Freepackers care

Freepackers Foundation

1 objective and 2 structures making your humanitarian project dreams become a reality

The organisation Freepackers Travels, B Corp certified, promotes international outreach through school trips, youth solidarity camps (summercamps), immersion language courses, cultural exchanges and volunteer projects accessible to all. These are international programs with an educational, impactful and cultural purpose.

Meanwhile, the Freepackers Care Association is a non-profit organization that offers information sessions, workshops, conferences, financial aid and professional training. The goal of Freepackers Care is to give access to humanitarian travel to all those who want to participate, regardless of the skills, resources, gender or nationality: everyone can contribute.

 

How to become a member ?

Are you interested in a social or environmental project? Contact us to discuss your goals, your expectations, your profile, etc. The idea of Freepackers Care is to connect you to the humanitarian project that suits you.

Once you’ve made your decision, it’s time to pay the membership fee to ensure your commitment. The amount we appeal to be donated depends on the project and the destination. Donations cover Freepackers Care’s operating costs and the costs of local associations. The breakdown of donations may vary but is generally as follows :

  • Donation to the project to cover accommodation, meals, transport, local staff, guides, equipment and security: 80%
  • Membership fees, administrative costs, support and personalised follow-up: 20%

 

Tax deduction

Freepackers Care’s educational mission and its commitment to environmental and social development make it an association of popular interest. People who participate in international humanitarian projects via this association have the possibility to deduct 66% of the sum from their taxable income.

  • Deduction of 66% of the contribution within the limit of 20% of the taxable income. To benefit from the tax reduction, you must declare the donations you have made on your income tax return.
  • This is the total amount of the tax receipt(s) you have received. The tax receipt is a CERFA document issued by the association. You do not need to attach it to your income tax return, but you must keep it for three years, as it may be necessary in the event of an audit by the tax authorities.

 

Our selection criteria

Each project is selected according to strict criteria to ensure that donations have a lasting impact. The projects we support must employ more than 50% local staff, and demonstrate a clear system of co-management with local communities. In this way, the vast majority of donations will be used to support a sustainable development project and the local community.

Freepackers Care is the culmination of 15 years’ experience in the field and a global network of partners in the humanitarian sector. We choose our projects with passion and professionalism and we travel in person to get to know our local partners, to ensure your safety wherever you are, to guarantee ethical projects and to understand the real needs on the ground.

The fields include: construction, education, environment, animal care, project management, social action, communication. In a safe and ethical environment, we offer serious missions that result in exchange, learning and long-term impact.

 

Increasing access to volunteer projects

Freepackers Care is a non-profit organisation (Loi 1901) registered in France on 6 May 2019. Our mission is to increase access to volunteer missions and to encourage participation in ethical and sustainable development projects through 3 main principles :

  • Education : taking part in over 50 events, presentations and conferences a year to maximise access to the information needed to get involved in a humanitarian project.

 

  • Funding : offering solutions to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to go on a mission, whatever their financial means. Donations to projects of general interest are tax-deductible up to 66% (more information below).

 

  • Training : providing the tools so that everyone can take part at their own level, or can access training to take part in the chosen project.

 

Connect, engage, learn

We help increase access to learning through inclusive and solidarity-based travel. We help NGOs, social associations and government bodies connect with volunteers from all over the world.

We represent dozens of foundations and NGOs around the world, aiming to make their actions sustainable both now and long term, to strengthen global cohesion and to increase participative commitment.

 

A word about the founder, Justine Trembicki

Involved in animal protection associations and a fervent supporter of Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd, Justine, the founder, was inspired from an early age to pursue a career in humanitarian work.

She has taken part in fund-raising campaigns and campaigns against certain bills (hunting with hounds, animal experimentation, bullfighting, animals in circuses, etc.) and has always made donations to animal protection associations.

So it’s only natural that this passion should grow in her personal and professional life, and that she should continue to support local associations in their fight for animal welfare and respect for the planet.

Objectives 2024 : more inclusive projects

  • Develop community learning camps to give young people (aged 12-17) access to international humanitarian projects, raising their awareness and inspiring them in their future personal and professional lives.

 

  • Extend the network of QPV partners in France to establish collaborations between local authorities and international humanitarian projects – to give young people from priority neighbourhoods access to educational projects beyond their borders.

 

  • Identify and support community projects in areas in need of resources.

 

  • Employ and train a small team in Lyon to form an information centre to welcome participants and run information sessions on international mobility, humanitarian action, funding options, etc.

 

Objectives 1-3 years : A presence in France and Europe

  • Education objective : Identify and take part in career fairs for young people and students to present international mobility options in France and Europe.

 

  • Partnership objective : Seek out and contact Works Councils to present community learning camps to young people.

 

  • Development objective : identify needs in the field, support community projects and provide suitable assignments for students and young people.

 

Objective 3-5 years : create out own project

  • To have a solid structure in place, with several teams in charge of logistics, administration and the development of the Association’s activities.

 

  • Set up one or more projects financed by sponsorship or by appeals to public generosity. The first project would be a shelter for pets in France or Spain, depending on the funds and donations available.

Freepackers Care's actions across the world

Raising awareness

As professionals in humanitarian travel, we are committed to keeping ourselves informed and to teaching others about the issues our partners deal with on a daily basis. Connecting people to each other and to their environment is the first step in an international project.

We try to inspire and inform on a variety of topics, such as different ways to make an impact while travelling, local actions, environmental and social issues, etc. We do this by writing blog articles, giving interviews to the press, forming partnerships with key players in the sector and taking part in forums and trade fairs.

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Guaranteeing Ethical and responsible projects

Freepackers is a member of several international associations and is involved in a number of initiatives in collaboration with international organisations, all working on education and international mobility. These include: participative drafting of 2 eco volunteer charters, member of the NF standards committee (AFNOR), participation in international professional conferences (WYSTC, ICEF, IAIE), exchanging ideas of the best practices at round tables, etc. In addition to our international professional network, we are in constant contact with our local teams, organising field visits, regular meetings with project managers and members of the local community, etc.
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Supporting partner associations

Internationally, Freepackers has approximately 2 partner associations per country, each of which manage several projects. The Freepackers team has met these associations in person and validated them according to our ethics and values. In addition to their contribution on the ground, each participant makes a donation to buy equipment and pay the coordinators and local staff. In this way, the projects can be sustained over the long term and, in some cases, taken to the next level. This contribution represents 10% of the registration fee. In addition, Freepackers relays numerous online campaigns, appeals for donations, etc., as well as getting involved in local projects several times a year.
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Team involvement

The Freepackers team is 100% committed to sustainable development. We share values that unite us and motivate us every day to invest in our daily missions. For example, we have decided to actively take part in a local charity in Barcelona and the surrounding area: since 2021, every member of the team has taken part in at least one solidarity action: beach clean-up, food distribution, etc. What's more, every day we expand our network with local associations to support sustainable development projects (Project Rescue Ocean, WWF, etc).
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