Passports With Purpose 2012
Win An Amazon River Cruise & Help Build Wells in Haiti
Did you read our series of stories about cruising down the Amazon River in Peru earlier this year and think to yourself, “Man, I wish I could do that”? Well, now’s your chance, and all it will cost you is a donation to Passports With Purpose!
Green Global Travel is proud to partner with our friends at International Expeditions to offer one lucky winner a free cabin aboard one of their Amazon Voyage cruises in 2013. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure down the mighty Amazon River and its various tributaries, departing from Iquitos and venturing deep into the heart of the Picaya-Samiria Reserve. You’ll have a chance to fish for piranha, see myriad wildlife species (such as sloths, howler monkeys, macaws, parrots, caiman, etc.) in the wild, learn all about the Amazon ecosystem, and spend an amazing day in a local Ribereños village. For us, it was truly a life-changing experience.
The trip includes almost everything for up to two people: 8 nights accommodation, tours of Lima and Iquitos, arrival & departure transfers, most meals, guided tours & lectures by native naturalists, wildlife excursions, cooking demonstrations, complimentary laundry aboard the boat, a blessing ceremony with a local Shaman, and more. The only exclusions are airfare, passport/visa fees, departure taxes, tips and items of a personal nature (such as your bar tab). Total value of this prize? At least $5000.
So, how does this whole Passports With Purpose thing work? PWP was founded in 2008 as a way to build community among travel bloggers and to give back to the places that we, as travelers, visit. Each year the founders select a charity based on several criteria, and this year’s chosen charity was Water.org. Working with hundreds of travel bloggers and prize sponsors, the community’s mission is to bring $100,000 worth of fresh water well projects to Haiti– an impoverished nation that desperately needs our assistance– in 2013.
We’re delighted to participate in Passports With Purpose this year. As I mentioned in my Travel Bloggers Give Back post on Water.org last November, I spent several months without running water or plumbing in my teens. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Bringing fresh water to two Haitian villages? You just can’t put a price tag on that sort of thing. And International Expeditions makes a perfect partner because one of their main eco-initiatives is to provide water treatment plants to Ribereños villages at various spots along the Amazon River.
So here’s how you participate: This year’s fundraiser launches on Wednesday, November 28th. On that day, you’ll be able to find a full catalog of prizes from more than 150 bloggers. The list will include everything from luggage and overnight hotel stays to week-long getaways and, of course, the aforementioned Amazon River cruise. The fundraiser closes on December 11 at 11:59 pm PST, and for every $10 donation you make before then, you’ll have one chance to win a prize.
Whether you donate $10 (for one chance) or $200 (for 20 chances), it all brings us closer to our goal of $100,000. You get a chance at amazing prizes, Haiti gets a chance at fulfilling a basic human need, and we all get a chance to feel good about spreading positive energy throughout this world we love. Please give generously, won’t you? Visit the Passports With Purpose donation page to get started and see all the fabulous prizes. –Bret L0ve
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