Humanitarian Travel

At SEE International, our main objective is to make it easier for willing, humanitarian-minded volunteers to go on SEE expeditions. As such, we have partnered with Key Travel to provide humanitarian travel options for our volunteer teams.

Booking flights, and getting baggage and medical supplies through airport security, can be complicated. We want to make sure that high airfares or unexpected luggage restrictions never stop an expedition from taking place. Key Travel helps us guarantee this by offering discounted fares and extra baggage to humanitarian volunteers like you.

Key Travel offers the following benefits

  • Extra Baggage – Most of the fares include 3 checked bags built into the ticket price. This should ease the challenges of transporting the supplies and essential equipment needed for your sight-restoring work.
  • Extended Ticketing – You can hold humanitarian fares provisionally, up to 11 months in advance without commitment. This allows you to book early and take advantage of less expensive prices, without incurring a penalty for changing or cancelling.
  • Flexibility after Ticket Issuance – Humanitarian fares are flexible tickets, enabling you to change or cancel plans after ticket issuance, with significantly lower airline penalties.
  •  24-hour Assistance – Travel, especially long distance humanitarian travel, can be unpredictable. Key Travel is available 24 hours to address any problems you may face in transit. Trained specialists provide active travel crisis support and fast reaction times. Even though our volunteers don’t routinely experience challenges while on a SEE expedition, knowing that Key Travel is looking out for your safety may put your mind at ease.

At SEE, we want our volunteers to always feel welcome to book their own travel plans. That said, we think Key Travel is an excellent option. From Randal Avolio, SEE’s President & CEO: “I personally recommend you at least get a quote for humanitarian fares before booking your next trip. Last summer I saved about $3,000, using humanitarian rates, when I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Key Travel will offer you multiple quotes to meet your scheduling needs and airline preferences, which you can compare with other rates you find online. One important thing to note – this service is available for your entire team that is volunteering on the SEE expedition. Non-medical volunteers, spouses, and children included!

We encourage you to try Key Travel at least once, and let us know if you find it helpful. Also, if/when you do try Key Travel, let us know how you liked it. We constantly strive to improve services for our SEE Docs, and the feedback is most helpful. Lastly, we highly encourage that you explore getting trip insurance.

How to Contact Key Travel

To learn more or begin booking with Key Travel, email and include the travel request form. Their response time for quoting your trips is four business hours. Additionally, you can reach Key Travel at 646-218-2100.


  • SEE volunteers, Dr. Jesus Fuentes Mujica, ophthalmic technician Luis Velasco and Dr. Maxwell Cheng cared for hundreds of Peruvians, providing free eye exams and sight-restoring surgeries. Dr. Mujica is a Peruvian ophthalmologist who goes on close to 20 medical missions in his own country each year. Seeing how worn his one set of surgical instruments were from many years of use, Dr. Cheng generously gave him his own instrument set so that Dr. Mujica could continue his work to help the needy in the rural areas of Peru.

    March 27


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