got courage to tell the story? Grab your hand-held media and Go!

Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, and investigative journalism these one-of-a-kind digital storytelling trips empower you to skillfully transmit global truths. Students learn key aspects of topic research, news gathering, story reporting, production and the distribution process. We provide insider’s access to notable locals with fascinating stories to share. On tour, students receive daily instruction from Emmy Award-winning journalists with experience on assignment for ABC or NBC news in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America and the United States.

Student Films produced from our Digital Storytelling trips have earned highest awards in film festivals across the nation Be recognized for your Creative Vision. Speak Truth.

Peace Works Travel student journalists explore Laos to reveal important stories about the collateral damage of the Secret War.

Us & Us

Dehumanization: it’s a big concept. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, this compelling video shows how humans of all colors and creeds can use self-awareness to preclude the tendency to dehumanize the “Other.”

Wings of Peace

What lessons from Hiroshima can bridge the gap between a devastating past and a hopeful future? In this multiple-award winning film, two Japanese-American teens journey to Laos with origami papers in hand.

Teacher Training Trips

Join award-winning media industry professionals on fun, hands-on, inquiry-based international professional development adventures. On these trips you will create compelling stories with hand-held devices (iphone, iPad, or DSLR camera), learn how to integrate digital storytelling methods into courses of all levels and subject areas, expand your talents in photography, video, journalism, and inquiry-based projects, and acquire the skill to lead your own digital storytelling trips with students abroad.

Join our next Teacher Training trip to Guatemala, July 6-14, 2017!

Laos Highlights

Travel with Purpose – Uncovering The Secret War

In spring of 2013, a group of aspiring video journalists from Harvard-Westlake School spent ten days in Laos immersing themselves in the culture, volunteering at preschools, and interviewing cluster bomb victims. Forty years earlier, the U.S. military ceased its air war in Southeast Asia, but in the present, unexploded ordnance (UXO) accidentally detonates and maims or kills an average of one Laotian per day. An estimated 80 million “bombies,” each about the size of a tennis ball, are still “live” today.

The students returned home determined to publicize the victims’ stories through video, writing, and visual art, thus giving voice to an innocent people still living under the shadow of the Vietnam War. They founded, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy, awareness and fundraising for cluster bomb victims. Their Student Films have earned highest recognition in film festivals nationwide.

Myanmar Highlights

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.

  • Climb labyrinthine ancient golden pagodas
  • Savor sumptuous cuisine
  • Volunteer with local children
  • Photograph sunrise from Mandalay’s romantic bridge
  • Shop traditional and modern markets
  • Stroll wide colonial boulevards
  • Meditate with monks in ethereal monasteries
  • Trek vibrant hills to mysterious temples
  • Boat the hauntingly beautiful Inle Lake
  • Sunset along the powerful Ayeyarwady River
  • Relax on the Bay of Bengal sandy beaches
  • Bicycle between the sacred stupas of Bagan

Vietnam Highlights

Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, insider’s experiences and service-learning, this one-of-a-kind trip 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

Cuba Highlights

Witness history manifest through an enchanting exploration of an enigmatic island in rare transformation. Perhaps the only place on Earth where time isn’t money, Cuba is a living museum of culture, music and boundless human creativity. Understand connectivity, commerce and social entrepreneurship as vehicles for long term peace between historical rivals.

  • Walk Old Town Havana
  • Explore colonial and native island culture
  • Photograph rare scenery
  • Taste creative island cuisine
  • Experience Afro-Caribbean rhythms
  • Play baseball with local children
  • Learn to Dance Salsa and Rumba
  • Visit Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts
  • Trek tobacco farms and old sugar plantations
  • Snorkel vibrant coastal reefs on tropical beaches
  • Meet notable artists, intellectuals and revolutionaries

Rwanda Highlights

Visit Africa’s most peaceful country now honoring the 20 year anniversary of a genocide that shocked the world. 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.

  • Explore dynamic capital city
  • Kigali Dance with Hutu & Tutsi people in celebration of unity
  • Experience dynamic art and agricultural cooperatives
  • Volunteer with local children
  • Understand hidden history at key genocide memorial sites
  • Hike volcanic mountains surrounding vibrant lakes
  • Shop traditional and modern markets
  • Visit colonial relics and ancient cultural museums
  • Learn traditional basketry and artisan handicrafts
  • Trek mountains with giant Silverback Gorillas

Cambodia Highlights

Our meaningful engagement with kind-hearted locals brings the diverse realities of Cambodia to life: family farmers, genocide survivors, humanitarians, factory workers, artists and scholars. Travelers understand history of Cambodia at the local, regional, and global levels.  Go Deep: innovate social entrepreneurial ideas in a land resonating resiliency of the human spirit.

  • Explore Phnom Penh’s urban buzz
  • Boat the mighty Mekong River at sunset
  • Tuk-Tuk ride through charming colonial streets
  • Savor gourmet French fusion cuisine
  • Volunteer at preschools with local children
  • Ride elephants through jungle clearings
  • Understand history and healing at the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison
  • Meditate in serene monasteries
  • Photograph mysterious Angkor Wat at sunrise, 7th Wonder of the World
  • Visit floating villages on the legendary Tonle Sap Lake
  • Shop modern and traditional markets
  • Inspire yourself with music and dance workshops
  • Relax on breathtaking beaches
  • Volunteer with landmine victims
  • Trek through vibrant coastal rainforest
  • Enjoy insider’s access to genocide survivors, artists and local heroes