"Travel is fatal to prejudice, narrow-mindedness, and bigotry, all foes of real understanding." - -Mark Twain
Ted has had the privilege of visiting 43 countries. He has experience teaching, consulting or writing in 17 of these countries. Ted has led student trips to West Africa (Ivory Coast/Ghana), southern Africa (Botswana/Zimbabwe) and northern India. Ted has considerable professional experience teaching in Paraguay, France and West Africa. His time in West Africa resulted in many presentations, papers, and a book titled, "Commitments of the Heart- Odysseys in West African Conservation." On three occasions Ted served as an Visiting Professor of Tourism at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France. A complete listing of his international experiences follows below.
International Professional Experiences
Poland (2015) participated in discussions regarding the establishment of an International Federation for Interpretation at the Interpretation Europe Conference in Krakow, Poland. Toured Polish National Parks and cultural heritage sites such as Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Australia/New Zealand (1990, 2015) - Participated in study tour of National Parks and Reserves and presented two papers at a world tourism conference in Sydney in 1990. In 2015 gave a paper at the CAUTHE conference at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, Queensland and toured National Parks in southern Queensland.
Mexico (1992, 1995, 2001, 2014) - 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 Campecheand developed student exchange agreements between universities. In 2001 consulted with foundation developing Mayan sites and ranches for tourism. In 2014 gave a Keynote Address at the Latin American Museums Symposium, Mexico City.
Sweden (2013) Opening Keynote Address at Interpretation Europe/NAI International Conference, Sigtuna, Sweden.
Peoples Republic of China (2000 and 2011) – In 2000, I attended a natural resources conference, presented two papers, and participated in a study tour of national parks. In 2011, I gave a keynote address at a World Geoparks Congress at Taining Geopark and gave guest lectures at Beijing Normal University. Two interpretation textbooks have been translated into Chinese and are being used in Taiwan and People's Republic of China to train tour guides and park rangers.
Kenya (2008 and 2011) - I made linkages with Kenyan universities as well as with NGO’s such as Comfort the Children and the Children and Youth Empowerment Center. Met with professional interpretation and ecotourism scholars and professionals to explore opportunities for collaborations and presented a seminar at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Republic of Mali (1990, 1993, 2007, 2008) - Consulted on agroforestry projects in Timbuktu region. Worked on the US Forest Service Office of International Programs, Gourma Elephant Ecotourism Project assessing villages in the elephant's range for their ecotourism potential, taught ecotourism and interpretation at University of Bamako as part of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Project
France (2002, 2004, 2006) - In 2002 gave lectures on interpretation, tour guiding and rural tourism at Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France. In 2004 and 2006, served as Visiting Professor, Department of Tourism, PascalUniversity and gave guest lectures at other French universities including University of Grenoble.Wrote a freelance travel article about the Auvergne region of France.
Paraguay (1990, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2006) - 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. Assisted in interpretation planning for biopark and zoo near Itaipu.
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.
Botswana and Zimbabwe (1999) Led Kansas State University study tour through national parks and cultural sites.
Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (1998) - Led Kansas State University’s first study tour to Africa.
Haiti (1996, 2010. 2013) - Consulting for Double Harvest, an agroforestry project serving rural areas and participated in earthquake recovery. In 2013, along with staff of Brookfield Zoo in Chicago conducted coral reef conservation training and snorkeling an dwater safety training for camp counselors at large church camp located on the coast north of Port du Prince.
Colombia (1995 and 2013) Assisted 3D International and the Bank of Colombia in assessing the economic value of a natural area in Bogota and design of an urban nature park. In 2013 visited newly accessible ecotourism sites throughout the country.
Cote d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (1993-1994) - Teaching and research in Ivory Coast. Evaluated national parks for ecotourism potential, conducted wildlife surveys, researched and wrote a book about West African conservation.
Canada (1982-1984) - Conducted socioeconomic research at the Petawawa National Forestry Institute, Chalk River, Ontario.