“We are thrilled to partner with WanderSafe as our work is all about travel, and helping vulnerable children world wide. This partnership allows us to share real innovations for keeping our members and all travelers safe!” Nancy Rivard, President, Airline Ambassadors
23 Sep 2018
Experience the true meaning of Christmas and help provide an early Holiday party to support the under-privileged children of Barrio San Francisco, near Cartagena, Colombia. Your heart will open when we bring school supplies, sports equipment and gifts and you see as to see young faces light with joy. Our team will be joined by SASCA (the airport administration), who introduced us to the community and we will stay in the historic city, full of old world charm. See story of past trips here
Jose Redondo Raffo, one of of our most incredible humanitarians, will lead the team. He has been active helping our brothers and sisters from other countries like Peru, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala. On Sept 14 and 15 he joined a team from SACSA (Airport administration) continue a commitment to help Barrio San Francisco.
They taught the kids the value of the environment and how they could use everyday materials to built a vertical garden. Working together with young students from the School Corazón de Maria, they built a Vertical Garden.
Itinerary coming soon, but save your space now with a $100 deposit.
22 Sep 2018
07 Sep 2018
Asia Pacific Aviation Safety Seminar 2018
AAI’s trainer Donna Hubbard, was a key presenter at this conference coordinated by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
The Asia Pacific Aviation Safety Seminar (APASS) on 5-6 September 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. APASS will be hosted by Asiana Airlines and organised by the AAPA Flight Operations & Safety Working Group (FOSWG).
APASS is the premier regional aviation safety event and is designed to create a common meeting place for the region’s airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, insurers, ground handlers, MROs and suppliers to discuss and to be updated on the latest developments and priorities in aviation safety. This seminar has a proven track record in providing an excellent safety forum including networking opportunities that enable the exchange of ideas on the important fundamentals and applications of aviation safety best practices, in-service experience, lessons-learned and sharing of practical solutions with key aviation safety experts around the region.
As in past seminars, a series of topic-specific workshops will be organised to create a more focused environment for participants to exchange views and debate on the practical approaches in managing some of the leading safety challenges facing the region.
30 Aug 2018
I am really looking forward to our Airline Ambassadors International October Mission
Trip to the Philippines! Together we are helping a community of children from Abatex Dumpsite in Manila and Shepherd of the Hills Children’s Foundation (SOTH) in the Philippines.
This is the first year that we have been invited to stay at the resort and also spent two days with the children at Abatex. Please come and help make this a memory the children will never forget.
The children at Soth look forward to us visiting twice a year. By the end of the time spent with these children you will have made a wonderful memory in their lives. What they give us is something we will never forget…. pure love.October 17-19
Please join us for our opening ceremony of a feeding shelter for families at Abatex. This is a very special occasion for everyone. We will spend two days with the families at Abatex community enjoying the children with many planned activities. We will all go together to a waterpark so the children can enjoy their day (last spring AAI gave them swimsuits). We will be staying two nights at a beautiful resort. We have been given a great discount by the family who owns the resort. This will be a first for them to host us.October 19
Return to The Elan Greenhills hotel… enjoy free time before our travel the next day.
We will be traveling by bus to Zambales (about four hours from Manila) to help the children at Shepherd of The Hills. We will be staying at the orphanage for five days and four nights and enjoying many planned activities including swimming, hiking, going to the beach, island hopping, a scavenger hunt, baking, welcoming and goodbye parties and doing some painting projects at the school. Everything is included.For this trip there are a few things not included….
1.The hotel on these dates Oct.17,19 and maybe 24 ( some people plan on flying out the evening of the 24th but many flights leave in the morning so you will need to make a reservation for this night if you’re not flying out). You will be responsible for making your own reservation at the Elan Greenhills hotel or hotel of your choice as long as you are there for our departures. The rates range from $50-$80 per night including breakfast. I will be more than happy to assist with the booking of the hotel.
2. A few dinners are not included at the resort but we have late lunches planned and there is a beautiful sports bar we can all get to know each other and have some appetizers/dinner together.
3. October 19 is a free afternoon to do exploring and this is on your own.
4. Round trip transportation from the airport to the hotel (which will range from $10-$30).
5. Airfare is not included
The cost of the trip includes most meals, all of our activities with all the children and families at both locations as well as all activities and
Transportation except airport
Entrance fees to the beach
Boat rental for island hopping
Jeepney rental for everyone
All snacks and treats
$15 for each Soth child for shopping
Money left over will be donated for the feeding shelter
Cost of the trip:
$100 Deposit (this is non refundable and will be used as a donation if you do not come.)
Total is $800
Once you sign up for the trip you will get a detailed itinerary.
Please feel free to contact me anytime via email or phone.
Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to hearing from you,
06 Sep 2018
AAI trainer and consultant, Sherry Saehlenou presented “Human trafficking: Moving Beyond Awareness” at the APATS (Asia Pacific Aviation Training Symposium) conference in Singapore on August 29th to an audience of Asian flight personnel. Although some in the audience were familiar with the global problem of human trafficking none reported that their airlines were training on the subject. As trafficking in persons is now a globally recognized problem, awareness is good but we must move beyond awareness to train in what to do when suspected cases occur on our airlines. To quote Donna Hubbard, “Awareness is about recognition. Training is about empowerment.” Saehlenou presented the newly published guidelines by both ICAO and IATA for training flight attendants on trafficking in persons. Both offer detailed guidelines for airlines of member states to begin their comprehensive training. The guidelines are available on both ICAO and IATA’S websites and the information, although specifically written with flight attendants in mind, can be adapted for use by all aviation personnel.
30 Aug 2018
See below August notes from Escort Director Margaret Whitehead
Viva la France!
Karen Returns Home to Guatemala
Kathy Garza / Soad Hamden go above & beyond!
18 Aug 2018
AAI provided TWO Human Trafficking Awareness training’s in Philadelphia on September 18, 2018.
“We cannot thank you enough for your support and for providing the two training sessions at PHL. I have had countless requests today to add more sessions! Word traveled fast on how informative and moving the sessions were.” Jim Moses, GM American Airlines PHL Airport.
Many thanks for support from sponsor Travelliance and PHL Professional Women in Aviation as well as American Airlines for their support. Special thanks to Karen Rathman of Travelliance and Rachael Tamalonis for support.
A morning and afternoon training were opened by Jim Moses, VP of American Airlines and Renee Tufts, Manager Airport Security. Ron Morgan of AA Security and Eric Ruona of FBI also made opening remarks emphasizing the importance of airport employees awareness of this horrific crime. Over 100 attendees participated and were inspired, especially by Ms. Donna Hubbard who shared her personal story of surviving human trafficking and now giving back to her community and working as an AA flight attendant.
Trainers included AA’ers Nancy Rivard, Teresa Garza, Donna Hubbard and Tammy Meade. Local NGO’s, Nationalities Services Center, Covenant House and Walk Her Home also shared helping to raise awareness of human trafficking to front line employees in Philadelphia. We hope that PHL employees will continue to support these NGO’s and even have a team to participate in the Walk Her Home 5K Walk/Run on October 20th.
“Thank you for the opportunity to participate. Program’s such as this are an important part of our security posture here at PHL and the more awareness we can bring to our stakeholders about the various issues our community may face, the better! Thank you and your team for all the hard work you do to get the information out.” Renee Tufts, C.M. Airport Security Manager, Philadelphia International Airport
18 Aug 2018
Airline Ambassadors partnered with the American Association of Airport Executives to provide a full day of training for security personnel at
O’Hare Chicago International Airport for the Chicago Aviation Authority. Security personnel participated in real life scenarios that have actually happened in trafficking cases at airports. Trainers Nancy Rivard, Shamere McKenzie and Andrea Hobart led the class and Teresa Garza, David Rivard and Brian O”Riley observed as well as Laura Ng from local NGO Break Free.
Shamere McKenzie, founder of SunGate Foundation is a survivor of human trafficking and experienced trainer. She trained with Airline Ambassadors in Jamaica last year and last month Shamere was named the Anti Human Trafficking Ambassador for the country of Jamaica!
This was AAI’s first training with the American Association of Airport Executives.
17 Aug 2018
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13 Aug 2018
Our AAI team of Nancy Rivard, Donna Hubbard and Sandy Hodges provided a Train the Trainer for Icelandair Training staff on August 22, 2018: The training took place at the training facility and included instruction and role playing with real case scenarios on the simulators.
Each received a certificate of completion as they teach human trafficking awareness to the upcoming classes of Icelandic Airline flight attendants.
And afterwards we got to see a little of this incredible country.