STUDENT EXPEDITIONS THAT EXPLORE A CHANGING WORLD

Our world is in the process of rapid social and economic change.  From the impact of new technologies to climate change, young people today are growing up on a planet undergoing unprecedented transformation.  An international service expedition with LASE provides students with quality, community run service projects that serve as a platform to develop empathy, solidarity, critical thinking, and leadership: essential skills to confront a rapidly changing world with confidence and optimism.

With LASE, students are inspired to creatively engage a world impacted by climate change, evolving economic systems, and new technologies!

APPRECIATE AND EXPLORE OUR
WONDERFUL PLANET

There is no greater wealth than the rich diversity of our beautiful world.  Our unique expeditions provide students with the opportunity to explore the rain forests and mountains of Latin America with the indigenous people and rural farmers who live there.

 

Latin American Service Expeditions recognizes that now more than ever before it is important for young people to venture outside their urban landscapes and immerse themselves in our fragile planet's natural beauty.   We learn about how to live in harmony with the Earth from people who have been doing it for centuries.

 

Here are just some of the fascinating ways LASE offers for student to explore the world.

SERVICE EXPEDITION TO THE BRIBRI TERRITORIES OF COSTA RICA

7-21 Day Expeditions

Travel to the rain forests of Costa Rica to share with the Bribri people and learn about organic agriculture and forest conservation.

SERVICE EXPEDITION TO THE Q'EQCHÍ MAYAN TERRITORIES OF BELIZE

7-21 Day Expeditions

Travel to the interior of Belize to share with the Mayan Q'eqchí people and explore ancient Mayan ruins and once sacred caves.

SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION EXPEDITION IN COSTA RICA

7-21 Day Expeditions

Travel to the tropical beaches of Costa Rica to work with conservation organizations to help protect endangered sea turtles.

INTER-CULTURAL EXPEDITION TO CUBA

7-21 Day Expeditions

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Havana and Viñales to share with artists and farmers, and learn about the Cuban economic system.

OUR POLICY REGARDING THE CLIMATE CRISIS

When thinking about global education and climate change it is important to keep in mind that international travel is both an unparalleled learning experience for students and a major emitter of carbon.  Given the seriousness of climate change and the desire to be part of the solution rather than continue the problem, all Latin American Service Expeditions are guided by what we call the three "R"s of international student travel: Risk, Reward, and Repair.

Risk

Latin American Service Expeditions recognizes that we are in the midst of a global climate crisis which is causing climate disruption both at home and abroad. We have therefore implemented the following two practices: 1) our international risk assessment and management plans are regularly evaluated and adjusted so as to include any increased risks from potential climate disruptions, and 2) while LASE groups are on the ground, local weather reports and travel conditions are reviewed daily to inform final decisions about activities.

 

Reward

All Latin American Service Expeditions trips are designed to ensure that the impact on the climate by increased carbon emissions from air travel is justified.  In other words, our trips are designed to lead to a larger benefit in terms of: 1) promoting a societal change to reduce global carbon emissions, and 2) supporting the victims of climate disruption.

 

LASE understands that the climate crisis is a global problem that should be addressed through social action based on understanding the local and global impacts of the crisis and in solidarity with the victims around the world.  One of the best ways that global education programs can help to address the climate crisis is by increasing students' awareness of how climate disruption affects different parts of the world and helping them develop a sense of solidarity with people around the world who are confronting its impact.  This kind of education can only be done through travel to a place rather than through video conferencing or long distance communication.  Increased awareness about the impacts of climate change and solidarity with people around the world are important benefits of Latin American Service Expeditions trips and can lead to a transformation in how students see the climate crisis and support students in adjusting to the big social changes necessary to adapt to the crisis. 

 

Repair

Air travel is a big contributor to carbon emissions, therefore, in order to reduce harm, all carbon emissions from a Latin American Service Expedition are offset through the direct planting of trees during a trip.

SAFETY AND RELIABILITY

Responsible and Authentic Travel Is Our Priority

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YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Since 2008 LASE has been leading students and adults on unique and impactful trips in Central America and the Caribbean.  Our close relationship with local communities allows the participants in our trips to not only experience beautiful parts of the world but to share a common bond of solidarity and friendship with the people who live there.

RISK MANAGEMENT

We take risk assessment and management seriously.  Our expeditions are thoroughly vetted and our experienced guides are with participants throughout the trip to maximize the authenticity and safety of our expeditions.

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CONTACT US

Toll Free (US and Canada): 1-877-224-1569

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Toll Free (US and Canada): 1-877-224-1569

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