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Journey Agent Launches Charity Supporting Mexican Communities

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Suffice it to say that agent Lori Swinderman has not let the pandemic stand in her manner with regards to entrepreneurial pursuits.

Swinderman, Proprietor of Upon A Star Journey & Concierge, launched Mexico FamTrips late final yr, and from there created Te Amo, a charity/basis offering donations – meals, clothes, child objects, private hygiene objects and cash – to Mayan villages.


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“The aim of the donations is to achieve out to this group that has been forgotten or uncared for,” she mentioned, including that Te Amo stands for Journey Brokers In Appreciation of Mexican Origins, she mentioned.

“Te Amo is a mirrored image of the efforts of journey professionals and their beneficiant hearts [to give back] to native communities surrounding the vacationer areas all throughout Mexico. It’s our manner of giving again to the folks that want it essentially the most and who’re the origins of Mexico, the indigenous communities.”

Up to now, Te Amo has acquired properly over $6,000 in money donations alone since its launch. “We now have had brokers from our fams who do fundraisers on their very own and one has donated over $1500,” Swinderman mentioned.

Up to now, the donations have been from journey professionals. “Brokers can both make a deposit through PayPal on our web site or convey a bit of bags with bodily donations at any time when they attend any of our Mexico FamTrips,” she mentioned.

Te Amo is properly into the method of distributing donations. “Since Mexico FamTrips was launched a few months in the past, we’ve made donations on the Mayan villages south of Tulum and in addition by the villages near the Mayan ruins of Coba,” she mentioned.

A Te Amo volunteer providing donations
A Te Amo volunteer offering donations. (photograph through Lori Swinderman)

Villager’s response to donations has been extraordinarily gratifying. “It’s overwhelming. They encompass the vehicles by the handfuls, and they’re all the time so glad and grateful,” Swinderman mentioned. “Lots of the kids don’t have footwear or clothes. In some instances, these villagers don’t even converse Spanish, as they solely converse Mayan dialect. We now have encountered communities that ask us if we’re from a governmental social gathering or from a TV station – they’ll’t consider that we’re only a group of individuals wanting to assist.”

Mexico FamTrips, in the meantime, is proving to be an amazing success, with many fams already offered out. “It’s an amazing initiative not just for journey brokers, but in addition for the vacation spot and for the hoteliers,” Swinderman mentioned. “It offers the brokers that don’t essentially concentrate on Mexico [the chance to] turn out to be specialists by attending to see, expertise and study a number of particular resort companions and the vacation spot, permitting resorts and brokers to accomplice to develop their mutual enterprise collectively.”

In the long run, Swinderman attributes its success to “creating that liaison between brokers and resorts.”

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