Mr. Thy – The Pilot Project

In 2016, one of our team members traveled through Cambodia and met a man with a passion for giving children a fair chance. In order to accomplish this mission he aimed to build a school next to his house and hire a teacher to provide English lessons for the children of his village . Yet, without any steady income, his project was completely dependent on donations. We saw the opportunity to help Mr. Thy achieve his goal, by making use of the many free rooms he had next to his house as accommodation for travelers. With this idea, a bunch of enthusiastic students within the student initiative Enactus got together and designed the idea for the very first Socialbnb homestay: Mr. Thy’s school in Pang Na in Cambodia. In just three months we were able to welcome just about 20 travelers in Pang Na. With this sudden influx of capital, Mr. Thy was not only able to pay an English teacher for the class, but he could also invest in computers and books to improve the learning experience as such. Soon, we realized that Mr. Thy might not be the only one in such a situation. After some research, we discovered that over 60 percent of small local non-governmental organizations struggle with the same problem: highly dependent on donations and simply not enough money to realize their projects that help to solve the future challenges of our world.

The Birth of Socialbnb

Using this idea we created Socialbnb, an innovative platform connecting local NGO’s with travelers from all around the world. In April 2018, we managed to launch the first version of the website. In June, two of our team members traveled to Peru to spark the interest of even more NGO’s. Soon, there will be many more destinations available.

What’s next?

At the moment we are working hard to improve Socialbnb. On one hand, we are expanding to other countries in South East Asia, Africa and South America. On the other hand, we have a group of motivated IT students working on developing a beautiful platform for Socialbnb, to make the booking process even easier and faster!


As excited about Socialbnb as we are?

Great news, there is a way how to use that excitement! Because Socialbnb is an online platform, the most important thing is that people know about us and book with us. Only then, NGOs will be able to reduce their donation dependency and realize their projects. So spread the word about Socialbnb and help us to establish a new way of sustainable traveling.


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