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When you travel with ME to WE, you’re in for an experience you won’t get anywhere else. Our partnership with WE Charity and the local communities the charity works with gives you the unique opportunity to connect with locals, truly immersing yourself in the place you visit. Go beyond a safari to walk in the footsteps of a family in rural Kenya, trek the Amazon jungle to meet the people who call it home, learn how to spin a pottery wheel in Nicaragua or make a traditional tie-dye piece in India. Along the way, you’ll also have the chance to join a community to contribute to a development project like building a new classroom—making an impact that will last long after you return home. This is travel that gives back, and stays with you.

Website
www.metowe.com
Founded
20
Headquarters

339 Queen Street East
Toronto ON M5A 1S9
Canada

Reviews

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Joanne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Tanzania started off with my luggage being stolen. However when I arrived in Tanzania my facilitators were more then accommodating. They found a place for me to get under garments and even lent me tshirts to wear. They knowledgable, fun and worked so well with the kids and myself. Dayvo and Shaza are such beautiful people inside and out. I cannot wait to go back for another trip. I will be requesting them. Our Maasai warrior guides were so much fun and knowledgable! I loved hearing the story of Maasai culture and spending time with them and the kids at night during our down time. The accommodations were better then I ever expected and the staff at our camp was amazing. We all look forward to going back. If it were not for the group of employees we were paired with I truly believe my experience would have been much different. Dayvo, Shaza, Langoi and Lebahati are amazing people!!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked to work with the children a little more.
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Lisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Our 17-year daughter went on the Women's Empowerment tour in July 2017 to Udaipur. She knew no one else going on the program, but had a fierce desire to go to India. It was a transformational experience for her (and she has been on other excellent group trips, including a prior experience with Me to We in the Dominican Republic). Without reservation, Me to We is the only organization we would have entrusted to take our daughter to India, as it has the highest safety standards, the best group dynamics and enriched, engaging curriculum. We have nothing but good things to say about Me to We!

What would you improve about this program?
I cannot think of one area of improvement.
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Louise
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Our facilitators in Kenya were beyond remarkable and what has been done by me to we with regards to the schools and hospital are also commendable! Though I believe that me to we needs to declare that this is a social awareness program rather than volunteer.

Having volunteered with other organizations, there was little time dedicated to volunteering in both India and Kenya. I was also add that as Me to We invites adults on this trip that they integrate their skills to aid the program. Fortunately this year those of us that could work I the hospital did, a total of three days out of two weeks. In the past we have brought suitcases of supplies and braces to other volunteer projects. We were told by me to we that it was not necessary - we beg to differ, there was plenty that we could have brought that would've helped with just the basics.

Lastly the cost of camping in army tents at a tune of $3000 was incomparable to the other location with the "cottages". I would rather me to we asked less all the way around and have everybody stay in army tents with outhouses, this would be closer to the people's reality to whom you are serving.

What would you improve about this program?
Yes though with the changes stated above.
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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

could not have asked for a better experience on my ME to WE trip to Ecuador! great staff and program, met some of the kindest and coolest people ever. life changing experiences and highly recommend to everyone! the food is great, the Minga Lodge was awesome as well. the program is very well organized and everyday is packed with fun activities and memorable service work. Looking forward to more ME to WE trips in the future!

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Abby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have never had a better experience in my life. My Kenya trip was eye-opening as it showed me a reality much different than mine, but also provided me with the opportunity to help better this lifestyle for the people I met there. I made both a Kenyan family and a Canadian family (people who went on the trip with me) and I can truly say I will never forget them. Me to We is incredible as it provided so many chances to get a feel for how the Massai people live and gave me the opportunity to get to know some extremely empowering people in process! My facilitators and Warriors were supportive, knowledgeable and so much fun, and I felt the trip ran so smoothly. Thank you Me to We for giving me the trip of a lifetime! 11/10 would recommend!!

What would you improve about this program?
It was incredible start to finish. Absolutely no complaints.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Louise Killens

Louise is a physiotherapist who has been working for thirty years in the field of orthopaedics. She has volunteered over the years as a physiotherapist abroad.

Why did you choose this program?

I have worked with other volunteer health organizations and wanted to learn more about Me to We. I had been to India with Me to We and had done a build there among other cultural activities. I was hoping to have more experience in my professional field with this trip to Africa. A cache when you involve older individuals that are professionals is to tap into their expertise.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Much of the organizing was done online through the Me to We website, the program provider organized a few meetings and email reminders. The schedule was set by Me to We, via feedback of our program provider. I organized my flight on my own.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Me to We is more about empowering social awareness. There is only a 30% of the program which is actually volunteering. I would relate my experience as "volunteer tourism."

The average day consists of 70% social awareness, visits to schools and health facilities, as well as learning about the culture through the water walk and coming into people's homes. 30% was volunteering either through a build or hospital.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Lloyd has been working for Me To We for 17 years. He is passionate about travel, service learning; cross cultural experiences; and grass roots community development. He has worked across the globe, and enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was in rural Rajasthan spending time with community members learning about the joys and challenges of village life; and working side by side with them to develop solutions to key development challenges in the areas of food security, health care, education and sanitation.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working with Me To We has broadened my perspective about the world, and has allowed me to appreciate the interconnectedness of everyone around the globe and the rich cultural fabric of human interactions. It has been an amazing experience over the past seventeen years and has enriched my life in many ways.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A returning student told me that the trip to India gave her renewed confidence in herself, and inspired her to become involved in organizations in her home community. She said that she came to recognize that it is her responsibility to help effect positive change where ever she can in the world.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

The India program is truly inspiring. It combines service learning with authentic and immersive cross cultural experiences. It is an amazing opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to sustainable community development, and to learn first hand about key development challenges .

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Me To We is unique because it offers meaningful service learning opportunities and authentic cross cultural experiences. The Team works hard every day to ensure excellent service delivery to all stakeholders. They are a very dedicated and caring group of people.

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