Introducing RISE Conscious Travel Series
A RISE place-based course will be a one-hour, asynchronous online course co-created by RISE Travel Institute and a value-aligned community representative, company, or organization from a particular tourism destination. The content will include a deep dive into the history of the place and its indigenous culture, the social, political, economic, and/or environmental issues local communities and ecosystems face nowadays, and stories of the resilience of the locals amidst challenges. At the end of the course, travelers will be provided with some examples of how to travel mindfully and maximize their positive impact on the destination. The course will also showcase some sustainable development initiatives, conservation efforts, and community empowerment projects that travelers can support.
The objective of these courses is multifold:
Providing travelers the knowledge and the tools to have a more transformative and enriching experience
Generating a sustainable revenue stream for destination partners and the communities they support through student enrolment all year round
Increasing the visibility of grassroots sustainable development projects
Amplifying the voices of local and Indigenous communities around the world by providing them a platform to share their own stories
Course descriptions and instructor bios will be shared here as they become available. The first destination course is scheduled to release in Spring 2022. Please stay tuned!