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their time volunteering on community projects; an array of engaging activities, from
guided nature walks to exploring cultural
sites, complements the experience.
This notion - planning a family vacation
around purposeful travel - inspired Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch and his wife,
Jessica, Virtuoso's ambassador for sustainability, to take their sons, Clay (12) and Benji
(9), on a ME to WE adventure in the Ecuadorian rain forest. Virtuoso Life checked in
with the family after their stay at Minga
Lodge in the Amazon.
What was most rewarding about your
experience in Ecuador?
JESSICA: So much of what we did was
unique, even life changing. Travelers on
ME to WE trips can contribute according to
their abilities and interests. For two to three
hours each day, you can don a hard hat for
some heavy physical labor, such as mixing
concrete, or you can choose something less
intense - say, hammering together a frame
for pouring cement - all with the guidance
Virtuoso's Jessica and Matthew Upchurch and their sons, Benji and Clay,
at the start of a day of volunteer work in Bellavista.
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