It's been a fantastic summer of travel, and now time to look forward…here's the news…..
Gift of Identity Grants
A new fund has been set up to provide grants for international adoptees visiting their birth country. The first grants (up to $5000 each) will be given out for summer 2014 travel. Deadline for application is September 15, 2013. Gift of Identity is a 501(C)(3) non profit organization, and the only organization to provide grants to international adoptees traveling to their birth country.
Early Bird Discounts
Register for summer 2014 Ties programs by August 30, 2013 to receive a $100 per person discount. Summer programs are open in Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Colombia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Korea, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam (and possibly Nepal).
Winter Program Availability
Ties programs to Vietnam, Cambodia and India are still taking registrations, but airline space is becoming very tight. If you are interested in travel to these countries, please prioritize making your plans to avoid last minute hassles.
Humanitarian Aid & Service Projects
World Ties is a 501(C)(3) non profit sister organization to The Ties Program. For nearly two decades, Ties families have provided humanitarian aid and done service projects around the world—helping people in their (or their child’s) country of birth. There is not a separate World Ties website. Rather, information is on each of our country pages on a tab marked “Project Kindness-World Ties.”
Thanks to Sarah Goth, Pinterester Extraordinare,
New! Journeys of Discovery focus on culture rather than adoption
You’ve asked. We’ve listened. While our traditional Ties programs (with an adoption focus) are exactly what some families are looking for, others have asked us to create non-adoption focused trips. Our first Journeys program will be over Thanksgiving 2013 to Guatemala, and is open to families who have adopted from all countries. More to come.
Autumn, Winter and Spring Speaking Events
Looking for a speaker for your upcoming event, or want to plan one for a group you participate in? We do a variety of workshops about birth country travel, but also on topics like "Teens and Tweens: What I Would Tell You If I Could Find The Words" and "From Lifebooks to Facebook--Traveling Thru MySpace." See our Resources page for workshop information.
That's the news!
AP x 4, Bereaved Parent x 1
Founder & Co-Director, The Ties Program--Adoptive Family Homeland Journeys
Founder & Co-Director, World Ties--Home of Project Kindness
Co-Director, Journeys of Discovery--Global Journeys WITHOUT an adoption focus
Proud Board Member--Gift of Identity Fund....finally, funding for international adoptees on homeland journeys