Exploring the world with a purpose
Organization offers ‘workcations’

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

Oct. 3, 2017

WAUKESHA — In 2013, Delafield native and Kettle Moraine High School graduate Ann Davis was diagnosed with brain cancer. A teacher by trade, Davis described the news as a “soul-shaking” experience that led her to question her goals and her future.

After moving to Perú and working at a nonprofit, Davis began toying with the idea of creating an organization that not only allowed people to travel but also connected individuals in a way that was socially impactful. From the diagnosis, her experience at the nonprofit in Peru and her penchant for travel came a business model that would eventually be called “Venture with Impact,” (VWI) which started in 2016. After undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, Davis recovered and has now been in remission for five years.

“Without that experience I don’t know if I would have been brave enough to quit my job and take the lead with this,” said Davis.

Venture with Impact is an organization that arranges accommodation, workspace and volunteer experiences for professionals who live and travel in a country abroad, according to a press release. In a sense, the startup provides a 'workcation' or 'Voluntourism' opportunity for those who love to make a difference while exploring the world.

The mission of Venture with Impact is to expose professionals to new cultures, people and ideas so that they become knowledgeable and empathetic world citizens, and in effect, impact the world in a positive way, according to the website.

Davis said the company has connected nonprofit organizations with over 40 professionals that have various backgrounds, such as physical therapists, lawyers, Web developers and photographers.

“We’ve had all sorts of amazing stories from participants in terms of personal and professional growth,” said Davis.

VWI has several partners such as “Earth Perú,” which provides environmental education to Perú’s youth and Vive Perú, which is a nonprofit that focuses on public health. VWI has programs in Perú, Colombia, Portugal and Thailand.

For more information, visit https://www.venturewithimpact.org.

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