We send 100% of donations from individuals and over 80% of other donations to our projects. How is this possible? We are run entirely by a team of passionate, professional volunteer staff.
What is RoundTrip?
RoundTrip is a volunteer-run, international development organisation based in Australia. RoundTrip, whose roots come from Lonely Planet authors and staff, encourages tourists to give back from their travels. We believe that all travellers – from backpackers to cruise boat junkies – can have a positive impact and change the world. We actively nurture the growth of responsible travel thru an online resource and support grassroot programs in local communities that deliver sustainable development. If you’ve ever thought about making a difference, we operate in areas where large NGOs do not. We’re a small organisation that is proof real change can be effected by thoughtful giving. Our aim is to harness the power of travel to fight poverty.
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Check out our international projects – we support sustainable development by helping people who are change agents within their local communities.
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Meet the people from our projects in Sri Lanka and Zambia in these stories hot off the press. We hope the stories will help to connect you to these people and highlight what a huge difference a small contribution can make in their lives. As well, you can peruse the latest article additions to our Responsible Travel resource. Travel safe and – if you want to complete your journey – consider giving back to local communities in Africa and across the globe.
Where do culture, religion and gender discrimination cross over? This is probably a question we have all had at some point. When we are travelling questions relating to gender can become quite significant to our day-to-day. Great advice about gender issues when you travel.
My desire to help out women is based on an understanding of women’s roles in many of the communities where I travel. It is the case that women are often the family caretaker, reinvesting 90% of their income into families, compared to men’s 30%.
Sadly, tourism has not always been a boon for wildlife. Animals are often exploited and left mentally and physically scarred, all in the name of ‘entertainment’. But if you follow some simple guidelines you can avoid contributing to the exploitation of animals when you travel.
RoundTrip currently has projects in Sri Lanka and Zambia. We recently had project work in northern Namibia, on the Angolan border. We are currently looking at opportunities to contribute to local communities in East Africa and the Pacific, with the aim of opening new projects in 2018-19.
How Can I Help?
We welcome interest from people wanting to volunteer for us in Australia (we are based in Melbourne). We are especially interested in people with fundraising and social media backgrounds. But if you’d like to help out in an administrative capacity or at an event, we’d love to hear from you too. Experience the reward of working for a small NGO for days, weeks or months – flexibility is at the heart of our volunteer assignments. Distance volunteer work within Australia is possible depending on your interests, and we also put people in touch with our international partner organisations for overseas volunteer postings.