For some, the act of traveling is all about first-class luxury — money is no object and exorbitant escapism is the name of the game.
For others, curiosity about the world forms the basis of wanderlust, and a simple road trip is just as exhilarating as a stay at a five-star resort.
But one of the most compelling forms of travel is the one that gives as well as it gets: voluntourism.
Multiple agencies exist throughout the world that connect travelers to causes through vacations that blend volunteerism with exploration, but of late, one in particular has been making quite a splash in the media.
WeDay.org is an organization founded by the Kielburger brothers, Craig and Marc, both bestselling authors, humanitarians and social entrepreneurs. Through a two-fold approach encompassing both fundraising (via its partner organization, Free the Children) and voluntourism (via Me to We), the WeDay website connects would-be tourists with ways in which they can make an impact on the world.
Open to youth, schools, corporate groups, families and individuals, the trips arranged through WeDay.org and its resources take participants to their choice of Africa, Asia or Latin America, and coordinate volunteer opportunities like building schools and sustainable communities.
Immersing travelers in local cultural activities and encouraging engagement with the communities they’re visiting, WeDay offers opportunities to connect with the countries in ways that traditional tourism doesn’t allow for. The average cost for an individual volunteer trip to Kenya is $4500.
Craig and Marc’s accomplishments have also been celebrated in multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes and The Today Show; and in People, Time and The Economist.
Photo credits: WeDay