The Travel Corporation and four of its award-winning brands are to launch a global partnership with ME to WE by offering a selection of immersive volunteer trips.
In partnership the organisation, travellers have a unique opportunity to visit two iconic destinations: India and the Ecuadorian Amazon, via volunteer trip extensions.
The partnership includes Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight Vacations and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, alongside TTC’s not-for-profit the TreadRight Foundation.
In conjunction with the guided holiday brands and luxury river cruises, guests can book ME to WE volunteer trip extensions on upcoming confirmed departure dates.
Journeys are also possible as a requested custom trip.
As part of the culturally immersive experience, travellers will stay with local communities in comfortable lodges, fully owned and operated by ME to WE.
All meals, ground transfers, transportation and local sightseeing excursions which are hosted by an expert facilitator are included.
Brett Tollman, chief executive, The Travel Corporation, commented: “Through our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, we have been working to create a positive impact to promote sustainable tourism worldwide, with carefully selected partners and projects and some of the numerous local communities we visit.
“Many of our travellers are open to experiencing meaningful travel with unforgettable, moving experiences.
“We are therefore very excited to be supporting ME to WE’s outstanding immersive volunteer trips, which we will help promote with our 10,000 team members across the globe and with the involvement of our loyal travel partners globally.”
The Travel Corporation chief executive Brett Tollman gives his thoughts on the partnership
Each ME to WE Trip takes place in a community where ME to WE’s renowned charitable partner, WE Charity, puts its 20-year history of holistic, sustainable development to work through its WE Villages programme.
What makes ME to WE Trips even more world changing is that half of ME to WE’s net profits are donated to its charitable partner – helping travellers make an even bigger impact on the communities they visit.
The other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.
Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Charity, said: “The work of the WE Villages development programme has been able to build more than 1,000 schools and school rooms in our partner communities, giving 200,000 children the opportunity to gain an education, provided over one million people with access to clean water, and our immersive volunteer trips have been a huge part of making that happen.
“Travelling with ME to WE is more than a trip.
“It’s a way to live WE – coming together to learn from each other and make the world a better place, because we are stronger together.”
The partnership was launched at a star-studded night in London – take a look at some images from the event here.