More than 100 million Filipinos live on the 7,600-plus islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. Despite bolstered tourism efforts, many parts of the Philippines, as well as the respective cultures of their islands, remain unknown to the greater international community.
To this end, Make A Difference Travel hopes to make a lasting impact. The non-government organization is a social tourism platform that carefully plans and supervises tailor-made adventures for international
MAD Travel organizes trips for individuals, schools, and even corporations, and brings them to some of the country’s most breathtaking destinations. At these locations,
“I want MAD Travel to educate and inspire the youth to work with more communities, be aware of the environment, and fall in love with their country,” MAD Travel co-founder Rafael Dionisio says. “I want us to make developmental work fun so that more people join in.”
Each trip is meticulously planned to make a mutual difference in the lives of both the guests and the host community they are brought to. According to Dionisio, the organization has also added several other goals to their original mission. “We want to help reforest the Philippines since the country doesn’t have a successful reforestation program yet and I think we can help,” he says.
As the organization continues its work to inspire meaningful travel around the Philippines, it aims to identify and eventually contribute to other issues facing the country. For more information on how you can join, visit madtravel.org.
This story was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Town&Country.