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What is RISE Travel Institute's Flagship Program?

RISE Travel Institute's Flagship Program is an online certificate program comprising 10 sessions over 10 weeks. The content explores different aspects of sustainable travel through structured, rigorous, research-based education. We are taking a systems-thinking approach to address the intersection of social justice, community development, animal protection, and environmental sustainability during  travel. Students who complete the program and a capstone project will receive our Certificate in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel. Graduates can apply to join one of our domestic or international Experiential Journeys to put theory into practice.

What is the Flagship Program format?

  • A 10-week online certificate program

  • The program is conducted in English

  • 10 self-paced, 4-hour sessions, which include:

    • ​A pre-recorded video lecture with closed captions (~45-60 min)

    • At least 1 required reading and/or case study

    • A quiz

    • A list of actionable key take-aways and prompts for reflection

    • A total of 3 interactive Zoom meetings throughout the program where students can meet with instructors, discuss what they’ve learned or ask questions

  • There will be an option capstone project due upon completion of the 10 sessions

    • The capstone project is required to receive the Certificate in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel

What are the 10 sessions included in the Flagship Program?

Who are the instructors?

The Flagship Program is designed and taught by the RISE Travel Institute team in collaboration with academics and professionals in tourism, social justice, animal protection, and environmental sustainability. Please click here to learn more about our instructors.

Who should take the Flagship Program?

  • Our Flagship Program is open to all 

  • Highly recommended for full-time university students

  • Members of the travel industry and international education / study abroad industry

  • University and high schools administrators, teachers and parents

  • Anyone who wants to become a more mindful traveler

How will the Flagship Program help you become a more
mindful traveler? 

  • Understand different frameworks of sustainability and approach sustainable travel in a holistic way

  • Understand the history of travel and locate yourself on the spectrum of power to bring about a more just and equitable world

  • Bring more consciousness in making decisions around planning travel 

  • Make travel more inclusive and accessible for people at all intersections of identity

  • Learn how to decolonize our travel experiences on indigenous lands

  • Contribute to sustainable animal protection and biodiversity conservation

  • Get involved with regenerative and equitable ways for cross-cultural exchange in lieu of conventional voluntourism

  • Respond to the climate emergency and be a part of the climate justice movement 

  • Photograph and document our travels ethically and responsibly

  • Learn how intentional and mindful travel can create the most good and the least harm for the communities we visit

When will the Flagship Program take place?

February Cohort:

February 26 - May 5, 2024

(Registration open!)

How much is tuition?

RISE Flagship Program Tuition: 

  • $800 USD for non-students

  • $400 USD full-time university students 

  • Financial assistance available

    • Half and full tuition grants are available for full-time university students with proven financial need (Send inquiries to

    • Tiered pricing model makes our programs and courses more accessible (Read more about our pricing model here)

    • Payment plans available

  • Textbooks are not included in the program cost

Why should you take the Flagship Program?

  • Educational benefits

    • Be a part of a new, one-of-a-kind program in the sustainable tourism industry with a unique anti-oppression lens

    • Study with international faculty and experts in the field

    • Acquire the necessary knowledge and tools to become a mindful traveler

    • Be eligible to join future domestic and international Experiential Journeys to put theory into practice 

  • Networking opportunities

    • Collaborate with like-minded students and RISE staff

    • Connect with sustainability leaders and professionals in international education

    • Join our growing global community 

    • Build relationships in our RISE alumni network

  • Career advantages

    • Earn professional credentials for your resume (10 digital badges and a certificate)

    • Present your capstone project to RISE partners and supporters at our annual student conference 

    • Attend future RISE events and be a RISE global ambassador

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