When many people think of social impact jobs, they think of nonprofits.
Traditionally, they are where aspiring world-changers have gone. Now, they aren’t the only option.
Whether you knew it or not, there’s a new kid in town, and its name is B.
B Corps Certification is issued to companies through an organization called B Lab, a nonprofit organization based in the United States.
What fair trade or organic labels are to products, B Corps Certification is to companies. The B Corps distinction indicates that a company is committed to positive impact in the areas of governance, workers, community, and environment.
Something weird happens in your twenties.
In a flash of thrown graduation hats, moving trucks, and mismatched pots and pans, you realize something profound: you have no idea what you’re doing.
If you’re among the group who has secured a well-paying, full-time gig in a field you adore, have a loving, faithful, eternally attractive partner you plan to spend your life with, and feel fulfilled, happy, and motivated all at once…
You’re probably fictional.
Or maybe you resemble some version of Linus from Charlie Brown, only with the cacophony of dust and dirt replaced by a fog of student loan bills and rejection letters fluttering through the cheap wine-soaked hyperventilating breaths you’re taking. Alone.
More than likely, you’re somewhere in the middle, which means that you’re in the process of figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen… and that can be confusing as hell. Times like these make us want a magical road map with answers, but as of this writing, no such guide has been uncovered.
Luckily, there are some tools out there to help make this process a little easier.
Ask any plan-oriented traveler about their to-do’s for an upcoming trip, and you’re likely to hear them rattle off a list like this:
But how often do you hear about booking tours and excursions with socially conscious businesses? You might get an earful about a really cheap bar crawl or those infamous red double decker buses, but it’s rare to that social impact travel makes it to the top of the list.
However, 3 certified B Corps tour companies are aiming to change this status quo by offering travelers experiences with social impact and cultual authenticity. Each one has a distinct take on how travelers can use tour companies to ultimately make a positive impact to the given destination or a deeper and more meaningful connection to the local community.
Which one will you book on your next travel adventure?
Often billed as the ultimate volunteer experience, the Peace Corps is well-known to most people from the States. Created in 1961, the Peace Corps boasts over 220,000 alums and 140 countries served to date.
But what is serving with the Peace Corps really like?
Liza Rudd, a Florida native-turned Peace Corps volunteer, shared some insights about her current Peace Corps experience.
Where are you serving?
Guyana, South America. (Not to be confused with Ghana in Africa!) It's a 27-month commitment, consisting of three months of training before two years of service.
I recently passed the year of service mark and have 10 months before my close of service. I am a Community Health Volunteer and was placed at Cheshire Home, a permanent care facility for people with disabilities.
Let's change the world.
Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.