Since You Asked:

About Us

» Why are you called Roadmonkey?
» Are you a non-profit organization?

About Our Expeditions

» What's a Roadmonkey?
» Who goes on your expeditions?
» I don't usually like traveling in groups, but I like the idea of adventure philanthropy. What should I do?
» What's the group size for a Roadmonkey expedition?
» Do you take families on your expeditions?
» What about senior travelers?
» I'm a single traveler. Can I still join an expedition?
» The expedition I want to join isn't available when I'm free to travel. Will you be posting other expeditions like it?
» Will Roadmonkey expand into other countries beyond those you currently travel to?
» What kind of shape do I need to be in to join a Roadmonkey expedition?

About our Nonprofit Partners and Projects

» How do you fund the volunteer projects that your groups build while on expedition?
» How do you know your volunteer projects are the right ones, and that they actually help people?

Policies and Other Stuff

» What's your payment & cancellation policy?
» What's included in your pricing?
» Is tipping included in the pricing?
» Can I join you for just the adventure or philanthropy part of the expedition?
» Can I request a private room for my entire expedition? How much is that?

Once You're Signed Up

» Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after the expedition?
» Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?
» What type of luggage should I bring?
» What should I pack?
» Can you help me with travel visas?
» What vaccinations are recommended for my expedition?


About Us

Why are you called Roadmonkey?
Because no one else is. And the name fits. But hey, if you can think of a better one, please send it to ask@roadmonkey.net. Thanks!
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Are you a non-profit organization?
No. Roadmonkey is a for-profit organization with a social mission. We're formally organized as an L3C, shorthand for "low-profit limited liability company," similar to an LLC but with a priority placed on mission instead of profit. We partner with non-profit organization on every expedition to ensure that our volunteer projects are meaningful and sustainable to a local community in need. 

We work with our non-profit sister organization, the Roadmonkey Foundation, to fund our expeditionary volunteer projects.

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About Our Expeditions

What's a Roadmonkey?
Our home-grown definition: [rohd-muhnkee] n., a curious individual who seeks the unknown often, breaks rules if necessary, tests limits whenever possible and works hard to improve the lives of people in need.
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Who goes on your expeditions?
Anyone with a healthy body, an inquisitive spirit and a desire to broaden one's horizons through adventure and a short-term, hands-on volunteer project. There is no typical roadmonkey. They are single or married or divorced, in college or showing gray, traveling alone or with a partner. But most have a vision of what they want from their lives and careers and the means and motivation to make it happen.
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I don't usually like traveling in groups, but I like the idea of adventure philanthropy. What should I do?
We spend time talking to each of you before you sign up for an expedition, partly to ensure a good group dynamic. We call our expeditions small-group traveling for people who don't like traveling in groups. We make a point to ensure that you're traveling with a small group of like-minded people. Our experience is that many people on our expeditions meet and make lasting friendships. We think you'll find our groups are a welcome source of energy, humor, camaraderie and companionship.
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What's the group size for a Roadmonkey expedition?
We're small group travel for people that might not normally join a group expedition. One way we do this is to keep the group to an intimate size, from 5-10 people, plus 1 or 2 Roadmonkey leaders. The average size is 7-9 people.
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Do you take families on your expeditions?
Yes, depending on the age, experience and maturity level of children involved. We also can create family-only expeditions suited to family travelers.
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What about senior travelers?
Of course, senior travelers are welcome to join our expeditions provided the physical adventure is not prohibitive. We also can create custom expeditions suited to active older adults who may want a less physically challenging adventure.
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I'm a single traveler. Can I still join an expedition?
Absolutely. In fact, most roadmonkeys on our expeditions come alone. You'll be in good company.
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The expedition I want to join isn't available when I'm free to travel. Will you be posting other expeditions like it?
Email us with the dates and expeditions you're interested in. We often get requests to create special, time-sensitive adventure philanthropy expeditions. So if we can gather 5 people into such a group, we'll make it happen. We also create custom expeditions for any group of 5 or more.
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Will Roadmonkey expand into other countries beyond those you currently travel to?
Yes, indeed. We don't seek to be everywhere in the world. Not every country is suited for adventure philanthropy. But we intend to branch out further into Southeast Asia, Africa and South America to produce adventure philanthropy expeditions between 8 - 14 days.
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About our Nonprofit Partners and Projects

What kind of shape do I need to be in to join a Roadmonkey expedition?
You need to be reasonably fit. But you don't need to be superhero. (In fact, we prefer it if you're not.) However, you should be in sound physical condition to summit Kilimanjaro, cycle Vietnam, raft Peru, kayak Malawi or trek and surf Nicaragua. Regardless of our adventure, the goal is not to be the first to finish but to explore, expand our horizons and learn what we can about another culture.
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How do you fund the volunteer projects that your groups build while on expedition?
We ask every roadmonkey, when she or he signs on to an expedition, to raise $500 in tax-deductible donations through her/his own social network, using email, Facebook or whatever tools work best. Those donations go directly to our non-profit partner, which holds the donations in a dedicated fund for our project. Typically, our groups raise $5,000-8,000 for the project they will complete while on expedition.
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How do you know your volunteer projects are the right ones, and that they actually help people?
Every adventure philanthropy expedition we create has a reputable non-profit partner with local roots and knowledge of the community our volunteer project will benefit. We work with these organizations closely to develop sustainable, positive-change projects that our expedition members fund through tax-deductible donations from their own social networks.
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Policies and Other Stuff

What's your payment & cancellation policy?
We make it easy for you to join and to get your money back if your plans unavoidably change. Full payment is due 60 days prior to expedition launch, to allow us to make all the necessary arrangements for you. Your payment is, likewise, fully refundable (minus any fees charged for payment transaction) until 60 days prior to expedition launch. After that, we charge a penalty on the following scale: Between 40 to 59 days prior to the first day of your expedition, we refund 50% of your full payment (minus the fee). Between 30 to 39 days prior to expedition, we refund 25% of your full payment. Inside 29 days to expedition launch, no refund is available.
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What's included in your pricing?
Everything from the time you arrive at our prearranged destination airport to the time you depart. That means: all lodging, meals (save for 1 or 2 when you're on your own), transportation, activity fees and related equipment, and the development of a hands-on, sustainable volunteer project with a respected organization. We even throw in local beers during dinner.
What's not included: airfare to/from the expedition, 1-2 meals that you may take on your own, tips, charges made to your hotel room, personal purchases, and wine & spirits during the expedition.
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Is tipping included in the pricing?
Tips are not included in the expedition price. And tipping will be entirely at your discretion. Note that tipping of non-local Roadmonkey expedition leaders is neither expected nor encouraged. But tipping local guides, whether they work for Roadmonkey or for one of our service providers or a local business (ie, a hotel), is a highly appreciated way to give thanks for good service. (Local guides also quite cherish any personally signed notes or cards you and your expedition mates may offer with your tip.) In most cases, the expedition leader(s) can provide general guidelines for what amount is appropriate for local guides, porters and other service providers.
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Can I join you for just the adventure or philanthropy part of the expedition?
Roadmonkey expedition members are passionate people and go on a journey of the heart, body and spirit. To honor that commitment we ask that you join the entire expedition.
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Can I request a single room for my entire expedition? How much is that?
Yes, you can. Most of our non-U.S. expeditions provide a single room for solo travelers upon arrival, to provide a soft landing after an international flight. Thereafter, often lodging involves shared hotel rooms. If you would like a private room throughout your expedition, the cost is $500. If there is no one of the same gender to share a room with, you are required to pay a "forced" single supplement fee, which is usually half of the regular single supplement (shared accommodations are guaranteed on some expeditions). Sometimes, single accommodations are not available. For questions about single supplements please contact us.
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Once You're Signed Up

Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after the expedition?
In most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please note that extra accommodations must be booked at least 30 days prior to departure.
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Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?
Depending on the expedition and the nature of the adventure, we'll be able to provide most - if not all - of the lodging prior to departure. For all expeditions starting and ending hotels will be listed on a unique expedition website, which you'll receive 3 months prior to departure. If your family requires contact information, or in case of emergency, please have them phone +1-323-924-8351 or email us directly.
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What type of luggage should I bring?
This depends on your expedition. But for all expeditions a large backpack or duffel bag will suffice. In some cases, a roller board suitcase will do but remember that you'll be responsible for carrying and transporting your luggage from one place to another.
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What should I pack?
Once signed up for an expedition, you'll receive an expedition website that includes a complete packing list
We suggest beginning with the common rule: pack your bags, then take half. It's always important to pack as light as possible given the specific requirements for your expedition.
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Can you help me with travel visas?
The requirements for travel visas vary widely for each country. While we don't offer direct assistance for arranging visas, we can point you in the right direction.
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What vaccinations are recommended for my expedition?
We suggest you check the CDC website and talk to your doctor about what vaccines you'll need for your expedition, and then make an intelligent and informed decision about what you want to do.
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What Our Clients Have to Say About Roadmonkey:

What you are doing has had a huge affect on all of us, internally. Externally, there is a playground where there was none and a bit more hope than there was just a week ago. There are ties forged by the experience that go both ways, and cross oceans, that will never be undone. It's a beautiful thing.
~ John, architect

Thank you for an incredible trip. I was surprised to return from travel to a new land feeling rejuvenated by and indebted to a group of people I traveled with. We Roadmonkeys dug our toes into foreign soil and I got the feeling that, in a little over a week, we were let in on some of the secrets Peru keeps from travelers of convenience.
~ McKenna, hedge fund administrator

I was hoping for a trip through which I would learn about and participate in another culture and be challenged mentally, emotionally and physically in a relatively safe format. The Roadmonkey trip fulfilled and, then, wildly exceeded all my expectations.
~ Chelsea, biochemist

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