CRANBURY LOCALS LAUNCH CREATING TIES’ WEBSITE FOR SERVICE LEARNING TRAVEL TO PERU
[CRANBURY, NJ]. [May 23, 2012] – Creating Ties will launch www.creatingties.com, a website devoted to travel and service learning programs for students of all ages to Peru on Friday, June 1. Creating Ties, led by Cranbury locals, works with grassroots organizations focusing on sustainability with programs involving alternative energy development, education, endangered species, agriculture, fair-trade arts, language immersion, social entrepreneurship and business. Creating Ties also specializes in tailored-made opportunities for student teaching, internships, study abroad, faculty led trips, gap year, and professional development programs.
Martha Hayden, Cranbury local and Princeton High School Spanish teacher, founded Creating Ties in 2002. It was Martha’s dream to share the beauty of her native country with her students and help the locals in the process. She wanted her students to go beyond learning in the classroom; she wanted them to interact with Peruvians and experience the grandeur of iconic cultural sites like Machu Picchu. Her daughter Meg Hayden, who is the company’s Program Director, joined Martha in her group travels when she was in high school. Meg started networking with locals and over time, expanded the number of programs offered. New to the team is another Cranbury resident, Katrina Lennon who acts as the Micro-Finance and Business Program Coordinator.
“I want students to have life changing experiences that propel them into social action” says Martha Hayden, President of Creating Ties. “I want them to be inspired to become the social entrepreneurs of the future. This world needs them.”
Creating Ties currently offers the following programs in Peru: Discover Peru: Sightseeing Tour, A Sustainable School: Eco-Living and Education, The Andean Experience: Preservation of Indigenous Cultures, Music of the Spheres: Andean Jazz Fusion, Amazon Rainforest: Endangered Species Rescue Shelter, Alternative Energy: Wind Power for the People by the People, Green Architecture: Sustainable Bio-Construction, Fair Trade Art: Photography, Textile and Ceramics, Flavors of Peru: Culinary Tour, Micro-Financing: Business for the Other 90%, International Business: Economics of the Developing World, Student Teaching, Internships, Study Abroad, Group Tours and Gap Year. Detailed information on these programs can be found on the website.
“We believe the sky’s the limit,” says Meg Hayden, Program Director of Creating Ties. “We are from Peru so we have amazing connections with grassroots organizations making our trips very memorable. We custom create any program to fit people’s interests. We love when groups of friends, families, and even companies approach us about setting up a trip to Peru for volunteer work. It’s great to see people getting involved and helping the people of this world.”
About Creating Ties
Creating Ties is a Peruvian-American travel organization offering unique service learning experiences in Peru for students of all ages and interests. Working with grassroots organizations, our programs focus on sustainability providing hands-on opportunities in areas such as alternative energy development, education, endangered species, agriculture, fair-trade arts, language immersion, social entrepreneurship and business. Creating Ties specializes in developing custom made programs for student teaching, internships, study abroad, group trips and an endless array of travel and educational opportunities. Our mission is twofold: to provide students of all ages with sustainable service learning programs to promote and inspire them to become the social entrepreneurs of the future and to create ties with Peruvians helping them make a better life for themselves and their families.