Posts Tagged ‘Muskoka Foundation’

Spread Your Knowledge and Volunteer Commitment: Do Good As You Go

inukshukA little over a year ago I learned about The Muskoka Foundation and grew smitten with their mission, inspiring and equipping adventure travelers to “use what they know, to do good as they go” to create sustainable impact for the world, by using their own professional skills. In communities of need, when requested by the community and partners (a big deal for me, not “gifting” answers or charity upon communities based on our outsider “expertise,” but instead, responding to need and desire from within), the foundation provides workshops for children and adults, in entrepreneurship, IT, photography, arts, sports, music, and more.

They have nicely simplified and emboldened their message with the Do Good As You Go movement: to harness the energy and spirit of hundreds of volunteer explorers doing what they do best on behalf of communities round the world. The focus here is on experience: experienced travelers who are also experienced at some teachable and desirable skill. Muskoka is the connector, the liaison between inspired volunteers and individuals and groups in foreign countries right at the verge of huge breakthroughs. If you fit the profile–I’m guessing you want a piece of this. Reach out to the foundation and find out where they have active programs, or their target list for next dream nations to work in and impact in incredibly positive ways. Play the game big! The world is waiting for your gifts.

Muskoka Foundation: Building Networks, Not Charities

The ethos of this group is fascinating to me. The Muskoka Foundation is a group of seasoned overland travelers who are using their propensity for truly immersing themselves in communities around the world to make a positive impact while they go. It is a network of modern-day explorers who, in their travels, met with village leaders and project developers in small communities (currently a focus is on Cambodia, Malawi, Mexico, and Rwanda) to listen to community needs and ideas, and find ways to fit their strengths into the picture. Most of the foundation travelers are experienced mentors, teachers, entrepreneurs, doctors, and consultants, and the lovely thing is they travel via their own means (their trucks–a zero-cost-to-the-foundation transportation infrastructure), using their own expertise and passion to make a difference. Muskoka supplies the chosen travelers with tools, training, and partnerships with already vetted communities, and a structure for inspiring projects for children and adults in areas such as business, market access, sport training, photography, music, statistics, and more.

If you’ve got the time and chutzpah to self-guide your volunteer service travel, sign up to volunteer–Muskoka is actively seeking more intrepid travelers who know their presence can add in a sensitive, sensible, and effective way to communities they visit.