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Cultural Encounter Abroad


Travel with fellow Wassmuth Center supporters to experience another country / culture through a human rights lens.

Limited to just 25 participants, each Cultural Encounter provides an opportunity to not only financially support the work of the Center in bringing human rights education to classrooms and communities throughout the state, but also to meet others in our network who are committed to “promoting respect for human dignity and diversity through education.”  A Cultural Encounter is more than just a “trip,” it’s a life-changing journey.

Where have we been?

  • Vietnam, Laos and Thailand (2019)
  • Northern Spain (Basque Country) and Portugal (2018)
  • South Africa / Mozambique (2017)
  • Cuba (2016)
  • Thailand / Cambodia / Myanmar (2015)
  • Germany (2014)
  • Colombia / Ecuador (2013)
  • Japan (2012)
  • Jordan / Israel (2011)
  • China (2010)
  • Jordan / Israel (2009)


Where are we going next?

Register for the October 24-November 4, 2020, Cultural Encounter to Israel. The program cost is $3,120 based on double occupancy. The cost includes lodging (10 nights), breakfast and dinner daily, four lunches, tours and activities, in-country transportation, and tour guide. The program cost does not include the international airfare to Tel Aviv, Israel, travel insurance, passport, single-occupancy lodging or gratuities for the tour guide.

The registration deadline is March 1, 2020. (Included in the total cost of the travel program, a $750 non-refundable registration is a tax-deductible donation to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.)

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain