PASSPORTS 4 CHANGE
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Passports4Change is a program designed by Dreamers4Change Foundation and it is built on the premise of travel as a vital tool of learning. Passports4Change is NOT a study abroad program. It is NOT a luxury trip. It is NOT a destination trip. It IS a learning experience that utilizes travel to explore the intersections of race, class, gender, citizenship on other intersecting oppressions. We work toward articulating our own politics of location, then we move toward situating ourselves in the global world, then we investigate how colonialism, imperialism and other political formations often determine and shape our lives. We end our program with an emphasis on imagination, vision-making, and creating. We know the world we imagine will not emerge without work and so we ground our program in doing the work.
The Passports4Change program is rooted in the belief that low-income youth who have previously been deprived of the opportunity to travel, stand to gain a great deal from the opportunity to live in contexts cultural, politically, socially different than their own. We also believe these youth have a great deal to teach the world. We are specifically investing in low-income youth who do not own a passport, who have not traveled abroad and youth who doo not have the resources to engage in a cross-cultural study. We further believe that cross-cultural study opens up the possibilities of change, transformation and creativity.
Passports4Change is on a mission to provide low-income students with passports and the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural learning experiences domestically and abroad. It is our mission to offer students the opportunity to experience cultures, places, people, languages and foods different than their own as we simultaneously encourage them to learn from these exchanges.
Our vision is to move beyond poverty and opportunity gaps to offer low-income students the opportunity to travel and engage in meaningful cross-cultural exchanges. If you would like to contact us or be involved with Passports4Change, please contact us and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
We value new, exciting and fresh experiences, and view cross-cultural exchange as a critical tool of learning and development.
Safety is a primary concern and we work to ensure that all participants are safe throughout the duration of our trips. We discuss travel safety, guidelines and rules with all participants prior to departure and we expect them to adhere to our guidelines.
How we work to ensure safety:
Each participant must attend workshops prior to departure
Each participant must get a physical from a Medical Doctor
Each participant must obtain travel insurance
Each participant is assigned a mentor to guide and support them throughout the duration of the trip
In each country, we have built solid relationships with local staff to support us in our travels
We develop a safety plan and itinerary for each trip which includes the location and contact information for the local hospital in the area, contact information for hotel/lodging, and additional details
We carry a Passports4Change first-aid kit with essential emergency items
Derrika, our primary contact, is a Social Worker and has skills to support any participants with mental health and/or emotional well-being support
Participants are facilitated into the trip as a team who looks out for and supports each other.
If we have an emergency during the trip:
We will immediately contact the parent/guardian
We will work with local staff to support the participant
We will not make any decisions regarding a participant without full permission from a parent/guardian.
APPLICATION FINAL DEADLINE: APRIL 8, 2018