Thank you for visiting. Let me share about my passion
for making a difference through heart-based travel.
Debbie DuPey, CEO
My heart-felt belief is when
like-minded people around
the world come together
we can create a more
Traveling changed me in a profound way.
Growing up in small town in Washington State, traveling the world did not seem possible.
Magazines showed me pictures of far off places, and though the people were mysterious to me, the
smiles on their faces showed me we were more similar than different. In my twenties, I traveled solo
to Russia. I realized on this trip that traveling was the best way to know
the truth about what was happening in the world. You had to go
there yourself. Talk to the people. Hear their stories. You had
to shop in their grocery stores and walk down their streets.
I knew then that my life's path would include utilizing my
own passion for travel to open the world to people who were
just as curious as I am about other countries and cultures.
As an adult, I worked both in the group travel industry
and in the field of social justice. I have traveled, worked, lived and
volunteered throughout Central America, Asia and Africa. My vision is
to partner with individuals who have a deep connection to the place and people. Often it is their own country or a place where they have developed strong roots. All our partners are committed to social
My heart-felt belief is when like-minded people around the world come together we can create a more beautiful, compassionate global community.
"I realized on this trip that traveling was the best way
to know the truth
about what was
happening in the world."
Travel opens the mind and the heart.
We can travel in a way that allows us to learn
and do good work.
We must be respectful guests, who are responsible
for our actions when we visit others countries.
Some of the most poignant impacts come when we
return home to share our experiences with others.
Monica was born in Cali, Colombia, where she lived until moving to Guatemala as a teenager. With a Colombian mother and Guatemalan father, both countries are a proud part of her heritage. She frequently visits Cali to spend time with her grandmother, uncles aunts and many cousins. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she works as an architect and enjoys relaxing at home with her husband and beloved dog Prince. She loves sharing Colombia’s rich culture of salsa dancing and other arts.
Ginny is an avid hiker and social justice advocate. While on a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico she was inspired to support the indigenous weavers of Vida Nueva. She brings their hand-dyed rugs back to the U.S. to sell on behalf of the weavers.
Lila is a native Nepali and founder of the Nepal Women's Protection Center and Safe House. Her experiences living on the streets of Hetauda, Nepal inspired her to work to end sex trafficking in Nepal.
Dania has worked for over 15 years
as a guide and consultant for group service travelers in Central America.
She has worked with numerous
social justice organizations as
an organizer and translator.
She lives in Guatemala city.
Marcel is a Central American consultant, guide, and interpreter. He lived for 11 years in Guatemala, owning two restaurants in Antigua. He has
traveled throughout Central America.