Travel that gives back across the globe


East Africa

In 2016, Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana traveled to Kenya on their annual medical mission. While administering blood tests, dental and eye exams, general doctors' visits, and handing out prescriptions, the team treated over 4,700 people and distributed 6,025 mosquito nets in rural areas of western Kenya. You can help! Donate here.


Ker & Downey sponsored a rhino and in tribute, we have named her Ma Palmer after Phyllis Palmer, a Ker & Downey employee for over 40 years. Phyl, as she was affectionately known, was born in Maun, Botswana in 1931 and worked for Ker & Downey in Botswana in many roles. She passed away in 2014 and we joyfully honor her spirit.


Ker & Downey’s Michelle Nicholson and Devon Chapman attended the exclusive WildAid Gala in San Francisco, where $1.5 million was raised to support WildAid’s mission of conservation and education. Ker & Downey proudly supports WildAid as a travel partner and a sponsor of stateside events. 


We are happy to announce that Churi, the first Andean condor born and raised in the Andean Condor Huasi Project, was released to the wild in late 2016. This project is overseen by the Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation of Hacienda Zuleta, and experts from the foundation will continue to monitor Churi as he grows and thrives in the area around Zuleta.


AboutASIA’s initiative to channel revenues into the local education infrastructure of Cambodia is inspiring, but even more impressive is their successful implementation of this idea. With over 53,000 kids and counting, their work is making a big difference in the future of this beautiful country.

South Africa

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve trains people from local communities and finds work for them in fynbos landscaping and horticulture. A tree is planted in Grootbos’ Ker & Downey Forest for each of our clients traveling to South Africa.