Friday, July 2, 2010

Discovering Deaf Worlds program travels to Thailand, Cambodia, and Costa Rica to learn about local deaf communities

From I-Newswire:

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Discovering Deaf Worlds, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grassroots organization based in Rochester, New York, is launching an innovative program called Discovering Deaf Worlds: Journeys, which provides wonderful opportunities for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people to explore the unique cultures of developing countries, while engaging in local Deaf communities, and supporting the efforts of international deaf advocacy associations.

Tour costs have built-in donations, allowing trip participants to advocate for the establishment of deaf clubs in all 76 provinces of Thailand; support efforts to create the first sign language dictionary in Costa Rica; and sponsor deaf students in Cambodia to learn vocational skills to achieve financial independence and provide for their families.

On these journeys, participants will also learn about the local sign language of each country, and what it is like to be a deaf person living there. Additionally, all tours will be fully accessible with guides fluent in English and American Sign Language, as well as a local signing guide from each country.

Discovering Deaf Worlds has partnered with Rochester-based, socially conscious travel company, GoPhilanthropic, to provide this wonderful opportunity for anyone who wishes to experience different cultures and new adventures while making a difference at the same time.

Discovering Deaf Worlds will offer trips every year to multiple destinations, the first being to Cambodia and Thailand from October 12, 2010 to October 23, 2010. Registration deadline is August 30th, 2010.