Understanding Travelers Philanthropy


Smart Money Magazine tries Voluntourism
December 13, 2008, 11:37 pm
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What I did on my Volunteer Vacation- Smart Money Magazine

FOR SOME AMERICANS these days, vacationing is becoming a lot more than just a week at the beach.

“Voluntourism,” a fast-growing travel trend that combines overseas tourism with a dose of do-gooderism, has long been the province of college students and retirees willing to accept a long-term assignment. But increasingly, such lend-a-hand holidays attract boomers who can spare only a week away from the office.

Indeed, one online poll by Travelocity found that 38 percent of travelers say they intend to volunteer while vacationing this year, up from 11 percent in 2007. Hundreds of outfits now offer short-term stints, ranging from hard-core Habitat for Humanity construction projects to the Ritz-Carlton’s “Give Back Getaways” that mix luxe accommodations with half-day gigs like mapping the whereabouts of Cayman Island iguanas or supplying music therapy to disabled kids in Instanbul.

But even organizers say it’s not always easy to persuade these tourists to take on challenging tasks like caring for the elderly. “Save a turtle, hug an orphan — that’s what people like,” says Alexia Nestora, a volunteer-travel consultant based in Littleton, Colo.

And these trips aren’t cheap: Despite often Spartan accommodations, typical prices range from $1,000 a week to $3,000 for a multistop tour (before airfare); a family of four could easily blow $10,000 for a week in a mud hut.

In our case, we head to the outskirts of Cusco, Peru, former capital of the ancient Incan empire, for a trip organized by a nonprofit group in Texas. Our goal: visit a children’s home there — and hopefully, help out.

The hardest part of a volunteer vacation may be just booking the trip. All we really want is a South American destination, a flush toilet and some assurance that we won’t be surrounded by a gaggle of dreamy-eyed college kids. Industry portals like VolunTourism.org provide a good starting point for the search, but we are quickly overwhelmed by the sameness of all the tour sites: hyperbolic taglines (“Change the World”), gushing endorsements (“It was the most amazing experience of my life!”) and photos of smiling Americans surrounded by a half-dozen grateful natives.

We do better by calling travel companies directly; all employ specialists who suggest trips that fit our criteria and provide references from past customers. We finally book with Globe Aware (“Adventures in Service”), a 10-year-old, Dallas-based nonprofit that arranges volunteer stays in 15 countries. Its “Care for Cusco” package promises, among other things, modern plumbing, delicious Andean meals and “a chance to forget you are living in the 21st century.”

What it doesn’t promise is luxury; upon arrival we discover we’re bunking in a chilly, dingy dorm room with five other volunteers — and a long list of house rules (no drinking; lights out at 10). Hello, summer camp!

The accommodations hardly dampen the mood of our group, a collection of 15 extremely enthusiastic Americans who easily fit the educated, well-off, people-oriented profile of voluntourists. Turns out all their good cheer proves essential, since for several days our role at the children’s home — a brightly painted compound on a dusty street outside central Cusco—remains a mystery.

Our information packets are confusing. The promised orientation never happens. Random children wave from windows, race across the yard and pop up on the staircase wielding mops. What’s the deal? Out-of-date Web site information led some of us to believe we’re at a home for deaf orphans. Others were told (correctly) that the kids attend school here during the week and return to their villages on the weekend. Are we supposed to teach them English? Play Go Fish with them?

What actually keeps us busy is an impressive itinerary of cultural excursions. There are long day trips to the legendary mountain ruins of Machu Picchu and the walled fortress of Sacsayhuamán. There are evenings out to sample local fare (yes, guinea pig tastes a little like chicken) along with trips to the craft market and the agricultural fair. Our Cusco-born coordinator, Rocio, who speaks strained English and doubles as the home’s administrator, knows the best place to watch the solemn Incan New Year street procession and the location of the nearest ATM. Every afternoon we feast on delicious Peruvian meals prepared by Alicia, a cook who really knows her way around a cauliflower.

At one point, we are ferried to an Andean mountain village for an unexpected do-gooder project: building a new mud stove for a widowed onion farmer. Since none of us actually knows anything about building an adobe stove, our actual role in the process is limited. We tramp around in the farmer’s backyard mud pit, mixing straw and muck with our feet while we worry aloud about our pedicure and our fellow voluntourists snap photos.

Afterward, we take turns hauling the adobe mixture into the farmer’s dirt-floor kitchen, pausing to gawk at the guinea pigs inside. It’s hard to tell if we’re doing the farmer a favor —imagine some foreign billionaires descending on your home to photograph your kitchen and install a new dishwasher. Still, when the stove is completed—by a local hired hand — the farmer gives a one-word response: “Bien.”

It’s not actually until day four that we’re formally introduced to the kids—31 in all. The next day encounters like these are not uncommon: “Hola, Rosa! Cómo estás?” “Estoy bien!”—after which we stare and smile until it gets really uncomfortable. While some tour operators require volunteers to speak the local language, Globe Aware doesn’t — and all the goodwill in the world, it seems, does little to overcome a language barrier.

So we’re not exactly teaching them anything. But we do spend almost two days doing chores around the compound. Working under the bright winter sun, we help build a rough fence around the gardens and construct an irrigation ditch around the basketball court—introducing us to the joys of mixing cement. It’s all accompanied by plenty of picture taking and, thanks to a tool shortage, a lot of standing around. A few volunteers sew dog beds for Chuleta and Osa, the home’s copulation-crazed mutts.

Rocio tells us that since the home started hosting volunteers two years ago, visitors have made many improvements and repairs that the tiny staff couldn’t have managed alone. Plus, nearly a third of the $1,250 volunteer fee goes directly to fund the home. In a country like Peru, that’s significant cash. Many voluntourism outfits refuse to split the fee for fear of encouraging dependency and creating a situation in which visitors are welcomed for their money and entertained with meaningless busywork.

But given the endless excursions and lavish meals we enjoy — not to mention the fact that we’re contributing just 15 hours of service — the arrangement seems only fair. (Globe Aware Executive Director Kimberly Haley-Coleman calls the minimal workload an anomaly; volunteers should expect to work 30 hours a week.)

Over the last few days, there’s a burst of activity with the kids. On “gift night” the volunteers present the children with socks, pencils and books; hugs ensue. On “game night” skeptical teenage boys are convinced that it really is fun to play Twister. And at the farewell party, the kids put on a charming show complete with songs, poems and break dancing. Encouraged to reciprocate, we offer a rousing rendition of “Old MacDonald,” all 15 of us crowing, braying, flapping our wings and waving our elephant trunks. The children look alarmed. When we’re finished, they present us with homemade cards — and more hugs. Perhaps they’re thankful that we won’t be performing again.

The next morning we all pack our bags and recount the highlights. Words like “amazing” and “unforgettable” pop up again and again. As we wait for the taxis to whisk us away, the staff and kids wave goodbye. In just a few hours, another group will swoop in from el norte, starting the whole pageant anew.

Learn More:
Smart Money Magazine: What I Did on My Volunteer Vacation
Wall Street Journal: Voluntourism Questioned
Canada’s National Post Newspaper: Philanthropic Travelers
What’s the Good News about Voluntourism?

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2007 World Travel Market London Keynote: “ Travel with Conscience” by Jane Kaye Bailey Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel NGO Partner
November 29, 2008, 4:15 pm
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Jane Kaye-Bailey, Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel humanitarian NGO partner in Victoria Falls, Zambia will be delivering a keynote on Philanthropic Travel to the World Travel Market entitled, “Travel with Conscience.”

Speaker: Jane Kaye-Bailey, Philanthropic Traveler & Exquisite Safaris Humanitarian Partner

World Travel Market London 2007 : “Luxury Travel with a Conscience” by Jane Kaye Bailey

Monday November 12, 2007 12.30 – 13.30 North Gallery Room 8 Level 2

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World Travel Market 2008 recognizes Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel Industry Innovation and Leadership
November 28, 2008, 10:58 am
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Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel is grateful to have been recognized as a travel industry leader in Philanthropic Travel by The 2008 World Travel Market: The Global Event for the Travel Industry.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel has pioneered the Philanthropic Travel experience by forging mutually beneficial fund raising partnerships with high impact NGOs serving in destination communities worldwide.

By educating philanthropic travelers on the critical humanitarian and environmental challenges and solutions facing fellow human beings who are struggling for their very survival, we are facilitating deeply meaningful, personally transformative vacation experiences that are funding clean energy, children’s education, basic medical services and safe drinking water.

With all due respect to Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel and Tourism Research for Euromonitor International and author of the 2008 Global Trends Report, Philanthropic Travel is not a “trend,” reserved only for the “socially conscious jet set,” as she has reported.

The cynical and nihilistic assertion that Philanthropic Travel is motivated by upper class guilt, assuaged by “conscientious consumption,” is inconsistent with thetestimony from our clients, who seek to connect at the heart with indigenous people.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel clients report that our facilitated, personal introductions to high impact NGOs left them with a renewed belief in themselves and their purpose in life.

Client donations, which far exceed our company’s industry-leading $250 per traveler donation, have empowered local communities to gain a foothold on sustainability.

We Know the World by Heart: Exquisite Safaris
The cornerstone of our success is creating an awareness in the traveler/donor and host/beneficiary that the “Circle of Giving” is only completed when a personal relationship is created face to face -the moment when gifts flow in both directions.

The resulting intimacy, trust and confidence between newfound collaborators has inspired and educated children, parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, mothers, fathers, grandparents and even the most jaded world weary travelers with clear evidence that one person can create powerful change -if they just make the journey with philanthropic intent .

Philanthropic Travel: The Globalization of Empathy
Unless you are a doctor, dentist, solar power specialist or have a technical skill that is urgently needed at the time, our NGO partners report that cash donations, which fund teachers salaries, employ local labor, and purchase local materials, are more important than ‘gifts in kind or short term volunteer labor.’

Philanthropic Travel is a learning experience, not a service experience like voluntourism.

Philanthropic Travel: It benefits everyone
We agree with the Ms. Bremner’s assertion:

“Travellers who do not have time to spend their holiday volunteering are more likely to choose industry suppliers that support local communities by paying market wages or by donating a portion of profits. However, the mass market is not willing to take on a price premium to switch to this type of supplier.”

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel prices our three, four and five star philanthropic travel experiences at market rates as compared with similar non-philanthropic tour operators or even do it yourself travelers who would piece together airlines, guides, vehicles and accommodations for an ‘apples to apples’ trip a la carte.

Our $250 donation to our NGO partner does not add to the cost, it is subtracted from our revenue.

Philanthropic Travelers: Better Angels
During each of our journeys, there are those inevitable moments when someone comes into our life at precisely the right time and says or does precisely the right thing. Their words or actions may help us perceive ourselves more clearly, remind us that everything will turn out for the best, help us cope, or see us through difficult situations.

These people are Better Angels -individuals designated by a higher power to be there for those in need at specific points in time.

Better Angels, come into our lives when we least expect them and when we can most benefit from their presence.

Most Better Angels are regular people, going about their daily lives until inspired to be in the right place at the right time to bring peace, joy, help, or heal someone when they most need it.

You may have met a Better Angel in the form of a teacher who gave you a piece of advice that touched your soul and influenced your path.

Perhaps it was a person that momentarily stopped you to say hello while crossing the street, delaying you long enough to avoid an oncoming car.

Better angels may offer nothing more than a kind word, smile, and a generous anonymous donation -but they will offer it when you can draw the most strength and support from their simple action. Better Angels give of their inner light to all who need it, coming into our lives and often changing us forever.

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TheGlassHammer.com Go Philanthropic Travelers
Vacationing in Generosity: Go Philanthropic Travel
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Approaching the Omega Point: GoPhilanthropic Travel

Philanthropic Travelers:
Barack Obama: Philanthropic Traveler
John Legend: Philanthropic Traveler
Teach your Children Well: Philanthropic Travel
The One’s Who Do: Philanthropic Travelers

“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying

The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized experience we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.



Travelers Giving Back Program
September 9, 2008, 6:12 am
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Fundraising & Donor Experiences


Prayers inside Angkor WatSiem Reip, Cambodia by David Chamberlain

Dear Humanitarian Outreach Project Leader: Partner with Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel.

Exquisite Safaris is committed to uplifting world communities by supporting your efforts through intimate personal introductions. Our mission is to transform travelers into philanthropic travelers by introducing them to your program for a morning or afternoon visit with you and the thankful people you empower. Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel connects you to a network of well intentioned, caring philanthropic individuals and their children who want to collaborate in a meaningful way while traveling.

Dear Corporate CSR Initiative Leaders and Stakeholders and Donors: Partner with Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel.

“We get stakeholders on the ground visiting communities where they have business and philanthropic interests. Combining business opportunities with NGO project/community visits with cultural immersion and empathetic insight is essential for effective oversight and sustainable donor support worldwide.” -David Chamberlain

Exquisite Safaris Corporate Donor Travel Services provides organizations with professional stakeholder visits to NGO projects that are aligned with their company’s humanitarian, economic and environmental CSR goals initiatives. Exquisite Safaris Corporate Donor Travel leverages Creative Capitalism Model to create, manage and support customized CSR Initiatives.

Philanthropic Travel: Collaboration creates Prosperity
Through conferences, regular newsletters, and speaking engagements, Exquisite Safaris promotes our humanitarian outreach partners and your inspiring efforts to empower people around the world.

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The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized luxury trip we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.



Bonnie Lunt: Visionary Philanthropic Traveler
June 19, 2008, 6:51 pm
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Bonnie Lunt and Azama student by David Chamberlain

Bonnie Lunt couldn’t figure out why the little girls were tugging at her clothes and trying to take them off, right in the middle of Azama’s town square. But she decided to go with the moment.

“We were having a celebration, and we were all dancing, “Lunt remembers of that day last summer. “Before I knew it, they had dressed me in a new outfit, beautifully made traditional pieces, topped of by this gorgeous blouse.” One of the women told her that during festivals like this, they preferred that she wear their clothes.

Each had embroidered part of the blouse.

Seven years before this particular celebration, Lunt had paid her first visit to the remote village, part of greater Otavalo, up to 10,000 feet in the Andean highlands of Ecuador. The founder and president of Bonnie Lunt Management, a New York search firm for the upper echelons of the advertising and creative industries, was on her way to the Galapagos Islands to fulfill her commitment to a charitable project, a group home she and her friends were helping to build. When one of those friends suggested that Lunt visit the ancient Otavalo Market in Ecuador to pick up some wall hangings for the home, Lunt took the 1300 mile detour that turned her already full life in a dramatic new direction.

Lunt is known for placing marketing and advertising clients in high -profile positions, brokering big deals and activating her substantial network to do good. After Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida in 1993, Lunt co-founded a organization dubbed People Helping People Disaster Relief, so many friends and contacts could donate dollars and offer help during the crisis. Active across the country from Northridge, California, site of the 1994 earthquake, to post 9-11-2001 New York City, the group got people to “come together, do what we had to do and then leave,” Lunt recalls.

Until Ecuador.

Captivated by the region’s people and natural beauty, Lunt returned again and again to Otavalo, built a home and got to know a teacher named Margot Cifuentes. Cifuentes was teaching a full day in a nearby city, then returning to the village to teach dozens of children on the lawn in front of her house. None of these children could attend regular schools because they had to work during the day, or just couldn’t afford the school fees.

Lunt watched the students “all gather around one piece of paper, which was their lesson for the day. If it rained, they would fling themselves over that paper to keep it dry.”

Lunt’s first idea was to put up a circus sized tent. When she asked a client if he knew anyone with a company that made canvas, he offered $20,000 and asked if that would be enough to help buy the tent. Lunt recalls telling him, “That is actually enough for a building. So we’ll build a school.” Then Cifuentes explained that, while the children had at least some education, they didn’t have any medical care.

Part of the reason? “A lot of attention and resources get diverted to Africa,” Lunt explained, “because the kids there are starving to death. There is just so much poverty here but it looks different. “She says 90 percent of the children in Azama are anemic. “They eat, but they’re malnourished. Many sleep on the ground and have lice, scabies and worms.”

So Lunt decided she was going to adopt the village. “I didn’t know what that meant, “she says, “but we had to change the education and the health situation.”

During the last two years, Lunt and her friends have built a primary school and community center, a health center and a dental clinic -all literally from the ground up. A modest woman who describes her impressive career as simply, “connecting the dots between people,” Lunt used advice from her mentor, advertising magnate Jay Chiat. “He told me, ‘Just go forward. If you make a mistake, It’s OK to come back and fix it, but unless you go forward, you don’t get anywhere.”

According to Helayne Spivak, chief creative officer of CCA Advertising, “Bonnie looks around, sees what she sees and says, I’ll bet I could help,’ And she does it on the strength of her personality.” When Spivak saw photos of Azama’s children crowding the walls of Lunt’s Manhattan office, she decided to provide not just financial support but also time and effort. Within weeks, the renowned copywriter and creative director was en route to Ecuador as “one of Bonnie’s ‘Band Aid mules.” “We brought 50 pound suitcases loaded with everything you have in your medicine cabinets and take for granted,” Spivak says. Dozens of top women in advertising and other professionals, including a group of female accountants from Yale, began making regular flights.” There was no persuasion necessary,” she says. “We’d do anything for Bonnie.”

As one of the forces behind the nationally recognized Miami Ad School, the first institute of its kind with locations around the globe, Lunt has a passion for education. During a recent visit to Ecuador, Lunt recalls,”the cutest girl, Pacorina, came to the door.” Paco, who is about 8, showed Lunt her new bilingual book. “She sits down at the table and reads the whole thing out loud. Then she starts reading the English version! Last year she couldn’t read at all.” Lunt remembers thinking, Wow, Its working. “I’d just had a birthday, and that was the best present. It made my heart smile.”

Today Lunt is in search of dermatologists and ophthalmologists (Because of Azama’s high elevation, eye and skin problems are especially serious). The clinic needs dentists willing to become philanthropic travelers, and the lack of clean water for non tourists is “beyond desperate.” At the same time, the generosity Lunt and her compadres find in Azama is a constant gift.

Each time Lunt leaves New York for her small Ecuadorian style stucco house with a tile roof and furniture handmade by local artisans, she has more company.

“Once people see it and get involved as philanthropic travelers, they want to spend more time here,” she says.

“Everyone who visits has returned, or plans to, and most bring other people.”

When the village has clean water and the school and health center can sustain themselves, Lunt hopes to replicate the same success in another Ecuadorian village using the same powerful technique that has had such an impact on Azama. “You just reach out, and something happens,” she says.

“Maybe not right away, but then the phone rings and it happens.”


Margot Cifuentes, children of Azama and Bonnie Lunt -by David Chamberlain

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The Exquisite Safaris philanthropic travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized luxury trip we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.



A Symphony of Life: Philanthropic Travel
June 17, 2008, 8:09 pm
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Photo: Chellie Kew

In the great symphony of life, we all have important parts to play. While some people are best suited to be conductors or soloists, their contributions would be diminished considerably without the individual musicians that lend their artistry to the fullness of an orchestra. The magical accents of the percussion section might sound random and out of place without the music they accompany. But any one member of an orchestra, doing less than their best at their particular part, can destroy the harmony of the whole piece, such is their importance. So although we may not receive the same amount or quality of attention as another, all of our contributions are valuable and integral to the success of the whole.

When we do our tasks well, we infuse them with our unique energy, making each act a gift.

Each of our personalities and talents are suited to different roles of support. Even leaders and star performers support others in their own way. We can look around us at any moment to see that while we nurture some people with our work, others are supporting us with their gifts. Doing any job from this place within us allows us to do our part with humility and gratitude, while also learning lessons that move us steadily toward our goals.

When we can be fully present in every job that we do, we bring the fullness of our bodies, minds and spirits to the moment. Our contribution is enhanced by the infusion of our talents and abilities, and when we give them willingly, they attract the right people and circumstances into our experience. Anything we do begrudgingly limits the flow of our energy and closes us off from the good that is available to us in every situation.

By giving the best in us to make the world around us better, we open ourselves to receive the best from the universe in return.

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The Evolution of Philanthropy: Philanthropic Travel
June 17, 2008, 8:03 pm
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“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying

Philanthropic Travel is the Ultimate Luxury

The Exquisite Safaris philanthropic travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized luxury trip we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.