SOE Award Recipient
2013 • Hospitality/Tourism
Alethea Tyner Paradis
"One thing I loved about starting my business was recognizing a niche need and fulfilling it with excellence. It’s risky, but very rewarding."
The company provides educational travel, experiential learning and community service programs abroad for students and teachers. It operates in historically significant countries that provide lessons for transcending conflict through mutual prosperity: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Cuba and Rwanda. Partnering with sustainable non-profits in the destination countries, Friendship Tours provides hands-on lessons for students in the power of social entrepreneurial collaboration. Alethea started this business in 2005 to give her high school history students the experience that was missing in the mainstream educational tour realm.