We believe there’s a perfect balance between giving and receiving, and the holidays are no exception! That’s why we’re giving you the chance to save 15% on more than 80 tours in 12 destinations when you book by December 25, 2016! We call it the 12 Days of Good. By giving yourself the gift of travel, you give communities around the world the greatest gift of all — happiness. How’s that for win-win? Learn more here!
Regardless of the season, when you book with G Adventures, you help connect local people to the global travel economy, helping them provide for their families, maintain their cultures, and live better lives.
Amplify your positive social impact
But this is the season of giving, after all, and to amplify the positive social impact of our 12 Days of Good celebration, G Adventures will triple all donations made to our 50-in-5 campaign before December 31.
To donate, please visit our non-profit Planeterra Foundation! You can give as little as $5, and G Adventures will pitch in $10, or if you have $100 to contribute — we’ll offer up another $200. We’ll effectively triple your gift and impact! Give here!
These funds will directly support women, at-risk youth and indigenous communities in the places that G Adventures travellers visit — and will contribute to the ambitious goal of launching 50 new social enterprises in underserved communities all over the world by 2020.
Five new G Adventures For Good Projects
The initiatives, known as G Adventures for Good projects, aim to support women, indigenous communities and at-risk youth, while offering travellers immersive experiences in culturally unique parts of the world.
Over the next five years, the Planeterra Foundation will raise $5 million to integrate 50 new projects into G Adventures itineraries, changing the lives of local people in communities in over 35 countries by providing them with access to the benefits of tourism.
We’re proud to announce five new sustainable travel experiences in Belize, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Nepal for 2017, empowering travellers to support local communities while offering them a truly local experience.
The five new experiences join our list of 31 projects around the world and are part of our commitment to launch 50 new projects by 2020 – 10 per year. These five new social enterprise projects include a guided bike tour on Caye Caulker, Belize, local meals at restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Nakuru, Kenya, and homestays near Chitwan National Park in Nepal, and inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in Java, Indonesia. Check them out below!
1. Bike with Purpose | Caye Caulker, Belize
On Caye Caulker, children often drop out from school by age 12. G Adventures sends 4,000 travellers a year to the island, and by taking a Bike with Purpose tour, travellers give students from the Ocean Academy (the island’s only community high school) the opportunity to practice their guiding skills while offering travellers a unique experience. The two-hour ride embraces the island’s motto of ‘go slow’ and highlights the area’s idyllic nature, history, and culture. Learn more here.
2. El Hongo Community Restaurant | Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen has become built-up by mass tourism and this project takes travellers to see ‘the other side’ with a home-style meal at volunteer-run restaurant El Hongo. G Adventures groups enjoy a meal at the restaurant and tour the neighbourhood, learning about the vivid street art the kids created with support from this social enterprise. Learn more here.
3. Ubuntu Training Café | Maai Mahiu, Kenya
This training café empowers communities and creates jobs along the only route to the Maasai Mara. Travellers enjoy a delicious lunch sourced from local organic farms. The café also provides a market for marginalized women to learn to make, and sell handicrafts as meaningful souvenirs. Proceeds from the businesses help support the nearby Ubuntu School, which serves children with special needs by providing therapy, education, and vocational training. Learn more here.
4. Barauli Community Homestay | Chitwan National Park, Nepal
G Adventures travellers visit the Barauli Community Homestay while they are in the Chitwan region, learning about the traditions of the Tharu people. Over 1,500 travellers visit this region annually, bringing sustainable tourism revenue for the community. The homestay project aims to diversify the income of women in the region. Learn more here.
5. Tengger Community Homestay | Java, Indonesia
G Adventures travellers stay in a traditional home inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and enjoy day trips as part of a community developed hike. The new homestays will be fully owned and managed by the Tengger tribe and allow for older residents to diversify their income, while creating jobs for the next generation. [Learn more here](https://planeterra.org/what-we-do/our-projects/tengger-community-homestay/].
Travel and tourism for wealth distribution
G Adventures Founder Bruce Poon Tip believes travel and tourism can be a force for good in developing nations where tourism is one of the most important means of income.
“When we travel the right way, with like-minded people who care about making a positive impact on the places they travel to, we can do a world of good. Our new projects are examples of the sharing economy our world needs, and the sharing economy I want to see thrive.
“The United Nations has designated 2017 as its Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and with increased awareness I believe tourism can be the biggest form of wealth distribution the world has seen,” says Poon Tip.