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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?

  • Israel (2020)
  • 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 January 17-24, 2021, Cultural Encounter to Cuba. The program cost is $3,726 based on double occupancy. The cost includes lodging (7 nights), breakfast daily, five lunches and five dinners including a Welcome and Farewell dinner in Havana , tours and activities, in-country transportation, tour guide and all gratuities. The program cost does not include the international airfare to Havana, Cuba, travel insurance, passport, visa, or single-occupancy lodging.

The deposit and registration deadline is July 1, 2020. (Included in the total cost of the travel program, a $750 non-refundable deposit 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