About Us

Our Philosophy



In general people thing charity and fun are two different pair of shoes. To proof that hard work for no compensation can still be a fulfilling live task, we created YKUT. Along our route around the world it became our passion to volunteer our help to people and nature in need, believing that even small changes can make a big difference.

Sustainability and paying respect to local habits are our highest premise. To us there are two different approaches to charity work. Top down, you can initiate a long term development setting the foundations for decades of improvements. Bottom up, on a local basis, there are small things that can be changed with less effort and funds.


Our Promise



"Traveling the world with social and environmental commitment" is more than a slogan, it's what we do. It involves respect to the habits, cultures and religions of the people we come across as well as intense care and responsibility for every kind of natures creations. It defines the way we travel, the way we work, the way we live.

Whenever we ask for your financial support, be assured that 100% of your donation will go straight to the project of your choice. Our work is voluntary and there will be no fees or reductions of any sort. Follow your project online. Watch the initial video and see the final result. There is nothing we have to hide.

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Our Team



YKUT was founded by Anita Kisiala and Nico Hopp in 2012 and until today we still form the main drivers behind this project. In 2016 we got married and Anita gave birth to little Flynn, expanding the core traveling team to three. Most of what you see on theses pages, including programming, pictures and videos, is still created directly and with love by us.

Nevertheless we believe that our team is much more than just that. To us a team is formed by a group of people sharing the same thoughts and believes, trying to solve the same problems. So if you think alike, if you believe in YKUT, if you believe in us and what we do, we are more than happy to call you part of our team.


Anita Hopp

There are many reasons for traveling the world, but what touches me the most, are the rare situations like the beauty of an untouched landscape, wild animals living in freedom and a smile on a child’s face. I always wanted to do something with importance and there is nothing more important to me than saving those magical moments for our next generations.

Flynn Hopp

Flynn is the game changer. Eleven days after he was born he had a major heart surgery, leading us in to the darkest times of our life. His life was saved and after month of worry and fear hope was growing. Today he is a bright and active kid making his parents thankful for the miracle of modern medicine that worked on him.

Nico Hopp

When I was 14 years old my parents took me on a trip to Kenia. To get to our hotel we had to cross a river on a public ferry. The boat was packed and I will never forget the feeling I had, surrounded by mostly poor people. I was wearing nice clothes and had a suitcase full of stuff with me. At that moment all I really wanted to do, is to open my bag and just say: Take it!

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