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Planning an Overland Expedition? This presentation will explain how you can use your trip to make a difference in the communities you visit. The Muskoka Foundation provides meaningful volunteer …

Planning an Overland Expedition? This presentation will explain how you can use your trip to make a difference in the communities you visit. The Muskoka Foundation provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for global travelers.

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  • 1. So, you’re going on a trip…
    So, you’re going on a trip…
  • 2. Overlanding can be great fun…
    Overlanding can be great fun…
  • 3. But wouldn’t it be great to build deeper relationships with the communities you’re visiting?
    But wouldn’t it be great to build deeper relationships with the communities you’re visiting?
  • 4. …and actually make a
    difference?
  • 5. Without just hauling cement
    …or giving away pencils
  • 6. Now there’s a way…
    Now there’s a way…
  • 7. THE
    foundation
    Meaningful Volunteer Programsfor Overland Travelers
  • 8. OUR MISSION:
    To create a lasting Net Positive Impact ("NPI") in developing communities around the world, by inspiring and equipping a network of overland travelers to: "Do Good As They Go”
    training • development • cross-cultural relationships
  • 9. we enable our travelers to become“Change Makers”
    leveraging past experiences:
    teachers, entrepreneurs, doctors, consultants
    “Use what you know to make a difference where you go.”
    training • development • cross-cultural relationships
  • 10. HOW IT WORKS:
    experienced
    travelers
    Muskoka
    villages
    Muskoka Foundation
    Rwanda
    provides:
    workshop curricula
    donated materials
    network infrastructure
    pairing with local partners
    Cambodia
    Mexico
  • 11. THE MUSKOKA VILLAGES:
    Each Muskoka Village has been hand picked, based on the following criteria:
    • Must be in a developing community
    • 12. Must have an existing local partner (eg: School, Orphanage, MicroFinanceInsitution)
    • 13. Must be in direct contact with us, via an internal point person (i.e. – no 3rd parties)
    • 14. Must be willing / interested to accept Muskoka Travelers & 1 week workshops
    • 15. Must be within a one-day drive of a known overland travel destination
  • SAMPLE PROGRAMS
    one week on-site workshops within the community

    • Photography workshop and digital camera kits for youths
    • 16. Create photo exhibitions and sales (exposure & income for kids)‏
    • 17. Builds self-confidence and provides a creative outlet for children in difficult situations to have self-expression
    Art/
    Photography
    Education
    Children
    • Technology training on laptops, connectivity; class management and support online, links to classrooms in other cultures
    • 18. Engaging, relevant courses and ideas: drama, arts & science workshops
    Sports
    • Train coaches on how to start popular sport training, e.g. soccer
    • 19. Provide donated sports equipment
    Business
    • Business training course taught to entrepreneurs to build business skills
    • 20. Encourage business growth and job growth
    • 21. Establish mentor relationships & connect entrepreneurs to capital, inspiring leaders and ideas
    Market Access
    Communities & Adults
    • Support local crafts people to put their works on-line for global market sales
    • 22. Training provided in cataloging, product descriptions, product tailoring, distribution, taking orders and payments
    Culture
    • Preserve local culture using new media
    • 23. Record music and provide online sales platform through Net Impact Music (100% of all sales and copyrights goes to musicians)‏
    • 24. Transcribe local languages and customs to post on Wikipedia / other sites
    For a complete list of Muskoka Programs, please see:
    www.TheMuskokaFoundation.org/programs
  • 25. SOME OF OUR TRAVELERS
    RoseannandJonathan Hanson
    • Roseannis founder of Conserventures – Producers of Overland Expo
    • 26. Jonathan is Executive Editor of Overland Journal
    • 27. They are the authors of dozens of books including Skill and Knowledge for Outdoors, Nature Almanac & 50 Common Reptiles
    • 28. Executive directors of The African Conservation Fund
    view more profiles online www.TheMuskokaFoundation.org/travelers
  • 29. SOME OF OUR TRAVELERS
    Doug and Stephanie Hackney
    • Traveled to over 40 countries together “exploring the world and meeting its people” traveling by bike, sailboat and their custom built Fuso BEV
    • 30. Doug has written award winning books including How the World Works and The Next Name
    • 31. Background in business, entrepreneurship, event planning, and public speaking
    • 32. Creators of the “Giving Images” photography program
    view more profiles online www.TheMuskokaFoundation.org/travelers
  • 33. SOME OF OUR TRAVELERS
    Gary & Monika Wescott
    • They have traveled all over the globe over the past 36 years in several iterations of their special overland truck, known as the “Turtle Expedition”
    • 34. Background in education, journalism, automotive equipment, and photography
    • 35. Combining a sense of wonder, respect and ability to build relationships has allowed them to become personally involved in many of the communities they visit
    view more profiles online www.TheMuskokaFoundation.org/travelers
  • 36. OUR VIEW OF SUCCESS
    While we are constantly striving to have a Net Positive Impact on the villages we visit,we measure our level of success in two ways:
    The Journey:
    The Destination:
    • Listen to communities' ideas about their training needs and workshops to understand what would be truly useful
    • 37. Create and deploy workshops with significant input from the communities
    • 38. Match communities with high caliber travelers that can train with understanding and heart
    • 39. Measurable results from adult programs through economic development & job creation
    • 40. More engaged & optimistic children from youth programs
    • 41. On-going relationships and contacts that improve the outlook and prospects for individuals in the communities
    • 42. Constructive feedback from communities on workshops and travelers to facilitate better matching
  • FRINGE BENEFITS
    Our vision, is to not just build a charity; but rather a networkof like-minded philanthropic travelers, who share their ideas, plans & passions with each other and the villages they visit.
    • Private ‘travelers-only’ website with discussions, calendars, maps
    • 43. Annual fireside gathering of the travelers somewhere on the planet
    • 44. Negotiated discounts & benefits from foundation sponsors
    www.TheMuskokaFoundation.org/Basecamp
  • 45. Start your journey
    Start your journey
    Step ONE:
    Talk to us about your route
    We’ll work with you to find a Muskoka village that fits with your plans
    & we’ll introduce you to our other travelers who may have valuable
    lessons.
  • 46. Start your journey
    Start your journey
    Step TWO:
    Choose your program
    We have many different programs to match your skills & experience.
    …if we don’t have it, we’ll work with you to make one!
  • 47. Start your journey
    Start your journey
    Step THREE:
    Prep for your trip
    We will provide you with all of the materials & supplies needed for your programs. You will receive a full briefing on the villages you’ll
    be visiting & we will introduce you to your contacts before you depart.
    .
  • 48. Make a difference onthis trip…
    Make a difference onthis trip…
  • 49. The Muskoka Foundation is a privately funded, non-partisan, secular 501(c)3 registered charity in the United States.
    For further information, please contact:
    Alice Gugelev
    tel: +1(650)888-1283
    Alice @ TheMuskokaFoundation.org
    www.TheMuskokaFoundation.org
    All rights reserved – © 2009, The Muskoka Foundation