Travelocity’s Travel for Good program is back! I asked Alison Presley, manager of Travel for Good, how Travelocity chose their partners and programs to feature for the grants, see below for answers. Hey Steve, Kimberly and James – wanna comment on what it’s like being a Travelocity partner?
From Alison Presley – “The program was founded back in 2006 and we still have our original three partners: Globe Aware, Cross-Cultural Solutions, and Earthwatch Institute. We added American Hiking Society a bit later to be able to offer a wider selection of domestic voluntourism trips.
We selected our partners for being leaders in the emerging field of voluntourism, for their wide selection of programs, and for their commitment to being a strong partner for our program. Working together, we’ve been able to spread the word about how voluntourism can change the world.
We reached out to each of our voluntourism partners and asked them to select two trips they’d like to support this year for the “signature trips.” They selected the trips based on their goals for 2011, local needs, and a variety of other factors.”
Travelocity (http://www.travelocity.com) believes travel has the power to change the world through experiences like volunteer vacations. That’s why, since 2006, the company’s Travel for Good® program has been awarding eight $5,000 volunteer vacation grants every year. These grants sponsored deserving Americans on trips to new corners of the world to give back with their own two hands. And today Travelocity announced the launch of a new voluntourism grants site, marking a new era for the program. This site allows volunteers to submit video applications for the voluntourism grant.
Additionally, VolunteerJournals.com provides a free blogging platform for all volunteers, including stories from past Travelocity grant winners. Travelers don’t need to win a grant or even volunteer abroad to make use of this new tool. From a local book drive to a three-month voluntourism trip, the site gives all volunteers across the globe the opportunity to share their experiences and get more people involved with the causes they care about.