About Cultural Embrace

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Mission Statement
Our mission is to encourage people to recognize and appreciate cultural diversity. We believe that visiting a place firsthand allows one to truly experience the authenticity of a culture and develop one's own impressions. Our goals are to provide quality service and to create opportunities for people to explore our world and enlighten their eyes, minds and hearts. Traveling is a reciprocated flow of communication and interaction between people...the more you seek, the more you learn.

Here are several reasons why Cultural Embrace is dedicated to helping with your travels:

Experience
The staff of Cultural Embrace has traveled extensively through six continents in over 70 countries--teaching, working, volunteering, studying, backpacking, and managing tour groups. Our knowledge and understanding of where to go, when to go, what to do and how to do it will prepare you to handle the anxieties of traveling abroad.

We have experienced all styles and forms of travel: from chicken buses to the Concorde, from hostels to homestays, from low-budget to five-star accommodations and from Australia to Zimbabwe. Our programs are available to individuals or groups, and cater to a wide range of ages, budgets, destinations and lengths of travel.

Quality Service/Support
We share the same passions you have about traveling abroad.  We treat you the way that we want to be treated, and provide the service that we hope to get on the road. Through our personal and professional experiences, we are familiar with the excitement, insecurity, exhilaration, frustration, and anticipation of traveling and are here to support you. We will assist you with ALL of your travel needs. You will receive personalized service for all of your questions and concerns before you leave home, during your time abroad, and upon your return.

Cultural Embrace assures top quality, English-speaking local representation in each country and on every program.  In addition to our quality programs, we also provide guidance for international transportation, hotel arrangements, traveler's insurance, visas and immunizations, etc.

Variety
Cultural Embrace offers a wide range of unique experiential and educational programs for individuals and groups of all ages. If you plan to teach, volunteer, learn a cultural activity, or take a tour:  we have a program for you! If you are in high school, college, a university graduate, professional, or even a retired adventurer:  we have a program for you! Even with so many fascinating programs to choose from, we will work with you to customize your program to fit your schedule, budget, interests, and needs.

Rewarding
This can be defined in two ways. First, traveling overseas and/or volunteering is incredibly fulfilling. Not only are you learning the cultures and lifestyles of others, but also you are improving your own self-awareness. Second, Cultural Embrace offers an easy way to earn discounts and free travel .

Convenience
Cultural Embrace's programs are a wonderful way to learn and experience another culture. Applications for Group Tours, Individual Programs, and to become a Group Coordinator are quick and self-explanatory. Each program has a detailed description of how to apply, when to apply, what to expect and what our expectations are. Simply follow the application procedures and download the forms. Please contact us if you have any questions.

More For Your Buck
Cultural Embrace allows you to travel in a way that fills your heart, eyes, mind and spirit without emptying your wallet! Our program fees cost less than most of our competitors, even though we offer more authentic sites, sounds, and included services.  We have designed Group Tours and Programs that cater to each person's budget, activity interest, and schedule.

We prefer to impress you with our knowledge and skills and with our top quality programs and services, rather than costly and environmentally-unkind glossy brochures and marketing materials.  And through our years of group bookings and reputation, Cultural Embrace has developed a strong, trustworthy, and dedicated network of international partners, affiliates and associations. We work with the best organizations, schools and universities, language schools, ground suppliers, airlines, and hotels and we receive great rates so we can pass the savings to you!

 Words that inspire us:

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world" ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves." ~ Walter Anderson

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover." ~ Mark Twain

"Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand." ~ Chinese Proverb

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~ William Arthur Ward

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I choose the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." ~ Robert Frost

"The best things in life aren't things." ~ Art Buchwald

“As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” ~ Margaret Mead

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience.  The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him.  He goes 'sight-seeing'." ~ Daniel J. Boorstin