On Feb. 3, 75 T-shirts were sold in three hours to promote service in the community and the world.
Revive Service Tours offers a new shirt on the third of every month. Ryan Ogden, president of Revive, said the campaign’s goal is to invite people to serve using slogans that are fun and exciting. Slogans on the the shirts have included “All you need is love” and “Change your shirt change the world.”
Revive Service Tours is an organization in Orem focused on giving people the opportunity to travel and do service projects that benefit impoverished citizens.
Lydia Nielsen is one BYU student that was motivated to serve and change the world, so she went on a trip to the Philippines.
“I really wanted to travel to see the world and see how I could make a difference,” Nielsen said. “I’d thought about doing a study abroad but this was relaxing. I didn’t have to worry about homework and I could just be focused 100 percent on learning about the culture and the people.”
Ryan Ogden had started his own nonprofit organization that was bought by Revive two years ago, he now serves as president.
“I served my mission in the Philippines and was thrown into a third-world country and experienced it at a level that not everyone gets to experience it,” Ogden said. “So I came home with just a big desire to help. I started a nonprofit organization that started going back to the Philippines.”
Revive now offers service tours to 13 locations around the globe, three language immersion programs across the U.S. and a service cruise to the Caribbean.
“There is a large population that likes to travel, but we have realized from personal experience that travel is so much more fun when you add an element of service into it,” Ogden said.
Brittany Moulton has been on three service tours. She loved it so much she wanted to become more involved and is now the executive assistant at Revive.
“Its not your typical vacation,” Moulton said. “It’s cool with the service element because you spend all morning and up into the afternoon working on these service projects at hospitals, orphanages, schools, stuff like that. At night we hang out at the beach or with the locals. It’s just a lot more interactive, you experience the culture a lot more.”
Revive Service Tours offers trips lasting week on average and cost $1,500, plus airfare. The price includes all meals and accommodations.
Each country has different service projects. Revive is teamed up with nonprofits around the world that know more the needs each country has. Ogden said Revive comes in with the time, the manpower and the money to get it done.
There are service opportunities in education, healthcare, orphanages, business creation and community infrastructure. Ogden said they screen all projects to make sure they reduce poverty and don’t create dependency on foreigners.
Ogden and Moulton both said that BYU students that go on trips with their organization are great examples of BYU’s motto “Enter to learn, go forth to serve.”
“We love to have BYU students because they are great people. and they have a desire to serve, and they know what service means. they don’t look for rewards, they just serve,” Ogden said.