The CATALYST Travel and Purpose podcast series interviews global travelers who have had social impact experiences. Host Eden Flaherty talks with guests about traveling while doing good on every continent.
Hearing the Stories of Israel and Palestine with JoAnna Haugen
JoAnna Haugen is founder of Rooted, a storytelling platform about sustainable travel. She visited Israel and Palestine on a tour that focused on learning the stories of local Israelis and Palestinians via in person meetings and experiences and shared meals. She gained a more in-depth understanding of the conflict and culture of the region through this form of travel.
Travel Philanthropy in Ethiopia with Caliopy Glaros
Caliopy Glaros is Principal Consultant of Philanthropy Without Borders, an organization that provides donor travel, ethical storytelling and virtual engagement for nonprofit projects. Here she speaks about her trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to introduce philanthropists to a water sanitation and education project, and shares her perspective on the unique history and culture of the country.
Traveling in Bhutan with Callum Reilly
Bhutan is a unique country that has invented the innovative Global National Happiness; it has policies of environmental preservation enshrined into it's constitution—it's the only carbon-negative country in the world; and it's known for strong gender equality. Learn about Bhutan from Callum Reilly, Trips Director for CAS Trips, who has traveled there, as well as other spots all over the world.
Improving Education in Ghana with KC Kennedy
250 million children lack basic reading, writing and math skills around the world. On this podcast, we talk to KC Kennedy who is Senior Manager, Program Impact, with Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to improving primary school education in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos. Pencils of Promise has built 525 schools, and works on teacher development. Here we talk with KC about her recent trip to Ghana.
Puerto Rico with Kelley Louse: Local Cuisine and Sustainable Farming
Kelly is Founder and Executive Director of Impact Travel Alliance, an organization focused on promoting sustainability to travelers. Recently she traveled to Puerto Rico, where she experienced local cuisines and visited sustainable farms.
Development in the Hill Tribe Region of Thailand with Patricia Serrano
As a student studying social entrepreneurship, Patricia traveled to the Hill Tribe region of Thailand to participate in a 30 year development project that transitioned farmers away from the opium/poppy trade and into sustainable farming of coffee, tea and nuts. She currently organizes trips for travelers to stay with local Hill Tribe families. She is also interested in the arena of spiritual travel and talks about it here.