Help us give students from underserved communities the pathway to the brighter futures they deserve through transformative and intercultural experiences!
What is the $2.54 campaign?
We believe in the power of collective giving. The $2.54 Campaign is a simple fundraising campaign that easily allows everyone in the community to get involved by donating $2.54 to give ten underserved students (five from the U.S. and five from Kenya) the opportunity to participate in a two-week transformative cultural exchange program in Kenya! Let’s make a difference by giving as little or as much as we can.
Oh, and why $2.54? 254 is Kenya’s country code!
Why should students from underserved communities be a focus?
Students from low-income families are underrepresented in enriching opportunities like study abroad programs. They only make up 6.1% of Americans that study abroad.They are too often shut out.
Students from low-income families can rarely afford to participate in unpaid programs, which still account for 43% of all internships.
Parents remain the main source of student travel funding. 1 in 4 trips is covered through fundraising. Schools themselves fund 6% of student trips.
The importance of student travel
Student travel is not only a standard teaching resource; it is also significantly more effective than traditional forms of education. 45% of instructors claim it is highly effective compared to classroom instruction.
Students who travel have an increased desire to attend college.
Participating in travel makes students more marketable to employers.
Image source: Student & Youth Travel Association. (2016). Student & Youth Travel Digest [Visual Graph]. https://syta.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SYTD-Social-Impact-8.11.pdf
How can I get involved?
Getting involved in our campaign is simple! First, donate $2.54.
Then, nominate five people who you might think would join our campaign. They will donate $2.54 and nominate five more people, and the chain continues.
The more people who join us, the easier we will reach our goal! Use social media by tagging your friends and family,
sharing our campaign via email or simply by word-of-mouth.
Our goal is to expand the possibilities for our underserved youth and give them the opportunity of a lifetime!
How will Getaway Growth help?
At Getaway Growth, we help youth overcome these steep barriers by covering each cohort member’s expenses.
Over the past year, we have worked hard! We have partnered with EDU Africa and 10+ non-profit organizations and community leaders to organize diverse and meaningful experiences for our student cohort this Summer 2022. To learn more about the Summer 2022 program in detail, click here.
Although learnings are situated within the context of Kenya, the program provides an overview of general components of intercultural competence that may be applied in any intercultural situation. Guided by EDU Africa’s five transformation goals, this program is designed to encourage students towards holistic growth.
How will the money be used?
Our goal for this campaign is to raise a total of $34,750 that will fully cover program costs for all ten students which include each student’s accommodations, transportation while in Kenya, entrances/fees to local sights and visits as well as three meals per day while on the trip. Any funds that exceed our proposed budget will directly benefit our students and the local community.
*We are currently in the process of recruiting the rest of our ten students.
Sponsor a student
“Being part of Getaway Growth means a lot to me. This will be my first travel experience and I’m excited to get out into the world, experience a beautiful culture, and have this opportunity to meet new people with different backgrounds from myself. I am so grateful for this opportunity to share this experience and create new lifelong memories with the 2022 Kenya cohort.”
“Being a part of Getaway Growth’s summer 2022 program would allow me to explore and learn about places in Kenya that I have not previously visited. I’m excited to meet new people from different cultures and learn about their lifestyles. One of my career goals after college is to use my computer science skills to empower women and young girls in Kenya through technology, allowing them to broaden their opportunities to include exploring career options in the tech field.”.
“Being a part of Getaway Growth’s summer 2022 program would mean a lot to me as I’d be able to explore and travel to a completely new country. I will be able to learn about a different culture, meet new people, and make long lasting memories through this trip. I’m currently an environmental studies major and by taking part of this trip it’ll allow me to broaden my knowledge on current environmental issues that are happening in this part of the world. I’m excited about taking part in this trip and being offered this one-of-a-kind opportunity. “
“The getaway summer 2022 program is one I would be extremely thrilled to be a part of. It is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends from different places and cultures, develop intercultural competence and get the chance to travel with new people. As an aspiring diplomat, I genuinely believe this would be an immaculate stepping stone for the future as it would provide a vast opportunity to interact with others beyond my small circle of friends plus gain a better understanding of different peoples thinking and perspectives.”
Sponsor a student
“Being a part of Getaway Growth’s summer 2022 program would not only allow me to travel to places I never believed was possible for me, but it would also give me the opportunity to explore my passion as a second year Asian American Studies major. I value the stories and experiences of people who differ from mine, and this goes far beyond just the Asian community. Being from the United States and having traveled to Vietnam and Thailand before, I have an appreciation and desire to learn about different cultures. I believe that through this amazing experience, it will expand my knowledge and preconceived notion of the world, as well as explore what it is I want to contribute to this world.”
“My name is Victor Kagema. I’m studying mathematics and economics and I’m a young car enthusiast. Being part of Getaway Growth’s Summer 2022 program will allow me to not only connect with other people, but also learn from our diverse experiences from our different cultures at the same time getting to visit different places. I’m excited to share what I love with people who may have the potential to enjoy it as much as I do.”