Mission Statement

Human Outreach Project (HOP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conceived on the premise that trekkers could – and should – give back to the communities in which they travel. HOP works in areas surrounding World Wide Trekking expedition sites in remote areas of Tanzania, Nepal, Peru and at home in Utah. With a particular focus on youth, HOP partners with communities to identify local needs and co-create sustainable solutions to improve health and education.

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.” – Stephen Grellet 
Creating projects that are appropriate to the area, that do no harm, and that benefit communities — these are the fundamental guiding principles of the Human Outreach Project. We work hard to establish long-term relationships with the communities where we operate, to ensure that our projects are appropriate to their actual needs and are sustainable.  All of our local ambassadors are native to the countries where we work. With their help navigating language and cultural barriers, we can ensure that our projects are truly a collaborative effort with the community, founded in transparency and trust.

HOP envisions a world where basic opportunities, such as quality education and healthcare, are available to all, and where trekkers and adventurers give back freely to the communities that help them achieve their goals.

To this end, most of our projects are long-term and on-going, and we are deeply committed to each and every community we work with. We seek to create and sustain projects that will offer long-term benefits to communities, either through improved services and resources or through lifting up individuals who have the capacity to bring positive change to the entire community. We always keep our eyes open for new opportunities to be of service, while making sure to maintain and strengthen existing projects.

HOP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that was founded by Dean Cardinale shortly after he began World Wide Trekking (WWTrek). While guiding, Dean has witnessed poverty within local populations, and believes we have a social obligation to give back. The desire to give back led to the creation of HOP, and continues to be at the heart of our organization. WWTrek provides guests with adventure opportunities around the globe, while HOP ensures that we have a positive impact on the places we travel.

Since its conception, HOP has expanded its efforts into 4 countries and has over 2 dozen projects which have improved the quality of life of thousands of individuals and numerous communities.