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
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.
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
more information, visit