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World-for-World Travel to Thailand

Burt Woolf: Trip Leader/Mentor


Serious fun.. that describes Burt Woolf, trip organizer and primary leader for the World-for-World Travel programs to Thailand (a program of the Center for Quality of Life).  For his entire career, Burt has been designing creative environments where people, teams, organizations, and communities can realize their dreams for a better world and a more fulfilled and satisfying life.

Hospitality and tourism have been a major focus of Burt's professional work for many years. He has directed numerous studies for communities, states, and regions, to help them develop visitor attraction strategies that also enhance local quality of life. In May 2008, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA - based in Bangkok Thailand) published an article Burt wrote that explores a new approach to sustainable tourism called Integrative Travel, or "travel with a higher purpose."  In October 2008, Burt returned to Bangkok to present the keynote address for 70 tourism leaders at PATA's Thailand Chapter meeting.
Burt has designed the World-for-World Travel Programs to Thailand to manifest the principles and vision of travel encompassed by the concept of "Integrative Travel": global citizenship, cross-cultural awareness, and service-learning, all in a context of sustainable tourism and personal growth. He has traveled to Thailand for a total of more than six weeks over the past two years, as a mentor for the Power of One Program and on his own.

Burt is Chief Principal of the Center for Quality of Life (C4QL) which he
founded in 2003. At C4QL, he developed the 8 Principles for Quality of Life, the conceptual framework for his consulting, coaching, and keynote speaking practice. Earlier in his career, Burt held senior or chief executive positions at several local, state-wide and national organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Education Foundation.

Burt is a graduate of Amherst College and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He is currently a full-time doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education where his dissertation focuses on the transformative learning experiences of people who work in the nonprofit service sector.