DFW’s Member Travel Program


DFW’s Travel Program provides meaningful and inspirational travel experiences for our members. These trips offer opportunities for 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 facing women and girls in the developing world, especially the women we support, while fostering strong bonds of friendship with travelers.

DFW’s travel provider is Elevate Destinations, based in Cambridge MA, which specializes in designing and implementing travel programs for nonprofit organizations while empowering and respecting the local destinations. It is a female-owned and operated social enterprise with a strong commitment to sustainability practices and gender issues.

DFW works with Elevate Destinations to select trip destinations that are of interest to our members and allow visits to DFW grantees. We are committed to offering unique travel experiences at a variety of price points in order to appeal to as many of our members as possible.

For questions or more information on any DFW trip, please contact Elevate Destinations at


2018 Trips



February 18 – 25, 2018

Rwanda1Women were crucial to the reconstruction of Rwanda following the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and their hard work and commitment remains just as indispensable today. Rwanda is internationally lauded for its efforts to promote women in leadership positions within the government and to empower women at the grassroots level economically, socially, and politically. It is the only country in the world with a female majority in parliament (currently at 64%), and it has established a 30% quota for women’s participation in all decision-making bodies nationwide, from the village councils all the way up to the level of national government.

Dining for Women (DFW) has supported Rwanda with multiple grants (eight in total) over the years, making it an ideal place for a life-changing, DFW member trip. Come with us to see firsthand the women and girls that DFW supports and to celebrate women’s continuing vital leadership role in Rwanda!

Rwanda2Trip Highlights:

  • Visit with multiple DFW grantees, including Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) and Gardens for Health
  • Visits with other local grassroots organizations
  • Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Optional gorilla trekking
  • National Genocide Museum
  • Dian Fossey Museum
  • Traditional Rwandan dance class

Click here for the itinerary, cost, and to register.

Watch our hangout with Elevate Destinations about the trip.



Late October/early November 2018

Trip details to be released soon.

2019 Trips


Spring 2019

READ Global-Photo 1Bhutan is a small, land-locked country in Southeast Asia sandwiched between China and India. It has a fascinating history, and was isolated from the rest of the world until the 1960s. Today, it is known for its beauty and “Gross National Happiness”.

READ Global, which was our featured grantee in August 2017, was DFW’s first grant awarded to an organization operating in Bhutan. DFW’s grant provides training in literacy, leadership, financial literacy, and livelihood skills such as weaving and beekeeping. It also helps women form savings cooperatives to start and upgrade their businesses.

Trip details to be released soon.



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