Our Partners & Service Projects
Each of the service experiences Global Family Travels offers on our trips is made possible through partnerships with locally based organizations that work hand-in-hand with the communities we visit. These partners share our commitment to sustainable travel focused on our three pillars of learn, serve and immerse. We are grateful for the partners listed below – they are our extended family.
Awamaki's mission is to help rural Andean women in Peru start and run their own businesses so that they can have access to a reliable source of income and rise out of poverty. See details about our Peru: Lean, Serve, Immerse trip
Dujiangyan Panda Base
Based just outside Chengdu, the Dujiangyan Panda Base offers
volunteer programs that give visitors an opportunity to get closer
contact with the giant pandas and understand their panda wilderness
training program. It also provides patrol officers that help prevent
poaching and rescue sick or injured pandas.
FNE International partners with communities in developing nations to
identify opportunities to advance housing, health and education. By
Facilitating collaboration and Networking with local and international
organizations, we strive to seize those opportunities and Empower
individuals to do the same as engaged members of their community
and the world. We work with FNEI in Nicaragua to help promotes educational and sustainable development projects on two of our trips:
The Kiran Anjali Project (KAP) is a nonprofit with a mission to provide
guidance and financial support to institutions providing education
to disadvantaged children, especially girls, in India. KAP has several
projects, including the Wings School for girls in the South of India.
See details about our KAP Trip to India in support of the organization’s endeavors.
Kanghua Community Development Center Founded in 2005, Kanghua is a grassroots non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The organization focuses on community development projects with an emphasis on environmental and rural community preservation. See
details about our China: Learn, Serve, Immerse trip in support of the organization’s endeavors.
Established in 2000, the Karatu Education Fund (KEF) uses its proceeds to strategically build and restore education facilities, and to improve the quality of learning in Tanzanian Schools. KEF supports efforts that encourage teamwork and active participation, in the hopes of developing a community of confident, educated citizens capable of making contributions to their community.
Merrill Images Lisa Merrill is a talented photographer whose compelling images of vibrant cultures and fascinating places have been featured in National Geographic Traveler and around the world. She also co-founded Seattle Social Venture Partners’ Family Service Group to nurture social responsibility in children through volunteering. Lisa is our Trip Leader for Ecuador: Photography & Culture and is facilitating the virtual storytelling piece of our Nicaragua: Transformational Travel Connections program.
In 2012, this orphanage opened thanks to the work of five devout monks from the Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and under His Holiness the Dalai Lama's auspices with His blessings. The Institute’s mission is to empower and enrich the poor and needy students in the remote region of Saboo by imparting a combined learning of both modern scientific knowledge and ancient Buddhist wisdom.
Dan Sandoval is a professionally trained photographer who graduated from the world famous Brooks Institute of Photography and has been featured in a number of international magazines and exhibitions around the world. Having lived in China since 2008 and traveled extensively throughout the country, Dan now uses his expertise to lead groups of photographers in workshops around the world where he helps them unlock their photographic potential. Dan is our Trip Leader for the Discover China: A Photo Tour.
What started in a one-room shed by a Tibetan Buddhist monk is now an exemplary private school with over 200 students in grades K through 10. Unique to Ladakh, this is the only private school in area that accepts students regardless of their ability to pay tuition and no child is denied admission to Siddhartha School on the basis of need. We support this organization during our Little Tibet (Ladakh, Northern India): Learn, Serve and Immerse trip.
Established by a group of young professionals in 2005, Sunrise Library is devoted to establishing free community libraries in poor districts in China and creating spaces where children can have the chance to expand themselves, learn about the world and unleash their educational and creative potential. To date, Sunrise Library has set up 16 libraries in 6 provinces across China, and has benefited over 10,000 children. See China’s Cultural Crossroads
Vicki Weeks, through her company Global Weeks, collaborates with schools and other organizations to develop meaningful global and experiential education programs and strategies that foster empathy, perspective, and intercultural skills. She has dedicated her 40-year career in education to helping people meet, work and play together as a means of increasing understanding and compassion. We are fortunate to be working with Vicki on our Transformative Travel Connections Program and to have her as our Trip Leader for our Peru: Learn, Serve, Immerse tour.