At Greenheart Travel, we believe in the power of meaningful travel to unleash one’s potential. Our key goals are to provide access to impactful travel experiences to as many people as possible, and to cultivate intentional immersive experiences for the travelers on our programs. In 2018, we pursued these goals through the launch of two specific initiatives.
First, in a concerted effort to make travel more accessible and approachable for everyone, we launched our First Time Traveler initiative. Traveling abroad can be intimidating and financially challenging, and we want anyone with the inclination to travel abroad to feel like the welcome mat is rolled open to them. We truly believe that when you study, teach or volunteer abroad, you are embarking on a journey that will significantly impact your global perspective and help you reach your full potential!
Through Odyssey scholarships, we were able to send two groups of low-income Chicago youth to have their first significant travel experience in Puerto Rico. We also announced $14,000 worth of “First Time Traveler” scholarships, allowing us to make travel dreams a reality for 11 teens and adults.
The experience from the program has changed me permanently. I left as one person, who knew no one in the entire country, to making genuine friends, going on amazing excursions, making impressing discoveries – about myself, about others, about this wide world around me – and all because I chose to take the leap and just try. […] This feeling is incredible and can’t be put into words. You just have to do it.
Dani Churchill (Atlanta),
Recipient of the First Time Traveler Scholarship, Teach English in Thailand Program
In 2018, we also launched our Greenheart Travel Atlas. This interactive guide is available to each of our travelers and is designed to equip each traveler with the tools they need to create strong goals, immerse themselves in a new culture, and make the most of their experience abroad. This resource focuses on 3 themes: Personal & Professional Development, Cultural Understanding, and Environmental Awareness.
Through these two approaches, we hope to empower and nurture more people to have these transformative travel experiences that will help them reach their fullest potential, both while on our programs, and for the rest of their lives.
In 2019, we plan to continue our above efforts while increasing our emphasis on the environment and sustainable tourism by encouraging our travelers to engage with their host communities responsibly, and to think critically about the state of our environment and what we can do to make the world a better place.