About Human Nature

We are the opposite of a huge, impersonal student travel company.  Our clients know us by our first names and our in-country partners do as well.

Our Mission:

Encourage learning, growth and connection through travel experiences designed to evoke wonder at nature and humanity.

Our Goals:

  1.  Offer the opportunity for people to connect on a deeper level with cultures and environments that inspire them to be more tolerant and compassionate. “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. Inspire a world where students can problem solve and feel safe enough to take risks, examine themselves, and change.
  1. Shift the status-quo in the outdoor travel industry to value educators and outdoor professionals as gate bearers to a harmonious future, and create employment opportunities for people who have been systematically or contextually limited. Generate economic prosperity in the places we travel to, ensuring that funds remain in the local economy.
  1. Encourage people to exist in awe of this planet, with a reverence for life that is reflected in their actions.“The most appropriate response to the world is to realize, with awe, the ferocious mystery of being alive in it. And act accordingly.” – Carl Safina
  1. Contribute to a critical mass shift in consciousness through deep understanding of the interdependence of our own health and well-being with that of the planet’s.

Our Values:

  • Humility:  We are aware that “we don’t know what we don’t know,” and we always have new things to learn. Different perspectives provide more informed solutions for the problems our planet faces. We do not preach our belief systems, but humbly provide opportunities for others to form their own perspectives and reflect on their beliefs in intentional ways.
  • Connection: Profound connections create profound experiences. We foment connection with the self, with others, and with the ecosystems around us by visiting communities that embody their values and by traveling to places that inspire awe.   
  • Meaning:  Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” We encourage each and every participant on our trips to look for meaning in what they do and to examine their beliefs and the why behind them. Meaning is important for the human psyche, as it gives us purpose and direction to live a fulfilled and happy life. It is a paintbrush we can use to color the world with our intentions.
  • Nature: We revere the natural world as a source of inspiration, reflection, and wonder. We recognize that the health of our natural world, and the well-being and future of our species, are inextricably tied. We collaborate with projects and organizations that positively impact the environment as we inform ourselves and others about current threats to the natural world, and what we can do about it.
  • Kindness:  We aim to create a culture of kindness both within ourselves and the places where we visit and live, knowing that kindness has a ripple effect. Being generous and considerate with our spirit, time, and energy generates happiness. It is human nature!

Our Leadership Team:

Our Community Partners:

Human Nature values our personal relationships with the communities and organizations with whom we work, and we are passionate about giving our travelers the opportunities to create their own relationships across cultures.   Read more about our community partners and their goals!

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