New DFW Travel Program Launches
Dining for Women is launching a new and exciting Travel Program that will provide meaningful and inspirational travel experiences for our members. These trips will offer opportunities for our members to connect face-to-face with our grantees and the women and girls we serve. Our goal is that these experiences will deepen our members’ understanding of the issues faced by women in the developing world, especially the women we support, while fostering strong bonds of friendship with other travelers.
Following a formal application and vetting process, DFW announced on May 12 that its Board of Directors has approved Elevate Destinations as our travel provider.
Elevate Destinations is based in Cambridge, MA and specializes in designing and implementing sustainable travel programs for nonprofit organizations while empowering and respecting the local destinations. It is a female-owned and operated social enterprise; philanthropy and positive social and environmental impact are key to its mission. Elevate’s experience ranges from arranging stays in traditional local housing with bucket showers in Malawi, to eco-luxury excursions in the Amazon, with a wide range of trip styles in between.
Elevate was selected as DFW’s travel provider due to its extensive experience in international travel (95 percent of its work takes place in developing countries), demonstrated commitment to traveler safety and security, and strong focus on sustainability practices and gender issues. It has partnered with other nonprofits that are similar to DFW, including the Peace Corps and Global Fund for Women.
We especially love Elevate’s “Buy a Trip, Give a Trip” program that allows groups of local children to visit tourist sites in their own country, and its belief that travel has the power to transform lives and landscapes.
We expect the first trip will take place by early 2018 and will be announced on our website and in our e-newsletter, The Dish. Sign up to receive The Dish here.