What is a GBGA Trip Like?

GiveBack GiveAway

We’re hoping you’ve worked out already that a GBGA trip marries the concepts of spending your time, money and effort to do something good, and then enjoying the rest of your adventure traveling around the country you’ve got to know.

Each trip is usually around 2 weeks long, our travelers all meet in one destination, often the Capital of the country, and from there the trip breaks down into 2 sections. The social-good project, and the adventure travel. In a 14 day trip, this would normally break down to 3 or 4 days at our local project and 10 or 11 days traveling around the country.

The project vary depending on what our partner communities need. These have ranged from dormitories for their orphan kids, playgrounds for the primary school, new learning centres, to simply donating sporting goods and food rations to families in need. In terms of how YOU will be helping, expect to get your hands dirty! Painting, shoveling, minor building, and of course keeping the kids amused while the chaos ensues!

Changing Travel - For Good

For most construction projects, we use your generous donations to hire local engineers, local labourers and local tradesmen to get the bulk of the expert work done, so when you guys arrive, we’re there to add the final touches, and give the project the TLC it wouldn’t otherwise get. Decorating, furnishing, finalising and opening the project.

For the travels, it’s time for a real adventure! We aim to see all the top spots in the country where we carry out our project, so expect epic sites, beautiful buildings, local food, maybe the odd night train here and there. It’s fun, it’s quite fast paced but of course you get some downtime too. There’s a reason why our volunteers come back time and time again, we hope you can come and see why that is!

This is adventure travel at it’s best. Give back, make an impact, and have the adventure of your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

For starters, a lot. GiveBack GiveAway trips are for people that want to have a crazy adventure but also do something meaningful.

GiveBack GiveAway trips are all about high impact projects with a small group of people that assemble, construct and complete projects in a short amount of time. It’s hard to explain but watch what some of our travellers thought about it. After that we responsibly explore and enjoy the country to soak up every amazing experience it has to offer.

GiveBack we don’t enter areas for a quick photo op and move on. High impact, make a difference, and then off to explore the region. Boom.

It’s as easy as making a donation and sticking your name to it.

90% of your donations goes into the project. 10% of it goes into taking the winner on the trip. 0% goes to admin, banking or any other lame type of fees.

The GiveBackGiveAway exists for people who love to travel! We know we’re fortunate to be able to explore the world and have awesome adventures, but travel can be so much more than that. We want to delve deep, to help the local communities who welcome us into their countries, and to go home with amazing new experiences, new friends and a new perspective.

With that in mind, we travel as one awesome group, we all travel together, we volunteer together, we stay up late and wake up early together! We therefore can’t accept people for portions of the trip, come and enjoy the whole ride with us.

We aren’t very tech savvy so thankfully it’s not rocket science. We extract all the names of the donators, take into account how many times they’ve donated, insert them into an online randomizer and voila – a name is generated. Winner!

No, you do not. Although you must come with a willingness to work, an openness for adventure and be ready for the experience of a lifetime!

Good Question. The internet is full of shysters. Fortunately, we aren’t one of them. You can check out our story in some of the most trusted publications on earth here and here as well as take a look at our past projects, listen to what our travelers have to say and read our blogs  www.onestep4ward.com and www.smallworldtravels.com

Every dollar of your donation goes into creating a meaningful, lasting impact on a person’s life. Johnny, Josh nor any other admin takes a fee from your donation. Our trips promise to be the most unique and exhilarating thing you’ll have done in a long time, maybe ever?  Full disclosure of how your money is spent here.

You can join one of our tours!  Each ticket sold includes a donation, so you’ll be helping greatly by simply coming along.

If that doesn’t work out for you either, we are always looking for new and meaningful projects. If you or someone you know has a need or knows of a project we’d love to hear from you. Or if you have something of value to send to one of our current or past projects, please, send us an email and we can talk about it.

The project fee contributes to your fund-raising efforts to pay for all the work we do at our partner organizations. 100% of this amount goes to the project, we don’t take a single cent of it.

If you want to fundraise this portion of your trip with the help of friends, family, co- workers or whoever, we encourage you to do so!

FAQs About The Trip

Between 10 and 15 travelers in addition to Johnny and Josh. Making it a tight-knit crew of people that you can really get to know and share the experience with. On some of our trips there is also a videographer, a local guide and a project coordinator making the total around 18-20.

Our travellers are from everywhere! We have had volunteers from every continent, and from over 15 different countries. The ages range from early 20’s to late 40’s, but age is just a number and if you’re up for adventure we don’t discriminate.

No, unfortunately the price of the trip does not include flights.

Our trip style is unique, think adventure with a drop of comfort. That means we like to get our hands dirty, throw ourselves into wild and new experiences but at the end of the day we like to relax poolside with a cold beer. We’re cozy and rough around the edges at the same time.

The price of the trip includes all your accommodation,  your transportation to and from the projects and throughout the tour. All breakfast are included.

  • Food – All breakfast and lunches during the project.
  • Accommodation – 14 nights in hotels
  • Transport – Transport to all destinations on the tour are included. Taxis for nights out are not.
  • Activities – All listed activities are included in your tour price.  Entrance into the Balloon festival, Boat tour of Lake Inle, Cycle tour around Bagan, etc. 
  • A GiveBack T-shirt

We don’t want to see you go but understand that life happens. If you must cancel your trip the following conditions apply


If you cancel a trip:

  • 60 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit
  • between 59 and 31 days prior to departure, we will retain the deposit or 50%
  • 30 days or less prior to departure, we retain 100%