Our Story

Our journey began when Bob Utne, founder of EWA Travel, served as a volunteer in the US Peace Corps. Bob helped build 40 primary schools and hundreds of houses for teachers in Gabon. There, Bob met Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a Nobel Peace Prize winner whose daily examples of Reverence for Life and humanitarianism helped to inspire Bob to establish EWA Travel back in 1976.  EWA’s focus continues to be on meeting the travel-related needs of the international development, relief, and medical communities.


“Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity. Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” –Dr. Albert Schweitzer


After the Peace Corps, Bob worked six years in the Executive Office of the President first as a Management Intern then as a Planning Officer where he gained substantial management and public service experience. He later joined Air France in their marketing department prior to starting EWA.


From the beginning of EWA and to today, Bob has focused on bringing in the most talented and highly experienced team of travel professionals in the nation to service the international NGO and business communities. "We know your travel needs in headquarters and in the field. You want high quality travel services on a 24/7 basis, no matter how difficult the circumstances are."