“Every single day of my trip contained experiences
that will stay with me for a lifetime...”
Sam Aldridge, Australia
MAD Travel is made to Make A Difference – in the lives of each of our guests and the Filipino communities we partner with. We inspire people from all over the world to discover the very best of the Philippines: 7,107 islands rich in culture, natural beauty, and heartwarming communities!
In partnership with Gawad Kalinga, we create tailor-made travel experiences. Go island hopping, learn to surf, volunteer in an organic farm, or take a social enterprise study tour. Whatever you choose, join us as we support GK in its mission to help end poverty in the Philippines by 2024.
DESIGN YOUR MADVENTURE
In partnership with local tour operators, we create tailor made experiences for individuals, corporations, schools and universities.
As a social enterprise incubated at the GK Enchanted Farm, MAD Travel commits to giving 30% of its profit back to Gawad Kalinga.
Gawad Kalinga, "to give care," is a global movement that started in the Philippines that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. Since it was formally established in 2003, GK has expanded its work to over 2,000 organized communities throughout the country. Today it has emerged as a multi-faith, multicultural platform for nation building, peace-building work in conflict areas in Mindanao, and reconstruction work in post-disaster communities. The GK model has also been adopted in other developing nations like Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. As of today, it has changed over 1 million lives.
Poverty will not be eliminated through charity alone, but also by doing business in a fairer and more sustainable way. In just six years, the Enchanted Farm has been transformed from an empty wasteland into a thriving hub for local and international entrepreneurs who are building high-quality businesses which provide jobs and opportunities to the local community. Already, the Farm has incubated more than 20 social enterprises which have created products ranging from cheese to peanut butter, stuffed toys to tours. The Farm has also built its own university for the rising poor, SEED, the School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial development.
THE MAD EXPERIENCE
… It’s been a truly inspiring and eye opening trip. The Philippines is an incredible country with some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met. Despite their hardships they still have the biggest smiles on their faces and are grateful for everything they have. The children are the happiest I have ever met… I can’t wait to get myself back there to continue learning about an incredible country.
Becky Bentley, UK
…Blew all my expectations out the water and would have loved to stay another week or more. Each day I had a moment/memory that will stay with me for life. …The perseverance, friendliness, and hospitality of the Filipino people is unmatched. All of life’s great experiences are shared amongst people and MAD Travel is all about connecting and creating defining experiences through people.
Sam Aldridge, Australia