Travel & Experience the World with Fulbrighters on our next Tour
“Senator Fulbright envisioned an educational and cultural exchange program that would connect people and encourage them to learn about each others’ cultures and values – that vision became the Fulbright Program.” (http://www.cies.org/)
Fulbright alumni and Friends of Fulbright are no ordinary travelers: they are global citizens that are interested in deep interaction with the world. If you are searching this page for information on Traveling with a Purpose, then you are our kind of traveler! Therefore, the Fulbright Association offers several different types of travel trips to appeal to your varied interests. No matter how you travel, you’ll always enjoy cultural insights, great conversations among the group members, and quality experiences.
A tour with the Fulbright Association is no ordinary tourist trip. With each journey, our itinerary revolves around the ideals of building lifelong connections and cultural understanding to reflect the founding vision of Fulbright. Our tours are uniquely designed for Fulbrighters and Friends of Fulbright who seek a deeper travel experience and to discover foreign countries in a more meaningful way. You will have the opportunity to meet with people from many walks – perhaps even fellow Fulbrighters – and learn about the places you visit and the culture you witness. When you embark on an Fulbright Tour, you are committing to our shared goal of international education and exchange – and you will have the opportunity to take some great photos along the way!
Our travel programs are open to all Fulbright Association members. Members can typically bring a guest on the tour. If you are not yet a member, you can check out how to join the Fulbright Association here.
The Fulbright Association offers two types of tours: Insight Tours and Service Tours. Insight Tours focus heavily on learning, while Service Tours are built around volunteering. All tours are guided under the principle of exchange and experiencing a country on a deeper level. Click the links below to view full itineraries and information about our upcoming tours!
Insight Tour to Cuba
February 5-13, 2017
After the great success of our 2015 and 2016 trips, the Fulbright Association is thrilled to announce our next Insight Tour to Cuba! This is a rare opportunity to connect with a people and culture that, until recently, were strictly separated from U.S. trade and contact. Click here for more information!
The people of Cuba are the island’s greatest asset. They are friendly, welcoming, resourceful and full of life. We will introduce you to the people and provide many opportunities to interact with them in meaningful and rewarding ways. Some highlights:
• Discover Havana’s breathtaking Spanish colonial buildings and cobblestone streets where Buena Vista-style guitar riffs emanate from courtyards
• Explore the city center and palace in Cienfuegos as well as the historical district in Trinidad, one of Cuba’s colonial cities
• Visit the memorial to Ernesto “Che” Guevara
• Relax on the pristine beaches of Veradero
• Spend time at the University speaking with professors and students
• Enjoy the home of Ernest Hemingway
Our 2016 tour had an unforgettable time in Cuba. We welcome you to visit our online gallery! VIEW PHOTOS >
Registration Deadline: December 20, 2016
Service Tour to Vietnam
April 2-14, 2017
Join us in April 2017 for our first Service Corps tour to Vietnam, a unique opportunity to experience the rich history, heritage and culture of this fascinating Southeast Asian nation. Participants will gain a unique perspective on modern Vietnam as it faces the challenges of the 21st Century while working with a Hanoi-based non-profit organization. Our Service Corps Tour to Vietnam offers a genuine opportunity to give something back to this once war-torn country. The project will be based at Friendship Village, a holistic, self sufficient community for Vietnamese veterans and victims of Agent Orange, 11 kilometers from Hanoi. Service projects will be diverse: interacting with the veterans, playing with and interacting with disabled children, helping teachers in special education classes, assisting with feeding at meal times, and working in the organic garden.
As well as making a real difference with your volunteer activities, you will experience the very best of what Vietnam has to offer. You will learn how to cook Vietnamese cuisine, learn about the local culture, see historical sites, and take a two-day boat trip of Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia’s most breathtaking natural wonders. If you are seeking a unique and rewarding Vietnam adventure, you need look no further.
Registration deadline: February 2, 2017
Service Tour to Kosovo and Albania
May 12-25, 2017
Experience life in Berat, a picturesque city nestled along a river valley in southcentral Albania. Known as the “City of 1000 Windows” Berat is a World Heritage Site, with hundreds of Ottoman-era buildings, many in degraded condition.That’s where you come in! Join the restoration efforts, led by Cultural Heritage without Borders’ Regional Restoration Camps, recipient of a 2014 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award. Enjoy engaging lectures and hands-on experience in restoration and conservation with assistance from experts in traditional tools and methods. Both your volunteer work and part of the trip fee go toward restoring Berat’s heritage. Get to know students and professionals from across the Balkans who attend the camp and locals who offer lessons in drawing, cooking and Albanian dance. Experience cuisine and culture of Albania and Kosovo in your free time. Tour Kosovo’s past and present, including the vibrant capital of Prishtina and the World Heritage medieval Orthodox monasteries Enjoy a reception with members of the Albanian and Kosovo Fulbright Associations and alumni of other U.S. exchanges.
E-mail us at email@example.com or check back soon for more information on how to register!
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2017
Tour to Slovenia
June 12-23, 2017
Experience Slovenia as the green tourism destination in Europe. You will participate for 3 service days performing a GeoBioBlitz in Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps with other Fulbright Alumni from the US and Slovenia to document biodiversity. Your tour for 9 days will provide you with experiences to understand what it means for Slovenia to be declared a green adventure. Visit Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016 and meet the US Ambassador to Slovenia and current and former Fulbrighters. Your educational green destinations around Slovenia expand from the Adriatic Sea to her Eastern borders near Croatia, Hungary and Austria. Experience a mix of culinary and historical sites visiting Adriatic salt flats, archaeological artifacts, medieval towns, castles, vineyards, glistening lakes, World War 1 museum, caves – several designated as UNESCO sites. To be a green Fulbrighter, be on this trip!
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2017
Service Tour to Malawi
July 14-24, 2017
Be a part of a ground-breaking effort to promote innovative and sustainable approaches to water and sanitation services in both rural and peri-urban areas in Malawi! You will meet with the U.S. Ambassador, Malawi-US Exchanges Alumni Association, members of the Malawi Ministry of Health Environment, and leaders of universities and villages. Embark on the Watershed Improvement Project by planting trees and grasses, and learn and promote sustainable watershed management and community health.
Check back soon for more details!
Tour to Morocco
October 8-21, 2017
From the Desert to the Sea – The Medinas, Mountains (and More) of Morocco
Offered in partnership with National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Consider the sights and sounds of Morocco. Bustling souks. Daily calls to prayer. Hot desert sun. Cold mountain snow. Brilliant blue ocean.
Morocco sits at the crossroads between Europe and Africa with a rich history and culture. Walk the medinas and souks of Fes, Meknes and Marrakesh. Wander through Ait Ben Haddou, the UNESCO World Heritage site (and site for many famous films). Learn about local industries with visits to a women’s coop, Berber villages and artisan factories. Spend a night by the desert dunes, and drive an ancient caravan route across the High Atlas Mountains.
We are excited to offer this tour in partnership with the National Peace Corps Association through their NPCA Next Step Travel opportunities.
Insight Tour to Peru
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Insight Trip to India
November 6, 2017 to November 17, 2017
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