History and service learning is more than an activity: it’s a mindset, a relationship and a way of being in the world. Meaningful projects are collaborations between equals, an opportunity to learn and give while respecting the local communities.
It’s about solidarity: not charity.
Our history and service learning is conducted with sustainable non-profit organizations serving people recovering from conflict: genocide survivors, land-mine victims, economically marginalized-poor. We engage students in empathy-mapping through a social-entrepreneurship framework. What problems can I help solve with my skills? Students return from their Peace Works Travel tour empowered to take positive action.
We work closely with you to determine the best project fit for your group.
Direct service invites our students to contribute their skills and talents toward advancing a project or fulfilling a specific need. The projects are short-term, student-driven, and support local people towards continued self-sufficiency.
After learning about a social problem facing our friends abroad, students sponsor an event to raise funds and awareness in their own communities. Students create fundraising or supplies-collection efforts which generate resources for organizations addressing a community problem.
Examples include: movie screenings, car-washes, T-shirt / bake sales, art installments, walk-a-thons, school-wide collections or supplies drives. Schools can “adopt” a non-profit partner for sponsorship and measure annual progress towards a specific goal: funding additional nurses on staff at a clinic, increasing the number of scholarship students at an after-school arts and music program, clearing cluster bombs from hectares of agricultural land in SE Asia.
Advocacy and Awareness students are inspired to share what they learned abroad with their communities at home, and work towards solving problems through political activism and civic engagement. Successful examples include:
Each trip includes direct cultural-exchange activities with local children and a 1% donation to our non-profit partners who serve them. As a personal contribution, student travelers are asked to bring school / art supplies for play and educational activities with our native friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Paul Rusesabagina, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
The Santa Barbara Independent
Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California
Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California