Travelocity is committed to making the world a better place one trip at a time, and this week the company gave three winners of their Travel For Good Contest the chance to do the same by awarding them each a $5,000 voluntourism grant. Entrants of the contest were required to create a two-minute video telling Travelocity why they would like to experience one of eight signature voluntourism trips, ranging from wildlife research on the Amazon River, to educating local children in South America.
“We had people from all walks of life apply for the Travel for Good grants,” said Travelocity President & CEO, Carl Sparks. “Students, parents, health professionals and artists impressed us with their love of travel and passion for giving back, and we are extremely excited about the three winners we have selected.”
The Winners of the Travelocity Travel for Good Grants (Summer 2012):
Talia, a student in Long Island, is going to Brazil to help make a difference in children’s lives, working to improve quality care in under-sourced and overcrowded community centers and daycares. As she said in her song, “We’re one small part of the world – one grain of sand on the beach – swept together with the winds of change – something bigger is in our reach.”
Allie, a recent public health graduate, is going to Tanzania to focus on fighting the HIV/AIDS stigma in Africa. This is a continued passion that began while she attended Oregon State University, where she learned how to improve the population’s health through education and prevention.
Aaron, a health educator, is going to Brazil to give marginalized populations affected by HIV/AIDS a voice to tell their stories and create platforms for change.