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Experiential Journeys

RISE Travel Institute is going to Guatemala
in Summer 2022!

(Details of the itinerary will be announced by early February)

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What is an Experiential Journey?

The RISE Experiential Journey is an opportunity for our students to see what they learned in the Flagship program put into practice in the real world. Experiential Journeys are curated with RISE’s commitment to sustainability and anti-oppression in mind. Participants will be ethical and mindful visitors, and will learn about how the tourism industry in each destination strives to improve.

Who is it for?

The RISE Experiential Journey is for graduates of the Flagship program. Priority will be given to students who complete capstone projects.

Where do we go?

Destinations are selected based on how well it and its tourism offerings align with the RISE Flagship Program.

How often and for how long?

Most Experiential Journeys will be between 10-14 days. We will start to run our Experiential Journeys twice a year from 2022 onwards. Our inaugural Experiential Journey is scheduled for August 2022 (our final decision will subject to Covid safety considerations for the local communities and our participants)

Examples of activities

  • Sustainable community development and empowerment projects such as:

    • Indigenous-led tourism activities

    • Ethical interaction with animals and wildlife

    • Sustainable conservation projects

  • Sightseeing of historical and cultural importance

  • Fun adventure and cultural activities such as:

    • Cooking classes

    • Weaving Workshops

    • Hiking and boating

Our commitment to sustainability and anti-oppression

  • Small group travel makes it easier to travel with low impact and support local restaurants, hotels, and other vendors

  • We strive to achieve carbon neutrality in all of our travel and activities

  • We aim to cut out the middleman by only working directly with local and Indigenous guides and service providers, to ensure that the money stays local and goes directly to support the local economy

  • We only partner with value-aligned organisations and businesses

  • We aim to tie the purpose of each activity back to our educational program

  • All Experiential Journey participants will take a RISE destination course before departure, to provide context for the trip and to ensure a more enriching experience

  • We will come together as a group for daily reflection to consider sustainability and anti-oppression in the destination

  • RISE Experiential Journeys hope to be able to support the communities and initiatives they partner with during the programs

  • We are committed to measuring and being transparent about the social and environmental impact of all of our Experiential Journeys

Travel Scholarships

A limited amount of need-based travel scholarships will be available to eligible participants