Our organization originated from the personal growth the founding members experienced during international travel. Collectively, our board has visited and lived in over 50 countries, participating in a variety of volunteer projects in communities abroad. Each member appreciates the personal development experienced through immersion in diverse communities and their cultural values.
The founding team recognized the gap in educational and personal growth accessible to underserved youth. Studies show that students from low income families are rarely given opportunities for study abroad programs, representing only 6.1% of Americans who participate. Unpaid programs, which make up 43% of all internships, are often not feasible due to financial constraints. We believe that due to the educational value of being immersed in cultures different from our own, access to international experiences needs to be provided to underserved communities.