Thanks for your help, helping others
November 30, 2013
You may have found yourself transformed through travel. But do those travels transform the world? I’m proud to say that in the eyes of Travel + Leisure they do. The magazine’s November issue, on newsstands now, lauds OAT with a Global Vision Award, which recognizes contributions in five categories: conservation, sustainability, preservation, development, and leadership.
Global philanthropy and volunteerism have always been an integral part of the travel community we wanted to foster—one that wasn’t just about passively seeing the sights, but exploring, interacting, and experiencing. When Alan and I established Grand Circle Foundation in 1992, we never could have imagined that along with travelers like you, we’d donate or pledge $97 million to more than 300 humanitarian, cultural, and educational organizations, including 100 schools in 50 countries worldwide. As a former teacher, nothing satisfies me more than helping educate children around the globe—and offering our travelers an education of a different sort. Introducing travelers to the children and teachers at Grand Circle Foundation-supported schools around the globe promotes important cultural understanding—for travelers, an education of a different sort. Traveling on Machu Picchu & the Galapagos, you may visit one such classroom at Pucruto Primary School, where we have funded a kitchen, new classroom, dining area, and sports facility. As Alan and I like to say, we don’t want to be thought of as “givers.” Everything OAT does is in partnership with people and communities, and part of that global community is you. This isn’t just our award—it’s yours, too. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.