Working with people or animals, short-term or long, student or senior, solo or family — the ways to volunteer travel are as varied as your individual interest.
We hope to provide you with the inspiration and information you need to find the perfect voluntoursim experience for you. And whatever you choose, we wish you these indelible rewards: a deep and meaningful travel experience, a connection to the global community, a sense of pride and accomplishment, a fresh perspectice and, above all else, memories you bring home that will last you a lifetime.
Inspiration: Through our original blog and video content, you can explore the range of opportunities to fine tune the right kind of trip for you.
Information: Resources, links, tour information, travel details and other cool stuff will help you take the next steps in your research process.
Celebration: Check in often to find out what our voluntour heroes are up to around the world. You never know what our next story will be.
And please, help us spread the word…..we are committed to growing this community of like-minded global citizens.
- We believe that working alongside locals on meaningful service projects provides a rich opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and understanding, fostering a sense of global citizenry and human connection.
- We believe that volunteer travel helps young people develop self-confidence, empathy and leadership skills. Families build lasting bonds as they work together for positive change.
- We believe that, by sharing these transformative travel experiences, we can inspire others to take their own journeys for good and encourage volunteerism at home and abroad.
Over the last 15 years, husband and wife production team Steve and Joanie Wynn have traveled the world together, producing stories for Travel Channel, History Channel, Discovery, HBO and Conservation Corporation Africa.
They returned home inspired and motivated. They decided to develop this site as a way to spread the message of volunteer travel. They hope to tell more stories about the everyday heroes who use their sweat equity as a way to give back and connect to the world in a meaningful way.
Then, in December of 2012, the Wynns took another volunteer trip, this time with their son Ryan. They traveled to Cambodia with non-profit voluntour operator Globe Aware. Again, they documented the experience as they worked alongside a dedicated group of volunteers. They built wheelchairs for landmine victims, taught English to local school kids and worked on several short-term construction projects for disabled families in and around Siem Reap. Their half-hour program “Journeys for Good: Cambodia” is the pilot for a series they are currently developing for public television. In December 2013, it aired on KQED-TV San Francisco, receiving two regional Emmy awards, including best cultural/historical program.
Steve and Joanie own and operate Bayside Entertainment, a full-service video production company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the past fifteen years, they have produced projects for clients like zynga, Lucasfilm, Sony, Walt Disney and Electronic Arts. In addition to work for their Fortune 500 clients, they also enjoy producing video for smaller companies and non-profits. Their dream is to use their skills as storytellers to celebrate voluntourism and the global partners who make it an exciting and transformative way to travel.
The Wynn family lives in Northern California with their son Ryan and dog Jasper.