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As we engage in business development and the marketplace, we need to think beyond profits and conceptualize the health and well-being of the planet and all of its inhabitants through environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and community engagement.

“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”

Dalai Lama

“We must achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse.”

Elon Musk

Explore the incredible biodiversity of the Rocky Mountains, one of the world's longest mountain ranges, and see how economic activity impacts the region’s wilderness. Study the headwaters of the Colorado River and the impacts of climate change on the watershed. This watershed provides water for 40 million people in the West. Meet with industries affected by climate change and learn about the adaptation of industry to changes in snowpack and increased threat of mega forest fires that now are happening annually. Visit the grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park and immerse in the beauty of the alpine meadows and valleys teaming with herds of elk, bighorn sheep, bear and moose. Hike the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains at 14,439 feet while savoring the expansive views over a vast mountain wilderness. Take in a memorable soak in natural hot springs before reaching the Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, a world heritage site. Visit this site of an ancient civilization and study the impacts of environmental degradation leading to its destruction. Inhabit an Earthship in Taos, New Mexico and experience sustainable, off-the-grid living, study alternative business models that address sustainable development, and explore the impact of food on your carbon footprint. An educator on tour is knowledgeable on sustainable development and global climate change. Learning and college course credits are guided by Eligar Sadeh, PhD, professor and author.

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Start and Finishing Point:

Denver, Colorado

Activities:

Grading:Introductory   


Expedition briefing, Immersive Art Installations on creativity and entrepreneurial thinking will be your focus today. Take part in an immersive Meow Wolf art experience focused on learning, movement, and play to develop creative and entrepreneurial thinking. Explore and find passion with the global Sustainable Development Goals and establish a collaborative design challenge for the course to build confidence, interaction, and inspiration. Explore the innovative business model of the art cooperative of Meow Wolf.

Meals:  D

Today will focus on engaging sustainable businesses, Science on a Sphere and meeting with businesses affected by climate change. Apply STEM disciplines and the study of human factors to understand challenges of sustainable development that relate to social and environmental impact. Experience an immersive Science on a Sphere presentation or Imax on global climate change dynamics. Investigate how to mitigate global climate change. Interact with real-word social entrepreneurs exploring how business can address current social and environmental challenges. Study the economics of sustainable business models (environmental economics) in comparison to extractive and environmentally destructive industries. Visit with Protect Our Winter (POW) and Vail Resorts on the issues of snowpack and water in the west.

Meals:  B,L,D

Explore global warming on land and habitats of animals, study the Colorado River watershed and the impact of fires. The Rocky Mountain National Park is a gem of the National Park system in the United States. Vast mountains are protected from future development and preserved for human enjoyment. Here, find the snow fed headwaters of the Colorado River, the major water source of 40 million people in the Western United States. Experience this pristine environment of mountains, forests and waterfalls, which are teaming with wildlife. On alpine trails, above treeline, encounter herds of elk, marmots, pika and eagles. Observe environmental changes taking place due to global warming, such as the catastrophic environmental scars of the East Troublesome Fire that affected the park in 2020. Camp in pristine wilderness with a chance to swim in nearby lakes.

Meals:  B,L,D

Trek the highest mountain in the Rocky Mountains and witness environmental consequences of mining. The Rocky Mountain highest peak, Mount Elbert, beckons. Start early to gain this impressive peak, and from its lofty summit of 14,433 feet take in the immensity of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and expansive mountain wilderness. Imagine how environmental protection and social entrepreneurship can sustain the wonder and awe of these majestic mountains, and how preserving this snow fed watershed will benefit 40 million people. Nearby discover the historic mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where due to lack of environmental regulations there exist vast mountains of slack heaps and environmental devastation. Study the economic and environmental costs of a superfund site.

Meals:  B,L,D

On our way to New Mexico you see the beautiful valley and mountains of the Arkansas River basin. There is time to soak in one of the many local hot springs, a wonderful treat to experience these mountains. Enjoy wilderness camping.

Meals:  B,L,D

Consider the consequences of environmental degradation on ancient civilizations. Experience one of the most important National Parks of the United States, Chaco Canyon World Heritage Site. Here, the 1000-year ruins of an ancient civilization are preserved. See how this once thriving Anasazi civilization, complete with a road and trading system, advanced agricultural practices, temples and observatories for the Sun and Moon cycles (calendars), collapsed due to environmental degradation and climate change. Explore how humans and businesses can prevent a similar fate through sustainable development practices that address both human and natural effects on the environment. Understand how to incorporate environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and community engagement in business planning.

Meals:  B,L,D

Experience Earthships as sustainable Off-the-Grid Habitats, undertake service work, business basecamp for social entrepreneurship and explore the impact of food on your carbon footprint. The greatest sustainable, off-the-grid Earthship community in the United States can be found in Taos, New Mexico. Since 1970, a community of architects and visionaries experimented with sustainable architecture, using local and recycled materials, and living sustainably off-the-grid using energy from wind and sun, while collecting rainwater. The Greater World Earthship Community will serve as our business basecamp for your social entrepreneurship business endeavor. Engage in journaling, discussion with sustainable development experts, project planning and realization, and group presentations. Complete business planning and prototyping for social entrepreneurial ventures. Study the carbon footprint of food, and plan and cook menus to reduce your carbon footprint. Volunteer locally with the Earthship community or another not-for-profit organization.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will debrief and develop an outline a project report on social entrepreneurship and sustainable development as part of the post-course work following this trip.

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development provides a collaborative ecosystem for social impact business practices through project-based, experiential, and expeditionary learning. Apply entrepreneurial and business thinking, using STEM, and analyze human factors. Through exposure to industry, immersion in Colorado’s wilderness, and the study of off-the-grid sustainable living, conceptualize sustainable development solutions to social and environmental impacts.
* Apply STEM, human factors, and environmental study to business thinking.
* Implement design thinking for business planning.
* Explore entrepreneurial thinking to incorporate sustainable development.
* Learn about the real cost of industry without consideration of carbon emissions or environmental degradation.
* Incorporate environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and community engagement in business planning.
* Evaluate the tactics of green marketing (“green washing”) of industry.
* Prepare a pitch for group presentation and evaluation.
* Explore social entrepreneurship career pathways.
* Develop grit and vision.
* Engage with other participants in collaborative efforts to realize your goals.
* Deepen your leadership skills.
* Learn about the carbon footprint of your food.
Carbon Neutral
World Expeditions absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.


Inclusions

  • 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinners
  • 2 nights quad share hotel and 10 nights camping
  • Private transport throughout
  • Expert educator specializing in sustainable development and business
  • College course credit guided by a PhD level expert in the field, Dr. Eligar Sadeh
  • Wilderness guide/driver
  • National park entry fees and sightseeing as specified
  • All group camping equipment
  • Option to earn three college credits for business at an additional USD$170 per credit

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Cost of laundry, soft drinks and beverages
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas, if required
  • Medical treatment
  • Personal expenses and items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Day pack

About Your Leader

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Learning and college course credits are guided by Eligar Sadeh, PhD, who has been an Aerospace Professional for the past 40 years and “The Man Who Wrote the Book '' on the human relationship to the space enterprise. Dr. Eligar (Eli) is Founder of Astroconsulting International LLC and the non-profit Astropolitics Institute; Chief Editor of the academic journal Astropolitics; and a Professor and STEM educator since 1999 of Aerospace Engineering, Astrophysics, Physics, Astropolitics, Business, Social Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Sciences. Professional experiences include work with NASA, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, SpaceX, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, U.S. Air Force Academy Eisenhower Center of Space and Defense Studies, U.S. Air Force Space Command, University of North Dakota Aerospace Sciences and Space Studies, International Space University, and foreign national space agencies and academic institutions. Eligar’s leadership in aerospace and seminal publications and books helped revolutionize the way we think about the development and exploration of space.

All of our USA tour leaders are certified in First Aid and CPR and registered as official guides with the national parks. All of them are trained to guide hikes.


Grading

Introductory

Introductory adventures are designed with the first time trekker in mind. They are challenging enough to make it a real adventure holiday, however the daily physical exercise is around six to eight hours and altitudes generally less than 4,200m. Introductory adventures are not necessarily easy. There will be some long steep ascents and some rough ground to cover. Remember trekking rarely involves flat terrain. Two to three months prior to departure you should spend thirty minutes to one hour exercising, three or four times per week eg. Hard walking, jogging or cycling. To prepare for a walking holiday we recommend you take every opportunity to walk up and down stairs and/or hills, for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. Please remember the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your holiday.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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