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.
THE foundation Meaningful Volunteer Programsfor Overland Travelers
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
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
HOW IT WORKS: experienced travelers Muskoka villages Muskoka Foundation Rwanda provides: workshop curricula donated materials network infrastructure pairing with local partners Cambodia Mexico
THE MUSKOKA VILLAGES: Each Muskoka Village has been hand picked, based on the following criteria:
Must be in a developing community
Must have an existing local partner (eg: School, Orphanage, MicroFinanceInsitution)
Must be in direct contact with us, via an internal point person (i.e. – no 3rd parties)
Must be willing / interested to accept Muskoka Travelers & 1 week workshops
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
Create photo exhibitions and sales (exposure & income for kids)
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
Engaging, relevant courses and ideas: drama, arts & science workshops
Train coaches on how to start popular sport training, e.g. soccer
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”
Background in education, journalism, automotive equipment, and photography
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
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
Create and deploy workshops with significant input from the communities
Match communities with high caliber travelers that can train with understanding and heart
Measurable results from adult programs through economic development & job creation
More engaged & optimistic children from youth programs
On-going relationships and contacts that improve the outlook and prospects for individuals in the communities
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
Annual fireside gathering of the travelers somewhere on the planet
Negotiated discounts & benefits from foundation sponsors
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.
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!
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. .
Make a difference onthis trip… Make a difference onthis trip…