Adventure travel operator G Adventures and its non-profit partner Planeterra are rolling out five new projects with a focus on empowering women, youth and indigenous communities.
More than 2,800 women will be positively impacted by the 3,000 travellers expected to visit these projects annually.
The new projects include a visit to a cultural and craft experience in Jerusalem where cultural stories are shared and local handicrafts are showcased, as well as a stopover in Kerala, India where 10 local women create community through hospitality and traditional food.
The new projects are part of the Project 100 initiative, a commitment to have 100 Planeterra projects built into G Adventures tours by the end of 2020.
With these projects, the total number now built into the company’s tours has reached 85.
The Berracas de la 13 project in Comuna 13, Medellin, Colombia, was created by a group of women to help their community. With Planeterra’s support, Berracas de la 13 has improved its restaurant, developed a local tour and meal service, and created a sustainable income stream. Travellers can visit this on the nine-day Colombia Express tour (from US$1,849).
The Domari Culture and Craft Experience in Jerusalem, Israel supports local women and children. Over here, guests can enjoy traditional food, listen to cultural stories, and purchase local handicrafts. Travellers can visit this project while on the 15-day Jordan and Israel Adventure tour from Amman to Jerusalem (from US$4,049).
The TWE (Together We Earn) in Kerala, India helps equip women with tangible skills so they can find employment. Travellers can visit and experience this project on the seven-day National Geographic Journeys South India: Explore Kerala (from US$1,349).
Shedia Home in Athens, Greece is a not-for-profit organisation working to employ and empower those experiencing homelessness and social exclusion in Athens. Planeterra brings travellers to the new Shedia Home, which features a cafe, an educational talk from one of the Shedia’s guides, and the option to join a tour of Athens. The visit is available on the 15-day Best of Greece tour from Athens to Santorini (from US$3,349).
Lastly, the Maldives Plastic Program in Malé, Maldives is a collaboration between Planterra and local travel company Voyages to integrate plastic pick-ups into all G Adventures tours in the Maldives. The experience can be had on the eight-day Maldives Island Hopping trip (from US$959).