At last, travelers can explore India, the Ecuadorian Amazon and Kenya on Immersive Volunteer Trip extensions for their upcoming set departure dates or request them as customized trips.
To celebrate World Tourism Day, the Travel Corporation and seven of its brands – Trafalgar, Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Lion World Travel, African Travel, Adventure World, along with the TreadRight Foundation, partnered with ME to WE to offer volunteer trips for all generations, worldwide.
Hence, those who book The Travel Corporation’s guided vacations, luxury river cruises and safaris, can now go on the ME to WE Volunteer Trips in conjunction with their packages, stay with local communities in ME to WE-owned lodges, with all meals, ground transfers, transportation and local sightseeing excursions included.
“Through our TreadRight Foundation, we’ve been working to promote sustainable tourism worldwide with carefully selected partners and projects and some of the numerous local communities we visit,” announced The Travel Corporation CEO Brett Tollman.
“Many are open to meaningful travel with unforgettable, moving experiences. So, we and our 10,000 team members across the globe and our loyal global travel partners are supporting ME to WE’s volunteer trips.”
Each ME to WE Trip takes place in a community where the social enterprise puts its charitable partner’s 20-year history of holistic, sustainable development to work via its WE Villages program. Half of the net profits are donated to its charitable partner—helping travelers create an even bigger impact on the communities they visit. The other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.
“Travelers can contribute to over two decades of sustainable development work,” reiterated WE co-founder Craig Kielburger. “Travelling with ME to WE is more than a trip. It’s a way to live – coming together to learn from each other and make the world a better place, because we are stronger together.”
On a journey to Ecuador, travelers will enjoy a rainforest adventure in the Amazon jungle at ME to WE’s Minga Lodge and join community members to work on a sustainable development project while learning about the indigenous Kichwa culture. They will also be invited to the home of a local shaman to experience a traditional cleansing ceremony and blessing.
In India, guests will stay at Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp in Rajasthan, surrounded by the pink-hued Aravalli Mountains, helping local women collect water for their families, learning to make chapatti bread or building a classroom for future generations.
In Kenya, guests will stay at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp in the Maasai Mara and join Maasai and Kispigis women to learn the craft of beading, a tradition passed down through generations to empower the community to earn a sustainable income.
“Giving people better choices for a better world is the heart of ME to WE. That’s why we’re so excited to partner with The Travel Corporation,” remarked Roxanne Joyal, CEO of ME to WE. “When you take this volunteer trip, you don’t only partner with local communities but also immerse yourself in a new culture, foster genuine connections and see the world through a new lens. It’s travel with a purpose.”
(Travelers can view these Travel Corporation trips at: www.trafalgar.com/metowe, www.contiki.com/contikicares/me-to-we.html, www.metowe.com/insightvacations, www.metowe.com/uniworld, www.lionworldtravel.com/safari/me-to-we-kenya, www.africantravelinc.com/safari/me-to-we-kenya, www.adventureworld.com/metowe.)