Tis the season for service! Thanks to our friends at Acanela, the Jane crew recently got out of the office and into the sunshine to do some service. Our project? Building children’s playground equipment at Neighborhood House.

Neighborhood House is a wonderful little daycare center in Salt Lake City. They offer quality, affordable daycare for mothers so these women have the opportunity to work and empower themselves. And since both Jane’s and Acanela’s goal is to empower women across the globe, what better place to start than our own backyard?

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Though some of us were a little new to using power tools (guilty), everyone came with helping hands and a smile. And after a day of digging, instruction reading, power tooling, and laughing, I have to say… we had a blast! Plus, there was nothing cuter than seeing the children at Neighborhood House press their little hands and faces against the glass, eagerly watching their dirt playground become home for a new school bus, boat, lily pads, and various other play equipment. One of the children even announced that this was a day she had been eagerly waiting for—and it finally came. Our hearts melted.

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And to top it all off, Acanela set up lunch for us through the Spice Kitchen Incubator, a project through the International Rescue Committee. The project helps refugees and disadvantaged community members start their own culinary businesses. So not only did we get to eat mouthwatering food, but we got to support one of their small businesses.

Needless to say, our service day was absolute perfection. And working with Acanela was an absolute pleasure! If you’ve ever been bitten with the wanderlust bug (who hasn’t, right?), definitely look into using Acanela for your next trip. Their educational & adventure expeditions are perfect for anyone who loves to travel, and even better—every expedition supports local artisans in developing nations. Basically, it’s the experience of a lifetime.

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These artisans remind us a lot of our wonderful friends at Musana. They include men and women whose families are battling poverty, haven’t had the opportunity to receive formal education, or are suffering from a disability or illness. Acanela finds these individuals and helps develop their skill sets—which range from culinary arts to outdoor & adventure to art & design—so they can build a business and make a steady income. And your trip helps give them the opportunity to share these talents and build their business! What Acanela is doing is amazing, and we hope that the next time you plan a trip–whether you want to trek Kilimanjaro or lounge on the beaches of Bali, take a trip with Acanela and make an IMPACT.