Dean will be leading a trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador Dec. 6-13 - and there are ONLY 14 spaces available. Travelers would live aboard the sailing yacht, the Samba, for 8 days. Dean will also conduct a photography workshop during the trip to help you best capture the beauty and wildlife of the islands. Contact Dean if you're interested. More details to come!
Driving down the road in Uganda, Dean came across this African Elephant. How cool is that? Better than seeing a cow. Nothing against cows, but an elephant! Going on African Safaris is such a great way to see wild animals.
While on safari in Uganda Africa, Dean unexpectedly meets James Marshall, a 10 year old student who remembers his visit to his school three years ago in Arkansas. On top of that, James is traveling around the world with his parents for seven months!
Dean experiences an adventure ride in Kampala, Uganda on the back of a boda-boda. Sometimes to learn and grow we must get outside our comfort zone, or box. Riding on the back of a motorcycle weaving through traffic definitely did that for Dean.
Dean visited the Ballard School District in Iowa and was interviewed and filmed for a documentary, sponsored by Huxley Communcations. This candid documentary gives viewers a glimpse into what drives Dean and how his educational presentations inspire students.
As many of my viewers understand, I have a deep and personal connection to Ecuador and am compelled to help in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. So, I am going to use my foundation to accept financial support for the earthquake victims. On May 8, I will be flying to Ecuador, as was the plan already, and will deliver whatever support people wish to give in person to a local agency in need.
If you wish to offer help, please visit my foundation page. Thank you for your support.
Dean has been busy sharing his message in his home state of Nebraska. Sharing the season with Henry Winkler, Robert Edsel and Anna Quindlen, Dean was a guest speaker for the prestigious Omaha Town Hall Lecture Series. One week later, he was hosted by the Wayne State College Explorers Club to present on his experiences in the Amazon. While there, he was invited by the Wayne State Student African Association to help plant a tree and say a few words in honor of Nelson Mandela. Anytime there's an opportunity to inspire, Dean will!
It’s a long journey to the continent of Africa from Nebraska, but like many things magical, so worth the effort.
Six years had passed since I last bounced down the rough and often red dusty roads of Rwanda. It’s a ride often described by the locals as the African massage. Since my last visit, memories of my time working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International as a field correspondent had remained in my heart and in the sharing of that adventure with students.
I was long overdue to revisit this special place that generally only headlines in the news with war and things like Ebola. And while it can be a challenging place to explore, the awaiting experiences are second to none.
The never-ending green canopy of the Amazon Rainforest was a familiar view as our plane circled the village below. We were preparing to land and our circling plane was intended to be both visible and audio communication to those below to clear the runway.
The Achuar village of Chicherat has a dirt airstrip that is partially covered in grass. The airstrip was our access point to the village of Tiinkias, a community I have visited many times. Now, 14 students from the Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep) fraternity at the University of Nebraska were my companions.
Nate Kuda, one of the students, sat behind me with a big smile on his face that was plastered to the window.
“This is my first experience in a small plane,” Kuda said.
It was clear by the expression on his face that he was enjoying the journey.