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Photographer Turns His Lens to Cuba- Customized Tour Organizer Shares His Story

Posted by in Caribbean, Latin America, Trip Participant Stories on 7th December, 2011 | 1 Comment

Ron Herman's images from HavanaFor the past two years photographer and chair of Foothill College’s photography department, Ron Herman, has customized two Reality Tours delegations to Cuba. Learn more about his artistic example of building “people to people ties” with the arts community in Cuba and how making a difference inspired joint photography exhibits in the US & Cuba.
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Sharing The Harvest: Behind the Fair Trade Story of Reality Tours

Posted by in Environment & Sustainability, Fair Trade, Food and Agriculture, Labor and Economy, Latin America on 28th November, 2011 | 1 Comment

Fair Harvest in the Dominican RepublicReality Tours shares its Fair Trade Tourism story. As consumers in the “global north” we have become accustomed to the ease with which we buy products from around the world, but it is easy to be oblivious to how our choices effect people’s lives in producer communities. Global Exchange’s Fair Harvest Reality Tours exposes how our global economy impacts the lives of farmers around the world and advocates for fair alternatives while supporting community based, socially responsible tourism with Fair Trade and service learning.
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How You Can Qualify to Travel to Cuba and Celebrate New Year’s in Havana

Posted by in Caribbean, Featured, Latin America on 24th October, 2011 | 2 Comments

Trip with Jeff Greenwald and Ethical TravelerThere’s a special trip to Cuba being planned for New Year’s. Find out you can qualify to go, and why the special license you’ll need to go is so special.
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Giving Thanks Part 4: Making Long Lasting Connections with Anne Kelly & Mark Van Wormer

Posted by in Latin America, Trip Participant Stories on 18th November, 2010 | No Comments

polaroid-anne-and-markFor today’s Giving Thanks series, Global Exchange’s Zarah Patriana thanks two past Reality Tours participants, Anne Kelly and Mark Van Wormer, fellow travelers she met on a delegation to Nicaragua.
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Past Participant Amy Murray shares experience on the Not for Sale Delegation to Peru

Posted by in Featured, Human trafficking, Latin America, Trip Participant Stories on 12th October, 2010 | 1 Comment

154This past June, Reality Tour participant, Amy Murray went to  Peru on the Not For Sale Advocacy Delegation on Human Trafficking. Read on as she shares her experience with us. I am a graduate student, and, as a requirement for my school, I had to do a cultural immersion. The immersion required me to spend […]
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Past Participant Larry Heath shares his insights on his Reality Tour to Nicaragua

Posted by in Latin America, Trip Participant Stories on 7th October, 2010 | No Comments

IMG_1095This past July, Reality Tour participant, Larry Heath went on the Reality Tour delegation to Nicaragua to explore Fair Trade and alternatives to neo-liberalism. Read on as he shares his experience with us.
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Oppose the Coup Attempt in Ecuador

Posted by in Featured, Latin America on 30th September, 2010 | 1 Comment

ForestFumigationOtavaloEarly this morning, Ecuadorians woke up to a state of national unrest as sections of the national police and military coordinated nation-wide protests against President Rafael Correa’s democratically-elected government. In an interview, Correa insisted that the protests were a coup d’etat attempt by the opposition. Insist that the Obama administration unconditionally support President Rafael Correa and his democratically-elected government.
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Bolivia Reclaiming Food Sovereignty, Part I: The resurgence of native foods

Posted by in Latin America on 31st August, 2010 | 3 Comments

tomatoesThis blog was written by Tanya Kerssen.  She will be traveling with Global Exchange and Food First on the upcoming Food and Farms delegation to Bolivia. Drastic variations in climate and topography—ranging from tropical jungles and subtropical cloud forests to the vast arid plains of the Altiplano—make Bolivian agriculture a truly remarkable feat. Before the […]
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Participant Story: Tom Christie shares his journey to Peru

Posted by in Human trafficking, Latin America, Trip Participant Stories on 2nd August, 2010 | 3 Comments

machupicchuSince returning two weeks ago from the Reality Tour to Peru, scores of friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances have asked me, “So how was your trip?” and for the first time ever upon returning from a vacation, I stumbled over the answer. “Great” or “we had a wonderful time” certainly did not describe the experience, […]
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Costa Rica about to Lose its Neutrality

Posted by in Latin America on 27th July, 2010 | No Comments

costa_ricaBy Marta Sanchez, Global Exchange Costa Rica Program Officer As you might know, Costa Rica, a country bound to its ideals of anti-militarism and pacifism, is ready to break its tradition of neutrality, which started after the army abolition in 1949. Our territory is now about to become virtually occupied by the US military, under […]
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