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Martha Hennesey - Iran 2008As powerful forces churn out warmongering rhetoric, and voices of the mainstream pundits assist in its dissemination, Global Exchange invites you to travel past the headlines and visit Iran on a Citizen Diplomacy Reality Tour.

During this time of increased political tension between the US and Iran, we believe North American travelers can build people-to-people ties and foster peace between the countries.

On a Reality Tour in 2008 Martha Hennesey said, “(Everyday) I saw people dealing with inflation and working very hard to pay for food and housing. I heard of their concern about their president's ability to lead. I felt their happiness at meeting Americans and listened to their praise for our country and for our pursuit of democracy.”

Tomb of HafezAnother participant, Art Wright, commented, “It’s always the small things, moments of poetry and tragedy that I remember, like the evening at (the Tomb of) Hafez.” Read reflections from past participants on our Reality Tours blog.

Citizen diplomats to Iran experience both the complex and engaging fabric of contemporary Iranian civil society while exploring also the tremendous historical and cultural sites in Iran. Travelers will visit the ancient ruins of Persepolis, the tomb of renowned Sufi poet Hafez, and the towers of silence in Yazd.

Upcoming trips to Iran are:
September 22, 2012 – October 6, 2012
June 8, 2013 – June 22, 2013

Find out more about our delegations to Iran and other Middle East destinations and join us as a citizen diplomat!

In peace,

Andrea "Drea" Hightower
Middle East Reality Tours Director

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