RRU launches travel pilot program

May 28, 2014
Doug Ozeroff
Tags: alumni

Royal Roads University’s first travel program has been launched. The university is proud to partner with Holidays for Humanity for its initial offering Oct. 18-26, 2014 in Nicaragua. The nine-day trip will provide graduates and friends of the university with a unique opportunity to explore a culturally rich part of the world, while responding to a community’s need for renewable energy.

Travelling to Nicaragua, Central America’s land of lakes and volcanoes, participants will help install solar panels in the town of Santa Ana, while learning more about local culture and lifestyle from homestay hosts. Royal Roads Bachelor of Commerce alumnus and Holidays for Humanity founder Aaron Smith will act as host and guide on the inaugural trip. Smith developed the GoVoluntouring framework while at RRU, and upon graduation partnered with Flight Centre.

“In working together, we can assist a developing world community to move away from costly and non-renewable energy, in turn freeing up personal expenses,” Smith says. “This will create new opportunities, and bypass some of the destructive mistakes that we've made in the first world."

Smith says once the installation and training for the community is complete, travelers will have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua.

“For almost two decades Royal Roads graduates have been applying their learning to tackle the challenges in our world,” says Paul Corns, associate vice-president of Community Relations and Advancement. “Supporting the efforts of our alumni, especially in values-driven ventures like this, is a win for everyone.”

Join us

Space is limited for this meaningful holiday experience, so people are encouraged to act quickly.This trip is open to Royal Roads' alumni and members of the general public.

Deadline for registration and travel deposit is June 15, 2014. Learn more about the Royal Roads University travel program and how to join us this October, crowdfunding incentives and what your money will support here or see the details on the alumni website.