To enhance the mission of great social organizations by facilitating mutually beneficial virtual and in-person interactions between people and communities around the world.
We believe that by 2020, every trip itinerary will include at least one half-day activity with a cause.
It is completely free for organizations to design and offer experiences on Visit.org. We collect a booking fee from our users—never from our orgs. We are a social enterprise and certified B Corp building a long-term sustainable business.
All of the organizations on Visit.org are socially responsible and have a proven record of impact in their community. They must meet the following criteria:
Operate with the involvement, consent, and engagement of the local community and ensure benefits to local community members.
Reinvest proceeds back into the community through projects or a shared profit model.
Maintain a respectful approach towards local cultural traditions and social structures.
Abstain from burdening local populations or expecting them to perform or publicize traditions or ceremonies.
Include meaningful and respectful interaction with members of the community if and when appropriate.
Prevent interaction with particularly vulnerable populations, including children.
Tours and activities are developed with environmental sustainability in mind.
Visitor safety is the top priority and complies with Visit.org's Safety & Security Rules.
This vetting criteria has been adapted from: Tourism Concern UK
Co-Founder and CEO
Michal has been working in technology and social development for over 15 years. In 2015 she founded Visit.org, the world's leading platform for social impact travel experiences, combining her love for technology with her dedication to social development.
As one of the first female pilot cadets in the Israeli Air Force and a Computer Science Engineer, Michal worked as Systems Architect at Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN) and at Risk Modules, both part of the thriving Israeli high-tech industry. Her passion for social development began as the Director of Refugee Affairs at the City Government in Tel Aviv, where she led social service delivery and programming to serve 20,000 refugees from Darfur, South Sudan, and Eritrea. After moving to New York, she consulted at various leading nonprofit organizations, including New York Cares, Solar One, UNESCO, and Women’s World Banking.
Michal holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Tel Aviv University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion). She speaks English, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Born and raised in Israel, Gal moved to the US when he was 15. For as long as he can remember, he has been traveling the world and exploring new cultures, whether with his family or on his own. While living in Ghana, he saw firsthand the impact of nonprofit organizations in different communities, and he is excited to apply his entrepreneurial background to help them generate sustainable income and do more good through Visit.org. Prior to joining Visit.org, Gal served in the Israeli army and was Head of Operations at Gett. He also volunteers at Bereisheet, a not-for-profit afterschool program for young children promoting Jewish and Israeli culture.
Head of Business Development
Dana's professional experience combines strategy, business development and social impact. She was the Executive Manager of "Tzemach," an NGO promoting social involvement among high school students. She is also a lawyer and has worked for tech companies and big finance corporations in various business roles. Dana holds a B.A. in business and an LLB and LLM in business law from the Interdisciplinary Center. She participated in the exchange program at IUC with the University of Torino in Italy and took masters courses at Dusseldorf University in Germany. Dana thinks of herself as a professional traveler and believes in cultural exploration, having visited many places around the world. Dana was born and raised in Israel and served in the Israel Defense Force as a training course officer. She is a member of the Global Shapers of World Economic Forum and a volunteer at the "[email protected]" Holocaust Memorial Project and at TOM, a global movement of communities connecting and creating affordable solutions to everyday challenges facing people with disabilities.
Head of Org Recruitment
Originally from Spain, Esther lived in Rome for a year before moving to Mexico, where she spent 4 years working as an environmental editor for one of the country's top newspapers, Reforma. Later, she moved to the most ecologically diverse Natural Protected Area in Mexico and served as the head of communications for an environmental NGO (Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda). Esther returned to her hometown of Madrid in 2016 and began working as the Spanish content editor for Visit.org, finding a way to combine her two passions for travel and the nonprofit sector. Today, she lives in Italy and is in charge of org recruitment. Esther is a member of the Spanish Association for Environmental Education and continues to write for Reforma and The Huffington Post. She holds bachelor's degrees in law and journalism and a master’s in international relations. She speaks Spanish, English, Italian, and a little bit of French.
Head of Org Engagement
Emilie is currently in Peru writing her Master's thesis on the socioeconomic disequilibrium in relations between visitors and hosts in developing countries. In addition to her academic studies and work experience, she has explored over 40 countries. Emilie was a student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and at the International Islamic University Malaysia. She fell in love with Peru when she worked with local community and companies in Comas to create a green area near a formerly polluted main river. In India she conducted a research project on solidarity tourism in Andrah Pradesh and interned at a local nonprofit focusing on community-based development and capacity building.
Emilie holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and Modern Languages from Laval University and is currently pursuing her Master of Tourism Development at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Emilie speaks French, Spanish, and English.
Head of Content
Kelly is originally from New York and studied French and American history at Wesleyan University. After studying abroad in Paris, she quickly caught the travel bug! She moved back to France after graduating to teach English in the Midi-Pyrénées. While there, she made the most of the opportunity to travel throughout France and Europe, inspiring her passion for cultural exchange and exploration. Kelly hopes to build a career that merges her travel obsession with her love of writing. She lives in Manhattan and speaks English and French.
Having grown up in Greece, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, Pauline has always been traveling. She graduated with honors from the writing program at Montclair State University. Now based in her native Philippines, she has been serving indigent local communities through nonprofit work since 2010--both as a volunteer and a full-time employee. With her experience in cross-cultural relationships, along with her skills as a writer, Pauline hopes to play a part in creating evocative, engaging, global solutions towards alleviating poverty and rehabilitating the environment.
Head of Customer Relations
Cristina is a computer engineering graduate from Manila, Philippines. She worked as a Telecom Assistant before shifting her career to customer service in a BPO industry, where she developed her communication and leadership skills. Adding to these her analytical skills, she was then promoted to a Real Time Analyst. Between being a busy mom and a career woman, Cristina is an active and eager participant in various outreach programs in her community and church. A city girl all her life, this proud mother of three loves to visit her hometown province in Batangas for nature tripping and family bonding. She has traveled in Singapore and Cebu, Philippines with her cousins and friends. Her dream is to travel more with her family.
Zhazha studied professional photography at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines. Since 2014, she has been volunteering with nonprofits, foundations, and exporters with an aim to develop and promote the country's indigenous products for export to various parts of the world. She also organizes fundraising sports events to benefit the less privileged. Zhazha manages her own independent event photography business inspired by her first love: travel photography. She has traveled around Europe and Asia and fallen in love with India's Bollywood and Japan's sushi and multifaceted culture. Zhazha aims to capture the beauty of the world through the lens of her camera.
Pamela is from the Philippines and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and an advertising major from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She started her career as an account executive for billboard advertising and later on found herself working for one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the Philippines. Pamela also spend ten years as a customer service representative and process developer. She plans to open up a small business in the near future.
CO-FOUNDER & STRATEGIC ADVISOR
Violaine has a passion for traveling. While pursuing her bachelor's degree, she spent a year in the Philippines, where she tried to visit as many of its 7,000 islands as she could. She also traveled in South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Hong-Kong, India, Nepal). After the 2010 earthquake, she volunteered for an NGO in Haiti. Convinced that the practice of sustainable tourism is mutually beneficial for both visitors and local communities, she returned to the Philippines to study the effectiveness of community-based tourism. She enhanced this experience working for a sustainable tourism cooperative in Québec, Canada. She consulted for the World Bank in the field of impact evaluation and for UNICEF as a Community Manager.
Violaine holds a Master's Degree in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris, and a Bachelor in Sciences from Paris VI. She speaks English and French.
Tal is a serial entrepreneur and experienced business executive with a track record of growing and scaling quickly through retail channels. Tal Co-founded and leads Sales for Sunbit, a fundamentally new way to pay that eliminates financial waste and enables retailers to earn more while customers pay less. Prior to Sunbit, Tal was Co-founder and SVP Sales of Eyeview, where he secured key accounts like Macy’s, Lowe’s, Mazda, Land Rover, Hyundai, Walgreens, DSW, Wal-Mart, Forever 21 and Ace Hardware. As the original member of the sales team, Tal opened 5 offices in the U.S and rapidly grew the sales operation from ground zero to a team of 25 Sales Executives and Account Strategists. In 2015, Eyeview was named the 9th fastest growing company in North America.
Prior to Eyeview, Tal held positions in strategic sales and product management at Google and Hewlett-Packard. In 2008, Tal won Harvard Business School’s best start-up competition for Eyeview and launched the company. Tal is a sought-after speaker at key industry events and was featured as a business leader in the book ‘Startup Nation’. He penned a Harvard case study on organizational team dynamics – drawing on his experiences as squad commander of an IDF Special Forces unit and as head of a large non-profit youth organization.
Tal holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Bruce has spent the past 30 years as an entrepreneur and travel industry strategist. A pioneer in online travel marketing, he built his first website in 1994 for Moguls Mountain Travel, where he was founder and CEO. After a successful exit, Bruce joined Phocuswright as Head of Sales and Marketing. There, he worked with major brands in the travel industry, was instrumental in developing the Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit, and created the Young Leaders Summit. Bruce was an integral member of the senior executive team that built Phocuswright and positioned the company to be sold to Northstar Travel Media in 2011. He has been an active mentor at TechStars over the last five years and now serves as a mentor at 33entrepreneurs, a start-up accelerator based in Bordeaux, France that focuses on tech applications in the travel, food, and wine industries. Bruce graduated from the University of Connecticut with honors in Marketing and a minor in Skiing.
Dor is currently a software engineer at Google. Over the past decade, he has led several software projects at HP and Citi Bank Innovation Labs. He has also overseen many international project teams based in India, China, Ukraine, and Israel. Dor is an expert in AngularJS, HTML5, CSS3, Object-Oriented Design, ASP.NET, and Agile Methodology, and is always eager to learn new technologies. Dor holds a MSc in computer science from Tel Aviv University and a BSc in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
SENIOR TRANSITION ADVISOR, USAID / OFFICE OF TRANSITION INITIATIVES.
Beth is a Senior Transition Advisor with the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI). She provides strategic guidance and operational support to USAID/OTI programs worldwide, which aim to help local partners advance peace and democracy in countries in transition. Beth was previously the Director of Programs at Reboot, where she led a World Bank funded SMS based social accountability project in Nigeria and a communications design collaboration with a New York City based anti-trafficking organization. While based in Afghanistan and Indonesia with the International Organization for Migration, Beth designed and led initiatives that provided thousands of trafficked persons and migrant workers with entrepreneurial, medical, and education support. Beth is also an advisor with Visit.org, a social impact startup, and consults with Namati, an organization that implements innovative legal empowerment interventions.
Beth is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a graduate degree in International Administration and Human Rights from the University of Denver's Korbel School.
STRATEGIC ADVANCEMENT ADVISOR
Aditi is a strategic advancement consultant to nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sector organizations. Over the last decade, she has worked on projects with nonprofit organizations in the areas of program management, resource development, program design and implementation, board development, and strategic communications. Aditi received a Master's of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Aditi used to work in the corporate sector managing sales operations for luxury hotel brands. Presently, she serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Asian Women Giving Circle and Board of Directors at Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.