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Kolkata, IndiaNepal July 8th- 18th, 2016

Fight Human Trafficking – *Global Hackathon*

This is an expedition unlike the others. This annual hackathon will target large scale solutions in the fight against trafficking. You’ll spend 4 days understanding the issue with nonprofits and leaders in the field. You’ll then head to Kathmandu to meet the Nepal expedition team, joining forces to create tech-focused solutions in the biggest hackathon Effect Expeditions has ever hosted!

Questions? Email us expeditions@effect.org


"I know it's cliche, but this trip changed my life."
Elyse May, Google

During this expedition and global hackathon, a team of volunteers from Google and Salesforce will learn about the trafficking trade, creating ‘big-picture’ solutions in the fight against trafficking.
Effect.org operates schools in India which saw decreasing numbers in girls’ attendance. Upon learning they were being lost to the trafficking trade, Effect.org founder, Casey began to create a documentary exposing India’s trafficking underworld.

In Kolkata, together with Effect.org partners, you’ll meet with survivors and anti-trafficking nonprofits as you undestand the factors behind this issue. You’ll then travel to Kathmandu to meet up with the Nepal team as you prepare for the hackathon.

The biggest goal is to leverage each individual’s technical skills during the global hackathon; you’ll pitch ideas, form teams, and design products.

Whether you are a marketer, HR, developer or have other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon successful!

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2 countries, one expedition! Start in India and learn about human trafficking. Then continue the journey, travelling to Nepal to compare notes with the Nepal team.


The Kolkata and Nepal teams will come together in Kathmandu to pitch ideas, create tech-based solutions and design prototypes during a hackathon. Coder, marketer, designer, all skills are needed to make this happen.

Make a difference

You’ll have the chance to learn at a grassroots level how human trafficking affects Kolkata and Nepal. Working with nonprofits and applying your everyday skills, you’ll create solutions to help change lives.


With input from Effect.org nonprofit partners, you’ll create big-picture solutions to fight trafficking. These nonprofits will then be given grants to continue their invaluable work.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals & drinks (non alcoholic)
  • All in country travel
  • Pre-program fundraising support
  • In country safety training

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations


Depart country of origin and begin journey to Kolkata, India
On flight to Kolkata
Land in Kolkata, India. Set your clocks ahead GMT +5:30. Check in hotel and eat dinner.
Induction and training program. Short and sweet, not boring:) Volunteering at local nonprofit, working alongside therapists and young female trafficking survivors Walk around in Brothel Visit shelter home for trafficked girls
Travel to rural villages outside of Kolkata and interact with locals and help teach locals the dangers of human traffickers
Spend half day alongside local non profit who gives training and jobs to survivors of human trafficking Spend half day at shelter with young women (aged 18-24)
Leave for Kathmandu, Nepal
Hackathon starts
Hackathon all day
Hackathon Final pitches and winners are announced. Wrap up meeting.

Meet Your Expedition Leaders

Casey Allred

CEO Effect.org

Hailing from a small town in Idaho (USA), Casey’s love of international development started at age 19, as he lead others in life changing activities in Albania for 2 years. He started Effect.org in 2010, opening a school in rural Bihar, India. Passionate about filmmaking, he produced Stolen Innocence, a documentary exposing human trafficking. In 2015, Casey led the largest volunteer group rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake. An outdoor fanatic, Casey is happiest in the mountains and loves getting out on his bicycle.

Sandy Singh

Program Manager

Starting her career in marketing and events for corporate america, Sandy turned her attention to international development when she moved to India and scaled programs centered around Social Enterprise throughout the country. Sandy administered and created programs both helping the homeless and preventing homelessness in her hometown of Turlock, CA. Sandy has a true passion for everything India, is addicted to coffee and loves boxing, reading, and travel!


5 Expedition reviews
Devin Baer

The expedition was powerful- for many reasons. It was wonderful and heartbreaking. It was exciting and difficult. All in all, it was transformative. It's a completely different experience when you see these people, organizations, and challenges firsthand. I think the work we did made a real difference.

Julien Grouteau

The expedition format is well adapted for making you conscious of the reality on the ground and the obstacles faced by the local actors. The fact that we lived as a group for 7 days helps when it comes to collectively look for solutions. And you get to meet amazing people (both local and your fellow expedition members), visits exotic locations and feel so inspired by your experience.

Phil Bennett

I suppose it's difficult to put into words - but it's certainly had an effect on my life. Seeing extremes of poverty, human hardship and seemingly insoluble problems of trafficking in India and the meeting the incredible people who make a real difference to lives. It's challenging, heart warming, heart breaking... A worthwhile trip.


Non-profit Effect.org has been running schools in India since 2010 and noticed a decline in the number of girls attending. Casey Allred, the founder of Effect.org was shocked to learn that many girls were being trafficked into the sex trade. He was personally disturbed by the growing epidemic and wanted the world to know the truth, teaming up with a director to create Stolen Innocence, a trafficking documentary (Releasing mid 2016). &nbsb; Human trafficking is growing rapidly as the 2nd largest criminal activity in the world, with at least 300,000 girls trafficked in India alone. With many unaware that trafficking exists, this expedition is the perfect opportunity to learn about the issue, and apply your skills to create change!
The four days leading up to the hackathon, team members will learn the scope of the problem through interactive involvement with nonprofits, local leaders and lawmakers of anti-human trafficking. Each team member will learn hands on about human trafficking in three categories: prevention, care of prostitutes and rescuing. The team's primary project is to leverage each individual's technical skills during a hackathon, to come together, share ideas, form teams, build and or design products and launch your idea. Each team will present their idea, product or design at the end to a panel of local professionals. The theme of the hackathon is, “How Great Technology Can End Human Trafficking.” Be it marketing, HR, coding or other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon great. Effect.org has partnered with non profits who will be joining our expedition. These non profits will outline their biggest challenges, and participants efforts during the hackathon will be dedicated to solving their problems. Non profits will be given grants from Effect.org to help implement the solution of their choosing after the expedition.
The team will be staying in a standard hotel in Kolkata and then transfer to another hotel in Kathmandu. Not a 5 star, but very comfortable.
The team of volunteers will be accompanied by CEO of Effect.org, Casey Allred and the program manager at Effect.org, Sandy Singh. Additionally we have trip leaders from previous expeditions.
The program will include the following (all arranged by the Effect.org team):
  • Pre-program and fundraising support from dedicated staff members at Effect.org
  • A 9-day expedition (including 2 travel days) community development project developed in partnership with local NGOs and communities
  • A half day in-country induction program including training, safety, First Aid, communications, cultural awareness and acclimatisation, delivered in Kathmandu hotel
  • Personal development and creative sessions facilitated by the Effect project managers, including daily debriefs and activities which look at sustainability and International Development
  • Traditional Yoga will be provided every morning
  • Cultural (fun) day
The total cost of the trip is $5,000 plus flights; however, corporate match programs means that you’ll only need to pay or fundraise 50% i.e. $2,500.
  • You can either pay yourself or fundraise. We have found from previous trips that those who fundraise usually get more involved and gain a richer experience in country.
  • You’ll need to pay $700 deposit to secure your place, by May 17th. (This will also go towards your final balance)
  • Flights are not part of company's corporate giving programs. You’ll need to pay in advance for your plane tickets. Round trip tickets from SFO usually cost around $1,400 - $1,700. They need to be paid in full by June 7th through our travel agent.
  • Balance of $1,800 due by June 21st. First payment can be refunded if volunteer changes their mind 7 days after the first payment (5% processing fee). 30 days before the trip starts refunds will be given at 50%. Beyond 30 days Effect.org will not refund the expedition.
Please rest assured that the Effect.org team will give you advice and guidance on fundraising and as a team, we will each collectively plan some cool events together to raise funds together.
Your donation goes to transportation, food, lodgings, whilst in country. In addition, your money goes towards a grant we give to nonprofits we work alongside with during the expedition. These grant helps small nonprofits ensure new technology projects are implemented properly. Full break down can be seen here.
  • Safety management including casualty evacuation procedures.
  • An in-country project manager with extensive expedition experience to deliver the expedition in the field with the group.
  • In country transport, vehicle, accommodation, food, drinks (non-alcoholic) and equipment.
  • All community project costs including materials and expedition/ safety equipment.
Yes and No. We appreciate that your schedules are jam-packed, which is why we’ve condensed this experience to just one week, and we’re flying out on a Friday evening after work.
  • You’ll need to complete a detailed (confidential) medical form
  • You’ll need to have appropriate vaccinations (*we’ll give further guidance on what to have and where to go, but you’ll need to cover the cost).
  • You’ll need to get an e-Visa online before arrival ($60 paid online)
We’ve received a lot of interest for this trip and expect a lot of people to apply. We choose applicants based on their passion and skillset to ensure each expedition has a diverse group of individuals. Effect Expeditions has several trips planned for 2016 across India and Nepal, covering issues including Education, Trafficking and Disaster Relief. In the event that you aren’t selected for this trip, someone from Effect.org staff will be in touch to work with your schedule and place you on an upcoming expedition.
Please note that the application deadline is May 3rd 2016. Please make sure you have submitted this form by then.
In Nepal and Kolkata, the month of July is rain season and humid. The average temperature in Kathmandu in July is 24C (75F), reaching highs of 27C (81F), and dropping to lows of 21C (70F). In Kolkata, the average maximum temperature for the month is around 29.8 °C with the average minimum at 24.8 °C. The positive side of all this rain is that it makes everything in Nepal very green and lush.
This is a unique expedition to India & Nepal, Effect.org wanted to get a smart group of shoot-for-the-moon activists to create something incredible to help change the world. You’ll have the chance to see, touch and understand at the ground level how desperate this issue is in India & Nepal. Human trafficking is the world’s worst tragedy, but other countries have been successful stopping it, and so can India. But they need our help. We understand how important it is to disconnect from your daily routine, and we believe this will be a great opportunity for many of you to see the world and to make a real difference using your experience and skills. Let’s change the world together!

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