Complete certified professional development hours while gaining experience in hands-on, inquiry-based, socially conscious curriculum at an exciting international destination.
Our Digital Storytelling Teacher Training program brings together like-minded globally conscious educators with award-winning media industry professionals for 8 to 14 day tours to amazing locations. On these teacher-only trips you will create compelling stories, learn how to integrate digital storytelling methods into your classroom, and leave with the skills to lead your own digital storytelling trip with students abroad to a destination of your choosing.
Join nationally award-winning cinema and journalism teacher Michael Hernandez on an exciting digital storytelling teacher training trip to Guatemala. Teachers are guided through the process of teaching students to produce multimedia stories both in their own communities and abroad. Training includes practical use of hand-held media to create compelling content, securing subject interviews with empathy, and capture the experience of people and cultures first-hand. By making your own project, you will learn the technical and storytelling elements needed to create powerful narratives that resonate with audiences. Michael offers insight on how to effectively apply processes in your classroom, communities and as a teacher leading student groups abroad.
In our daily travel workshops, participants acquire skills and practical exercises for their own classrooms:
-Journalism Fundamentals: Story identification and development
-Ethics of Digital Reporting: Truth and cultural sensitivity
-Techniques to Hook and Hold an Audience
-Easy Script Writing Formula
-Video Production Techniques
-Distribution Strategies: Creating a YouTube Channel/Building a Blog
- Stroll through charming pueblos
- Explore ancient Mayan culture
- Trek coffee farms and experience fair trade farming first hand
- Hike a spectacular volcano
- Photograph rare scenery
- Boat across sparkling Lake Atitlan
- Shop in colorful markets
- Understand how young Mayan women make positive impacts within the community
While exploring the intriguing country of Cuba, teachers are guided through the process of teaching students to produce multimedia stories both in their own communities and abroad. Training includes practical use of hand-held media to create compelling content, securing subject interviews with empathy, and capture the experience of people and cultures first-hand.
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. Witness the ultimate renaissance and the triumph of hope.
The word “Vietnam” is shorthand for complexity: 1960’s American Cultural Revolution, geopolitics and military miscalculations. Explore Southeast Asia’s extraordinary beauty in friendship today. Understand the causes of conflict and the riches of peace.
It’s about solidarity, not charity. Work and learn with non-profit organizations serving people recovering from conflict: genocide survivors, land-mine victims, economically marginalized-poor. We engage students using a social-entrepreneurship framework sustaining local prosperity long after we return home.
“Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes,” says the ancient Indian sage. The path to believing requires courageous people to bear witness. Our Digital Journalism Trips teach professional skills-- photography, video, blogging, and multi-media—to give voice to the voiceless. What’s your story? Discover and share truth across boundaries.
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
Day One in Rwanda
We arrive in Kigali under cover of darkness, and awake the next morning to a stunning view of ochre earth hills adorned with verdant green. All the students are healthy, rested, enthusiastic for our explorations ahead.Our first excursion is to the Kigali genocide museum. Students questions are thoughtful, their observations sincerely revealing of active inquiry. […]