Learning how to keep cultural traditions alive is crucial across so many destinations. And no place is this more evident than Japan. The country’s Living National Treasures is a designated group of artists and craftsman who have dedicated their lives to mastering designated crafts. Guests to Japan can visit washi paper makers who are dedicated to the craft but need attention and sales to keep their traditional art alive.
Children of the Rainbow school supports more than 220 children in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and provides education, healthcare, nutritional assistance, and other social support Services. Travelers can visit Peru’s Kuychi Center to meet the children at Niños del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow), tour the school’s cafeteria, kitchen, garden, and classrooms, while interacting with students .
When in Italy, consider visiting Cometa. This nonprofit organization helps at-risk kids and their families by providing access to tutors, job training opportunities, and recreational activities after school. You can visit the establishment and work alongside the kids while they learn cooking, gardening, woodworking, and more.
A well donation can offer villagers a better life. Before your trip, a village in need is identified and the groundwork construction of a well is organized. Guests are then invited to the village in time to join the community in witnessing the final pouring of cement to secure the well. Through this meaningful act, guests can see the far-reaching benefits of their generosity, particularly in impoverished areas.
Sometimes benefiting a community is as easy as ordering from a menu. When dining out, look to support locally-owned restaurants and vendors, like a Rastafarian farm-to-table vegan experience in Montego Bay, Jamaica, or a seafood Friday night street party in the popular fishing village of Gros Islet in St. Lucia, where you can purchase arts, crafts, and local dishes from small businesses.
Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet the ladies of Pink City Rickshaw who will take you on a tour of Jaipur. Hear their stories from growing up in the slums to becoming part of this unique initiative where they have become shareholders in their own company.
On African Travel, Inc.’s ‘Chobe, Valley of the Elephants’ trip, guests take part in an eco-safari with an all-female guiding team. More than 65% of the staff are women, including the all-female team of professionally qualified guides – a successful initiative aimed at increasing the number of qualified female guides within the Botswana guiding fraternity, which is usually male dominated. This experience advances UN Global Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities through its employment of women.