Mark Twain once said, "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." Indeed, travel on RLT is that, and so much more. It is life-changing, and challenging. Traveling allows us to face our fears and test our limits. It lets us create our own world view and makes a lasting impact on self-confidence and maturity. Travel is about exploration and finding oneself. It develops open-mindedness and understanding, ease and comfort through interactions with people from other cultures and faiths different from ourselves. Travel allows us to contribute to and be part of a larger world as we live with others, independent of home and family, and realize our best self and fullest potential.
As our students ready themselves for tomorrow, we believe now, more than ever, in preparing them to be stewards of the world they will soon inherit."
Humanity is the ability to see the connectedness of all human beings; it is the ability to help and befriend others. It is what motivates us to want to help others, to design, to create and to serve other people. This ability to cultivate, nurture and use our humanness to meet others' needs is what distinguishes RLT.
"DO NO HARM"
Our work with students introduces them to some of the world’s most fascinating places, people and experiences. Educating and advocating the value of “Do No Harm” socially and environmentally we honor the virtues and character strengths of humanity, love, kindness and social intelligence, and make a difference in the world.
PERSPECTIVE CAN CHANGE COMPLETELY WHEN YOU STAND IN A DIFFERENT PLACE
When we live and learn in unfamiliar spaces we are transported literally and figuratively to a new and much-altered place in life. Life moves, changes, begins, ends, challenges, questions, hurts, exhausts, inspires, connects, satisfies, and rewards. These experiences often transform our outlook on the world with a selflessness and enhanced personal autonomy.
As we encounter a range of issues – the environment, poverty, health, immigration, conflict resolution, education, and more, - we learn. As we speak out for justice, working alongside young and old, rich and poor, disadvantaged and weary, we contribute and see how our actions impact the world – and ourselves. Through fascinating conversations, we erase the boundaries of our comfort zones and offer a passport to new understanding.
We believe that each person, regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religious preference, gender, age, size, color, deserves to be treated with respect, dignity, and thoughtfulness. We insist that each individual be treated with dignity and respect and provide an environment that is free from prejudice, bullying, harassment and unlawful discrimination.
In a true partnership with the world, we engage in a service of presence and active listening as we encourage involvement and develop leadership, excellence, openness and sensitivity, initiative, communal participation, and social activism. Working closely with communities we forge a strong alliance driven by a deep conviction and concern for the future and welfare of others. With a well-developed body of knowledge, innovative methods and approaches to experiential education and informal cultural exchange our goal is to build trust. Trust is the single most important element in effectively and compassionately serving others and the world.