Students to Present Projects on Sustainable Travel
at RISE Travel Institute's Student Conference October 2, 2021
Edgewater, NJ -- Graduates of RISE Travel Institute’s 2021 Pilot Program in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel will present their Capstone Projects at RISE’s Inaugural Student Conference on October 2, 2021.
In June of 2021, more than 60 students from around the world embarked on RISE Travel Institute’s Pilot Program, a 10-week online certificate program on sustainability and anti-oppression in travel. RISE Travel Institute defines sustainable travel as “traveling in such a way that there exists a harmonious interaction between travelers, host communities, and the planet, promoting mutually beneficial impacts on all.” And Anti-Oppression is “the strategies, theories, actions and practices that actively challenge systems of oppression on an ongoing basis in one's daily life and in social justice/change work.”
During the 10-week asynchronous program taught by world-renowned academics, authors, scientists, and sustainability experts, students learned about: defining sustainability, how to build inclusivity, decolonizing tourism, Indigenous land and people, animals in tourism, conservation of biodiversity, the impacts of climate change from and on tourism, challenging power dynamics in travel and voluntourism, ethical photography, and more. They also came together in three live sessions to discuss what they learned and how to implement sustainable practices into travel as well as their everyday lives. The textbook for the course is Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World (2019) by Dr. Anu Taranath.
Students in the Pilot Program hail from all over the world including Australia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Uganda and the U.S. Though the program is designed for all types of travelers, the majority of students are professionals working in the sustainable travel space as well as international education and some are university graduate students in tourism and sustainability.
In order to receive RISE Travel Institute’s Certificate in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel, students are required to complete a Capstone Project. The purpose of the Capstone Project is to research and investigate a problem or conflict which is present in the travel and tourism industry, identify the systemic cause(s) of the problem, and to find sustainable and equitable solutions to that problem utilizing theories and concepts from various sessions of the Pilot Program.
“Taking part in RISE Travel Institute’s Pilot Program was everything I'd hoped for - so much interesting content, access to fascinating experts, and above all, a program that made me stop and think properly about a lot of issues I'd been meandering around in my thinking without sinking my teeth into them properly. I particularly appreciated the impetus the capstone project provided for me to go deeper into an area of interest - I chose ethical animal tourism because the session on this topic was especially interesting, and taught me to look at the issue of elephant tourism in an entirely new way. I also loved that I got to showcase my learnings not as an essay but as an episode for my show, The Thoughtful Travel Podcast - this meant that not only did I get to learn something new, but so did my audience.”
- Amanda Kendle, Podcaster, The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
On October 2nd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST and again from 2:00 - 4:00 pm EST, more than a dozen students will present their Capstone Projects at RISE Travel Institute’s Inaugural Student Conference. The event is open to the public. Please join us to support our first cohort of students, and learn more about pressing challenges and new solutions in the travel and tourism industry. RSVP at the following link:
About RISE Travel Institute:
Founded in 2020, RISE Travel Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to inspire responsible, impactful, sustainable, and ethical travel through education. Our online certificate program in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel aims to educate travelers, students of tourism, and travel industry professionals who are committed to creating lasting positive social and environmental change both abroad and at home. In addition to our online programming, our program graduates have the opportunity to travel on one of our Experiential Journeys to various destinations around the world, allowing students to put their newly acquired knowledge into practice, experience mindful travel, and get involved with sustainable community projects. Our programs are open to anyone anywhere in the world and we aim to make them accessible to all by providing tuition grants and travel scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need.
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