Karida Niode Wins Visit.Org Storytelling Competition

Posted by OmarTarakiNiodeFoundation
06 August 2016 | news

“Meet the World in Person” is the tagline of visit.org, the world’s leading travel platform for engagement with nonprofits that allows millions of travelers to discover, support, and interact with organizations in more than 40 countries.

Visit.org is on a mission to get each off-the-grid, community-based tourism project and nonprofit activity provider online to bring them the exposure and attention they deserve, especially organizations that are committed to investing tour revenue in programs that benefit the local community.

Two months ago Terzi Niode, our volunteer blogger, experienced how visit.org works to achieve its mission when he went with “Bike the majestic temples of Angkor,” in Cambodia. It is a guided tour visiting 5 Angkor temples and cycling through quintessential Cambodian villages, gaining insight into daily life, past and present.

Khmer for Khmer Organization, visit.org’s partner organization in Cambodia is a nonprofit NGO that provides free English classes to 250 students and vocational training as tailors and motorbike mechanics to young adults.

This summer Karida Niode, also our volunteer blogger, entered visit.org’s online storytelling competition as part of its ‪#‎MoreThanATourist‬ Campaign. The campaign encourages travelers to do more in getting to know a place than simply try the local cuisine or visit popular landmarks. Travelers ask locals questions about their culture or family norms and to search lasting, memorable human connections.

In the storytelling competition, between July 14th and August 4th, travelers from around the world posted their experience in interaction with locals that made them feel like more than tourists. Travelers shared on visit.org contest page, in less than 2000 characters, what they learned from locals, not through volunteering or service work, but through serendipitous interactions.

When the competition ended, travelers have shared stories about their #MoreThanATourist experience in Belize, China, France, Germany, Korea, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru, and Rwanda with stories that received the greatest number of reader votes as winners.

We were elated as Karida Niode wins first prize with her story: Ceviche, a Modern Taste of the Incan Empire.

Please click this post #MoreThanATourist Winners: How Three Women Came to Know the Locals to read the winning entries that win prizes sponsored by De la Gente, Mision Gaia, Mdumbi Backpackers, all visit.org’s partner organizations, as well as TOMS, Try the World, and Shray Skincare

Visit.org has indeed created a community of travelers and explorers that are hungry to meet the world in person. 


Cover image: visit.org. All other images: Omar Niode foundation