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Cultural Travel Worldwide

Cross-Cultural Solutions: Culture and Adventure
Experience another culture like never before while making a real difference in people’s lives. You’ll gain perspectives and insights into the local culture and yourself while working side-by-side with local people on community-led initiatives.  Placements are available in the areas of social services, education, and health. Cultural immersion activities and free time supplement your volunteering. Choose to volunteer in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Volunteer in Dharamsala, India Dates: Contact Us for Details
Costs: Contact Us for Pricing and Availability
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Tel: US Toll Free: 1-800-380-4777

Sights and Soul Travels
Experience the ultimate Tours and Vacations for Women: see that magical place you've always dreamed of, make timeless discoveries, connect with new, like-minded friends and enjoy the perfect blend of light outdoor adventures and cultural highlights. Sights and Soul travels slowly, in small groups, enjoying exclusive experiences, fine dining, boutique hotels, and personalized services. Join us in Spain, Portugal, Holland & Belgium, New York, Greece, France, Eastern Europe, Iceland, Croatia, Poland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Argentina, Peru or Germany.
Tours and Vacations for Women Dates: Year round.
Cost: Competitively priced, with value added experiences. Upon request, we guarantee roommates to avoid the cost of the single supplement.
Contact: Sights and Soul Travels, 13610 Chrisbar Ct., Germantown MD, 20874
Tel.: 866-737-9602

United Planet
Volunteer Quests
Quest programs consist of long-term volunteering (6-12 months) in more than 40 countries starting in January or August. Short-term quests last 1-12 weeks and are open to people of all ages in 16 countries. U.S. partner of international organization ICYE (Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange). Participants live with a host family and undertake voluntary work placements in social work, conservation, health, or teaching.
Cost: Varies with duration of your stay.
11 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116, USA
Tel: 617-267-7763

Cultural Journeys in an Unknown Mexico
Since 1996 Traditions Mexico has been pioneering small group tours into the world of indigenous traditions, textiles, folk art and festivals. We are experts in our corner of the globe, taking travelers to off-the-beaten track Southern Mexico and into an authentic world of living traditions and wisdom. Celebrate Day of the Dead in a remote village, meet with the last of the Zapotec silk cultivators, learn about the deep ecology of traditional pottery, visit a Mexico that few outsiders ever see.  Go to our web site for more details on how to sign up for these adventures.
Cultural Journeys in Mexico Dates: See web site
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Contact: Eric Mindling, Traditions Mexico Inc., 117 Garfield St #7, Ashland OR 97520
U.S. (541) 646-0496

ALIORE Worldwide Workshops
Cultural Travels and Worldwide Art Workshops with Locals
Aliore offers a plethora of workshops, from cooking, to dancing, to pottery, etc. in locations worldwide. See their website for more details.


BikeToursDirect serves as a central resource for bicycle tours around the world, representing nearly 60 tour companies that offer almost 300 tours in 40 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America. BikeToursDirect offers a variety of resources to help travelers choose tours and handles the entire booking and payment process.

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The Center for International Service Learning
International Service Learning offers a unique and exciting opportunity through humanitarian/service learning programs for pre-med, health and education students to experience hands-on clinical and field work in Central America, Mexico, Africa, and the Caribbean. Adventure travel, professional field instruction, academic credit! Financial aid available.


Global Awareness Through Experience offers cultural immersion programs, pilgrimage retreats, and women's spiritual quests in Latin America, and Eastern Europe.


Hands Up Holidays
Volunteer Vacations with Hands Up Holidays
Hands Up Holidays offers small group tours that combine sightseeing with meaningful hands-on community development work (projects include teaching English, house building, and environmental projects). Our tours average 2 weeks in length with the volunteer component comprising roughly 1/3 of the trip, with the rest of the time for exploring, learning and relaxing. For more info, please see our website or contact us.


Imaginative Traveller
Adventure Tours
Specializes in small group adventures worldwide. Their Tour leaders have extensive independent travel and leadership experience.

For information on these positions or their tours visit

International Cultural Adventures
The Cultural Immersion Experience: Summer and Extended programs
Live with local families! Serve communities in need! Study the language and put it to use! Learn about the culture through seminars and local exploration! A comprehensive orientation sets the stage for a deeper and more intimate cross-cultural experience. Make friends and make a contribution through these extraordinary summer immersion programs in Peru, India and Nepal.


International Student Volunteers
Responsible Adventure Tours in Australia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Africa, and Thailand
A highly regarded organization that supports sustainable development initiatives in many countries around the world—including Australia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Africa, and Thailand—through volunteer and responsible adventure travel programs designed to positively change the world and to educate, inspire and result in more active global citizens.


Intrepid Travel — Fun, Affordable and Sustainable Travel Since 1989
For travelers with a yearning to get off the beaten track, Intrepid opens up a whole new world. With an average group size of just 10 people, Intrepid gives travelers the freedom and flexibility to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures at an affordable price. Whether it's a Thai homestay, a Peruvian trek, an Italian feast or an African safari, Intrepid takes travelers to over 100 countries worldwide.

Contact: Intrepid Travel, 939 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80302. Tel.: 1 800 970 7299. Email: Website:

Maris Freigher Cruises
Choice, affordability, relaxation. Find the ship and voyage that's perfect for you.


Touching Nature
The website provides detailed information on walking in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and parts of Northern Italy – including hiking tips, best places to stay, things to see and do, and even information on nature, wildlife, history, and culture. The content is highly detailed and original – based on the host's own personal experiences of walking and exploring these hand-picked regions.


TravlTips: Freighters and Unusual Cruises
TRAVLTIPS Cruise and Freighter Travel Assoc. specializes in unique voyages on board freighters, expedition ships, tall and small ships, education at sea, barges, river boats and other unusual cruises, domestic and worldwide.


University of California, Davis Extension: University Research Expeditions Program (UREP)
Established in 1976, the mission of UREP is to facilitate a wide variety of domestic and international learning experiences for students and lifelong learners through a unique scientific partnership with University Of California researchers. UREP also endeavors to benefit host countries through collaborations with other universities, museums and institutions. UREP provides participants with opportunities to master new skills, make new friends and improve understanding of life on earth. UREP participants come from all walks of life: students, teachers, professionals or active seniors, and no special experience is needed.


University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies. Dept of Liberal Studies & the Arts
From four-day weekends to several weeks overseas, these trips provide an opportunity to attend world-class performances throughout Europe and North America. View the collections of the finest museums on earth; follow in the footsteps of kings, and learn about it all along the way! Our tours focus on Performing Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts, History, and/or Archaeology.

Each educational tour includes seminars or lectures to provide insights and information regarding your trip’s unique subject and destination. Our guides and lecturers are local and outstanding and may include actors, production personnel, artists and musicians who can give you a thorough and fascinating inside look at the subtleties and complexities of their field, while also giving you personal insights into their culture and way of life.


Volunteer, culture and adventureVolunteer Abroad with CCS
Workshops abroad with Aliore
Cultural experiences with Traditions Mexico
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