Genocides don’t just “happen.” They are the product of incremental –but perceivable – policies of targeted hate. Join us on our transcendent discoveries from horror to healing. During our student teacher educational travel, witness the ultimate renaissance and the triumph of hope. Understand the roots of prejudice and discrimination from courageous souls with an unimaginable past. In Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge once-targeted artists and intellectuals for execution, we dance with survivors who know: Art. Saves. Lives. In Rwanda, cooperative projects uniting Hutu and Tutsi together teach us about the power of forgiveness. Creative itineraries balance darkness and light, exposing students to key sites memorializing the past and celebrating recovery. Program Leaders use Facing History and Ourselves curriculum for empathy-building in our communities at home.
“Walking through Tuol Sleng Prison showed me a passage into the dark crevices of human capability. As I saw the photo displays of the victims, rows upon rows of faces, all with the haunting look of knowledge, terrible knowledge of their imminent demise. I realized how, no matter how “civilized” we appear, humans are capable of the worst imaginable things. Who could bear to witness those faces, fraught with fear of their own fate, and go on unaffected? It was in that moment I knew my purpose: I must dedicate my life to justice.”
– Julia Kreissman, Sophomore, Laguna Blanca School, 2010
Photo Highlights: Rwanda
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
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
Pet and feed gentle elephants, learn how tourists impact their lives
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
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
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
Traditional Homestay on the Mekong Delta
Santa Barbara students in Vietnam Days 4 & 5 The home stay for us was a really great experience! We arrived at our home stay late at night to a wonderful dinner and buzzing mosquitos complemented by mosquito nets for the beds. The night we spent there was a fantastic bonding experience, but we woke […]