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Cultural Immersion Trips

Cultural awareness and transformation

We use travel to a variety of countries for the purpose of providing an experience in cultural immersion. Our aim is to challenge the participant’s cultural and individual assumptions about self and identity while instilling cultural fluency.

As a traveler, you will learn to become more aware of cultural similarities and differences through education, training, experience, travel, and work. You will live in a local community and participate in experiential learning activities, while actively engaging in the lives and language of the local culture. Through this experience, you will gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for a culture very different from your own.

This immersion includes exposing travelers to specific social issues that challenge the people of the host country. In turn, the exposure challenges our travelers’ notions of themselves and others. As a result, our participants experience a personal and professional transformation and return home completely changed!

Educational benefits

Our cultural immersion experiences are designed by educators and former university study abroad directors. The experience is designed to reach a broad spectrum of participants including: students, educators, medical professionals, clergy, business and working professionals, medical and public health communities, churches, and corporations.

We also offer opportunities for university faculty and school leaders (e.g. teachers and administrators) to provide study abroad experiences for their students without doing the extensive legwork necessary for the development of a study-abroad experience. This takes the burden off your shoulders.

Our program is designed to facilitate a safe, affordable, educational, and fun trip abroad. Our cultural immersion model offers a way for educators to receive an all-expense paid trip abroad with the possibility of compensation and teaching credit. Planning and implementation are done by us, thus removing the burden of implementing a study abroad trip by the educator.

A sampling of our signature cultural immersion experiences is listed below; however, we also tailor offerings for your organizations’ specific needs and topic areas.

Trips for Clinicians

Explore Your Senses! Transcending the Knowledge of Modern Medicine with Natural Remedies in Ghana

This trip guarantees an eye-opening perspective on another culture that fuses traditional and modern medicine. The country has adapted to the knowledge of modern medicine, but the influence of the traditions is still held in high regard.

The two practices coexist together by recognizing the healing capabilities of herbal remedies and the science behind modern advancements. Our travelers will learn about this coexistence, and they will discover alternative methods to healing and curing diseases.

Our tour of Ghana begins with a visit to an herbal clinic, where our travelers will have a chance to meet spiritual healers. Throughout the trip, travelers will experience the culture of the country through cooking, crafting, and dancing lessons.

The trip ends with an incredible African spa that uses natural elements to enhance one’s mind, body, and soul.

Eligibility – This program/course is open to clinicians. All participants MUST attend two mandatory one-day orientation sessions before the trip. Program size is limited to 30, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

The program in Ghana involves moving around from city to city, and walking in hot temperatures, so travelers should plan accordingly.

Program cost – The program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations. The cost is tentatively set at $3,900.

Tentative program itinerary

Day 1: Depart Atlanta (overnight)

Day 2: Arrive in Accra, Ghana, and rest in the hotel; dinner and local live band performance

Day 3: Discussion and cultural excursions; guided tour of a traditional herbal clinic and learn how traditional medicines cure diseases

Day 4: Visit a Shea Butter workshop and a guided discussion about the culture

Day 5: Guided city tour of Kumasi visiting the National Cultural Center and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Day 6: Discussion and Cultural excursions to Assin Manso, the Ashanti Craft Village

Day 7: Tour of infamous Castles and Slave Dungeons such as the Cape Coast Castle

Day 8: Guided city tour of Accra, including African drumming and dance class

Day 9: Traditional spa day filled with beauty and skin products from the natural environment

Day 10: Cultural immersion by sending time with a local family and learning how to make traditional meals

Day 11: Breakfast; depart Ghana

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Trips for Students

Explore Your Senses! Excursions through Brazilian History and the Psychology of Human Trafficking

This program abroad will feature an exciting week-long stay in Rio de Janeiro, the capitol and second largest city in Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America.

This exciting trip is designed for students interested in exploring the serious problem of human trafficking in Brazil and the human rights efforts to fight trafficking. Students will engage in discussions about human and sex trafficking with organizations and activists who work to bring awareness, prevention, and rescue to victims of human and sex trafficking.

We will explore the history of minority communities LGBTQIA+ & Afro-Brazilian to understand why they are high targets in human and sex trafficking operations.

Rio is known for its natural beauty, Carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, and renowned beaches. Students have the chance to visit Rio’s iconic landmarks that include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and Maracanã stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.

We will discover the nature of Rio in fun tours with stops at the famous Botanical Gardens, the homes to varieties of plant species, Mirante Vista Chinese from where you can admire the panoramic view over the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, and Guanabara Bay and Niteroi, and Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world.

Eligibility – This program/course is open to students over the age of 18. Students must be in good standing with their university at the time of the program to participate and receive credit.

All participants MUST attend two mandatory one-day orientation sessions before the trip in order to travel. The program involves quite a bit  of moving around from city to city and walking in hot temperatures, so students should plan accordingly.

Program size is limited to 30, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Program cost – The program cost may vary according to currency fluctuations. The cost is tentatively set at $2,900, plus any fees for tuition form the university. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Tentative program itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro; on-site safety orientation; dinner Buffet in hotel; rest.

Day 2: City Tour of Rio stops to Botanical Garden and Mirante Vista Chinese; samba school visit, and visit to Copacabana beach, sunset dinner at Copacabana beach.

Day 3: Visit Afro-Brazil Museum, guided tour that explores the history inextricably tied to the experience of African slaves and their descendants; learn about the culture and traditions that have come to define the country and its modern-day effects on human trafficking; discussion and questions with tour guide; free time

Day 4: Discussion/cultural excursions; day trips to organization against sex/human trafficking; dinner cruise on Guanabara Bay

Day 5: Day trip to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, enjoy magnificent views of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches atop Christ The Redeemer; visit world famous Selaron Steps; free time

Day 6: Free day; recommended visit to llha Grande carefree island, great for hiking swimming, and relaxing on the beach

Day 7: Discussion/cultural excursions; day trips to the Olympic stadium and discussion over the effects it had on human trafficking during and after the international sporting event; Brazilian Samba and Folklore night show

Day 8: Culminating discussions and departure to Atlanta

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Explore Your Senses! Excursions through Chinese Culture and the Psychology of Censorship

Come be a part of an incredible journey around the country of China. This trip guarantees an eye-opening perspective into another culture.

Moving through four cities, travelers will have the chance to experience the vast differences in the culture by exploring urban cities, small villages, and natural reserves.

The advanced ability of China to censor information allows the government to have full control over everything the people know and believe. There is a deep-rooted belief by China’s citizens that this eradication of freedom is for the betterment of themselves. It has cognitively shaped their view of history and the future of their country. The censorship of politics will be explained through a tour of Tiananmen Square.

The first segment of our trip will also take the travelers through some very well-known sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Warriors.

The second segment will follow the censorship of religions, highlighted by a visit to the Muslim Quarters in Xi’an. This city will also feature the Terracotta Warriors, a dance performance, and a chance to eat with a local family.

The final segment involves the censorship of social media and psychological issues. Travelers will be given the opportunity to talk to some local students about the ways they get around censorship laws and still have a presence on social media.

Eligibility – This program/course is open to students over the age of 18. Students must be in good standing with their university at the time of the program to participate and receive credit.

All participants MUST attend two mandatory one-day orientation sessions before the trip. The program involves quite a bit of moving around from city to city, and walking in hot temperatures, so students should plan accordingly.

Program size is limited to 30, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Program cost – The program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations. The cost is tentatively set at $2,900, plus any fees for tuition form the university. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Tentative program itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing and rest

Day 2: Day tour of the city of Beijing, including the symbolic association with the censorship of past government crimes, Tiananmen Square

Day 3: Visit the Great Wall and the Olympic Station – Participants will visit downtown and walk through the local market.

Day 4: Visit the Summer Palace and take the Hutong tour; take a flight to Xi’an

Day 5: Cultural immersive lunch with a local Chinese family; discussions on censorship and its effect on the average citizen

Day 6: Cultural excursion through the Muslim Quarters to visit the Great Mosque and the market place in order to discuss the everyday effects of the persecution of Muslims; take a flight to Zhangjiajie

Day 7: Visit the Yuanjiajie scenic area, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Golden Whip Stream, and a ten-mile gallery.

Day 8: Explore the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and a boat excursion along the Baofeng Lake

Day 9: Take the world’s longest cable car and ascend Tian Men Mountain; fly to Shanghai

Day 10: Visits the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden; take a short cruise tour along Huangpu River

Day 11: Take a train ride to Wuxi and have a discussion with local high school students about the modern-day effects of censorship; return to Shanghai

Day 12: Culminating discussions and depart back to Atlanta

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Explore Your Senses! Destination Dubai: Faces, Facets & Psychology of a Growing Global City

Come join us on a life-changing journey through the dazzling city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

This trip promises to challenge your senses and enhance your perspective on life by exposing you to the various faces and facets of this global city!

Our Global Expeditions in Dubai occur in March annually for 8 days and features exciting excursions through the city of Dubai.

Travelers will have the opportunity to develop personally while exploring the history, culture, and psychology of Dubai’s growing city within a variety of community context, including: (1) visits to numerous historical and cultural sites, monuments and museums (e.g., mosques, souks – old market, Dubai museum, Shindagha Museum); (2) visits to contemporary facilities that illustrate the economic and cultural growth and diversity of Dubai (e.g., major malls, Atlantis on the Palm island, Burj Kalifa – tallest building in the world, Burj Al Arab – only 7-star hotel in the world, Arabian Dhow cruises, city tours, trade ports and an exploration through the darker side); (3) discussions with Dubai experts on the city’s history, growth, modern day culture and psychological challenges; (4) a desert safari, camel ride, and Arabian BBQ in some of the most popular game drives in Dubai; (5) visits to some of the most pristine Arabian beaches in the world (e.g. Jumeirah Beach); and (5) after-hours enjoyment in local restaurants and various entertainment venues.

Please contact Dr. Kelly at GlobeCoRe, Inc. (770) 284-1044 if you want more information. You can also visit our website at https://www.globecoreinc.com/globalexpeditions-dubai.html.

Eligibility – This program/course is open to students over the age of 18. Students must be in good standing with their University at the time of the program to participate and receive credit.

All participants MUST attend two mandatory one-day orientation sessions before the trip. The program involves quite a bit of moving around from city to city, and walking in hot temperatures, so students should plan accordingly.

Program size is limited to 30, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Program cost – The program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations. The cost is tentatively set at $2,900, plus any fees for tuition form the university. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Tentative program itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dubai and rest

Day 2: Private Heritage Tour through the city and discussions with local Emirati hosts about the culture

Day3: On-site safety orientation and Big Bus City Tour of Dubai; free time

Day 4: Discussion/Cultural excursion; trip to Al Ittihad private school

Day 5: Burj Kalifa on top; Sundowner Safari (Dessert ride, camel ride, BBQ diner)

Day 6: Discussion/cultural excursions; day trips to the Emirates Hills and the Al Quoz industrial area

Day 7: Culminating discussions and departure

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Explore Your Senses! Excursions through Ghanian History and the Psychology of the West African Slave Trade

This program is designed for a wide variety of students, including those interested in studying the political and economic challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and developing nations, and those interested in studying West African cultural practices in various musical and dance forms.

The course also offers wonderful opportunities, in the classroom and in the community, for students interested in critical issues of public health, development, and African history and culture, and how these issues effect mental health in the community.

Through these mechanisms’ students become participants in, and contributors to, Ghanaian intellectual, cultural, economic, and social life.

They will get the opportunity to visit the largest slave dungeon in West Africa, Elmina Castle. Students will visit Cape Coast, one of the largest slave trading center in West Africa. It was here that slaves were brought, held, and then sent to the New World.

Throughout these activities, travelers will get the chance to understand the psychological impact that the slave trade had on the culture then and now.

Eligibility – This program/course is open to students over the age of 18. Students must be in good standing with their university at the time of the program to participate and receive credit.

All participants MUST attend two mandatory one-day orientation sessions before the trip in order to travel. The program involves moving around from city to city and walking in hot temperatures, so plan accordingly.

Program size is limited to 30, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Program cost – The program cost varies according to currency fluctuations. Therefore, it is tentatively set at $3,900, plus any fees for tuition from the university.  Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Tentative program itinerary

Day 1: Depart Atlanta (overnight)

Day 2: Arrive in Accra and rest in hotel; dinner and local live band performance

Day 3: Guided city Tour of Accra; visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture and Independence/Black Star Square

Day 4: Discussion and cultural excursions; Tour of Elmina Castle

Day 5: Depart for Cape Coast; visit Cape Coast Slave Castle and Kumasi National park

Day 6: Visit Centre for National Culture, and Kejetia Market

Day 7: Discussion and Cultural excursions to Assin Manso, the slave river site

Day 8: Visit Bonwire Kente Weaving; local singing performance with dinner

Day 9: A day filled with volunteering at a community lead service program

Day 10: Cultural immersions through participating in local language lesson with natives and trotro bus ride; depart to Accra; arrive in Accra, free time to explore night life.

Day 11: Breakfast; depart Ghana

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Explore Your Senses! Excursions through Tanzanian History, Modern Culture, and the Psychology of Skin Bleaching

The program abroad will feature exciting week-long stays in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Zanzibar with short day trips to surrounding areas. Students will have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning within a variety of community contexts including: (1) visits to historical sites, monuments, and museums (e.g., slave market, slave caravan, prison island, colonial buildings, Olduvai Gorge- “The Cradle of Mankind”);(2) visits to contemporary sites that illustrate the economic and cultural diversity of East Africa; (3) discussions with Tanzanian experts on prehistory, slavery, colonization, and its linkages to modern day skin bleaching products and practices; (4) safaris in some of the most popular game drives in Africa ; (5) visits to some of the most pristine beaches in the world; and (6) after-hours enjoyment in local restaurants and entertainment venues. Experiential learning, lectures and discussion will focus on Tanzania’s transition from slavery to colonization to skin bleaching led by faculty from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).

Please contact Dr. Kelly at GlobeCoRe, Inc. (770) 284-1044 if you want more information. You can also visit our website at https://www.globecoreinc.com/globalexpeditions-dubai.html.

Eligibility – This program/course is open to students over the age of 18. Students must be in good standing with their University at the time of the program to participate and receive credit.

All participants MUST attend two mandatory one-day orientation sessions before the trip. The program involves quite a bit of moving around from city to city, and walking in hot temperatures, so students should plan accordingly.

Program size is limited to 30, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Program cost – The program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations. The cost is tentatively set at $3,900, plus any fees for tuition frrm the university. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Tentative program itinerary

Day 1: Depart Atlanta (overnight)

Day 2: Arrive in Dar es Sallam and rest.

Day 3: On-site safety orientation and day tour of city of Dar es Sallam; free time

Day 4: Depart on ferry boat for Zanzibar (3-hour ride) and a tour around the city

Day 5-9: Zanzibar site visits and free time; depart for Arusha

Day 10-12: Depart for Arusha for site visits to Tanzanian colonial post tour and 3-ay lodge safari to Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Masai Mara. Excursions to the Great Rift Valley and the Olduvai Gorge, also known as “the Cradle of Mankind.” Return to Dar es Salaam.

(p>Day 13: Discussion/cultural excursions in Dar es Sallam on colonialism links to slave trade and modern-day culture/skin bleaching; day trips; free time

Day 14: Depart Tanzania (overnight flight)

Day 15: Arrive in Atlanta

Day 16: Final papers due in Atlanta

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Trips for Professionals

Explore Your Senses! Excursions through Tanzanian History and Modern Culture

The program abroad features exciting week-long stays in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Zanzibar with short day trips to surrounding areas.

Professionals will have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning within a variety of community contexts, including: (1) visits to historical sites, monuments, and museums (e.g., slave market, slave caravan, colonial buildings); (2) visits to contemporary sites that illustrate the economic and cultural diversity of East Africa; (3) discussions with Tanzanian experts on pre-history, slavery, and colonization; (4) safaris in some of the most popular game drives in Africa ; (5) visits to some of the most pristine beaches in the world; and (6) after-hours enjoyment in local restaurants and entertainment venues.

Experiential learning, lectures and discussion will focus on Tanzania’s transition from slavery to colonization to skin bleaching. These discussions will be led by faculty from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).

Eligibility – This program/course is open to professionals.

All participants MUST attend a mandatory one-day orientation sessions before the trip in order to travel. The program involves quite a bit of moving around from city to city, and walking in hot temperatures; plan accordingly.

Program size is limited to 15, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Program cost – The program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations. The cost is tentatively set at $3,900, plus any fees for tuition form the university.

Tentative program itinerary

Day 1: Depart Atlanta (overnight)

Day 2:  Arrive in Dar es Salaam and rest

Day 3: On-site safety orientation and day tour of city of Dar es Salaam; free time

Day 4: Depart on ferry boat for Zanzibar (3- hour ride) and a tour around the city

Day 5 – 6: Zanzibar site visits and free time; depart for Arusha

Days 7 – 10: Depart for Arusha for site visits to Tanzanian colonial post tour and 3-day lodge safari to Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Masai Mara; excursions to the Great Rift Valley and the Olduvai Gorge, also known as “the Cradle of Mankind” and then return to Dar es Salaam.

Day 11: Free time and depart Tanzania (overnight flight)

Day 12: Arrive in Atlanta.

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