Who we are:
Committed and dedicated change-makers with a deep sense of wanderlust and a passion for experiencing the beauty of life.
What that means:
We love to travel. We love to see new things, experience new experiences, and feel new feels. But we also love to do things on vacation that benefit the world around us. We like to give back – no, scratch that. We LOVE to give back!
Why we do what we do:
Adventures in Voluntourism was founded to inspire everyone from young professionals to the young-at-heart to make the world a better place, one vacation at a time. We provide fun and adventurous group travel experiences that combine volunteer opportunities with cultural tourism - resulting in positive change for communities and a life-changing impact on participants.
How we Make a Difference:
Our volunteer activities focus around the themes of cultural and historic preservation, environmental sustainability, and education. This is also how we travel – by integrating sustainable practices into our trips, exploring the cultural and history of a destination in authentic ways, and educating ourselves and those we encounter about how to be better and make the world a better place.
Meet the Team
Our employees are experienced staff members who are passionate about travel, volunteering, and leadership development.
CVO - Chief Voluntourism Officer
“She had a wild, wandering soul but when she loved, she loved with chaos and that made all the difference.”
― Ariana Dancu
Meet Jené Kapela. The brains, brawn, and big-hearted human behind this whole Adventures in Voluntourism thing. What you should know about Jené, however, is that making the world a better place is just part of her free-spirited, adventurous nature – hence, the name of this thriving passion project.
Jené has extensive experience developing and managing volunteer programs and service projects. With 15-years-experience in the higher education and nonprofit sectors under her belt, Jené has dedicated her entire career to helping others learn, lead, and live happy, successful lives. Additionally, Jené is the President and Founder of Kapela Leadership Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in leadership training and organizational effectiveness. Through Kapela Leadership Solutions, Jené works with companies on leadership training and employee engagement, coaching and consulting, strategic planning, and new employee training and orientation curriculum design, as well as developing and facilitating board retreats.
Ok, now back to the issue at hand.
Jené founded Adventures in Voluntourism to provide the opportunity for others to travel and engage in learning experiences that will inspire them to make the world a better place. Having always followed her wanderlust, Jené found that her best adventures were the ones that allowed her to give back to the community or the environment in a positive way. And now she’s offering the same opportunity to the rest of the world.
Oh, and she’s got a pretty serious educational background.
Were you wondering how Jené’s Doctorate in Organizational Leadership played a part in all of this? Good question – everyone tends to ask. She is a founding program co-chair and past executive committee member of Emerge Broward, a program of the Leadership Broward Foundation, and a founding steering committee member and past steering committee co-chair of the Ghost Light Society, a young patrons’ group supporting the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. She is a previous Co-Chair of the Women Leading Broward program and previous Chair of Youth Leadership Broward Class XXIX. Currently, Jené is a mentor with Women of Tomorrow, a Board Member with the PACE Center for Girls Broward and co-chair of their Partners4PACE membership group, and serves as a Guardian ad Litem. Jené is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXX and a current member of the Leadership Broward Foundation Board of Directors.
When Jené is not busy traveling to change the world, you can most likely find her on a paddleboard. Or running a 5K. Or riding a horse. All of which she does competitively.
Are you ready for your next adventure?
We have many givecation packages being planned for the near future. Contact us to inquire about joining one of our adventures, or let us know where you want to travel and we can customize a trip for your private group!