American Jewish World Services Offers Study Tours around the Globe

A financial professional from El Paso, Texas, Esther Burnham (formerly Esther Furrer) worked as a finance administrator and assistant superintendent for the El Paso Education Initiative. Beyond her professional activities, Esther Burnham has supported a number of nonprofit groups over the years, including the American Jewish World Service (AJWS).

In its efforts to get people involved in its work to end poverty and promote human rights, AJWS oversees a variety of programs and activities around the globe. Through its travel program, the organization offers study tours that give volunteers the opportunity to participate in its international work fighting global issues such as poverty, AIDS, and genocide.

AJWS currently has several study tours planned, including a trip to Guatemala that will take place June 18–23, 2017. AJWS president and CEO Robert Bank will join the tour, which will explore the country’s capital city, Mayan communities, and vibrant culture. Highlights of the trip will include a talk from human rights attorney Claudia Samayoa and a visit with the grassroots media organization Prensa Comunitaria.

AJWS’ study tour of Guatemala will give travelers the opportunity to explore a beautiful country while learning about the various political and social issues that Guatemalans face. For more information about this trip and other AJWS tours, visit

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