MISSION STATEMENT

Founded in August 2001, My Travel Bug, Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting the educational benefits of international travel. We believe international travel teaches tolerance, cross-cultural awareness and communication skills, wisdom which cannot be learned in a classroom. International travel is indispensable as the world’s economies merge and the internet brings us closer together.

PROGRAMS

www.MyTravelBug.org
My Travel Bug, Inc. publishes this website free and open to the public. This website has travelogues, photographs, a travel grant directory and travel links information. By collecting and publishing stories, pictures and audio of people’s travels as they occur, we educate and engage our readers in their quest to learn more about our planet, the cultures of its peoples and the creatures that inhabit it.

Travel Bug Fellowships
My Travel Bug, Inc. offers travel Fellowships for U.S. citizens financially unable to travel. These Fellowships provide stipends to top quality writers for trips overseas for 1, 2 or 3 months. All U.S. citizens over the age of 16, regardless of race, gender or religion, may apply for a Travel Bug Fellowship. Winning Fellows are required to write travelogues and take pictures of their trips. These stories, pictures and video are published on our website for the benefit of our readers. The number of Fellowships offered varies according to annual fundraising efforts. To donate, please click Paypal or Facebook.

Educational CD-ROMs and Books
In addition to the Fellowship Program, we intend to produce a multi-media CD Rom this year incorporating the best writings of the website. Depending on the yearly budget, CD’s will also be distributed to public schools and libraries for educational purposes.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Amanda O'Neil founded My Travel Bug, Inc. in August 2001. The Board of Directors appointed her as Executive Director soon thereafter. My Travel Bug, Inc. was started in reponse to Ms. O'Neil's experience in college and beyond as she saw many colleagues unable to study abroad due to financial stress and/or lack of vacation time.

After several years in political campaigns, Ms. O'Neil escaped the Washington beltway and the U.S. border. She has backpacked throughout Australasia and Europe. For three years she lived and worked in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Returning to Washington, DC, Ms. O'Neil currently works in the international development arena.

Ms. O'Neil has a Bachelors degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and a Masters in Development Finance from the University of Reading in England.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Financial Reports are available upon request. My Travel Bug, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

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