TORONTO — G Adventures is commemorating International Women’s Day in a big way, with five new projects that will benefit 2,800 women and their local communities.
Launched in partnership with its non-profit partner Planeterra, the new projects include a visit to a cultural and craft experience in Jerusalem, as well as a stop in Keralla, India where 10 local women build a sense of community through 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, bringing the total number included in the company’s tours to 85.
“Supporting the local communities we visit is at the forefront of everything we do and these new projects continue our mission of turning travel into impact,” said Jamie Sweeting, President of Planeterra Foundation and Vice President of Responsible Travel at G Adventures. “I’m proud projects like these put the spotlight on the women in these communities and all the amazing work they’re doing.”
The new five Project 100 projects are:
• Berracas de la 13 – Comuna 13, Medellin, Colombia on the nine-day ‘Colombia Express’ tour, priced from $1,899 per person. Created by a group of women, Berracas de la 13 – with the help of Planettera – has developed a local tour and meal service, improved its restaurant, and created a sustainable income streat that welcomes travellers to learn from local guides and purchase handicrafts.
• Domari Culture and Craft Experience – Jerusalem, Israel on the 15-day ‘Jordan and Israel Adventure’ tour from Amman to Jerusalem, priced from $3,849 per person. The Domari Community Centre was created as a place from Dom women and children could access vocational training. Planeterra has created a tourism experience for G Adventures clients whereby traditional food is served and cultural stores are shared.
• TWE – Together We Earn – Kerala, India on the seven-day National Geographic Journeys South India: Explore Kerala, priced from $1,039 per person. With Planeterra’s support, TWE (Together We Earn) was able to invest in training and the construction of a kitchen in rural Alleppey, which is used for hospitality training and hosting international travellers.
• The Shedia Home – Athens Greece on the 15-day ‘Best of Greece’ tour from Athens to Santorini, priced from $3,499 per person. Shedia Home is a not-for-profit that employs those experiencing homelessness and social exclusion. Planettera partnered with the organization to provide sustainable income for its programs, bringing travellers to the brand new Shedia Home featuring a café, an educational talk with a Shedia guide, and the option to join a tour of Athens.
• Maldives Plastic Program – Malé, Maldives on the eight-day ‘Maldives Island Hopping’ trip, priced from $919 per person. Partnering with local travel company Voyages, Planeterra has integrated plastic pickups into all G Adventures tours travelling through the Maldives. A local non-profit also assists in the processing of the collected plastic to be use for upcycling in various countries.
All G Adventures and Planeterra projects are designed to benefit local communities based on traveller numbers, with a focus on projects that positively impact women, youth, and indigenous people.
For more information, visit https://www.gadventures.com/about-us/responsible-travel/.