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.
Three weeks sounded like a considerable amount of time to see a country, but Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world. It is very roomy here, lots of extra space. However, my allotted time would only allow me to scratch the surface...
The sun seems to burn brighter in Patagonia.“The scientists say the ozone is thinner in Patagonia,” Claudia Hume said. Hume was my host and personal guide for my stay in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. To my untrained eye, it looked to be true. For sure, the penguins that stood in the sun in front of me would probably also agree as they attempted to keep cool in the intense light...
Dean's happy to announce his new school program, "The Wondrous Mississippi!" If you don't have an author visit set for the 2015-16 school year, Dean would love to be considered. As a biologist, author and world traveler, Dean invites you to bring him in to explore the world of wonder – and the wonder of self.
For a group of about 150 Fremont students from Grant and Washington elementary schools, Friday offered a unique learning opportunity to develop observation and writing skills as students, teachers and administrators joined local author and world traveler Dean Jacobs at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.
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.
This was the second year the fraternity brothers had asked me to lead them on a life-changing journey. One of my main goals always is to create a framework that allows the students to have an authentic experience with the extraordinary people who call the rain forest home.
Dean's mission is to inspire people to dream and his first course of action is to positively influence our children - our future. This video provides a glimpse into how Dean educates and empowers them to create a good life.
“Welcome to Ecuador,” I announced to 11 people as they walked through the door of the customs area in the Quito airport.
For several years, I have been asked if I would ever lead a trip abroad. This idea has held limited appeal; I like the freedom to move. I’m comfortable taking risks with my own life, not with others.
With persistence, the students of Sig Ep Fraternity from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursued the idea of having me lead them on a journey. Nine active members, one alum and one chaperon were now my traveling companions.
I agreed to this trip under three conditions: first, I am not a babysitter; second, understand this is not a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo rainforest exhibit; and third, and most important, come with the attitude to give.