Passports With Purpose 2014: Support an Amazing Charity and Win Cool Prizes
Squash Malnutrition in Rural Honduras, Promote Environmentally Friendly Farming … and Win a Travel and Humor Writing Fiesta for You and Five Friends!
By Dave Fox
The world’s coolest travelers’ charity is back!
Passports With Purpose is an annual, online event in which you can scoop up some fantastic prizes, including a massive package of travel and humor writing courses for you and five friends to do together.
(If you’re already familiar with the great work Passports With Purpose is doing, and are here to learn about the prize I’m donating, you can scroll down to the next section of this page.)
Every year, Passports with Purpose supports a project in a part of the world that is struggling with its infrastructure. In past years, they’ve built schools in Cambodia and libraries in Zambia, helped foster adult literacy in Mali, and even created an entire freaking village in India!
This year, they’re partnering with Sustainable Harvest International, an organization that helps combat malnutrition and promote environmentally friendly farming in Central America. They help families meet their basic nutritional needs by teaching them how to plant organic gardens, and build fish ponds and chicken coops. They also teach families how to farm in ways that put an end to slash-and-burn agriculture, a practice that is having devastating effects on rainforests.
“Participant families have saved 85,000 acres of tropical forest from slash-and-burn destruction by converting 17,000 acres to sustainable farms,” the Passports With Purpose website says.
The way it works is simple: For every ten US dollars you donate, you get to choose a prize whose drawing you’d like to be entered in. (Full rules)
The prize I’m donating (full details below) is one of many ultra-cool travel prizes you could win.
Go to the Passports With Purpose Prize Catalog between December 1 and 17, 2014 and check out the nifty list of stuff you can win.
If you purchase any of my online writing workshops during the Passports With Purpose event, and then win the writing package, I will refund the purchase price of your course!
My 2014 Donation: Win a Travel and Humor Writing Fiesta — a Series of Online Workshops for You and Five Friends!
To support this most excellent event, I’m donating a BIG package of online writing workshops. You’ll get six (yeah, six!) enrollments in each of my three online writing courses on Udemy.com — 18 courses in all!
Online writing courses are great, but they’re more fun (and more productive) if you do them together with friends. Furthermore, if you’ve got friends who are active or aspiring writers, these super-fun courses will make unique and exciting holiday gifts!
You do not have to choose the same five friends for all three courses. You can mix and match — give a travel writing workshop to someone who loves to wander, and a humor course to someone who could use a few laughs (heh … or needs to improve their sense of humor!) The humor writing course is also great for public speakers.
Here are the three courses you’ll get:
Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals – This course is based on my book by the same title. Tried to journal about your travels but your writing feels bland? Have trouble getting anything written at all in the middle of an exciting trip? Discover how to fix those problems and write travel diaries that sizzle!
Globejotting 2.0: Travel Writing and Publishing – Ready for the next step? Want to break into freelance travel writing and publish stories of your adventures — or just write scintillating travel blog posts? This course teaches you how. You’ll learn easy ways to fix the most common mistake rookie travel freelancers make, and how to write stories readers (and editors) love!
Professional Humor Tricks for Writers, Speakers, and Other Misfits – Learn how to think, write, speak, and be funnier. No matter what genres you write in, this course help you crank up the humor volume. This workshop is also great for anyone who does public speaking — whether it’s professional presentations, oral storytelling, or stand-up comedy. You’ll discover how to make people laugh so hard, milk will come out of their noses … even when they’re not drinking milk!
Each course includes:
- A series of video lessons you can watch on your computer or the Udemy phone app. Lessons are broken into easy-to-digest, coffee-break-length morsels of three to fifteen minutes — designed especially for busy people!
- A series of writing exercises for hands-on practice.
- Access to an online classroom where you can ask me questions, make new friends with writing students around the world, and share your stories for peer feedback.
- Bonus materials including supplementary articles, helpful web links, and more.
If you win, you’ll have until the end of 2015 to enroll. Once you sign up, you will have lifetime access to your courses. You can do the lessons at your own pace and review them as often as you like.
For more details about what’s included with each specific workshop, you can follow the above links. (These links will also insert special discount coupons for everyone who supports Passports With Purpose. Again, if you purchase a course and then win the PWP prize, I’ll give you a full refund on your course enrollment fee!)
And remember, this is just one of the enthralling travel prizes you can win! So click on over to the Passports With Purpose Prize Catalog, pick out the cool stuff you’d like, make a small donation, and help make life better for rural Honduras and our planet.
About the Weirdo Who Will Be Your Writing Coach if You Win
Dave Fox is the author of the bestselling books, Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals and Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad.
He has won the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop Book Proposal Contest, been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, and appeared on the History Channel for his controversial assertion that Norwegian-Americans do not have to eat lutefisk.
For 16 years, Dave guided tours in Europe for Rick Steves. Currently based in Singapore, he works as a writing coach, writes for a variety of publications about Southeast Asian travel, and is working on a new book about life in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, where he plans to relocate in July 15.