2009-12-09, Stäfa, Switzerland -Hear the World combines forces with Global Explorers, a not-for-profit educational travel organization, to offer the first-ever Hear the World Expedition to the Peruvian Amazon.
The expedition will integrate students aged 17-22 of mixed hearing abilities to raise awareness about hearing as a fundamental part of life that many take for granted. The acoustical environment of the Peruvian Amazon is a complex symphony exploding with life – where one’s ability to listen is increasingly magnified. For that reason, it is the perfect setting to educate students about the importance of hearing and the consequences of hearing loss. Students with and without hearing loss will form this unlikely team that will work together and learn from one another while shattering expectations and learning to use adversity to their advantage.
The expedition team will be accompanied by Bill Barkeley, a world-class mountain climber and one of the 15,000 people in the United States with Type 2 Usher’s Syndrome – the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the world. Bill’s 2007 summit of Mount Kilimanjaro shattered expectations and confirmed his role as an advocate and inspiration for the hearing loss community.
The expedition will take place from 8th to 17th July 2010. Full-time students ages 17 to 22 with and without hearing loss can apply till 15th January 2010. More information about the application and the expedition you can find here.