Our travels impact people and planet – for better or for worse.
We want our impact to be “better” rather than “worse.”
We’re glad you asked.
Here are just a few ways to travel and plan faculty-led programs responsibly
Prioritize local needs in your program planning. Are they having a drought in the region you want to travel? Should you consider an alternate destinations? Do they want or need support in local schools or clinics? Will you be more of a burden than a blessing? AEA develops and maintains strong relationships with our in-country managers and team. Together we are constantly assessing whether or not our programs are collectively beneficial.
Know your role. You are a guest in someone else’s country – and sometimes in their home. Learn about and respect their customs and culture. Be open to discussions about your own.
Learn from a local. There’s no better way to learn about a place, culture, challenges, and triumphs than from a local. AEA can arrange special visits and guest lectures with entrepreneurs, experts, artists, and more.
Consider your footprint. Carry a reusable bag and water bottle whenever possible. Limit purchases that involve excessive plastic. Ask AEA and your hosts if there are other ways to help.