When 22-year-old Cristina Navarro left Los Angeles for San Francisco for college, she never imagined that she would be able to study for her dream degree in outdoor recreation and tourism, or that she’d one day travel to Costa Rica and be exposed to a whole new environment and culture. Now, as part of her department’s alternative spring break program, she’ll be travelling to Central America.
Karessa Irvin is a real traveler. That is, she is the type of traveler who seeks out hyperlocal experiences and gets to know people so she can better understand their cultures and find the similarities and embrace the differences between them. When she got the chance to travel to Colombia through the Princeton in Latin America program, which partners recent college graduates in the U.S. with non-profit, humanitarian organizations in Latin America, Karessa knew this was something she wanted to do.
When Piper Sutherland heard about an opportunity to spend some time in Rwanda learning and volunteering with locals and other travelers, she knew that this was something that she had to do. The only barrier to her plans was a lack of funds to pay for the three-week program with Global Youth Connect in Kigali. But after doing some research it seemed like there were no opportunities for someone like her who was young, wanted to travel with purpose, and was already out of college.
HI USA believes travel should be accessible to everyone, and one way we’re helping make this possible is through the Explore the World scholarship. Eighty-one $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are keen to venture overseas on an educational or service learning journey. If you’re interested in taking a trip to deepen your understanding of people, places, and cultures, this scholarship might be for you.