Want to travel the world with your family on a small budget?
is a new website that highlights global opportunities and activities for children right in our own backyard.
The site was created by Mandy Yokim, a native of Virginia and graduate of both University of Virginia and Duquesne. Yokim describes herself as a geekie mom who prefers to take her children places where they can learn more about diverse cultures and global issues.
“Parents are so busy these days, they need a resource that spells it all out for them,” she says.
Wonderaddo, as the name suggests—addo means inspire in Latin—aims to instill a sense of wonder about the world through opportunities and events, whether its a trip to the World Launch Event at Pittsburgh Public Market or the Ukranian Festival in McKees Rocks.
The website is visually appealing, clean and easy to use. The calendar offers events at a glance being held throughout the year. Specific topics are organized on tabs. A map of the world encourages parents and children to make the connection from a geographic perspective.
Yokim’s colleague and mom-friend Cassie Brkich of Brkich Design designed the site.
The easiest way to engage a child’s interest is by presenting opportunities that already interest them, be it languages, music or art, says Yokim. Pittsburgh is so diverse, that makes it easy.
“It’s a great visual representation of how Pittsburgh is connecting people and places all over the world,” she says.
Going forward, Yokim plans to collaborate with groups like Global Pittsburgh and the World Affairs Council to spread the world about the diverse cultural opportunities here.
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Mandy Yokim, Wonderaddo