Kids aren’t the only ones who get to study abroad, thanks to People to People’s Citizen Ambassador Programs. The organization aims to spread “peace through understanding” by allowing professionals from around the globe to mix and mingle. As an adult, you won’t have to sleep in dorm rooms, but you will gain hands-on educational experiences and unique cultural exchanges. You can even connect with people who work in your field, since many of the trips are specially designed for professionals ranging from nurses to counselors to lawyers.
Just like picking a major, you can choose a vacation that best fits your interests. History buffs can watch the sunset over the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat or visit famous war monuments such as Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnels on one of the many vacations to Southeast Asia. If you’re a wildlife lover who revels in spectacular landscapes, voyages on the Ice Antarctic Expedition navigate between cerulean-blue icebergs to spot penguins, whales, and seals. Culture vultures who would rather hang with the locals than stick to the well-worn tourist circuit can opt for an adventure to the People’s Republic of China, you’ll get an inside glimpse at local life after spending time with a family in Beijing and exploring the Li River on a boat.
When the vacation’s over, you won’t need a diploma to return home a smarter global citizen. In fact, your best memento probably won’t be a hokey T-shirt, but the connections you made with real people. For more information call (877) 787-2000 or visit www.citizenambassadors.org