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The RISE Traveler: Unpacking Conversations of Sustainable Travel

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The RISE Traveler podcast features eco-minded and socially conscious travelers, diversity and inclusion specialists, wildlife conservationists, environmental activists and anyone using travel as a way to uplift and inspire. In each episode, we will go a step beyond the “Instagram ready” world of travel, and take a look at how travel can be a source of growth and development for all people and all communities. This podcast is an extension of the RISE Travel Institute. A 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to empowering young travelers through educational programs, research, study tours and scholarships. Visit RISETravelInstitute.org to learn more.
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We take a pause from The RISE Traveler: Unpacking Conversations of Sustainable Travel podcast to speak with Vincie Ho, Ph.D., Executive Director and Founder of the RISE Travel Institute to talk about our Pilot Program.RISE Travel Institute's Pilot Program is an online certificate program consisting of 10 sessions, grouped into 3 modules over 10 weeks, and begins June 7th. The content explores different aspects of sustainable travel through structured, rigorous, research-based education. We are taking a systems-thinking approach to address the intersection of social justice, community development, animal protection, and environmental sustainability with regards to travel. Students that successfully complete the program and a capstone project will receive our Certificate in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel. Graduates can apply to join one of our domestic or international Experiential Journeys to put theory into practice. Learn more here: https://www.risetravelinstitute.org/pilotprogram2021
Steve Hesse is a longtime traveler. He's backpacked and hitchhiked across multiple countries and traveled with students in his role as a university professor. He's also a senior advisor at RISE Travel Institute. Listen as he discusses his life-altering travel experiences and his approach to travel education.Host: Amy Hager - Social Media Manager at The RISE Travel Institute Video and Audio Editing: Romar Dingo - Digital Media and Information Technology Specialist at The RISE Travel InstituteGraphic Design: Shirley Wong - Freelance Art DirectorMusic: On My Way by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-wayLicense: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Eliza Raymond, Co-founder of Good Travel and Senior Advisor for Curriculum Development at RISE Travel Institute, shares her expertise on volunteering while traveling and sheds light on what a truly mutually beneficial, positive travel experience looks and feels like. She challenges us all to go beyond the “bucket list,” and open ourselves up to more meaningful travel experiences.Host: Amy Hager - Social Media Manager at The RISE Travel Institute Video and Audio Editing: Romar Dingo - Digital Media and Information Technology Specialist at The RISE Travel InstituteGraphic Design: Shirley Wong - Freelance Art DirectorMusic: On My Way by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-wayLicense:https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
In this episode, RISE Senior Advisor and Development Coordinator at Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Genevieve Huneault, shares her expertise on regenerative and indigenous tourism experiences. She also explains the transformative impact that travel has had on her life and shares some helpful tips for those planning their first trip abroad.Host: Amy Hager - Social Media Manager at The RISE Travel Institute Graphic Design: Shirley Wong - Freelance Art DirectorMusic: On My Way by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-wayLicense: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
In this episode of The RISE Traveler, Amy sits down with Justine Abigail Yu, Senior Advisor at RISE Travel Institute. Justine advises RISE on its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy and has devoted her career to creating a more just and equitable world for all. She shares her positive outlook on the future of travel, thoughts on how to incorporate a DEI mindset in order to truly achieve sustainability, and to how to better support local communities while traveling.Host: Amy Hager - Social Media Manager at The RISE Travel Institute Video and Audio Editing: Romar Dingo - Digital Media and Information Technology Specialist at The RISE Travel InstituteGraphic Design: Shirley Wong - Freelance Art DirectorMusic: On My Way by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-wayLicense: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/About: Justine Abigail YuJustine Abigail Yu is a communications and marketing strategist who has worked with organizations operating in North America, Central America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. Her expertise lies in growing enterprises from the ground up through strategic digital marketing, compelling storytelling, and genuine community engagement all through an anti-oppression lens. Justine currently serves as Wanderful's Communications Director. She is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Hyphen, an emerging magazine that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians – that is, individuals who call Canada home but who have roots in often faraway places.She and the publication have been featured on international, national, and local media outlets including NextShark, CTV National News, CBC Metro Morning, CBC Ontario Morning, and CityTV’s Breakfast Television, among other news outlets.Justine Abigail is a fierce advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion – and ultimately, anti-oppression. Her mission is to stir the conscience and spur social change.
Dr. Vincie Ho recounts some of her most sustainable travel experiences and opens up about her missteps from her travels in the past, as well as moments when she had to check her privilege. She shares a few questions we all can ask ourselves in order to be more mindful travelers. This interview shines a light on the power of sustainable tourism and challenges us to think about the positive or negative impacts we can have on travel destinations. Learn more on our website: https://www.risetravelinstitute.org/Host: Amy Hager - Social Media Manager at The RISE Travel Institute Video and Audio Editing: Romar Dingo - Digital Media and Information Technology Specialist at The RISE Travel InstituteGraphic Design: Shirley Wong - Freelance Art DirectorMusic: On My Way by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-wayLicense: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/About: Dr. Vincie Ho, President and FounderA humane educator and social justice advocate, Vincie founded RISE Travel Institute in June 2020 with the commitment to engage young people in important conversations around human rights, animal protection and environmental sustainability in the context of travel. She is also the creator of Paths Crossing, a card game designed to foster cross-cultural connections and inspire mindful travel decisions. She has been involved with Impact Travel Alliance since 2018 and currently holds the position of Chapter Engagement Lead on their global team.Before Vincie started working in the nonprofit world, she was a university French lecturer and linguist for over a decade. As an academic, she had the opportunity to travel around the world for conferences and fieldwork. In 2010, she left academia to work in the area of refugee empowerment in Senegal, a transformative experience that motivated her to pursue a second career in international peace and human rights, as well as sustainable travel. Vincie has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Arts degree from University College London. She has also obtained various graduate certificates and diplomas from the Institute for Humane Education and New York University in the United States, the United Nations University in Japan, and l’Université de Franche-Comté in France. She is based in the Greater New York City Area.
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