The Remote Year Impact
It’s not just about seeing the world — it’s about making the world better together. We understand the power travel has in making positive change, and we are driven by a vision of a prosperous future for our planet and its people. We believe that all human beings should enjoy fulfilling lives and seek to ensure that our economic, social, and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature. We are committed to giving back to the places we visit and the local communities we encounter through initiatives focused on Global Education, Accessible Travel, Climate Action, and Shelter.
Over the past 6 years
Global positive impact projects in over 40 countries
Hours volunteered in the local communities we visit
Raised in funds for countless organizations around the world
Our focus for driving positive change
Provide positive impact experiences in every Remote Year destinationWe are committed to incorporating at least one positive impact experience into each program month and destination. Our handpicked, local experiences are often the highlight for our program participants and we look forward to introducing higher quality, better curated, and more impactful experiences in each destination.
Partner only with impact-driven vendors and partnersAll of our vendors and local partners are selected based on a scoring system that includes their impact on local communities, dedication to fair and ethical practices, and commitment to values such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
Encourage our global staff to take the time to give backWe encourage our staff to take 4-8 hours of company time a month to volunteer on issues they care about. This ensures that all of the members of our team have the flexibility to express their own personal impact goals and also align with our collective values as a company.
Some of our Local Impact Experiences
Make a MiracleBring hope and change to communities in Peru with the Make a Miracle organization. With this experience, you’ll be able to directly transform lives by building sturdy homes, participating in English classes, and spending time with students who have a bright future ahead of them.
Šolta Island Honey and ArtDiscover the magical world of bees and taste sustainable honey made by the Tvrdić family on the charming island of Šolta. After, head to the oldest village on the island to meet a local artist.
Khayelitsha Township Bike TourExperience an authentic side of the city on this bike tour of the Khayelitsha Township. Your local hosts, Ayanda and Buntu, will guide you through Cape Town’s largest and fastest-growing township so that you can immerse yourself in its fascinating history.
Casa FridaCreate a bright and safe future for all members of the LGBTQ+ community with Casa Frida. This wonderful organization provides support, shelter, therapy, and more to its members. You’ll have the chance to connect meaningfully with residents and change their lives – and participate in a drag event!
“I completed a 12 month program in 2018 and it changed my perspective and the way I live. The experience will teach you about removing yourself from the bubble of comfort you are used to. It will teach you the importance of how you spend your time. It will teach you how to approach new places and seek understanding about people and cultures.”- Josh Andrews
Remote Nation Impact Stories: How One Airplane Ride Inspired Positive Change in Cape Town
Written by Catalina Todd
While on Remote Year’s 12-month work + travel program, Heidi Liedtke and her Remote Year peers were instrumental in initiating a lasting partnership to support Emthonjeni, a local NGO that works with women and girls in Cape Town, South Africa.
Celebrating Pride through Worldly Experiences: Remote Year Sits Down with Two LGBTQ City Managers
Remote Year sits down with local experience managers in Mexico and Thailand to understand how they put the diverse program members top of mind when planning, specifically the LGBTQ community.
Beyond PRIDE: How Casa Frida in Mexico City Shelters Vulnerable LGBTQ+ Youth but Provides Remote Year Participants with a Life Changing Experience
To continue celebrating PRIDE month, we sat down with Casa Frida's Coordinator of Communications, Saúl Olvera, to learn more about the incredible impact this organization is having on the LGBTQ+ community of Mexico City.
Remote Nation Impact Stories: Working on the Road with Nonprofit Year Up
Written by Catalina Todd
Currently in Guatemala on Remote Year’s 4-month Ochoa program, Marvin Balan shares how he creates impact while working remotely. Marvin is leveraging his Remote Year experience to build stronger connections with the young adults he serves.
58 Homes. $116,000. One Remote Year Community.
Remote Year Yugen took the idea of Positive Impact and kicked it up a notch, aspiring to raise $116,000 to build 58 homes in Bogotá.
How Remote Year’s Yugen Program Raised $80,000 and Built 3 Homes in Bogota, Colombia
Written by Catalina Todd
What positive impact could you make while traveling the world for 12-months? To celebrate our commitment to including at least 1 positive impact experience in each destination we visit, we are spotlighting one of the most prolific positive impact projects to date, the Remote Year Yugen Build. We hope that this incredibly successful initiative inspires our Remote Year Nation to effect positive change as we explore the world together and prepare for future journeys together.
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Helena has spent the past 6 years coordinating exciting and impactful local experiences as a City Manager in Split, Croatia. From visiting with a beekeeper to sampling traditional meals in the Dalmatian hinterlands with the Bartulović family, Helena plans sustainable, community-focused experiences that support local businesses and families.
"Over the years, our Remote Year community has left a memorable mark and touched many hearts in Split. Many program participants selflessly shared their skills and talents - we have prepared meals for the homeless, done manual work at an orphanage to give the kids a better environment, organized parties at the autism center, and participated in beach cleanups - all in an effort to leave the city a little better than when we first arrived."