Our History

iCare Travel is the inspiration of social change enthusiast and long-time explorer Noel Sutter. Travel and social change have been passions for Noel since her early childhood. She carried these passions with her to college, earning a social science degree (Anthropology emphasis) from studies at Reed College, Harvard University, the University of Colorado, and schools in Germany and Spain.

Noel once saw a survey that later became a driving force for the creation of iCare Travel.

The survey asked 1600 Americans: What makes you happy?

The top responses:

  1. Spending time with family and friends
  2. Helping people in need

In her 25 years of criss-crossing the globe, Noel had never seen a shortage of people in need. And she already knew that quality time spent with others—especially with loved ones—was a source of happiness.

It is from these thoughts that Noel began building her vision of iCare Travel. With help from nonprofit sector colleagues and friends, Noel developed an innovative approach to vacationing where the traveler could “make a difference” in a way the traveler chose, as he or she visited an exotic, developing-world destination. In 2009, the iCare Travel Foundation was established, and “Wish Lists” were created for certain popular destinations. Partnerships were formed with carefully chosen in-country travel and hospitality professionals in order to provide exceptional, value-conscious vacation experiences. Henceforth, iCare Travel came into fruition.

What does this mean for you?

Simply put, it means there has been much legwork done to ensure that your travel experience is extraordinary.

Special Thanks to our “inner circle” of Partners & Associates

We would also like to thank our international travel company and nonprofit Partners and Associates.

Recent awards received by Partners and Associates ~

  • Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Tour Operator”
  • National Geographic Ashoka Changemakers Award, Winner, “Best example of Geotourism in the World”
  • Diversion “Most Liked Travel Tour Company”
  • National Geographic Traveler “50 Tours of a Lifetime” 
  • World Travel and Tourism Council, one of three best examples of “Ecotourism Investing in People in the World”
  • Defensoria National de los Habitantes, Winner, “Improving the Quality of Life of Costa Ricans”
  • Geographic Adventure “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • Condé Nast Traveler Hot List (Arenas Del Mar, Costa Rica)

iCare Travel is located in Larkspur, Marin County, California, USA — 9  miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and surrounded by Marin County’s redwoods.