Rick participated in an Earthwatch Expedition a couple of years ago... http://earthwatch2voskuil.blogspot.com/ A week long reef research study in San Salvador. It was an extraordinary experience supporting his passions - oceanography, environmental sustainability and teaching.
So as we are contemplating our trip to Italy, we thought we would check out Earthwatch to see what they might have in Italy. Check this out. http://www.earthwatch.org/exped/camilli_images.html
There is a trip June 3-8, 2012 that is a possibility. It is in the Tuscany area we are most interested in seeing - not only would we be in Italy but we would be doing research and contributing to Earthwatch.
What do you think?