November 26, 2012

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” –- Henry Miller.

Why do I want to travel with Friendship Tours again? Because it is so much more than just a vacation. It is more than a cultural immersion, it’s more than a simple education or community service. Their program is an intense-insider’s experience; creating relationships with real people-facing real issues is a boundary-breaking, perspective-shattering opportunity. The teachers at Friendship Tours World Travel helped me learn how to change lives. I want to go again because my previous trip helped me find a purpose and myself.
It is hard for to put into words how significant my trip to Vietnam was in Spring 2012.  It was an experience that will follow me through my entire life, one that I could never forget. Before my trip, I never knew how easy it was to change lives. It always seemed like such an idealistic concept, something only the selected few could really achieve. But I have since learned the power of one individual, the power of education, and the power independent journalism. I want to travel with Friendship Tours World Travel because it’s not only an opportunity for me to see and to learn, but to help others do the same.
Gabi Safranivicius

November 20, 2012

Sapa O' Chau and Community Power

Read the latest Rice Roots newsletter from Sapa O'Chau, one of our amazing service learning partners in Vietnam. Sapa O'Chau provides education to the ethnic minority girls and boys from the villages surrounding Sapa who would otherwise have limited access to educational opportunities beyond the age of ten.