What is AEA doing to be sustainable?
How did AEA get started - and Why?
In 2005, in an effort to create unique programs and facilitate meaningful connections for university groups traveling to Asia, Academic Experiences Abroad was launched. After just one year of successful programs, university partners began asking us to create programs to Brazil, Ghana, and Europe, so we started exploring those possibilities. As our clients’ needs have evolved, we have grown too, expanding our services while always keeping in mind the original mission. Today, AEA continues to facilitate connections and offer unique, customized, faculty-led programs. And our programs are no longer limited to Asia; they are available throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, the Caribbean, parts of the Middle East, and much of Africa.
Our travels impact people and planet – for better or for worse.
- 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 carbon footprint. Carry a reusable bag and water bottle whenever possible. Limit purchases that involve excessive plastic and animal parts. Educate yourself about onsetting, offsetting and the social cost of carbon.
- Bring needed supplies. There is always a need for more supplies for projects, schools, communities and more. If you are unsure of what is needed, please ask AEA.