PRE-TRIP ENGAGEMENT MATERIALS
Surprisingly, many people don’t take the time to prepare their minds and hearts to get the most out of a once-in-a-lifetime trip. When you travel with us, beyond the insightful travel plans and experiences, what helps set Global CommUnity apart from other travel companies are the pre-trip destination engagement materials sent to our travelers to excite and share key details about the destination, culture and wildlife — presented in fun, relatable tools.
Younger children receive a hand-made Global CommUnity doll with a storybook sharing the tale of similarly aged child at the destination. Teenagers receive inspirational social medial post-worthy applications to help them share their excitement and fuel their curiosity with what is to come on the trip. Adults and parents receive a curated selection of media — from classic movies and novels to music and recipes — to prime the mental pump before the adventure.
Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products, has partnered with Global CommUnity to create the destination-specific recipes and shopping lists.
Global CommUnity itineraries are created with a focus on four key elements:
Learn: It is through understanding each other that we learn to cooperate. As we seek to learn the mindset of another culture, we explore their history, arts and science, industry and customs. This process is much deeper than social manners. It is about understanding how they see the world. This is why we provide you with pre-trip engagement materials that include books, movies, music and recipes, so your cultural immersion begins before you start your journey.
Experience: Touch, taste and observe. Our itineraries involve meaning and enjoyable cultural immersion. We will show you the history and arts, take you to see economic enterprises that are essential to that culture, and expose you to their spiritual practices or customs.
Relate: When you meet someone and personalize an experience with a name and a story, a “foreigner” becomes a friend. Global CommUnity itineraries involve great opportunities to mix with the locals, both people and animal life.
Serve: Out of the intimacy of relationship and the understanding of another’s needs, we encourage you to serve. Each of our Global CommUnity itineraries offers a meaningful giving-back experience. We will do our best to match your interests and passions with one of our in-country options at your destination and offer you a hands-on experience.
At Global CommUnity we see and understand the value of giving-back, this is why we encourage our families to engage in the philanthropic opportunities offered in our itineraries. These unique experiences allow you to see what is being done by local communities to renew and restore a society through its people, places, economics and ecosystems.
At Global CommUnity, whenever possible at our client's choosing, we will offer hands-on giving-back experiences but there are times when managing volunteers can be more taxing on the resources, people and organizations actually cost philanthropies monies that can be used for better purposes. We want to avoid this pull on these organizations. In those situations we will offer our clients the opportunities to tour the organization, learn about the processes of restoration and support them financially. Our hope is that as a greater CommUnity, we can learn from each other what is being done well then return to our local communities inspired to serve and engage at home.