"Travel is fatal to prejudice, narrow-mindedness, and bigotry, all foes of real understanding." - - Mark Twain
Ted has experience working on short term projects or study tours in Scotland, Canada, Australia, Haiti, Colombia, Costa Rica, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Ted has considerable professional experience in Paraguay and West Africa. His work in these places has resulted in many presentations, papers, and a book titled, "Commitments of the Heart- Odysseys in West African Conservation." Recently in 2004 Ted served as an honorary visiting professor at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France. A complete listing of his international experiences follows below.
France (2002, 2004) In 2002 gave lectures on interpretation, tour guiding and rural tourism at Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France. In 2004, served as Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Tourism, Pascal University and gave guest lectures at other French universities.
Costa Rica (1998, 2000, 2001) -Made linkages for student and faculty exchanges at the Costa Rica Technical Institute and explored national parks and ecotourism sites for study tours and KSU International Community Service Program sites.
Paraguay(1990, 1997, 1999, 2000) - Assisted in ecotourism planning and development for Defenders of the Chaco National Park. Visited colleges and universities and the Natural History Museum to facilitate student and faculty exchanges and cooperation in conducting research. Lectured at universities and at Cultural Center on the topic of Environmental Ethics and Conservation Challenges for the 21st Century. Consulted with local officials interested in developing ecotourism in their regions and with officials of the Asuncion Zoo and Botanical Gardens regarding environmental education and tourism promotion. Consulted with National Park officials and visited National Parks in the east and southern regions to assess their potential as research sites and ecotourism destinations.
Mexico(1992, 1995, 2001) - In 1992 at the invitation of the Governor of Yucatan, I evaluated opportunities for student-exchange and environmental educational programs. Assessed sites for ecotourism potential. In 1995 served as ecotourism consultant for the State of Campeche and developed student exchange agreements between universities. In 2001 consulted with foundation developing Mayan sites and hacienda for tourism.
China (2000) - Participated in natural resources conference and study tour of national parks and forests.
Botswana and Zimbabwe(1999) - Led Kansas State University study tour safari through national parks and cultural sites.
Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (1998) - Led Kansas State University’s first student study tour to Africa.
Haiti (1996) - Consulting for Double Harvest, an agroforestry project serving rural villages.
Colombia (1995) - Assisted 3D International and the Bank of Colombia in assessing the economic value of a natural area in Bogota and design of a nature park.
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (1993-1994) - Year-long sabbatical teaching and research in Ivory Coast. Evaluated national parks for ecotourism potential, conducted wildlife surveys, conducted research for a book about West African conservation.
Mali (1990) - Reviewed and consulted on agroforestry projects in Timbuktu region
Australia/New Zealand (1990) - Participated in study tour of National Parks and Reserves.
Canada(1982-1984) - Conducted socioeconomic research at the Petawawa Forestry Institute.
Scotland(1978) - Camp counselor, environmental education instructor.