Understand the links between the ancient and present worlds, communities, and traditions, encountering traces of past civilizations and experiencing vibrant traditions that exist today.
Journey to Costa Rica this summer and explore some of the country’s highest peaks, densest forests, and most remote natural reserves while immersing yourself in the region’s rich cultural landscapes. Choose your On Assignment theme—either Photography or Anthropology, Culture, & Tradition—and delve into your focus area. Photograph sweeping vistas, lush landscapes, and endemic wildlife as you travel from the cloud forest to the Pacific coast. Along the way, meet with artisans and communities to learn their perspectives on Costa Rica as a leader in conservation and explore the sustained significance of traditions in modern life—from makers of folk masks in … Continue reading →
Embark on an unforgettable Mediterranean journey through Italy and Greece this summer, immersing yourself in photography, culinary delights, and outdoor adventures. Experience the essence of the Italian Renaissance in Florence, marveling at Michelangelo’s David and strolling through historic streets. Photograph the medieval city of Lucca, bike along ancient walls, and explore the seaside beauty of Cinque Terre with a National Geographic Explorer. Experience the coastal allure of the ancient capital of Náfplio in Greece, capturing its pedestrian streets and clifftop castle and indulging in Greek culinary traditions.
The interplay of tradition and innovation is an important element of Japan’s culture. This summer, choose either the Photography or Anthropology, Culture, & Tradition On Assignment theme and explore the intersections of ancient cultural practices and modern life. Photograph the bustling urban hub of Tokyo, meet with Buddhist monks and learn meditation techniques, and witness sites significant to the country’s shogunate and feudal history. Through the lens of your On Assignment project, explore the many ways in which cultural practices, both ancient and modern, overlap and inform the daily lives of the Japanese people today.
Venture to Norway this summer to experience its stunning fjords and soaring peaks, and immerse yourself in the country’s culture and traditions. Norwegians have a storied history of connecting with the natural world and their kinship with the Earth is infused into many aspects of daily life. Forge your own relationship with the region as you hike, kayak, and adventure through spectacular landscapes and experience age-old traditions that live on today. From fishing hamlets to bustling old-world cities, discover how Norwegians are preserving their rich cultural legacy for future generations.
With its vibrant traditions, world-renowned cuisine, and spectacular landscapes dotted with glistening temples, it’s easy to see why Thailand is one of the most-visited places on the planet. This summer, choose either the Photography or Anthropology, Culture, & Tradition On Assignment theme, and discover what makes Thailand unique and culturally diverse. Photograph iconic wildlife, visit vibrant community markets, and immerse yourself in history and culture as you travel from Ayutthaya, old Siam’s capital, to the lush hills of Chiang Rai Province in the north. Cap off the trip with a homestay in a Karen community, where you will learn more … Continue reading →