Posts Tagged ‘giving back’

MovingWorlds March Giveaway
Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Enter to win a lifetime membership to a network of free, life-changing volunteer opportunities

Meet Plan Go & MovingWorlds March Giveaway
What is MovingWorlds? If you’re looking to make a real difference on your next trip, and you don’t like the idea of having to pay to “volunteer,” then it’s the perfect time to check out MovingWorlds.org. MovingWorlds connects people who want to travel and volunteer, with social impact organizations around the world. They selectively source and qualify social impact organizations working in the field so you can be confident your skills will make the most impact. “Experteers” have access to MovingWorlds exclusive training, resources, and planning guide to help ensure safe, high-impact engagements.

See our Top 10 Reasons Career Breakers Should Include Experteering in their Itinerary

What is this giveaway? Meet Plan Go has partnered with MovingWorlds.org to share the awesome work they are doing in the volunteering space around the world. They have given us one Full Membership (with unlimited phone support) to giveaway to the Meet Plan Go family. See Terms and Conditions

Explore MovingWorlds.org: If you would like to check out the various opportunities on MovingWorlds, they have provided us a link that allows you to review the complete details on every single opportunity they have available (and if you don’t see the perfect opportunity, they will reach out to their global partners and find one that fits your criteria). Follow this link, http://MovingWorlds.org/MeetPlanGo, click “Join Now” on the top right, and you will have unfettered access to the site, and never be asked to pay a thing until you find the perfect opportunity (and when you do find that perfect opportunity MPG members simply pay an administration fee of $112).

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How to enter this giveaway:

  • Meet Plan Go will be giving away one full MovingWorlds Membership PLUS additional support to someone who is interested in volunteering in 2016 (value: $300)
  • Everyone who would like to enter should email Mike@MovingWorlds.org with the following:
    – Your First Name, Home Country & the Email you used in your MovingWorlds profile
    – Link to your favorite 1 (or) 2 MovingWorlds “Experteering” opportunities
    – A few sentences telling us why you would like to volunteer for this organization in 2016
    – Confirm that, if you win, you are willing to share your experience with the Meet Plan Go audience via a few blog posts
    The email you send will earn one entry in the contest, and is mandatory for anyone who wishes to enter
  • Optional: If you would like to earn a second entry in this giveaway, post a tweet with a link to the MovingWorlds opportunity you are interested in. You can say whatever you wish, simply include the link to the project and mention @MeetPlanGo & @Experteering in your tweet.
  • Optional: If you would like to earn a third entry in the giveaway, head over to this Facebook Post, and leave a comment that includes a link to your favorite MovingWorlds opportunity, along with a few sentences about why you want to Experteer there.

Deadline: On March 31st 11:59 PM EST . We will add each entry that meets the criteria (including each Twitter & Facebook entries) on their own row in an excel file, and use Random.org to randomly choose the winner. Winner will be notified by email (via the email address that was used to make the first submission) within five (5) days following selection of Winner.  Once the winner accepts, we will mention the winner on social media for both Moving Worlds and Meet Plan Go.

Please read all Terms and Conditions prior to entering.

Questions: If you have any questions about MovingWorlds or this contest please email Mike Howard, Mike@MovingWorlds.org

Giving Back: It Starts with Kids
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

There is nothing more powerful and educational than getting out and seeing the world with your own eyes.  For many of us on a career break it’s the first time that we have gone beyond vacation and really traveled – spending time in locations and cultures beyond the high level ‘passing through.’  We are able to soak up the world around us at a whole new level and pace – forming our own opinions about culture and challenging what we have learned from media outlets.  This is one of the many beauties of career break travel.

In a recent interview with AFAR Magazine online, I talked about the fact that I didn’t really have a travel mentor as I was growing up and coincidentally didn’t have a passport until I was 30 years old.  Luckily, I have learned that it is never too late to start traveling; however, I also do recognize the importance of adding travel to your life at a young age.  Change and understanding in the world will need to start with our youth.

This is why Meet Plan Go! has taken an interest in supporting Learning AFAR – a youth based program run by the AFAR Foundation (the philanthropic arm of  AFAR Magazine).  Learning AFAR grants international travel scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to explore the world.

Learning AFAR is designed to promote cross cultural exchange by sponsoring international travel for students who cannot otherwise afford to experience another part of the world. In partnership with Global Explorers and with support from the Pearson Foundation, Schlumberger and Wimmer Solutions, Learning AFAR integrates science, service, leadership, literacy and culture in a 3-phase program that includes pre-travel curriculum, a life-changing travel experience, and a follow-up service leadership project.

As students prepare for the journey of lifetime, they learn journalism skills from AFAR Magazine staff members, so they may document their travels through writing, photography, and videography. Through their Pearson’s We Give Books, Learning AFAR students engage younger students in the learning process and collect books to create libraries in the communities they will visit on expedition. Learning AFAR prepares young people to act on the passions they discover and equips them to share their passion with their home community.

To celebrate the season of giving this week, for the second year Meet Plan Go! has decided to work with the AFAR Foundation by donating a portion of our ticket sales from our October event to the foundation in San Francisco.  This year our San Francisco host Kristin Kent organized the fundraising and happily delivered a check for $1,000 to the AFAR’s Co-Founder Greg Sullivan.

 

We hope you have a special Thanksgiving holiday wherever you are traveling in the world this week.  Give thanks for the ability to travel – it’s a privilege – one you worked hard to make happen, but not one that everyone gets.

See what the some of the Learning AFAR students did on their big trip to Costa Rica:

If you are interested in learning more about Learning AFAR or making a donation, please check out the following:

AFAR Foundation on Facebook

AFAR Foundation Website

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