Category: World Wide Initiatives

Get out of New Hampshire and Break the Rules!

Students attending the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Social Innovators of the Year Awards probably weren’t expecting that advice.  Nor were they expecting a surprise offer to change their lives. Last month, Alan and Harriet were presented with this prestigious award for their business model and philanthropy.   The award “recognizes leaders with a demonstrated commitment… Read more »

Empowerment in the Developing World

How O.A.T. Travelers Marci and Dave Utela Support Women and Children in Africa O.A.T. and Grand Circle travelers are generous in bringing pencils, notebooks, postcards, and other small gifts to distribute to students during their visits to local schools. But some travelers decide to do even more for the children who touch their hearts in… Read more »

How the Mitchell/Rushing Foundation Supports Grand Circle Foundation

Throughout its history, Grand Circle Foundation has been dedicated to giving back to communities along the paths of Overseas Adventure Travel tours. It is assisted in that effort by the Mitchell/Rushing Foundation, a charitable organization founded by eight-time travelers Quinn Mitchell and Larry Rushing of Temple Terrace, Florida. Quinn and Larry spent a career in… Read more »

Everything Old Is New Again

How Alnoba Has Borrowed a Tactic from the Past to Look Toward the Future In troubled times, how do people find a path for to helping make the world a better place? Sometimes, inspiration comes from the past. And sometimes, it comes from the young. That was the case in the 1960s, when opposition to… Read more »

Wine to Water: Our partnership continues to grow

In 2015, Grand Circle Foundation launched the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative, to ensure all schools and villages that are supported by GCF have an adequate supply of clean water and toilets that meet or exceed the local standards. Clean water improves health, education, agriculture, economic development and women’s empowerment. Currently, 86% of all… Read more »

Alnoba hosts International Funders for Indigenous Peoples retreat

With a population of more than 370 million in 90 countries—and a culture of self-help, innovation, and sharing—Indigenous peoples can be invaluable contributors toward solving today’s most pressing problems, including climate change, biodiversity preservation, and sustainable management of natural resources. For 17 years, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) has sought to build mutually beneficial… Read more »

A Class Act: Jeannie Ling honors her parents’ memory by donating to schools

Back in 2013, Jeannie Ling of Long Beach, California, decided to “tag along” with a cousin who was embarking on O.A.T.’s The Wilderness Beyond: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & the Chilean Fjords adventure. She enjoyed the trip so much, she has taken six O.A.T. adventures since. One of the highlights of the trip for her… Read more »

Sue Billingsley: An overflowing heart

How O.A.T. Traveler Sue Billingsley Supports Our Clean Water Initiative In 2016, photos, videos, and rave reviews of over 20 years of travel with O.A.T. by her cousin and his wife convinced Sue Billingsley of Frisco, Texas, to give the company a try. The trip she chose was Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari…. Read more »

Ocean Recovery Alliance: Global Alert – Floating Trash

The Lewis Family Foundation provided funding to Conservation Media Group to support the creation of this video – to spread the awareness about the Global Alert app and platform,  as well as how best to engage stakeholders in their communities to build collaborations focused on cleanup, prevention, and better management of watersheds and coastlines. Each… Read more »