Teachers RISE: Educating for a Better World Through Sustainable Travel

A Professional Development Program for Educators

Teachers RISE: Educating for a Better World Through The Adventure of Sustainable Travel is an intensive professional development program designed for educators. By exploring attitudes toward travel–past, present, and future–you will develop a new understanding of your relationship to the world as a traveler and educator. The program consists of 9 pre-recorded sessions and 1 live session. Participants who successfully completed the program and an optional capstone project will receive the "Teachers RISE: Educating for a Better World Through Sustainable Travel" Certificate. Module 1: Reflecting on Where We’ve Been In Module 1, teachers will explore past attitudes towards travel from a personal and global perspective by identifying the impact of the extractive tourism on ourselves, other communities and ecosystems while navigating concepts of intersectionality, privilege, power and difference in the context of shifting attitudes towards travel. Module 2: Noticing Where We Are In Module 2, teachers will be able to recognize the tourism industry's recent shift towards more regenerative practices and identify the role systems-thinking plays in traveling more sustainably so that they can study the long term positive impact of ethical and sustainable travel on our own travel experiences, as well as on host communities and global ecosystems and investigate ways to leverage our positions of power to help shape the future of travel. Module 3: Aspiring Toward Where We’re Going In Module 3, teachers will analyze and identify gaps of previous field trips or study tours through RISE's sustainability and anti-oppression lenses, engage in a transformative virtual tour to Palestine and Israel that exemplifies impactful travel for tourists and local communities alike and [will be able to] apply the concepts of this program to create/build/conceptualize a sustainable field trip/study tour for your students. The program will be available in September 2023.


RISE Board Director, RISE Travel Institute; Director of Graduate Programs at the Institute for Humane Education and Faculty at Antioch University New England

Mary Pat Champeau

Mary Pat Champeau (she/her) is the Director of Graduate Programs at the Institute for Humane Education, and faculty at Antioch University New England. She has lived and worked in the US, France, Niger, Indonesia, and Thailand has learned firsthand the profound power of education to bring about change at all levels of global society, and to promote social justice, animal protection, and environmental sustainability. What better way to educate than to help others use their passion for travel to connect and improve the world? A leader in the solutionary movement, Mary Pat has joined RISE Travel Institute for all the ways in which RISE helps bring passion and purpose together in service of elevating the role of travel, and the traveler, in bringing about longterm, sustainable change.

Curriculum and Content Developer

Carly Oduardo

Carly (she/her/hers) is on a mission to create equity in the world through literacy and storytelling. Carly received her Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Elementary Literacy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In her work as a content writer, copywriter, and curriculum developer, Carly leans on the power of words and sharing our stories to transform the world into one that works for everyone. She is a homebody-turned-international-traveler who has firsthand experience with the transformational power of travel, and daily practices responsibility in raising the next generation of travelers.

Curriculum and Content Developer

Natalie Amezcua

Natalie (she/her/hers) is a humane educator and world traveler, committed to understanding the intersectionality of systemic issues detrimental to humans, animals, and the planet. She’s been a long-time resident of Asia, teaching for several years in both rural and metropolitan cities of South Korea and China as well as in Los Angeles classrooms. Travel has offered Natalie transformative journeys, ultimately reshaping her passion for education to include a holistic scope of solutionary lenses through anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks in community and nontraditional spaces. With a Masters's degree in Humane Education and a U.S Teaching License, Natalie is on a continuous journey to bridging gaps in equity to promote a healthier, solutionary-driven world for all who call it home.

Tiered-Pricing Model Explained

To ensure our programs and courses are more accessible for everyone, we offer tuition options based on the income level of your country of residence. We use the World Bank's country classifications by income level in 2021-2022 to set tuition discounts for residents in upper-middle income countries (UMIC), lower-middle income countries (LMIC) and low income countries (LIC). Please read our pricing FAQ carefully before registering: https://www.risetravelinstitute.org/pricing-model-explained

Pricing options

$300 per person for 2-4 teachers in the same school or district enrolling together. $225 per person for 5 or more teachers in the same school or district enrolling together. Please email [email protected] for enquiry.