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About Us

Who are we?

ImpacTrip is a purposeful travel agency that offers meaningful social and environmental volunteering programs across Europe.

We are a Social Enterprise with the mission to support and empower the work of social and environmental non-profits!

 

The company was founded in 2015 by Rita and Diogo, two dedicated social entrepreneurs who wanted to change the way people travel.

They want travelers to have the most unique and meaningful travel experiences to connect with the locals, to experience the culture and to contribute in a positive way to the local communities while making friends from all over the world.

 

 

We do this through our different brands:

 

ImpacTrip is a purposeful travel agency that offers meaningful social and environmental volunteering experiences across Europe.

 

Impact Beach House is a Hostel by the beach in Estoril, dedicated to Climate Action with a special focus on Ocean Conservation and Circular Economy.

 

Impact House Athens is a city center hostel dedicated to refugee inclusion.

 

Impact House Split is a small hostel dedicated to the local heritage conservation.

We are proud to be a B Corp!

Did you know that we were the 8th company in Portugal to achive the B Corp Certification?
Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit.
Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.
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We are proud to be a B Corp!

Impact Numbers

Measuring impact is very important to us. It is the only path to growth in purpose! We are happy to share with you our impact numbers.
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Our Impact

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are the world’s action plan to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, fight inequality, tackle climate change, and achieve peace and prosperity for this generation and the generations to come, by 2030.
We recognize the importance of aligning our communication, programs and impact measurement with the SDGs so that’s why we integrated it right at the heart of our impact measurement and all our programs specifically identify which SDGs each one of them is addressing.

Meet the Team

Rita Marques

Founder and CEO

As a serial traveler and eternal optimist, being a social entrepreneur has been her wildest adventure.

Has lived in 3 different countries and traveled through 40+ countries across 4 different continents.

Diogo Areosa

Founder and CEO

Studied Tourism, specialized in Rural Tourism and travel agencies.

Passionate about water sports; was a sailing champion in his youth. Lived in Madrid for a year, so try his Spanish!

Cristiana Pereira

Booking Manager

A true gamer with natural talent for pastry and in love with nature!

Beatriz Costa Pereira

Int. Volunteer Program Manager

Beatriz has dedicated her life and career to affording human rights for all people. Having the last 6 years working in humanitarian aid across 5 countries, she's inspired by motivated collaboration that make life better for others.

Clara Polaino

Program Coordinator in Barcelona

Clara studied Environmental Sciences and has experience in international volunteering in both environmental and social issues. For her there are four basic things to be happy in life: people, nature, outdoor sports and food.

Natalia Rocha

Office Fairy

Sunset collector, passionate about traveling and meeting people.

Rafaela Fortunato

Impact Innovator

Passionate about travelling, nature and communities.
Have traveled the world for 7 years and her dream is to empower communities to live in harmony with nature and leave a + impact in the world!

She loves dancing and is always ready for an adventure!

Judith Peña

Cleaning Ninja

Life is beautiful as long as we have life and health, we always have something to be grateful for!

Elian Cespoli

Program Coordinator in Barcelona

She graduated in economy and international cooperation, did many local and international volunteering during her life that opened for her a new way of understanding different points of view.

Big animal lover and rights defender!

Ana Luiza Ribeiro

Program Coordinator in Lisbon

Brazilian globetrotter, nature lover and animal cuddler. Ana Luiza is passionate about human rights and environmentalism, hiking, beach days and cultural experiences.

Her goal is to empower organizations and create more positive impact ✨

Shanta Kumar

Kitchen Master

Hi, I am Shanta Kumar, I love to cook & serve. I am very friendly & travel lover.

Gabriela Grubišić

Program Coordinator in Split

Passionate about working with people so lots of experience in tourism
A true local and I know every hidden corner of the beautiful town Split

In love with music,art and dogs!

Sara Martins

Program Coordinator in Lisbon

She is a geography graduate with a passion for environmental and social causes and an obsession with travel. She has volunteered locally and abroad and would like to keep helping making a difference ☺️

Inês Ferreira

Communication Manager

Graduated in Marketing Management, she’s a creative mind, that loves planning trips, and is passionate about adding memorable experiences and moments with friends and family. Always eager to try new things and explore new places!

Kira Bessa

Program Coordinator in Athens

She graduated from Development Planning where she realised that inequalities will always heat a nerve. Loves travelling and exploring new places by talking to locals. Expresses herself through dancing and loves getting involved into unknown fields.

Khimlal kharel

Cleaning Ninja

Hi I am khim. I love cooking , travelling & interested in learning something new.

Mónica Ribeiro

Guest Relations Receptionist

Art and design enthusiast with a wanderlust spirit, I've lived in three different countries and I’m excited to explore many more. My happiness thrives at the beach, in forests, surrounded by plants and animals. Contributing to social causes adds a meaningful purpose to my journey.

Ashmita Jalari

Cleaning Ninja

Hello! Beautiful soul it's me Ashmita Jalari from beautiful country Nepal. I love to visit different places, in love music , cats,dogs, and in love with helping people.

Irene Giuliani

Program Coordinator in Rome

Irene has a background in Environmental Sciences and is passionate about theatre, dogs, and nature. She will welcome volunteers in Rome with boundless enthusiasm, empathy, and a radiant smile!

Claudia Cirilli

Program Coordinator in Rome

Passionate about travelling and food, she has voluteered the majority of her adult life!
This adventurous soul in a clumsy body has now a new goal. After her master degree in Corporate Sustainability Strategies she's now offering the best experience in Rome in the most sustainable way possible.

Kindness, commitment and enthusiasm are her secret recipe.

Mauro Minaya

Kitchen Master

One day, in my childhood, I discovered that I loved cooking, it was like playing and it's still like that, I have fun experimenting, investigating, looking for perfection. I feel happy in the kitchen. Gastronomy is art, it's creating with all your senses and sharing.

Ramjan Hossain

Kitchen Master

A calm, pleasant, helpful and hardworking individual who has a passion for great food and who enjoys cooking mouthwatering dishes and great pleasure out of seeing happy faces enjoying a good meal. I love the freedom of expression that cooking gives me and my willingness to work hard to build my name in the culinary world.

Natacha Ribeiro

Head of Operations of Impact Beach House

A passionate advocate for people, I thrive on challenges and strive to make a positive impact. With a deep love for reading and writing, I believe that effective communication is key to everything. Caring about others and dedicated to making a difference, I aim to inspire and connect with those around me.

Marta Abreu

Program Coordinator in Porto

Passionate about traveling and connecting with people from all around the world.
She loves to laugh and make new friends because she believes that everything is better when shared

Awards & Nominations

Affordable Tour Operator of the Year 2018 – Winner

Affordable Tour Operator of the Year 2018 – Winner

Trip Advisor’s Excellence Certification

Trip Advisor’s Excellence Certification

Young Business/Entrepreneur Nomination

Young Business/Entrepreneur Nomination

Top Global Business winners in the category NGO and Social Enterprise

Top Global Business winners in the category NGO and Social Enterprise

Best Female Responsible Tour Operator CEO 2023 (Europe): Rita Marques

Best Female Responsible Tour Operator CEO 2023 (Europe): Rita Marques