tour leader Ella SchmidtAlthough now retired, Ella Schmidt previously worked for both Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Waterloo Region and Habitat for Humanity Canada. Ella participated in HFH Global Village excursions to Mongolia, Nepal, and Mexico.  While living in Malaysia for two plus years, Ella volunteered with HFH Malaysia on several special projects for their Board of Directors. Ella also served as the Vice-President of the International Women’s Association of Penang, Malaysia. An avid traveler, Ella has journeyed throughout Southeast Asia including to Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Malaysia. She has also been to Dominican Republic, Scotland, Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland. Ella hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru and only has a few kilometres left to finish the 900-kilometre long Bruce Trail in Ontario. 2019 is Ella’s 30th anniversary as a member of Girl Guides of Canada. Through Guiding, Ella was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding volunteer leadership. Ella lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband of 47 years.  Together they have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

Jungles & Wildlife of Malaysia

On this 9-day tour, explore the natural wonders of Malaysia – see unusual wildlife like orangutans, sun bears, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, and pygmy elephants. Enjoy relaxing on multiple river safaris on the Kinabatangan River. In Sepilok, enjoy visiting rehabilitated orangutans and seeing the worlds smallest bears. Spend one night on Libaran Island to learn more about sea turtle conservation program. Then fly to Kuala Lumpur – take a tour of the city to see some of the historical landmarks. This tour is for the nature lover who also wants a taste of culture, and would rather spend time at a jungle resort than a luxury hotel. 

Danube River Cruise From Budapest to Prague

Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated people throughout the centuries. Experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of the region. Take in scenic highlights in the famous cities of Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), and Prague (Czech Republic). Also, see Bratislava (Slovakia), and Regensburg and Passau in Germany.