I've always been the type of person to believe in the “it's better to give than to receive” motto. Giving feels good; I like making others happy through thoughtful gifts, little surprises, or just giving them my time and attention.
And this is probably why I've been involved with the Passports With Purpose fundraiser for the past few years.
Back in 2008, Passports With Purpose (PwP) was begun by four Seattle-based travel bloggers as a way to build community and attempt to give back to the places that we, as travelers, visit. Since then, travel bloggers have embraced the fundraiser, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes around the world. In 2009, PwP raised nearly $30,000 to build a school in rural Cambodia. In 2010, the fundraiser gathered $64,000 to build a village in rural India, in partnership with LAFTI International. In 2012, PwP smashed its goal and raised $90,000 to build two libraries in Zambia in partnership with Room to Read. And last year, the effort raised more than $110,000 to build clean-water wells in Haiti in collaboration with Water.org.
And this year, the goal is even bigger.
In 2013, Passports With Purpose is aiming to raise $115,000 in order to build three primary schools and fund three adult literacy programs in the Sikasso Region of Mali, Africa, in partnership with buildOn.
I’m very pleased to be a part of this fundraiser again this year, and to be supporting such a worthy cause. Education around the world is SO important, and traveling as much as I do has only affirmed this. I was lucky to grow up in America's upper-middle-class, with education options readily available for me to take advantage of. In other parts of the world, though, education is a luxury and not a right. buildOn's mission is to “break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education” — and that is a mission I am very proud to stand behind.
Read on to learn how you can take part in Passports With Purpose (and, in the process, be entered to win some AMAZING prizes!).
How PwP Works
For the past few months, travel bloggers, advertisers and sponsors have been gearing up to help out with the this year’s Passports with Purpose fundraiser. More than 100 travel bloggers have been getting ready to blog about PwP, and have worked hard to procure prizes that will be given away to lucky donors.
That’s right — if you make a donation to PWP, not only can you feel good about giving, but you will also be in the running to win some sweet prizes. These prizes range from travel gear to hotel stays to amazing tours all over the world. (Check out the full list of prizes here.)
Beginning on November 26, you can start making donations to Passports With Purpose.
Then, for each $10 that you donate, you will be entered to win a prize of your choice. If you donate more than $10, your chances of winning prizes will only increase — you get one entry for each increment of $10 you donate (so if you donate $30, you get 3 entries).
My PwP Prize Sponsor
In the past I have worked with AJ Hackett, Busabout, and Haggis Adventures as sponsors for my PwP prizes. This year, though, I am pleased to announce that Intrepid Travel will be sponsoring my Passports With Purpose prize.
I have been working with Intrepid Travel now for more than a year, taking their tours, promoting some of their charitable initiatives, and learning about their beliefs and dedication to responsible, sustainable tourism. I LOVE this company, and I don't think I could have found a better partner for the 2013 Passports With Purpose fundraiser.
The prize Intrepid has donated is:
- A 9-day “Angkor Trails” trip through Cambodia
This trip begins in Bangkok and ends in Ho Chi Minh city. The tour includes visits to the town of Siem Reap and the famous Angkor Wat temple complex (with a guide and 3-day temple pass); a homestay with a family in a rural Cambodian village; time in the capital of Phnom Penh (including a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum); a guided visit to Choeung Ek (the “Killing Fields”); and an introduction to Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.
I'm not going to lie — I will be jealous of whoever wins this! I'm heading to Southeast Asia myself in a couple of months, and these are all places that I hope to visit, too. The history nerd in me is dying to explore Cambodia.
To enter to win this prize, you only need to make a $10 donation to Passports With Purpose, choosing the “Angkor Trails tour of Cambodia with Intrepid Travel” as the prize you’d like to enter to win (though you can certainly donate more than $10 and therefore have more chances to win!). If you are chosen as the winner of this prize, you will be sent the voucher via e-mail.
The prize is valid through the end of 2014, and cannot be exchanged for any other voucher and has no cash value. The prize also does NOT include airfare/transport required to get to/from Southeast Asia.
I cannot recommend highly enough donating to PWP and entering to win this great prize from Intrepid Travel!
*Also, note that you do not have to donate to win this specific prize if you don’t want to. There are TONS of amazing prizes to choose from!
- November 26 — Donations now accepted.
- December 9 — Donations for prizes close. (You’re still free to donate after this, but your name won’t be entered into any of the drawings beyond the 9th.)
- December 16 — Prize winners will be notified.
Why You Should Donate
Well, do you have a good reason not to?? Make a donation, support education, and be entered to win an awesome prize in the process.
And then feel great about giving!
Also a big thanks to the 2013 PwP sponsors: