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Introducing Goodwill Globetrotting

May 11, 2011


The goal of this blog is to document our efforts, trials, and successes as we move forward on our journey to build Goodwill Globetrotting.

Goodwill Globetrotting is born out of hope. The hope is to bring people across the globe together in an effort to provide philanthropic travelers with the resources and tools necessary to create positive changes in the lives of impoverished Peoples the World over. The global community is now more interdependent than ever before. It is our responsibility to work together for the common good of generations to come.

My journey began after graduating from UT in 2007. My first job after graduation was for a non-profit, the American Cancer Society. While at ACS, I realized that the non-profit sector provides a model for engaging social change on a mass scale. I was immediately hooked. After working at ACS for a year I decided to travel to developing countries in South East Asia and saw gross poverty first hand. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a part of the solution to combat this global inequity.

When I came back to the United States in September of 2010 I began volunteering for an international non-profit, the Discover Hope Fund. DHF empowers women in Peru by leveraging the power of Micro-finance to help woman harness their talents for the betterment of their community. Volunteering for DHF opened my eyes to the challenges and processes behind running a small non-profit. Volunteering wasn’t enough, I wanted to do more. It was in September that I first told Joe and Rebecca of my desire to start a non-profit, and that was a decision I am grateful for to this day.

In February, Joe and I sat down to talk about an idea for a non-profit he had come up with while hiking with Rebecca. The idea, then tentatively called “Backpacks From Backpackers”, was to start a non-profit focused on getting school supplies to children in impoverished communities in developing countries. I instantly loved the idea and was excited to move forward.

As meeting followed meeting, over the last few months, we stepped forward one decision after the next until we find ourselves here.

We started with a simple idea: Empower travelers to give back.

Goodwill Globetrotting is something that travelers DO. We want Goodwill Globetrotting to be synonymous with what it means for travelers to give back abroad.

Our ultimate goal is to form a global network of volunteer opportunities targeting travelers from all over the World who would like to contribute to the places they visit. I hope you will join us on this exciting journey.