Otesha's Sustainability & Social Justice Cycling Tours

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Picture yourself cycling across a stretch of Canada as part of a sustainable mobile community, offering performances and workshops about environmental and social justice issues, making lifelong friends, and picking up some serious skills en route.

These touring adventures are pedaled by ambitious and fun-loving volunteers -- everyday people eager to deepen their knowledge of environmental and social issues, to gain skills in public engagement and alternative education, and to empower themselves through pedal-powered transportation.

2015 Tour Dates

West Coast Tour (British Columbia) - May 2-June 24
Pedal to Plate Tour (Ontario) - July 18-26
East Coast Tour (New Brunswick/Nova Scotia) - Sept 5-Oct 28

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Reviews

94%
based on 5 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.6
  • Safety 9.8
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LK
9/10

The Otesha Project's Sustainability & Social Justice Bike Tours

-was a thrill the whole way through with lots of fun challenges, including practicing consensus decision making many times daily with a brand new group of people, cooking big meals for the group on camping stoves, rehearsing, memorizing, and staging a play in less than a week
-some highlights were: experiencing the generosity of people in communities along the way who welcomed us with open arms and gave us so much love and support, plus often also food, showers, laundry; connecting with youth who were inspired by the play or workshops to do an Otesha tour when they're a little bit older and at the very least start changing certain habits
-some challenges were: having to move locations almost everyday which involved cleaning up, packing everything up, and hitting the road again, even if you were pretty exhausted from the day before; long daily meetings to make group decisions - both of these became amazing learning points that fueled a lifetime of growth

How can this program be improved?
-group sizes not larger than 13
-doing only workshops but not a play for the shorter tours
-extensive sensitivity training including, anti-oppression training and awareness of identity politics, as this will help bring awareness to what it means to be visiting communities with different socioeconomic, religious, cultural, etc. backgrounds than those on people on tour
Yes, I recommend
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Tricia
9/10

It literally changed my life.

It was amazing what we could accomplish in two months. A typical day would include cooking for your team (if your on food crew that day) packing up camp and cycling a few hours to a performance: acting radiculous on stage and inspiring students to create change. Then back on the bikes to travel to where you would sleep. Usually there is a team meeting where you get to hear the highs and lows of everyone. Lots of laughs, and lots of tears. Its an amazingly powerful experience. I consider my Otesha teammates and other alumni my family.

How can this program be improved?
Reduce the number of performances so that teams could smell the roses at least a bit more.
Yes, I recommend
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Kayla
10/10

life changin' experience

An amazing and inspiring experience as I cycled across British Columbia - while building community with my teammates - challenging my daily choices - preforming physical theatre - eating delicious food - being empowered myself and in turn empowering others - and accomplishing some physical feats!

Yes, I recommend
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Bridget
9/10

Love Otesha

Awesome experience - I became comfortable on my bike, learned new skills (like how to change my tires), had wonderful conversations and met amazing people!

How can this program be improved?
More efficient meetings at the end of the day
Yes, I recommend
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anonymous
10/10

Amazing experience

Everything about this tour was inspiring and challenging. I went on a tour that explored food systems in Ontario, and I learned so much from how to grow your own food, how farms work, and how cheese is made, to the day to day tasks like bike maintenance, living as a mobile community, cooking for large groups, facilitating, acting. It was such an empowering experience. I highly recommend it!

Yes, I recommend

About The Otesha Project

The Otesha Project is a national youth-led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage and empower Canadians of all ages to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world.

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