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Travel with a Purpose: Going Global with WeDay.org

January 3, 2013 by

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

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  1. josephine says:

    i love to travel and i would like to volonteer to any country.i love helping people and this will give me a sense of purpose.God bless you for all the help you give to people in need.

  2. Isabell says:

    I am a senior, and would love to volunteer, but am reluctant because you seem to be geared to young people. I am in reasonable good health, can walk but not hike, etc.

  3. Amy Lynch says:

    Hi there! How awesome for both of you to want to get involved.

    Isabell: while the WeDay site doesn’t offer much information by way of volunteer travel experiences geared toward seniors, USA Today recently did a great piece on exactly that… the article is chock full of resources and links that could be helpful in your planning. Check it out here: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/senior-volunteer-vacations-14179.html

    Thank you both for reading Interior Complex!

  4. bryan folk says:

    We half to pay to volunteer??

  5. strony www says:

    Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and
    starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.
    You have done a extraordinary job!


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