President Trump used the international stage at the United Nations this week to ask the world to adopt his vision of racist nationalism, hostile borders, and unregulated, climate-killing capitalism.
To put it mildly, we don’t agree.
Global Exchange has always stood for a vision of one world and a global future that works for all people — not just the rich and powerful.
We know it won’t be easy to create a future in which human rights are respected universally, our climate and fragile ecosystems are protected, and where people live in peace.
And we know it will take people and movements from across the globe working together to get there.
That’s why we have dedicated ourselves to building people-to-people ties at home and around the world for the last 30 years.
We invite you to travel with us now to keep the vision and struggle for a kind and just world alive. Meeting people in other countries and discovering our mutual loves and interests is an important antidote to Trump’s ugly and dangerous nationalism.
Since 1988 our Reality Tours program has worked to unite people and movements around the world. We have organized travel for tens of thousands of Americans — to meet, speak with, and learn from people and movements working for peace, justice, human rights, and the defense of nature — in Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Right now, even as Trump goes global with his ugly message to the United Nations, we have delegations on the ground in Cuba and Iran building friendships, dissolving misconceptions, and establishing solidarity with communities working for peace and a brighter and more connected future for all of us.
We have open delegations planned to Cuba, Ecuador, Nepal, Vietnam, Mexico, and other destinations in the coming year. As always, we design our itineraries to provide maximum opportunity to meet people, communities, and movements working for environmental justice, peace, and the rights of workers, women, and nature.
You will meet extraordinary people and have an experience that can open your life to new possibilities.
Come on a Reality Tour with us. Help us build the more-beautiful future we know is possible.
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Havana 500: Celebrating the founding of Cuba’s Vibrant Capital City
November 9 – 17, 2019
We’ll spend 9 exciting days exploring Havana’s historic plazas, museums, neighborhoods, historical sites and even palaces. We’ll have unique people-to-people exchanges from across sectors of Cuban society, all while visiting community projects, a media outlet, schools, an environmentally focused organization, and several unique arts and culture related projects. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in numerous festive community events, marking the founding of this vibrant city and its people!
New Years in Ecuador: Environmental Justice from the Andes to the Amazon
December 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Travel to the Ecuadorian highlands and the Amazon basin for a deep-dive into the Indigenous-led grassroots resistance to the exploitative toxic practices of extractive industries. You will be introduced to some of the most successful local and international efforts to bring environmental and social justice to the Andes and the Amazon.
Nepal: The Dalit Struggle for Justice
November 20 – 29, 2019
This 10-day long journey begins in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. We’ll meet with community leaders, the National Dalit Commission, and the United Nations High Commission working to address caste-based discrimination. We’ll travel to the small village of Aapshawara, to take a deeper dive into the Dalit struggle and culture, make our way to Australian Camp near Pokhara, take a short trek to a breathtaking view of the Annapurna Himalayan Range, and then before returning to Kathmandu, we’ll relax at Nepal’s serene lakeside city of Pokhara and visit some UNESCO World Heritage sites like Fewa Lake and the World Peace Pagoda.
February 21 – March 3, 2020
Travel to Vietnam with Global Exchange to examine the history, impact, and recovery process from foreign interventions including Vichy French colonial occupation, the Japanese invasion during WWII, and the protracted American War (or, Vietnam War). Throughout this 11 day trip, we will experience Vietnamese cultural and natural heritage while exchanging with local villagers..
Chiapas: Indigenous Rights & Environmental Justice
March 3 – 11, 2020
Join Global Exchange for a unique look into one of the most successful Indigenous rights movements in the Americas: the Zapatista uprising and its ongoing struggle for Indigenous autonomy. Learn about the local effects of globalization in the context of regional free trade agreements alongside the on-going efforts for economic justice and democracy.