Humanitarian Trips – Traveling with a purpose

Humanitarian Trips

Have you ever done a humanitarian trip? Do you want to?

When I first came across Global Education Philanthropists, I was drawn in. There has been this pull that I can’t even explain. That’s what I have said over and over. “I just can’t even begin to explain it.” It took me far longer than it should have to realize that it was the spirit telling me that I was supposed to be a part of this.

In the beginning, I met with Cammy Bowker, founder, and CEO of Global EP, multiple times. And every single time, I cried. I cried because slavery still exists. I cried for the missing children, for the families who don’t have answers, for the victims of human trafficking and the horrific reality of what that really means. I cried because I knew I had to join the fight. I knew that I had to do my part, however small, to make a difference. I cried because I knew this is exactly what I was supposed to do.

I cried because, for the first time in a very long time, I felt like I had direction. I felt like I had a purpose.


Board of directors


When I was asked to be on the Board of Directors for this amazing non-profit, I was both extremely flattered and determined to share Global E.P.’s mission with the world. To educate others on the reality of human trafficking, and to be part of humanitarian travel with the purpose of making a real difference in the world.

If you’re like me, most of us tend to live in a bubble. A bubble that tells us that yes, human trafficking exists, but not “where I live”, not in THIS safe community. Not here. I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth.

slavery still exists

As troubling as the issue is, it can be hard for the reality to sink in – especially for those of us who don’t see the effects of trafficking directly and instead, encounter the issue through the seemingly far away stories we hear about on the news or social media. That’s why being educated is key.

The real numbers can help us gain some perspective.


According to The International Labour Organization, there are approximately 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally.


Of these millions of victims, 25% are children, 75% are female, and 81% are trapped in some form of forced labor. The 24.9 million people exploited for forced labor include those caught in one of the most common forms of trafficking: sex trafficking. Women and girls are overwhelmingly affected by the exploitation, making up 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry.

According to the Department of Defense, human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing crime. Sex trafficking alone generates an estimated $99 million per year. Of those who fall victim to trafficking, only 1% are rescued. Yes, you read that right. ONE percent. For this reason, prevention is absolutely crucial.

No one is free until we are all free

– Martin Luther King

The first step? TALKING ABOUT IT. Ignorance is not bliss, nor does it prepare us, or our youth for the dangers that surround us every single day. Education is key.

Global Education Philanthropists

This amazing non-profit organization strategically fights human trafficking worldwide through education. But how?


Domestically


Global E.P. educates communities and families to safeguard current and future generations from the world’s fastest-growing crime: human trafficking. Global E.P. provides resources, education, and opportunities for community members to join the fight.


Internationally


Global E.P., via Expedition Global, organizes resources for aftercare centers worldwide. It brings together volunteers from various backgrounds, who teach villagers skills and provide humanitarian service. Volunteers can sign up for an amazing and life-changing expedition to villages worldwide. On these expeditions, volunteers teach self-reliance principles, vocational trades, or small business skills. Those with professional qualifications can hold medical, dental, or mental health clinics. Don’t have one of these professional skills? It doesn’t matter.


Expedition Global - Global EP Love knows no borders quote

We need you


Did you know there are babies in other countries that don’t even get the chance to be held? Babies who are not held, nuzzled, and hugged enough can stop growing, and if the situation lasts long enough, even die. Researchers discovered this when trying to figure out why some orphanages had infant mortality rates around 30-40%. 


That means that even if your only sole purpose in joining one of our trips is to hold babies, you could save a life.


More recently, in an editorial on the Savelyev case, the Times said that orphanages were merely “overcrowded, with too few staff members and resources.”

It doesn’t matter your background, your skills, or lack thereof. We need you.


Travel is the one thing you can spend money on that actually makes you richer.


It’s no secret that I am obsessed with traveling. The concept of traveling with a real purpose, the opportunity to change someone’s life while also changing your own, is beyond any real words I could ever write. When I was introduced to humanitarian trips with Global E.P., I couldn’t get enough of it. I knew I was going to go on every single trip. The how didn’t matter.


The Rambling Raccoon roams


I’ve honestly never been so excited for anything in my entire life. I have the opportunity to attend every single humanitarian trip in 2020. At one point this year, I will also be leading the trips! That means if you decide to go on any of the upcoming life-changing humanitarian trips, you’ll be doing it with me!

As I said previously, I have cried so much because of the draw this organization has had on me from the beginning, so why stop now? Let me share with you some of the impactful images from some of the past trips with Global E.P., so you can see why for yourself.


Ready to do a humanitarian trip?


Here is the list of upcoming trips in 2020:


March 7-15th

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Dominican Republic humanitarian trip

MARCH 15th-22nd

Ambergris Caye, BELIZE


humanitarian trip Belize

April 19-26th

Lake Arenal, Costa Rica


costa rica humanitarian trip

May (Date TBD)

Zion Survivor Retreat, Utah, USA


An opportunity to bring survivors of human trafficking together in a place of refuge to heal and build lasting relationships with others who have had similar experiences. We are in need of both sponsorships for each survivor to attend and volunteers with expertise in therapy, hiking, cooking, and other related areas that are willing to donate their time to this amazing cause.

Global E.P. Survivor Retreat

If you can find it in your heart to donate to this event, please do so here:

Donate


June 23rd-30th

Dublin, Ireland


Ireland humanitarian trip

July 20th-27th

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico humanitarian trip

There will be more trips planned for 2020, so stay tuned!


Don’t want to travel, but want to donate?




Where your donations go:

100% of proceeds help those in crisis.

•$5 donation buys 5 meals.

•$50 donation buys a full aftercare kit for rescued victims of human trafficking or can fund a child’s education for a full month.

•$100 donation pays a school teacher’s salary for an entire month.

•$250 donation can feed an entire school of children for an entire day, or could sponsor a single student for nearly a full school year.

All donations are tax-deductible.


Donate


Please reach out to me if you have any questions regarding any of the upcoming trips! Hope to see you there!



If you suspect someone is being trafficked, please call and report to Federal law enforcement:
1-866-347-2423

If you are being trafficked, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
1-888-373-7888
or text HELP or INFO to
BeFree (233733)

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Leave a Comment

  • Danielle
    2020-01-09

    Love The Rambling Raccoon and everything you write about! Love all the photos!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Danielle

      Thank you so much! That means a lot!

      Reply
  • Kat
    2020-01-10

    This sounds like such a good match for you. It’s crazy to think that human trafficking is still very much a threat. Kudos to you for your efforts towards the cause and for using your web and social media talents to spread the message ♥️

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Kat

      Aw thanks so much Kat! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it!

      Reply
  • Amber
    2020-01-10

    I CANNOT wait to see the amazing things that you are going to accomplish during this journey.
    I’ve read your other blog posts and while they were great I can REALLY feel your passion.
    This is incredibly terrifying but you are right… we need to start talking.
    Good for you, girl.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Amber

      Thanks so much Amber!! I’m so excited for 2020 and sharing the message! It’s going to be amazing!

      Reply
  • Vera Dooley
    2020-01-10

    This post was such an eye-opener! I knew human trafficking existed but never imagined how high the statistics were around the globe and in our neighborhoods! We tend to think we are safe. It can’t happen here but it does! Thank you for posting! This is such a perfect fit for you! Congratulations!

    Reply
    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Vera Dooley

      I agree it is the perfect fit! Thank you for your support and for following along with my adventures!

      Reply
  • Linda
    2020-01-10

    Thank you for helping.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Linda

      Thank you for taking the time to read the article ♥️

      Reply
  • Barbara
    2020-01-10

    This is an absolutely amazing cause. This is something I’m concerned with every single day, I used to believe trafficking exists just not around me… until I had kids. It is literally one of my worst fears. I applaud you for the work you do!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Barbara

      Thank you so much! It’s such an amazing organization that makes such a huge impact on so many lives!

      Reply
  • Tina
    2020-01-10

    Human trafficking is so prevalent, many are shocked to know it’s happening in their own backyard. I admire the work you are doing!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Tina

      Thank you so much! You are so right!

      Reply
  • Jody
    2020-01-10

    These trips look amazing!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Jody

      I’m so excited to go! It’s going to be life-changing!

      Reply
  • Serena Cooper
    2020-01-10

    Thank you so much for this post – you are absolutely right; we live in a bubble. I’m going to look into this and figure out how exactly I want to help.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-10 Serena Cooper

      Awesome! Thank you so much for reading! You can help by making a small contribution if you can, or attending a trip with us! ♥️🙏

      Reply
  • Nilakshi at merakimusings
    2020-01-10

    I never knew this before! You are doing a great thing and this is a great initiative by the organisation! Those pictures are so deep! I am lost with words. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-11 Nilakshi at merakimusings

      Thank you so much! It’s such an eye-opening thing once you really find out the reality. Thanks so much for your kind words!

      Reply
  • Darsha
    2020-01-11

    This is absolutely amazing cause. Can’t wait to see your experiences in 2020. Thank you for writing and spreading the message…love and hugs!

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    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-11 Darsha

      Thanks so much my friend! Thank you for following along ♥️

      Reply
  • Mai
    2020-01-13

    What an eye-opening post! You are doing great things for the world. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Jessi Bang
      2020-01-13 Mai

      Thank you! I definitely can’t take the credit but I love being a part of it!

      Reply