Help us empower underserved youth to travel
World Wild Hearts is proud to announce a partnership with FLYTE, a nonprofit organization that empowers students living in underserved communities through transformative travel experiences. We will be donating 10% of all profits from our travel apparel sales to FLYTE so that underserved youth can have the same type of life-changing travel experiences we had when studying abroad.
Limited travel opportunities worldwide
In the last decade, tourism has been on the rise. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in 2018 there were a record 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals, an increase of 5% over 2017. However, this doesn't mean that 1.4 billion people travel abroad for their holidays, as many take several trips or solely travel for business purposes.
Did you know that only around 17.9% of the world's population ever travels abroad? Whether this is because of financial or time constraints, the fear of the unknown, or simply because of a lack of interest. In China, roughly 10% of the population owns a passport, while in the United States just 42% do.
Doesn't this number blow your mind? It certainly did for us! We believe that international travel should be accessible to all. There is so much you can learn from going abroad and immersing yourself in a new culture or landscape. As World Wild Heart's mission is to "inspire life-changing travel experiences", we were looking for ways we can live by this purpose. In addition to inspiring people to travel by creating products, videos, and stories, we wanted to actually make a difference and help people who don't have the financial means to take a leap into the unkown.
Partnership with FLYTE
After a long search, we found FLYTE (The Foundation for Learning and Youth Travel Education), a not-for-profit organization that empowers youth living in underserved communities through transformative travel experiences. They send underprivileged students to travel so they are encouraged to explore and develop their understanding of the world and foster a sense of possibility in them. In this way, they have the opportunity to change their lives - and the world - through travel.
Today we officially announce our partnership with this incredible organization. From today onwards, we are donating 10% of our profits to FLYTE.
When we (Zac and Ine) met 2.5 years ago, we realized how travel experiences shaped our lives positively. After studying abroad in Canada, Europe, and South America, we broadened our horizons by discovering new cultures and landscapes. Most importantly, we learned that travel brings together people from all around the world, forming connections we never would have dreamed of before. This trip changed our lives forever. That’s why our number one goal when we started World Wild Hearts was to inspire people around the world to have life-changing travel experiences of their own. Whether that is through outdoor adventures, exploring new cities, studying abroad, or volunteering, there are so many ways to get a better understanding of the world we live in.
FLYTE embodies all of these same principles when sending their students abroad. They are empowering the next generation of changemakers through trips abroad. Today’s education system in America does not have a strong focus on global education, and many struggling schools and teachers have limited opportunities to offer their students access to resources that provide them with the life changing impacts of travel. FLYTE was created to change that.
With the mutual goal of providing life-changing travel experiences to as many people around the world as possible, we couldn't be happier to announce this partnership with FLYTE. When it is safe to travel post-COVID, we are confident the students who get selected this year will have the time of their lives!
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