WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StudentUniverse, the leading resource for student travel discounts, today announced that it has partnered with Me to We to help Fuel Education. As an innovative social enterprise, Me to We provides people with better choices for a better world offering socially conscious and environmentally friendly products as well as life-changing volunteer experiences to developing communities around the world. As part of this initiative, StudentUniverse and Me to We will send three students on a life-changing volunteer trip to Rajasthan, India.
Winners will have a chance to roll up their sleeves for a hands-on experience to help build a school and immerse themselves in the local culture. A contest is currently underway (until April 8) to determine the young people that will be sent on the trip. Entrants must submit a 30-second video explaining what it would mean to them to “Fuel Education” in Rajasthan. Three lucky winners will be chosen by a panel of judges to travel to Udaipur, one of Rajasthan’s seven divisions.
“Udaipur’s literacy rates are 11% lower than India’s average. Even worse, there is a big discrepancy between male and female literacy in the region; while three quarters of Udaipur’s men are literate, less than half of the region’s women are. Compare this to 99% literacy among both men and women in the United States,” said Kathy Koch, Director, Youth Engagement, Me to We. “We believe that education is a basic human right and not a privilege. This life-changing volunteer experience to Udaipur will have a profound effect on the lives of the students who leave a lasting legacy there and help bring education to this region of India.”
Fuel Education is more than seeing places; it is about being an active participant in making the world a better place and meeting new people, experiencing new things and learning new languages along the way. It is about fueling change. Currently, 58 million primary school-age children worldwide are not in school (according to Unicef). Me to We Volunteer Trips work on projects that help to remove barriers to education in areas that need it most. StudentUniverse’s mission is to make global experiences possible and to empower youth to travel. Fuel Education is a perfect example of the power of global experiences.
“We believe that travel is an essential component of any modern education. We love to enable students to travel, especially when it involves giving back to communities around the world and enabling them to learn things they never could in a classroom,” said Jessica Sutherland, Director of Marketing, StudentUniverse. “We are proud to have partnered with Me to We on the Fuel Education initiative, and we look forward to reviewing the entries of students who are interested in helping to carry out the mission.”
StudentUniverse is a tech company that empowers students and youth to travel. Through negotiations with a network of global partners, StudentUniverse offers discounted rates on flights, hotels and tours via its website and mobile applications. Its Travel Services department manages bookings for groups of 10 or more.
Founded in 1999 with headquarters in Boston and offices in London, Toronto, New York and the Philippines, StudentUniverse believes that travel is essential to a modern education. For more information, please visit www.studentuniverse.com or follow @StudentU_Inc on Twitter.