Who is coming to Oaxaca with us? Crooked Trails! It is a pretty good deal for us, them, and YOU!
We have a history, Crooked Trails and Riveted Kids. You might wonder why, as experienced travelers, we have worked with a travel group instead of just going out on our own. Here’s what Crooked Trails co-founders Chris and Tammy (and their team) bring to the table after 20 years in the sustainable travel industry: connections, trip-building, nonprofit status, experience and…themselves! This is what makes traveling with a purpose so great for us and for you and for your Oaxaca-bound teen.
Deep connections in rural villages
This is just like getting the best introduction ever. Two examples:
- I could have wandered around the Kathmandu Valley being friendly and having fun interactions with people, but with Chris’ introductions to families in Chandani and the local nonprofit KEEP we were able to spend a week in Balaram and Sita’s family home and help the community work on a project that would bring economic growth to everyone.
- We could have driven through the isolated areas in the northern Andes in Peru enjoying our interesting conversations and making friends with dogs, but staying with Julio and Fausta allowed us to sample the most delicious food available in Peru, grown on their farm and cooked with so much love. We were also able to work with the community to build a soccer field that they’ve been wanting to have for years.
Builders of life-changing experiences
When we heard that Tammy had developed a program in Cuba we were in. How could we turn down an opportunity to peek behind the curtain? We stayed with her friend Mauricio who told us all about his life in Cuba, listening to Fidel’s looong speeches as a child, and how things were for Cubans after they lost the financial support of the Soviet Union. It was truly a fabulous trip.
It might not be immediately obvious why this matters. It means two things. First, service trips are tax deductible which can be a huge benefit to you at tax time. Second, revenues above trip costs go to support incredible projects around the world. Here are three of the many big things they are working on right now that a portion of your money would support:
When I put together our Riveted Girls trip in Mexico I did it having spent a couple of weeks scouting the summer before, but without having 20 years of trip-building behind me. I’ll tell you, it took a LOT of time and trial and error. I am totally fine with learning from the wisdom of others and Chris, Tammy, and their team have a lot of it. They have a real understanding of what works and what doesn’t.
Who wouldn’t want to hang out with such passionate, committed, interesting people? Working together for a common goal is way more fun than sitting by myself at the kitchen table with my laptop. Which I am doing right now.