Cambodia, Peru, or Grand Canyon-the choice is yours

If you are a student or teacher, or know someone who would be interested, next year could be very exciting! Global Explorers, a great nonprofit organization, is sponsoring three opportunities for adventure and education--with a chance you can go for free!

This past year, Global Explorers sent a group of students and teachers to Cambodia for American Youth Leadership Program. This pilot program is funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Youth Programs Division. It was such a success that they are going to do it again. Five educators and 30 high school students will be selected for full travel scholarships for this unique and exciting program that features a 26-day expedition to Cambodia in June 2012. Apply here:

But that's not all! Global Explorers is also leading another Peruvian Highlands Expedition, which will visit Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. I lead this trip a few years ago and it was truly fantastic. Blind and visually-impaired students will team up with sighted students for the trip of a lifetime. This program costs $3,510 plus airfare to/from Lima, Peru. However, full scholarships are available, including special scholarships designated for participants from Massachusetts and the Pacific Northwest. The expedition is July 8-17, 2012 and will spend the first three days experiencing culture in the magical city of Cusco and the breathtaking Sacred Valley and the next five days hiking through spectacular mountain vistas and ancient Inca ruins.

Another exciting Global Explorers opportunity is the Rim to River Expedition in the Grand Canyon. This adventure will be July 20-31, 2012 and costs $2,250 plus airfare to/from Phoenix, AZ. Again, full scholarships are available for exceptional students. Spend the first three days engaging in service and experiencing the vast culture of the area on the South Rim of the Canyon and the next seven days on the upper half of the world-renowned Colorado River. The team will raft exhilarating whitewater, float through calm stretches and journey by foot through slot canyons.

Although I won't be able to join these expeditions, I am a proud supporter and firm believer in the Global Explorers mission. Please spread the word!