Have Fun Do Good is a social good travel company. We provide group travel excursions for 21-35 year olds. We partner with non-profits all over the United States to provide our participants with a unique travel opportunity incorporating volunteer work. Our trips are a perfect blend of fun and giving back. Our goal is to force our participants to step out of their comfort zones, explore, travel and give back at the same time.
We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities in order to expose our participants to a variety of causes and non-profit organizations. Our work ranges from disaster relief efforts to animal welfare. We have worked with dozens of non-profits to date including Rebuilding Together, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House, National Park Services and PubliColor.
Our service projects are just as varied and have included planting trees in Zion National Park, repainting a school in the Bronx, working with special needs young adults and beautifying Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. We are continually growing our partnerships with organizations across the country and helping to spread their missions through our trips. It’s a rewarding and mutually-beneficially system.
To celebrate the National Parks Service centennial, Have Fun Do Good organized a National Park Tour. Fifteen participants road-tripped from Tucson, Arizona to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Lake Powell. The team spent the first night at Mather Campground and enjoyed epic sunset views from Mather Point.
It was the first time seeing the Grand Canyon for many of our participants, which made the night really special. An unforeseen boulder happened to block the Zion National Park north entrance on Friday, August 12th, which delayed the drive from the Grand Canyon. We made it safely to our volunteer project at the Zion Nursery located next to Watchman Campground. Our group spent the afternoon working with Krystan from the National Parks Service. We repotted Quercus Turbinella (better known as live shrub live oak) and took inventory of plants at the nursery.
[quote_box name=””]“It’s really important to have volunteers at Zion for the outreach component. A lot of people don’t know what goes on in the depths of the park or forest. You get a background, inside scoop when you volunteer at the park. It’s awesome to have volunteers. What you guys did today would’ve taken me a week to do. Your group provides a way to broaden your horizons, forces you to be uncomfortable and provides meaning,”[/quote_box]
– Kyrstan Hubbel
Day 3 took us to Zion National Park. We hiked down to Lower Pine Creek and enjoyed the waterfall and some cliff jumping. After an awesome day, the team drove east to Lake Powell to check into an AirBnb houseboat located at Wahweap Marina. Day 4 brought even more adventure. We took a short hike down the sandstone bluffs to “The Chains,” a beautiful swimming area with amazing views.
It was a great way to cool down on a 110 degree day. The team then ventured to “Lower Antelope Canyon,” to take in the majestic views. It was nothing short of breathtaking. After a jam packed day, we spent our last evening enjoying each other’s company, swimming and sliding down the houseboat slide. As an added bonus, nature provided us with a meteor shower at night.
The National Park Tour was an epic trip providing our team with amazing views, a lot of laughs and friendships that will last a lifetime. Participant Melina Islas summed it up best: “It’s crazy to think that we all see the same sun setting, but it looks completely unique from different perspectives. That’s why we travel! We gain new perspectives on the world, on the things that others may find ordinary, and on ourselves. I gained a new perspective on life this past weekend. Moments like these are called LIVING.”
A video mini-series documenting the trip will be published to YouTube in coming weeks.
To learn more about Have Fun Do Good and see upcoming trips, check us out at www.havefundogood.co
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Adam Kunes incorporates his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for service into everything he does. Adam participated in Semester at Sea, a 100-day undergraduate cruise around the world. This experience opened Adam’s eyes to the world and shaped his views on what it means to truly give to others. His participation in many service-oriented trips both during Semester at Sea and at home inspired the concept for HFDG. Adam hopes his efforts will allow others to realize the opportunities to volunteer are endless and that service can be fun.