International Travel Programs and Delegations

Travel with AAUW to Experience Our Global Community Firsthand

As our world shrinks and our global community expands, AAUW members and their friends can embark on international trips designed to teach about gender equality issues in other cultures. By participating in an AAUW Delegation, you’ll share your educational experiences in an open dialogue and help break down the barriers of misinformation about women all over the world.

Past Delegations

Photo credit: Young Woman in Truck Window - Holguin - Cuba by Adam Jones. Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License Generic.

Photo credit: Young Woman in Truck Window – Holguin – Cuba by Adam Jones. Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License Generic.

Cuba (2014)

In winter 2014, an AAUW delegation returned to Cuba for nine days of research, dialogue, cultural events, and educational experiences.The purpose of this second trip to Cuba was not only to build on the knowledge gained by the 2010 AAUW delegation but also to pursue a more intimate understanding of gender roles in America’s island neighbor, particularly the challenges and opportunities women encounter in all levels of Cuban society.

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AAUW delegation to Poland poses below a sculpture of Marie Curie at the Radium Institute in Warsaw.

Poland (2014)

In 1920, AAUW helped raise the $100,000 necessary for Marie Curie to purchase a gram of radium to keep her work alive. In November of 2014, AAUW had a unique opportunity to tour Warsaw, Poland and the places that were important in Marie Curie’s early childhood, as well as institutions founded on her body of work. The architecture of imperial Poland, its rich culture, and the warmth of its people make Warsaw a wonderful destination for our delegation efforts.

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China (2012)

For a country so often in the news, the importance and role of women in China’s society is still not commonly known. That’s why, in the fall of 2012, a delegation of 24 AAUW members including President Carolyn Garfein and CEO Linda Hallman spent nine days in and around Beijing, Kunming, and Xi’an. They met with the All China Women’s Federation and faculty from the China Women’s University and Yunnan University of Nationalities, to name just a few. The trip was a memorable one in many ways, with gracious receptions from those they met with professionally as well as from the Chinese people they interacted with during the visit.

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South Africa (2011)

Led by AAUW President Caroline Garfein, a weary group of delegates landed in South Africa October 25, 2011, eager to meet with university faculty, gender equality NGOs, and organizations in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Our delegates were warmly welcomed as we exchanged best practices and uncovered the socioeconomic barriers women face in South Africa. We were particularly impressed with the number of organizations concentrating on bringing all of South Africa’s talents — from women and men — to the table in the areas of research and education.

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Cuba (2010)

AAUW was thrilled to be one of the first professional organizations to lead a delegation to Cuba from the United States. We knew we were there specifically to study the role of women in Cuban society, but Cuban society as a whole was unknown to us, so the entire trip offered new observations and information. The people — as in every country our delegations have visited so far — were warm, happy to meet us, and proud of their country. Every member of our group left knowing they would like to return to Cuba again one day.

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Israel (2010)

Shalom! 2010 saw the beginning of AAUW’s recommitment to fielding delegations of members with a personal or professional interest in the role women play in society around the world. At the request of Rivka Carmi, president of Ben-Gurion University of Be’er Sheva and the first female university president in Israel, AAUW CEO Linda Hallman and more than 20 members visited the university. The seven-day delegation also included visits to other organizations in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Tiberias, and Jerusalem.

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