MAD Courses is an offshoot of MAD (Make A Difference) Travel, a social enterprise that has been working with marginalized communities and leaders for social innovation for the past five years.
Our courses focus on a multitude of topics, from innovation and social enterprise, to environmental sustainability. Our mission is to raise a new generation of global citizens, empowered to
Make a Difference in their own lives and that of others.
We began our journey with MAD Travel in 2015. Since then, we’ve hosted trips focused on educational endeavours and CSR initiatives, and built strong relationships with our partner communities.
However, with travel off the agenda for a while, we decided to adapt MAD Travel to our changing world through MAD Courses.
Why The Philippines ?
We use an exciting combination of live interactions, real-life case studies and automated video content to enable students to connect to leaders for social innovation, local communities, indigenous tribes and fellow students.
We believe that we all have something to learn from each other, so students will be encouraged to self-reflect on the impact of this course on their personal and professional choices.
Despite rapid economic development, the Philippines faces the same pressing sustainability challenges as many other emerging economies around the world. Fortunately, Filipino entrepreneurs and communities are warm, resourceful and we speak English - making connection to our world so much easier!
Though our main focus is the Philippines, we are also now co-creating programs in partnership with changemakers from other countries in South-East Asia.
Co-founder of MAD travel. Author of the book The Genius of the Poor ( translated into French and Japanese ) and TEDx Speaker.
An international educator for the past 25 years whose passions lie in education for lesser served communities. Created a library system for 17 rural schools in Bali.
Chief Experience Officer,
Bachelor of Science in Management from Ateneo de Manila University, she is an experienced tour guide and an expert in community development.
Universities and schools partnerships. Bachelor in International Business and 4 years working experience with social entreprises in Brazil and the Philippines.
Bachelor in Business Administration ( ESSEC Business School ) & MBA in Corporate Social Responsability
( Institut Leonard De Vinci )
Community Program Manager,
An experienced tour guide and an expert in facilitating anthentic connections
Established multiple social entreprises : MAD travel and MAD Market. The plastic solution and the Circle Hostel. Also a TEDx Speaker.
TEDx Speeches by Our Founders
Our Team Featured on
Our sister branch "MAD Market"
Since 2014, MAD has been building relationships with a vast network of social businesses and communities in the Philippines and beyond.
The symbiotic bonds we have created enable students to connect more intimately, and put their design-thinking skills to the test.
Social enterprise Platforms we have partnered with
Innovation for Social impact Partnership
The GK Enchanted Farm
QBO Innovation Hub
Supported Australia Aid, UNDP, Phildev Manila, Philippines
Our Social enterprise and NGO partners
MAGWAI is a locally produced reef-safe sunscreen made of natural ingredients to respect for the beauty of the coral reefs in the Philippines.
Bonami’s mission is to provide local communities access to quality food through entrepreneurship and economic opportunities.
Using technology, Pure Oceans creates value in the sustained retrieval of low-value plastics from the ocean, and works with communities to become committed defenders of the purity of our reefs and seas.
Pure Oceans Philippines
Native is on a mission to see a Malaysia where people from all walks of life are represented, protected and valued for their distinctive identity - redefining what it means to be a native through community based travel opportunities.
EVG takes responsibility as a bridge of trust between volunteers, sponsors and disadvantaged communities in remote areas, including ethnic minority.
Dignity for Children is a non-profit organisation in Malaysia, with associated social enterprises, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the lives of poor and underprivileged children through the provision of holistic, child-centered, quality education.
VIRTUALAHAN is the pioneering and globally awarded virtual school for Persons with Disabilities to develop skills and mindset to become competitive employees and entrepreneurs.
PeoplePods Philippines provides dignified and professionally managed dormitory communities for female factory workers.
Gawad Kalinga is a non-profit organisation, with related social enterprises, whose mission is to build caring and sharing communities, dedicated to eradicating poverty and restoring human dignity.
RAGS2RICHES is a globally acclaimed fashion and design house empowering community artisans in the Philippines.
Ferrer created iFarms Inc. with the intent to improve the agri-value chain and to dignify agriculture in the Philippines through the means of technology.
Our Community partners
For the past few years, we have been building close partnerships with seven different communities in the Philippines.
For more information on our community partners, click here!