Your child wants to embark on a journey to change the world.
We promise that it will be much more than a stamp in their passport. It will be a one-of-a-kind, life-changing experience! Not only will your son or daughter meet new people and explore new cultures, it will also be a voyage of self-discovery, serving as a meaningful rite of passage on the path to adulthood.
ME to WE Trips have a habit of creating global citizens.
We are here to help you understand the benefits your child will derive from this volunteer adventure, as well as to share with you our rigorous safety procedures and outline the trip’s value.
Your child will derive many benefits from taking a ME to WE Trip—because travelling with purpose means being part of something bigger than oneself.
They will gain self-confidence, intellectual maturity, and an appreciation for their own culture, as well as the diversity of others’.
A ME to WE Trip will also support a positive transition to adulthood. In North America, rites of passage are marked by one-time events, like getting a driver’s license or attending a prom. But in order to define who they are, young people often need to face and overcome challenges, learn to work as a team, interact with new cultures, and step outside of their comfort zone. ME to WE Trips serve as a meaningful rite of passage to help young people gain an increased sense of independence and responsibility. (They might even take out the garbage when they get home!)
Among the many benefits of a ME to WE Trip, young people connect with team members of the same age and they will make lifelong friendships as they work together as a team toward a common goal. Together, they will build wells, schools and medical clinics; teach English; and work side-by-side with rural community members on development projects. They will also have ample time for personal growth and reflection.
We can assure you that safety is our top priority. And communication with parents and guardians is of the utmost importance to us.
A ME to WE Trip is a big decision for the entire family. We understand parents are the main decision-makers. We are transparent and share our safety and risk management practices to ensure that all parental concerns are addressed.
More than 6,500 youth have travelled with us across the world to Ecuador, Kenya, China, India, Ghana, Nicaragua and Arizona without incident since 2002.
Serious measures and precautions are taken to maintain the safety of each youth participant through the duration of the trip. Two to three ME to WE facilitators are with the group 24 hours a day. They are certified, trained, highly educated and well-travelled individuals that take care of everything participants may need. Some are even educators with extensive backgrounds working with youth. If an emergency situation should arise, facilitators have access to Western standard hospitals and medical care.
All points of the experience are checked against stringent safety regulations—from purified water to proper food preparations. Participants travel by all-terrain vehicles while in the host country. ME to WE also monitors all travel advisories to keep up-to-date with the latest information.
Additionally, all safety equipment is provided for build site projects including goggles, foot protection and hard hats.
At ME to WE, we also recognize that volunteering overseas isn’t for everyone.
As part of our registration process, we work closely with parents to understand any pre-existing health conditions their children have. There are some mental and physical health conditions that we are not able to adequately support on our trips.
You can read more detailed information about these specific protocols here:
Upon signing up for a ME to WE Trip, you and your child will be referred to the Trips Coordination Team. Well before your child departs on their exciting adventure abroad, you will work alongside a knowledgeable trip coordinator who will ensure that all of your questions and concerns are addressed. ME to WE Trip coordinators will help guide you from the initial idea of a trip, to feeling well-prepared and comfortable sending your child abroad with ME to WE. They will:
Well before your child departs for their volunteer experience, ME to WE staff who live and work full-time abroad take numerous precautionary measures to ensure your child is kept safe, happy and healthy throughout their entire experience. These precautionary measures include but are not limited to:
Throughout their entire experience abroad, your child will be accompanied by ME to WE facilitators and a ME to WE cultural guide. Safety measures employed by these staff members include, but are not limited to:
Should your child require medical care for a minor health issue during their trip, ME to WE employs an extensive communication protocol, designed to keep you up-to-date and in touch with treatment given to your child. Below is an example of how ME to WE’s communication protocol is carried out:
Please note: a similar communication protocol will be employed should an emergency occur at home and you require immediate communication with your child. If you would like to walk through how this communication protocol would change in the event of a more serious medical or political emergency, please feel free to contact our Risk Management Team, at 416.964.8942 x770.
Our Risk Management team is happy to speak with you regarding any concerns you may have and to help you make the best decision for your family.
Please contact 416.964.8942 x770
A ME to WE Trip is an inclusive experience with an incredible value. Participants will have unparalleled opportunities to not only interact with a beautiful culture but also benefit from leadership training and engaging talks from development specialists.
From takeoff to landing, all trip details are taken care of, including flights, quality accommodations, transportation and daily meals. We also offer 24-hour emergency service with risk management team members in both North America and the country of travel. We do ask parents and guardians to deal with visas, vaccines and spending money—everything else, we will handle.
In addition to on the ground support for your child, we also support you leading up to the trip. For those looking to fundraise, coordinators are available on a one-on-one basis to help you with resources, workshops and a fundraising platform to set you up for success. In many cases, participants raise enough money to cover the entire cost. Learn more by visiting our Fundraising Page.
We want to provide you with all the information you need to make a decision that best serves you and your child. At ME to WE, we’re not just offering a life-changing experience, we’re here to support you every step of the way as your trip planning partner. Through a trips coordinator, we help you navigate trip planning through our online trips portal. We work to ensure the best possible experience before, during and after the trip. It’s about making it as easy as possible so you can feel assured and confident.
93% of participants intend to play a leadership role in social justice activities in their community.
95% of ME to WE Trip participants report feeling a strong sense of responsibility for the well-being of people in developing countries
when they return home.
85% of participants are involved in volunteering in their communities after returning from a ME to WE Trip.