We provide the highest quality in:
- Assessing group and individual objectives and needs
- Validating the legitimacy of the cause or project
- Providing quality and safety before and during the trip
- Creating an itinerary filled with meaning, adventure and fun
- Coordinating flights, accommodations, insurance, and special needs
- Preparing and managing expectations prior to the trip
Our Three-Part Travel System
- Pre-Trip. Provide monthly activities to learn about taking care of our world and helping those who are less fortunate.
- Trip. Focus on philanthropic values. During travel, visit and contribute in person to select social and economic development programs. These solution-oriented projects are unique to each region’s challenges and range from schools and libraries, to clean water, micro-loan, animal conservation and artisan programs.
- Post-Trip. Provide follow up information so they can update and nurture the connection.
Types of Travel
Philanthropic travel occurs when a philanthropist visits a possible recipient. The philanthropist is not volunteering his or her service, but establishing trust for himself and the recipient organization so that a donation can be made. These types of trips can take many forms, often featuring luxury accommodations, local gourmet food, fine wines, private guides for privileged events or ceremonies, and hands-on opportunities to dive deeper into the native culture.
Philanthropic mission trips are often organized by a foundation to get to know the recipient better, establish an ongoing relationship or further a donor’s knowledge about a particular issue or part of the world.
Volunteer vacations are where you spend your time helping a community or cause by working on a project such as rebuilding homes in New Orleans or building libraries in Honduras.
Voluntourism trips are a hybrid of a volunteer vacation and a vacation. It usually encompasses vacation travel with a component of service work. For example, during a trip to South Africa we arranged a day for participants to take care of the young children so their sick parent could get medical attention.