CONFLICT, ISOLATION, WAR, TERRORISM AND AUTOCRACY.
These issues are not limited to screens and lecture halls; rather, we are able to engage with them first hand through the people who have and still are experiencing them. There is so much we can learn from the experiences of others, and to meet people first hand, talk with them, hear their stories and share in their culture is tremendous.
It is our belief that honest and authentic engagement tears down walls, increases mutual understanding, and instills a sense of humility and gratefulness. This has the potential to change lives. “High risk” countries should not be excluded from this process. In most cases, while each country presents its own set of challenges, there are safe ways to visit and engage responsibly.
To us, the most difficult and rewarding aspects of tourism involve the willingness to visit countries on the infamous “travel advisory” list. If done carefully, it is not only possible to travel in these countries, but also make a truly memorable experience that can change how you see yourself and others.