Bri ng yo u r clie nts
a new type
travel experience with a
volunteer vacation .
Choose Globe Aware
Make generous 10% commission,
Book volunteer’s airfare,
Bring your customers a meaningful,
unique experience of a lifetime. WHAT IS A VOLUNTEER VACATION? This is a unique opportunity for your travelers to see what it’s really like to volunteer and live in a community, and to make a real difference to a genuinely needy community. It’s about sharing experiences with locals in a way traditional tourism generally cannot, laughing with a family while learning to cook new foods, getting a hug from a child in need, distributing wheelchairs to land mine victims in Cambodia, building adobe stoves in Peru, building schools in Ghana. It’s also about
GOALS Every project in which we engage is intended to promote sustainability and cultural awareness. Projects are chosen by the local community, and volunteers work side by side with them as equals.
having fun. It is not about standing in lines at churches and museums with bus loads of other tourists. It’s about giving back, learning about the lives and cultures of others, and learning about yourself and your own culture by comparison. Help your clients discover that one of the most exciting adventures they will ever have is an adventure in service abroad. Globe Aware programs endeavor to promote cultural awareness and sustainability.
WHAT DOES A VOLUNTEER VACATION INVOLVE? The traveler chooses the program (17 around the world such as Cusco, Peru, Brasov, Romania, Beijing China, Ghana, Laos, Thailand, Costa Rican rainforest, etc). •
The travel agent books the airfare and passes the traveler onto Globe Aware for volunteer program booking.
Globe Aware sends 10% of the program cost (average program cost is $1290) back to the travel agent within 10 days of receiving payment from traveler.
The traveler can deduct BOTH the program cost and the cost of airfare as long as it is done in conjunction with the Globe Aware nonprofit programs (which is a federal 501 c 3 nonprofit).
No special skills or languages required.
No age limit (though a waiver and notarized form is required for teens under 17 traveling without a legal guardian).
Volunteer groups average about 10 per week per program. Special exceptions can be made for larger groups with advance notice.
WHAT ELSE DO VOLUNTEERS DO? The program includes 3 to 5 planned but optional leisure and cultural activities (such as dance lessons, waterfall hikes, excursions to Machu Picchu, language class, horseback riding, cooking class). The program contribution fee includes •
A bilingual staff coordinator on the ground with the volunteers throughout the stay
Medical insurance (with no deductible)
In-country transportation from program meet up point
Note: GLOBE AWARE, as a 501 c 3 nonprofit, does NOT engage in booking airfare or major add on tourist excursions. The travel
agent can provide these as interested to the volunteer / traveler.
"There comes a point in a person’s life where you s tart asking yourself, What difference am I making in this world? I decided to put my free time into something worthwhile. -Gayle Harrod
SAMPLE PROGRAM "There is no better way to experience a new culture and meet incredible people than to do a volunteer vacation. It's a trip I will never forget." - Suzanne Runtz
One week (Saturday to Saturday) Volunteering in Siem Reap Cambodia, staying at a modest but clean and safe guest house, assembling and distributing wheelchairs to land mine victims. Service project takes about 30-35 hours per week. Volunteers have 2-3 hours free time per day. Various excursions to the Angkor Wat temple complex, giving alms to monks in the morning, and learning Khmer cooking techniques.
HOW DO I ENROLL MY CLIENT? All you need to do is inform us that you directed the traveler to us, and we will take care of the commission. Because this is a unique experience, we require data that you may not usually collect from your customers, such as emergency contact information, dietary restrictions, birth date (to sign up for medical insurance, etc). Additionally, in order to receive the tax deduction, they need to pay for their Globe Aware portion directly to Globe Aware. As an additional service, you can actually take their registration directly and enter it online at http://www.globeaware.org/register-globe-aware-adventure
WHAT ARE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE? They vary by program, but are all modest, safe and clean. All but one include regular Western showers, flushing toilets, running hot water, and electrical outlets. Some are modest guest houses or hotels, cabins, and the like. Volunteers are generally housed 2 or 3 to a room.
DOES THE TRAVELER HAVE TO BE A U.S CITIZEN? No. There are visas required for a variety of program locations (such as Ghana, Vietnam, China, etc).
â€œWhy volunteer for a trip like this? It is a feeling that may surprise you with respect to its intensity and effect on your life.â€? - Bob Link
IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM TAX DEDUCTIBLE? Yes, for U.S. and Canadian citizens.
Contact Us Toll free 877-588-4562 Phone: (214) 824-4562 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published on Feb 10, 2012