Okay, so our mission is serious. But we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We believe that crossing borders has the power to break down boundaries, build cultural connections and bring the world closer together. We also believe in hostel bars and beach days. Because life’s all about balance.
Some good stuff we're up to
Breaking down barriers
Access scholarship fund
5% of all JENZA profits go to our Youth Access Scholarship Fund, so that annually, we can award funding for selected young people to do a JENZA working holiday, summer camp or professional internship. We’ll secure an initial job or internship, plus cover the program fee, flights, insurance and required proof of funds as start-up spending money. Our scholarship program was set up for young people from underserved and low-income backgrounds who wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to work and travel overseas. It is founded on trust, so please only apply if you don’t have the financial means nor the ability to amass the funds to do a JENZA experience. Applications close 31 May, funding is awarded via a judging panel, and will be announced in August.
In good company
B Corp certification
Becoming a B Corp means JENZA will meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance and accountability. From our HR policies to our supplier chains, it basically means we’re willing to have our company drawers rifled through and laundry hung out in order to be transparent about what we do – and to join a global movement of businesses who think like we do. The process to becoming a B Corp is a lengthy one. We’re about a year into the journey and are on course for 2024. Check back in Aug 2023 for our biannual impact report.
Down to business
Access and inclusivity
For us, travelling is about embracing similarities and celebrating differences. So, if we’re all about celebrating differences, why is our workforce mostly the same? It’s time to practice at home what we preach on the road. We’ve already started making changes to create a business and culture that attracts global talent from underrepresented and underserved groups. This includes removing the requirement of a degree from all job specs to focus on potential over experience, becoming a remote first business to remove geographical and physical barriers, and moving to flexible working hours to support the life, cultural and religious commitments of our workforce. Check back in Aug 2023 for our biannual impact report.
Cool to be kind
Lower impact travel
What about planes, JENZA: aren't they bad? Yeah, did you see that one with the snakes? Okay, let’s get serious for a sec. There’s no getting around the fact that travelling is carbon intensive. But by their nature, working holidays are the opposite of ‘fast’ tourism. By staying longer, finding work and contributing to the communities and economies we live in – it's a lower impact way to see the world. But do we still need to be more active in owning the impact of our travel decisions? Absolutely. Is JENZA working on a way to do that? Watch this space in 2023.
Mind the gender pay gap
No need. Our CEO and 70% of our senior leadership team are female and are paid an equal salary to the male members on our team.
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