MIR was founded in 1986, during the latter years of the USSR, to help foster mutual understanding between the peoples of the Soviet Union and the United States and Canada through travel. We believed then and believe now that travel unites. Travel gives perspective. Travel humanizes. Travel is peace. It is of course no coincidence that MIR is also the word for peace in both Russian and Ukrainian. For over 35 years that word, and the meaning behind it, has been integral to what we do, guiding where we travel, how we travel, and most of all why we travel.
The events unfolding in Ukraine are excruciating to watch. Ukraine has been a key MIR destination since the beginning, and we have friends, colleagues, and family there. In Seattle, watching from afar, we have all shed tears over the past few days. It is hard not to become emotional when imagining the terror and calamity thrust upon those dear people. We are all praying for peace in Ukraine, and for the safety and well-being of both those we cherish and the Ukrainian people as a whole. We ask that you do the same.
In the face of conflict and tragedy, our overarching mission will remain unchanged. Travel unites. Travel can be a force for good. Travel is peace. We’ll all be anxiously awaiting the day when we can return to Ukraine. In the meantime, we will continue to safely travel as we have for decades, through times of conflict, through a pandemic, and through many good times as well.
How can you help? Donate to one of the many professional organizations helping to bring aid to Ukrainians amid the invasion that has caused a humanitarian crisis. International Rescue Committee, The International Committee of the Red Cross, Save the Children, The UN Refugee Agency, and World Central Kitchen are just a few of the organizations doing great work in this time of great need.
Mir Corporation has been a Road Scholar Program Provider since 2006.