Dean will be leading a group of students from his alma mater, Wayne State College, into the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador. This ground breaking journey for the college is cutting edge in the educational systems of service learning and will set Wayne State College apart in higher education.
Dean will be leading a trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador Dec. 6-13 - and there are ONLY 14 spaces available. Travelers would live aboard the sailing yacht, the Samba, for 8 days. Dean will conduct a photography workshop during the trip to help you best capture the beauty and wildlife of the islands. Download the flyer for all the details.
Driving down the road in Uganda, Dean came across this African Elephant. How cool is that? Better than seeing a cow. Nothing against cows, but an elephant! Going on African Safaris is such a great way to see wild animals.
While on safari in Uganda Africa, Dean unexpectedly meets James Marshall, a 10 year old student who remembers his visit to his school three years ago in Arkansas. On top of that, James is traveling around the world with his parents for seven months!
Dean experiences an adventure ride in Kampala, Uganda on the back of a boda-boda. Sometimes to learn and grow we must get outside our comfort zone, or box. Riding on the back of a motorcycle weaving through traffic definitely did that for Dean.
Dean visited the Ballard School District in Iowa and was interviewed and filmed for a documentary, sponsored by Huxley Communcations. This candid documentary gives viewers a glimpse into what drives Dean and how his educational presentations inspire students.
As many of my viewers understand, I have a deep and personal connection to Ecuador and am compelled to help in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. So, I am going to use my foundation to accept financial support for the earthquake victims. On May 8, I will be flying to Ecuador, as was the plan already, and will deliver whatever support people wish to give in person to a local agency in need.
If you wish to offer help, please visit my foundation page. Thank you for your support.
Dean has been busy sharing his message in his home state of Nebraska. Sharing the season with Henry Winkler, Robert Edsel and Anna Quindlen, Dean was a guest speaker for the prestigious Omaha Town Hall Lecture Series. One week later, he was hosted by the Wayne State College Explorers Club to present on his experiences in the Amazon. While there, he was invited by the Wayne State Student African Association to help plant a tree and say a few words in honor of Nelson Mandela. Anytime there's an opportunity to inspire, Dean will!
It’s a long journey to the continent of Africa from Nebraska, but like many things magical, so worth the effort.
Six years had passed since I last bounced down the rough and often red dusty roads of Rwanda. It’s a ride often described by the locals as the African massage. Since my last visit, memories of my time working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International as a field correspondent had remained in my heart and in the sharing of that adventure with students.
I was long overdue to revisit this special place that generally only headlines in the news with war and things like Ebola. And while it can be a challenging place to explore, the awaiting experiences are second to none.