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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. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

MPOWERD seeks to reduce global energy poverty through the development and manufacture of affordable, environmentally-friendly lighting and power products. MPOWERD believes that clean, energy-efficient light should be accessible to everyone on the planet. Any Epic Road traveler who visits a community without access to electricity can choose to give the gift of solar light to 10 families in need with the lights and all expenses covered by Epic Road. At Epic Road we don’t believe in “poverty tourism” and we believe that every visit a traveler has to a community should leave BOTH the traveler and the community better off. 

Yamba Malawi 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, Yamba Malawi has addressed the urgent needs of more than 100,000 orphans while enabling their communities to provide for these children in the long run. Epic Road’s travelers have the opportunity to visit and support Yamba Malawi’s projects. In the past Epic Road has also planned Yamba Malawi’s donor trips to Malawi. 

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 travelers. 

Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is a non‐profit organization supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris that aims to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa. Epic Road’s travelers have the opportunity to support CITW and their efforts to ensure the next generation of African children values one of their most spectacular resources. 

Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Epic Road is a proud sponsor of DSWT and accordingly is able to arrange exclusive private visits where a traveler can hands-on interact with an orphaned baby elephant and contribute directly to their survival. 

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 is a proud partner. 

The mission of The School of St Jude is to educate disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha District to become moral and intellectual leaders in their country and for St Jude's to thereby demonstrate educational leadership in Tanzania. Epic Road can arrange a private visit for its travelers that involves playing sports and having snacks with the students, and supporting the school’s mission through funding.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Their successful, integrated approach includes close collaboration with local governments and communities as well as partners from around the world. Mountain gorillas have been monitored and studied closely since Dian Fossey began her work with them in 1967, after establishing the Karisoke Research Center. Today, Fossey Fund trackers and researchers protect and study roughly half of all the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, with the other half protected by the Rwandan national park authorities. Epic Road is a proud partner. 

 

 

Born out of the Congolese commitment to protect Virunga National Park and the four million people who live within a day’s walk of the Park’s borders, the Virunga Alliance aims to foster peace and prosperity through the responsible economic development of natural resources. Epic Road is a proud partner. 

 

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 is a proud partner.



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 personally led prior poverty immersions for CouldYou? 
 

 
Aluwani 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. Aluwani works to bridge the needs of the community with resources available from public, private and donor-funded sources. Epic Road has partnered with Aluwani to allow its clients to visit with these needy children in order to gain a greater understanding of the children’s struggles but also to be inspired by their positivity and determination.