Spin the Globe Project is creating "The Giving Journey"- A Documentary Exploring Eco & Voluntourism
9

patrons

$149
per month
WHAT IS “THE GIVING JOURNEY”?

Click Here to Watch The Giving Journey Trailer

The Giving Journey is a travel documentary that is exploring ecotourism and responsible voluntourism as a means of making travel more meaningful and affordable.

The Basics:
  • 3 countries (Belize, Guatemala, and Costa Rica)
  • 2 and a half months (May- July 2018)
  • Using WWOOF and Workaway to find responsible volunteer opportunities
  • Staying in ecolodges that practice sustainability principles
  • Taking tours that promote and encompass conservation and social responsibility
  • 10% of profits from the completed documentary will go to grassroots non-profit organizations

We filmed everything on our 70-day backpacking trip around Central America as we explored the possibilities of responsible voluntourism and ecotourism first hand, and collected interviews and perspectives from various people we met along the way.

Voluntourism
We volunteered our time and skills in various projects, from organic farming and permaculture, construction and maintenance, and multimedia/marketing services in exchange for accomodation and meals with local hosts. We used WWOOF and Workaway to find responsible volunteer projects suited to our skills. Both organizations are international networks that connect volunteers with opportunities to contribute to the places they travel, while offering the benefits of homestays and cultural exchanges.

**We believe that giving is a two-way street and can be a symbiotic intercultural exchange when done responsibly and respectfully.**

Ecotourism
We did our best to use ecotourism as a way to "give back" by taking less from the environments and communities we traveled to. We did this through staying in eco-lodges, taking tours that encompass sustainability principles, and promoting marine conversation.


WHO ARE WE?



Anna is a nomadic storyteller, who has traveled to 50+ countries, backpacked around 6 continents and lived on 5. Along the way, she collected degrees in Sustainability, Global Health, and International Development and tried on job titles like English Teacher, Executive Assistant, and Project Support Officer. No matter what job title she assumes, she aims to contribute something meaningful to the world.

Skyler is an entrepreneur and an avid nature and adventure junkie. He is most in his element when living life on the edge, whether it be climbing the face of a mountain or biking down the side of one. He graduated with his degree in Communication from Arizona State University and is eager to put his interpersonal communication skills to use while exploring the possibilities of genuine human connections while traveling. 


WHAT IS PATREON?

Patreon is a crowd-funding platform that allows YOU (patrons) to support CREATORS you believe in! You can pledge as little or as much as you can afford (starting at $1/month).


WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US ON PATREON

All of our patrons will have access to the documentary when it's finished!

We want this documentary to be inspiring, informative, entertaining, and unique. So, we are turning to our Patreon supporters to help the project evolve... Meaning: If you have ideas, questions, special interests, valuable insights or relevant skills- we would love to incorporate them!

4 Reasons to Become a Patron:
  • You will have access to "The Giving Journey" (when it is complete)
  • We will incorporate your feedback and ideas into the documentary
  • We will be releasing updates, behind the scenes progress and videos only on Patreon
  • We are offering various other rewards based on how much you pledge per month


WHAT WE WILL DO WITH YOUR MONEY

  1. We will use your money to help fund the production of “The Giving Journey”
  2. We will donate 10% of our profits from the finished documentary to non-profit organizations with sustainable projects in the communities we visit

Even though we are saving money in every possible way we can, we still need your help with production costs. Airfare, accommodation and meals were already covered. However, these are things we still have to fund:
  • Camera Equipment- We already had the majority of the camera equipment we needed, but after doing research, we realized we needed to upgrade and purchase a few things (e.g. mic for better audio quality, camera with 4K video capability, compact travel tripod, extra batteries and memory cards, etc.)
  • Post-production- so far we aren’t budgeting for huge post-production expenses, however, we may end up needing a paid translator to help with editing interviews with locals in Central America


The Giving Journey Premiere: March 2019

If you're still reading this and you're on board, YOU ARE AMAZING!

Please feel free to choose whichever pledge amount you can afford -starting at only $1/month! 

We look forward to connecting with you on this journey!

Love,
Anna & Skyler
Tiers
Join the Journey
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Support "The Giving Journey" by joining us on Patreon!


We reward our $1 contributors with:

  • Access to the documentary
Postcard Love
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
We are optimistic that our documentary will be worth your time and contribution. In the meantime, we want to send a postcard to show our gratitude from the road!


Rewards: 


  • One postcard from our trip
  • We will follow you on 2 social media platforms of your choosing (Don't forget to send us a message with your usernames and social media details when you sign up if you would like us to follow you)


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Let's be Pen Pals!
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Let's become pen pals throughout the journey!


Rewards: 

  • We will send you postcards throughout the journey (One per country)
  • We will give you our post office box address in case you want to send us letters back :)


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Join the Journey (LIVE)!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Join our live streams to get to know us a little better!


Rewards:


  • Access to a private live stream with us (once per month)


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Contribute and Chat
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
Contribute to "The Giving Journey" and let's chat privately!


Rewards:


  • A Private Q+A Phone Call or Skype Call -where you can ask us/tell us anything (e.g. questions about van life or international travel, we can discuss your dreams and aspirations, or even debate politics)
  • A shout out on one of our YouTube videos at Youtube.com/AnnaFrench
  • A contributor mention in the credits of the documentary


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Future Friends & Advisors
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Get involved through access to behind the scenes information, decisions, and help choose the topics explored in the documentary. 


Rewards:


  • Once per month check-in call (during and post production from May to December) to discuss the progress and direction of "The Giving Journey"
  • Unlimited email communications with us throughout the journey (Wifi permitting)


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Angel Investors
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Become an angel investor and partner!


Rewards:


  • A meet up in person to solidify our partnership (we will come to you if you are anywhere in the United States)
  • A partnership mention in the documentary
  • A partnership mention on Anna's website www.spintheglobeproject.com and other social media platforms 
  • Our eternal gratitude


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Goals
$149 of $500 per month
Once we raise $500/month or $2,000 total (to cover the cost of production), all remaining proceeds will go directly to grassroots projects in Central America.

Our charitable contribution will be in the form of well-researched donations to grassroots and sustainable non-profit organizations in Central America, which we will disclose to our Patreons and allow them to vote on.
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WHAT IS “THE GIVING JOURNEY”?

Click Here to Watch The Giving Journey Trailer

The Giving Journey is a travel documentary that is exploring ecotourism and responsible voluntourism as a means of making travel more meaningful and affordable.

The Basics:
  • 3 countries (Belize, Guatemala, and Costa Rica)
  • 2 and a half months (May- July 2018)
  • Using WWOOF and Workaway to find responsible volunteer opportunities
  • Staying in ecolodges that practice sustainability principles
  • Taking tours that promote and encompass conservation and social responsibility
  • 10% of profits from the completed documentary will go to grassroots non-profit organizations

We filmed everything on our 70-day backpacking trip around Central America as we explored the possibilities of responsible voluntourism and ecotourism first hand, and collected interviews and perspectives from various people we met along the way.

Voluntourism
We volunteered our time and skills in various projects, from organic farming and permaculture, construction and maintenance, and multimedia/marketing services in exchange for accomodation and meals with local hosts. We used WWOOF and Workaway to find responsible volunteer projects suited to our skills. Both organizations are international networks that connect volunteers with opportunities to contribute to the places they travel, while offering the benefits of homestays and cultural exchanges.

**We believe that giving is a two-way street and can be a symbiotic intercultural exchange when done responsibly and respectfully.**

Ecotourism
We did our best to use ecotourism as a way to "give back" by taking less from the environments and communities we traveled to. We did this through staying in eco-lodges, taking tours that encompass sustainability principles, and promoting marine conversation.


WHO ARE WE?



Anna is a nomadic storyteller, who has traveled to 50+ countries, backpacked around 6 continents and lived on 5. Along the way, she collected degrees in Sustainability, Global Health, and International Development and tried on job titles like English Teacher, Executive Assistant, and Project Support Officer. No matter what job title she assumes, she aims to contribute something meaningful to the world.

Skyler is an entrepreneur and an avid nature and adventure junkie. He is most in his element when living life on the edge, whether it be climbing the face of a mountain or biking down the side of one. He graduated with his degree in Communication from Arizona State University and is eager to put his interpersonal communication skills to use while exploring the possibilities of genuine human connections while traveling. 


WHAT IS PATREON?

Patreon is a crowd-funding platform that allows YOU (patrons) to support CREATORS you believe in! You can pledge as little or as much as you can afford (starting at $1/month).


WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US ON PATREON

All of our patrons will have access to the documentary when it's finished!

We want this documentary to be inspiring, informative, entertaining, and unique. So, we are turning to our Patreon supporters to help the project evolve... Meaning: If you have ideas, questions, special interests, valuable insights or relevant skills- we would love to incorporate them!

4 Reasons to Become a Patron:
  • You will have access to "The Giving Journey" (when it is complete)
  • We will incorporate your feedback and ideas into the documentary
  • We will be releasing updates, behind the scenes progress and videos only on Patreon
  • We are offering various other rewards based on how much you pledge per month


WHAT WE WILL DO WITH YOUR MONEY

  1. We will use your money to help fund the production of “The Giving Journey”
  2. We will donate 10% of our profits from the finished documentary to non-profit organizations with sustainable projects in the communities we visit

Even though we are saving money in every possible way we can, we still need your help with production costs. Airfare, accommodation and meals were already covered. However, these are things we still have to fund:
  • Camera Equipment- We already had the majority of the camera equipment we needed, but after doing research, we realized we needed to upgrade and purchase a few things (e.g. mic for better audio quality, camera with 4K video capability, compact travel tripod, extra batteries and memory cards, etc.)
  • Post-production- so far we aren’t budgeting for huge post-production expenses, however, we may end up needing a paid translator to help with editing interviews with locals in Central America


The Giving Journey Premiere: March 2019

If you're still reading this and you're on board, YOU ARE AMAZING!

Please feel free to choose whichever pledge amount you can afford -starting at only $1/month! 

We look forward to connecting with you on this journey!

Love,
Anna & Skyler

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Tiers
Join the Journey
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Support "The Giving Journey" by joining us on Patreon!


We reward our $1 contributors with:

  • Access to the documentary
Postcard Love
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
We are optimistic that our documentary will be worth your time and contribution. In the meantime, we want to send a postcard to show our gratitude from the road!


Rewards: 


  • One postcard from our trip
  • We will follow you on 2 social media platforms of your choosing (Don't forget to send us a message with your usernames and social media details when you sign up if you would like us to follow you)


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Let's be Pen Pals!
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Let's become pen pals throughout the journey!


Rewards: 

  • We will send you postcards throughout the journey (One per country)
  • We will give you our post office box address in case you want to send us letters back :)


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Join the Journey (LIVE)!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Join our live streams to get to know us a little better!


Rewards:


  • Access to a private live stream with us (once per month)


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Contribute and Chat
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
Contribute to "The Giving Journey" and let's chat privately!


Rewards:


  • A Private Q+A Phone Call or Skype Call -where you can ask us/tell us anything (e.g. questions about van life or international travel, we can discuss your dreams and aspirations, or even debate politics)
  • A shout out on one of our YouTube videos at Youtube.com/AnnaFrench
  • A contributor mention in the credits of the documentary


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Future Friends & Advisors
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Get involved through access to behind the scenes information, decisions, and help choose the topics explored in the documentary. 


Rewards:


  • Once per month check-in call (during and post production from May to December) to discuss the progress and direction of "The Giving Journey"
  • Unlimited email communications with us throughout the journey (Wifi permitting)


*includes all rewards from previous tiers

Angel Investors
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Become an angel investor and partner!


Rewards:


  • A meet up in person to solidify our partnership (we will come to you if you are anywhere in the United States)
  • A partnership mention in the documentary
  • A partnership mention on Anna's website www.spintheglobeproject.com and other social media platforms 
  • Our eternal gratitude


*includes all rewards from previous tiers