Five Canadians Are Revolutionizing The Traveller Experience Through Crowdfunding

Using the Indiegogo crowdfunding community, five Canadian travellers are bringing education technologies to the largest Latin American favela in Brazil with the mission of uplifting the impoverished community.
MONTREAL - March 15, 2016 - PRLog -- Five Canadians are changing the way that travellers volunteer abroad by using crowdfunding as a financing tool to build education projects in developing countries. This could be the beginning of something revolutionary in the world of philanthropy.

Backpacking and volunteering in developing countries have surged in popularity in the last twenty years. It seems that the human needs for exploration, adventure, self-reflection and developing new perspectives are essential to understanding one's true self. If you ask any traveller about their experiences abroad, they will usually confirm their trip as being somewhere along the lines of enlightening.

"As a philosophy, I believe that when purpose, technology, people, ideas and capital meet, ordinary people can do amazing things. This project is for travellers who know why they want to give back, but don't know how to," says Edward Drew, leader of the project and founder of the XCap Group.

Online crowdfunding is one of the fastest growing fundraising platforms for creative projects. The total amount raised in 2015 between all platforms was approximate $15 billion. This growth is expected to reach $90 billion by 2025 as the concept spreads in popularity and as new Internet users join the online community of crowd funders.

"For this Indiegogo campaign, we are going to install and implement four iPad learning stations at the largest Latin American favela in Rocinha, Brazil. Next, we will implement and measure the effectiveness of a learning curriculum using the Khan Academy for math, sciences, languages, art and personal development for the elementary school run by the NGO Project Favela" says Drew.

In 2010, an Indian physicist by the name of Sugata Mitra of Newcastle University conducted several experiments in India on the effects of self-organized learning environments (SOLE). In these experiments, Mitra measured how children learned in small groups using technology and no formal training. The results were that children became highly proficient with technology without much supervision. Since these experiments, there has been a behemoth movement in education technologies that have become essential to early childhood education programs.

"The education system is being disrupted for the right reasons. We have a global shortage of teachers and a growing population. On top of that, education and information by default are becoming commoditized; you can learn anything and anywhere pretty much for free these days. It's a very exciting time," Drew continues, "On the other hand, we still need to connect new education technologies and the Internet to solve the issues of poverty and illiteracy in developing countries. We can do this one project at a time".

If you want to be a part of this movement in liberating the developing world through crowdfunding education projects while travelling, donate below and join the XCap Community on Facebook.

Edward Drew is a traveller and the founder of the XCap Group. His mission is to build a global alliance of exponential and game-changing organizations through people, technology and capital.

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