Travelling That Gives Back

Gerhild and Jacynthe sport their Amnesty International tuques at Machu Picchu. Together with their teammates, they raised nearly $2,500 for Amnesty International by asking friends and family to sponsor them.Contributed image.

Gerhild and Jacynthe sport their Amnesty International tuques at Machu Picchu. Together with their teammates, they raised nearly $2,500 for Amnesty International by asking friends and family to sponsor them.
Contributed image.

(MACHU PICCHU, PERU) – Today, enlightened travellers often say they want to go on vacation, but sense that the total experience should not be all about them. Reaching out to the world is also about generating positive results for the greater good.

This is exactly what prompted three adventurous women to travel to Peru on an off the beaten track expedition to Machu Picchu. They went with the help of Charity Challenge, a tour operator dedicated to benefiting charities, as well as giving help to the local communities where their travellers go.

The tour operator has a unique and carefully planned program for trips to nearly 12 countries. You can trek, cycle, climb, or ski throughout the world with the organization, while raising vital funds for a charity you love.

“It was the best thing I did in a long time,” said Gerhild Neugebauer from British Columbia. “First of all it was just so well organized and the participants all had the same goal; making people aware of the charity of their choice and its purpose … Some of my friends offered to sponsor me without me having to ask for a donation because they wanted to be part of the adventure.”

Neugebauer also pointed out that Charity Challenge is environmentally conscious.

“We all had to sign a paper agreeing not to use any environmentally damaging products etc. They also hire local people for the trek from the cooks to the guides,” Gerhild explained. “Some of the money they get from the participants is donated to needy causes. Tony, our guide and his people were fantastic on the trek and in Cusco if people needed helping us whenever we needed things like hotel advice and changing money.”

You too can go on many adventures that include raising money for a charity and giving back to the local communities you visit. For example, the leading human rights organization, Amnesty International, is just one of many charities that benefit from these exciting tours.

More information is available at Charity Challenge.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.
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