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EPIC ROAD IMPACT

 

Adventure travel   +   Conservation   +   Philanthropy

At Epic Road, we believe that travel can power massive positive change in the world. While these changes will take place on the ground in the destinations that our clients visit, we believe that the most important changes occur in the minds of our clients. Travel has the ability to change perceptions, elevate awareness, evoke true empathy and galvanize leaders... we call it “transformative travel”. While most of our journeys are focused on luxury, adventure, and relaxation, we like to add meaningful educational and philanthropic experiences led by conservationists, scientists and reputable charities. We like to create journeys that focus on exploration and enjoyment while blending in experiences that can broaden our clients’ perspective of humanity and the environment. Epic Road handpicks exceptional non-profit organizations to partner with to create meaningful and transformative travel. Below are some special organizations we work with that are making a significant impact in our world. 

Virgin Unite is the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, founded by Richard Branson, that connects people and entrepreneurial ideas to make change happen. Virgin Unite’s aim is to help revolutionize the way governments, businesses and the social sector work together to use business as a force for good. Virgin Unite focuses on two core areas: (1) incubating new approaches to global leadership, and (2) working with businesses to drive business as a force for good, starting with Virgin Group’s 200 businesses worldwide. Epic Road has partnered with Virgin Unite to create meaningful and thought provoking experiences for its clients and to drive awareness that all businesses, especially traditional for-profit businesses, can be a powerful force for good and social change. 
The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship is a non-profit foundation that focuses on giving disadvantaged aspiring entrepreneurs and their businesses the kick-start they need. The Branson Centre South Africa provides practical business skills, mentorship and access to business networks to bold, tenacious entrepreneurs who have taken the step of launching a business, but need help growing it. Epic Road has partnered with the Branson Centre South Africa to allow its clients to interact with and mentor these tenacious yet disadvantaged entrepreneurs in order to understand their struggles, be inspired by their progress, and be motivated by their determination. 
goods for good is a nonprofit organization that empowers communities in Malawi to support orphans and other children in need. By partnering with local community centers to strengthen their skills and build businesses for sustained impact, goods for good has addressed the urgent needs of more than 65,000 orphans while enabling their communities to provide for these children in the long run. Epic Road has planned and is facilitating goods for good’s donor and board of directors trip to Malawi. 
CouldYou? is a non-profit organization that selects six persons of influence to journey to Mozambique on a poverty immersion experience in order to facilitate their understanding of where their individual abilities and networks intersect with the world’s needs. Participants are exposed to extreme poverty and human rights abuse by some of Africa's most influential leaders, thinkers and businessmen. Following the immersion, participants are taken to a stunning beachside hideaway on the Indian Ocean to collectively debrief with the goal of processing the experience as inspirational rather than depressing. While some applicants can qualify simply based on their net worth, others qualify based on intangibles such as their ability to influence within their communities. Epic Road has partnered with CouldYou? to create transformative travel experiences for their respective clients. Epic Road’s co-founder, Mark Lakin, has also led a prior poverty immersion for CouldYou? 
Worldwide Helpers (WWH) is a non-profit organization that connects volunteers to low and no cost projects worldwide. WWH’s platform helps get volunteers to where they are needed most and delivers solutions to issues all around the world. By giving organizations and individuals a place to connect, discover common interests and share knowledge and experience, WWH has developed into a community of people working together to make change happen. Epic Road has partnered with WWH to create meaningful and thought provoking volunteer experiences for its clients. 
The Lonely Road Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Johannesburg, South Africa that partners with the rural community of Ga-Dikgale to provide support and essential childcare services to its orphaned and vulnerable children. Illiteracy, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, poor sanitation, a lack of running water and limited access to electricity are some of the challenges facing Ga-Dikgale. The Lonely Road Foundation works to bridge the needs of the community with resources available from public, private and donor-funded sources. Epic Road has partnered with The Lonely Road Foundation to allow its clients to visit with the orphaned and vulnerable children in order to gain a greater understanding of the children’s struggles but also to be inspired by their positivity and determination.  
MPOWERD seeks to reduce global energy poverty through the development and manufacture of affordable, environmentally-friendly lighting and power products. We believe that clean, energy-efficient light should be accessible to everyone on the planet.



S.A.F.E (Safeguarding A Future For Africa’s Elephants) is a campaign launched by The Bodhi Tree Foundation to galvanize and unite the travel industry to help end the dramatic rise in poaching of Africa’s elephants for their ivory. The S.A.F.E. campaign aims to build awareness of the crisis and provide essential support to selected field-based organizations working tirelessly to protect elephant populations. Epic Road has partnered with S.A.F.E. to create signature experiences around elephant interaction, designed to bring clients in close proximity with these beautiful creatures, and be inspired to join the fight to protect and save them from extinction.