How do you envision our world in 50 years? Giving back in the community reflects our commitment to the idea we can all make a difference. To that end, VACAYA has two ways we hope to make an impact both locally and globally…

ReachOUT

Our mission is to ensure we’re giving back more to the communities we visit than what’s being taken away. Partnering with local organizations, we offer our guests an opportunity during their vacation to give back to the communities we visit – either with a bit of sweat equity or financially. Making the world a better place is easy. All you have to do is have the time of your life. Our offerings include:

Project Backpack
One of the most devastating consequences of living in poverty is the impact it has on a child’s education. To an underprivileged student in places like Cuba, Roatán, Barbuda, or Mexico, being able to start the school year with brand new school supplies is critical to their ability to learn and grow. Project Backpack gives VACAYA guests the opportunity to collect and deliver these supplies to schools in the ports we visit.

Promoting Understanding through Voluntourism
LGBT travel has proven to be one of the primary drivers in the gaining of acceptance of our community globally. VACAYA will strengthen those relationships through our Voluntourism Shore Excursions. With social-impact as the goal, guests will engage local communities by bringing joy to youth living in poverty-ridden orphanages, helping a hurricane-ravaged facility rebuild, or making inexpensive but effective water filters and delivering them to needy families. VACAYA, in partnership with our cruise line and resort hosts, will spearhead these philanthropic efforts to leave a lasting impression on our hosts.

Cabins for Causes

As an independently-owned business, we have the freedom to support causes that impact our world in a positive way. Giving back is important to us and we want to share that passion by empowering VACAYA guests to help decide which causes we support. Through your support of VACAYA, our Cabins for Causes program will donate cruise rooms to worthy causes of your choosing. From time to time, we will hold nominations and elections that involve our guests to guide our charitable giving. We hope to help in the following ways:

  • Solving Critical Issues at Home
    We aim to support organizations that tackle the tough issues facing LGBTs in America. Examples include overcoming the effects of youth coming out to unsupportive families, providing critical HIV/AIDS medical care to all in need, and ensuring discrimination-free and affordable housing for our growing LGBT elders.
  • Ensuring Equality Continues to Grow
    Thanks to the hard work of generations of LGBT advocates and activists who fought to make it possible, our country has made equality strides that some of us didn’t imagine possible in our lifetime. We aspire to support organizations that fight for full federal equality for LGBT Americans, honor the military service of LGBT people, and educate the uninformed on the challenges faced by our community.
  • Empowering Human Rights Around the World
    We intend to support organizations in countries like Russia, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar with homophobic governments and anti-homosexual laws that limit LGBT community members’ ability to realize their full potential. We will offer resources and a message of hope with a vision for life that is free, open, and in the majority.

To Be Considered
VACAYA is currently accepting Cabins for Causes applications for 2019 consideration. The deadline for submission is October 31, 2018. Through online voting, VACAYA cruisers and our community (including your supporters) will help us choose the organizations selected to receive these charitable gifts. The first cabins awarded will be on our Ptown Carnival Cruise on Celebrity Summit August 11-18, 2019. For ultimate success with your organization’s live/silent auction or raffle, we recommend your event be scheduled between January and May 2019 to take advantage of our initial awards.

For consideration, please send the following information to marketing@myvacaya.com:

  • Organization Name
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Contact’s Name, Email, & Phone Number
  • Event Name & Date
  • Number of Attendees
  • Other Details (feel free to attach a short presentation)