Giving back in some way should be on everyone’s agenda who intends to make travel an important part of their life. At Eco Escape Travel, we promote the experiences, lodges, and volunteer activities that will have a positive impact on the environment, communities and economies of destinations – and nothing has a more positive impact than volunteering abroad with the right company, in the right circumstances.
GivingWay is a social impact tech company that provides volunteer experiences in nearly every continent on the planet. The company is solving the problem of overwhelming and deceiving options out there for people looking to make a difference – they eliminate the middlemen and placement agencies that often take advantage of travellers’ desire to do good while abroad. GivingWay is a for-profit company with a strong social agenda – think of it as an ethical Expedia for volunteer experiences. GivingWay puts global volunteer experiences at your fingertips, ready for you to research and choose your next volunteering adventure.
A group of young men in Christian Village, which lies just outside of Accra, started this group when they saw the need in their own community and the harsh effects of poverty. The group works around the clock to help all individuals in need-- they partner with families to work out a plan towards success and offer services to teach and improve their community-- a big focus is on education and so they offer scholarship and after-school classes to maximize learning and potential.
Our most current and principal program is our Greenhouse Initiative. What started in 2010 as an endeavor to help one school build a greenhouse has snowballed into a major program. We currently work with six schools and a total of 13 school greenhouses. Now we are embracing what has been a natural scale-out, where we have seen a shift in needs from school greenhouses to family greenhouses (parents of students, usually). In the past three years we have helped forty families in 4 very isolated communities build their own greenhouses. This has attracted the attention of a couple larger international and national institutions, specifically those that are involved with the Peruvian National School lunch program - Qali Warma. We are in the process of working with them to implement school lunch garden programs in the sierra region of Peru.
Experiences can be searched based on desired country, cause, and location, and causes include eco, animal, and people. Some experiences encompass more that one cause, others are specific to a targeted cause. Take Ecuador for example: upon a quick search, the user can find 15 experiences to choose from! GivingWay has no shortage of experiences worldwide, all offering something different than the other. Some include accommodation and meals, others only accommodation.
KSTR was founded by two nine-year old girls, and works to protect the rainforests of Costa Rica. The two girls were living in Costa Rica when they noticed that the rainforest was disappearing and saw that it was having a negative impact on the animals. This inspired them to create KSTR and save the rainforest! Over the past sixteen years, we have grown tremendously and now have an animal sanctuary, where we take care of animals who are not able to be released, as well as an animal rescue clinic, where we take care of animals that were orphaned injured, etc.
In addition to being a robust and user-friendly experience for finding your next volunteer experience, GivingWay also creates a volunteer community by allowing users to sign up, join discussions, provide input, and meet like-minded travellers who are keen to make a difference through travel. Upon joining the GivingWay community platform, we instantly saw connections being made and were invited to come volunteer at the Foundation of Water Organization in Kenya. We’ll put that on the list for when the day arrives we get the privilege to explore and write about ecotourism in Kenya.
The purpose of Joyland Prime Academy is to tend to the needs to alleviate the suffering of school children by building more classrooms, buying/acquiring more computers, buying/acquiring books, improving hygiene and school supplies. They have volunteer/intern work in the schools. To volunteer/intern, choose from: Fundraising: Volunteer/intern project manager, Children Project DAOB: Volunteer/intern project manager, Education/Teaching: Volunteer/intern project assistant, Social worker: Volunteer/intern project manager, Photography: Volunteer/intern project manager, Public Health/Medical: Volunteer/intern project manager, Painters/decorator: Volunteer/intern project manager, Building/Construction: Volunteer/intern project, and Furniture making and repairs Volunteer/intern project manager.
Sadhana Forest project is working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. This forest type is found only in Southern India and Sri Lanka and provides a rare biological richness due to its very high species abundance (over 1000 species of trees, shrubbery and liana). The Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest is now close to total extinction as only 0.01% survives. This is a last moment effort to keep this very rich and beautiful Forest on earth. As part of the reforestation effort they are also working on water conservation and soil management.
La Tortuga Feliz offers an affordable turtle conservation program in Costa Rica, whose aim is the protection of sea turtles with the help of volunteers. The participation of volunteers contribute to the improvement of the living conditions and education of the local inhabitants.
If volunteering abroad is on your mind that’s great – your heart is in the right place and we want to help you find the right experience. GivingWay can be the connection you need to jumpstart the discovery of your next ethical experience abroad. Rest assured you’re using a moral company that is backed by a credible advisory board including people like the Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel Magazine, the founder of CouchSurfing, and many other experienced and trustworthy professionals.
Author: Eco Escape Travel | Date: June 24, 2017