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 a one week 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. 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.


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.

Founder & Executive Director, RISE Travel Institute

Vincie Ho, Ph.D.

A humane educator and social justice advocate, Vincie (she/her) 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.

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 info@risetravelinstitute.org for enquiry.