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Ecuador, Oil and the Yasuní

Posted by in Environment & Sustainability, Indigenous Rights, Latin America on 2nd September, 2016 | 1 Comment

Yasuni-national-park-007The Yasuní region of the Amazon rainforest is one of the most precious and important areas on the entire planet. A UNESCO world biosphere reserve, many scientists consider it to be the most biologically diverse region on Earth. One hectare of the area is home to a richer mix of trees, birds, amphibians, and reptiles than the US and Canada put together. One big problem: the area also sits on top of lots of oil.
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Juan de Dios Gomez Ramírez – Our Partner in Oaxaca

Posted by in Art and Culture, Education, Environment & Sustainability, Featured, Food and Agriculture, Guest Posts, Indigenous Rights, Latin America, Partner and Trip Leader Stories, Peace and Conflict on 2nd September, 2016 | No Comments

unnamed2Juan de Dios Gomez Ramírez has been leading Global Exchange trips to Oaxaca since 2005. This month, in the lead up to our annual Day of the Dead trip to Oaxaca from October 28-November 5, we are featuring a write-up of his fascinating background, written by Juan de Dios himself. And yes, there are still spots available on this year’s trip!
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In Pursuit of Pashmak: Middle East Reality Tours Director Drea Hightower on her second visit to Iran

Posted by in Uncategorized on 12th August, 2016 | 4 Comments

I opened the box with care, I had been of course waiting for this moment for two years.  I lift out the delicate pink paper insert with the vintage oval photographs of the three founders of the shirini (sweets) shop.  I gently unraveled the plastic bag and gazed upon the yellow fluffy substance before me. […]
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Congratulations to the 2016 Reality Tours Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by in Uncategorized on 8th August, 2016 | No Comments

After receiving over 50 submissions to the 2016 Photo Contest over this past month, we at Reality Tours are excited to announce our Grand Prize Winner and Popular Choice Winner of this year’s contest. Thank you to all of those who shared beautiful stories and memories with us through your photos! Now onto the winners… […]
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The Devastating Effects of Extractive Activities on Peru’s Indigenous Peoples

Posted by in Uncategorized on 8th August, 2016 | No Comments

Here Natalie Lefevre, Global Exchange’s in-country partner in Peru, provides an overview of the destruction caused by Peru’s extractive industries. Learn more about Peru’s economy and indigenous struggles during our upcoming Reality Tour to Peru this August 4th-15th, Ancient Civilizations & Modern Day Peru Unearthed.  The primary threat to indigenous lands today is that of the extractive […]
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Additions to the Global Exchange team and Mexico Reality Tours Schedule!

Posted by in Uncategorized on 8th August, 2016 | No Comments

Meet Chelis Lopez, Digital Campaigns Coordinator for the Peace, Life and Justice Caravan and learn about a new Global Exchange Reality Tour to her hometown: Oaxaca, Mexico.  We here at Global Exchange would like to introduce you to our newest staff member, Chelis Lopez, who has been working at Global Exchange since February running our […]
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Custom Reality Tour to Chile: Report

Posted by in Uncategorized on 8th August, 2016 | No Comments

Anne Kass and her group of 6 friends have just returned from their second Custom Reality Tour with Global Exchange. Read on for her insightful reflections on their 9 days in Chile: As many US citizens as possible should travel to, read about or otherwise educate themselves about Chile.   It is a country that was decimated by […]
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The Economic and Environmental Justice tour of Argentina and Uruguay: Reflections by Rick Moniz

Posted by in Uncategorized on 8th August, 2016 | No Comments

Rick Moniz, long time friend of Global Exchange and cofounder of Knowing the Way Travel, reflects here on another successful Custom Reality Tour. After working with the Global Exchange team to design a custom schedule and market the program, he was joined by 8 other participants on this remarkable 2 week journey to Argentina. Read […]
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Join a GX tour and have a life-changing experience

Posted by in Uncategorized on 8th August, 2016 | No Comments

A Reflection by Laura Stokes , in the Progressive Democrats of America’s Digest  Many of us have wanted Bernie Sanders to speak more clearly and forcefully about his foreign policy. I understand why he is focusing on what seems to be most important to Americans right now. But our relationship to the rest of the world […]
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Q&A with Director Drea Hightower: An Inside look at Reality Tours to Cuba

Posted by in Art and Culture, Caribbean, Education, Featured, Latin America, Partner and Trip Leader Stories, Peace and Conflict, Trip Participant Stories on 27th February, 2016 | No Comments

HAD98004K020Since 1988, Global Exchange has been offering meaningful, socially responsible travel through our Reality Tours. For eight of those years, Drea Hightower has been the backbone of our tours to Cuba. As a tribute to her leadership, and appreciated presence at Global Exchange, we would like to share with you a deeper look at our Reality […]
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