Passports with Purpose 2009: Building a School in Cambodia

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Dec 03, 2009 / 0 comments

Passports with Purpose: Building a School in Cambodia

We're so happy here at Wandering Educators to support humanitarian efforts around the world. This will be the second year that we're participating in a raffle called Passports with Purpose - a raffle with incredible travel gifts, from travel bloggers all around the world. Started by Beth Whitman, Pam Mandel, Debbie Dubrow, and Michelle Duffy, this effort by travel bloggers to change the world is an incredible challenge.  Last year, Passports with Purpose aided Heifer International. This year? Even better...

Passports with Purpose will be building a school with American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for the youth and rural poor in Cambodia. By raising $13,000 we can build a school in rural Cambodia! Help us support this cause by participating in this year's Passports with Purpose.


How It Works

Travelbloggers everywhere are hosting giveaways in support of this fundraising effort. 

For each $10 donation that you make to AAfC, you will will be entered in the giveaway(s) of your choice. The fundraiser closes on December 21 and all proceeds go directly to AAfC.


What are we donating? TWO GREAT PRIZES!


$100 gift card to

We have an excellent B&B Editor on our site, Marti Mayne. She's always posting articles about great B&Bs around the country. Marti helped arrange a $100 gift card from has the most comprehensive database: Worldwide listings include bed and breakfasts, B&B homestays, country and urban inns, guest houses, lodges, cabins, historic hotels, small resorts, guest ranches, and farmhouse accommodations. B&B database searches allow you to find the ideal bed and breakfast inn, whether you are looking by location, amenities (from dataports to whirlpool tubs), detailed search (pet/family friendly, access for the disabled, business travel, etc), recipes, special packages, last-minute availability, or gift card acceptance. gift cards are welcomed at more than 4000 inns in the US and Canada.

This is a gift card and can be mailed anywhere in the world, but must be used at participating Inns in North America.

Thank you, Marti and for your very generous donation to Passports with Purpose!



$150 Gift Certificate to

We've long used to get discounts while we dine out. We have purchased 6 - $25 gift certificates for this prize, and will email the gift certificates to the winner. You can search for restaurants by location - has thousands of restaurants listed, all over the U.S. Restaurants will often specify a minimum price you must spend (i.e., $35) for each $25 gift certificate, and tipping is of course extra. There are some blackout dates per restaurant. serves as the community matchmaker, introducing great restaurants to great people. From appetizers to dessert, from wine to dinner, helps restaurant owners promote the new and unique aspects of their restaurants while providing diners with great value in a fun, new and cost effective way. Your favorite restaurant is in your neighborhood – maybe you just don't know it yet.

We have found many great new restaurants, as well as have used these gift certificates at our favorite restaurants. We love it!

We will be happy to email these anywhere in the world, but they must be used within the U.S., and by November 2010.




Head to PWP to:

* Learn more about American Assistance for Cambodia
* Read a personal account of participation in the program by the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.


Remember, each entry into a drawing is only a $10 donation and 100% of all donations go directly to AAfC, a 501 (c)(3) charity.  Head to PWO and select the prizes you'd like to win. Click on the link there to make your donation and enter the raffle(s) of your choice. Some prizes may have shipping restrictions, blackout dates, and more.

Key Dates

* PwP drawing begins: Nov 30
* PwP closes: Dec 21
* Prize winners announced: Jan 5

our collective goal is to earn $13,000 to build a school - and fill it with books!


Please head to Passports with Purpose and help us make a difference.


Sponsors include:

Virtuoso, the industry's leading leisure travel network.

Got Passport: Will Travel, We'll Serve
Living Small, Giving Large. We are a family of three, with a passion for travel, seeking out new experiences, meeting new people, and living simply.

Austin, Texas-based HomeAway, Inc. operates the world's leading and most-established vacation rental websites around the world, including, and

Named one of Travel+Leisure's Top Travel Websites of 2009, is the fastest way to find the perfect hotel. produces original travel content for the independent traveller heading to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Recommended by Rough Guides, Footprint, Lonely Planet and others.

TravellersPoint is a vibrant travel community dedicated to seriously passionate travellers.

UpTake is a travel search and discovery site - the first step for travelers to decide where to go, where to stay or what to do.