Dining for Women Travel Program
“The experience was worth its weight in gold!” – 2010 Kenya traveler
We welcome you to join us on one of our highly-regarded travel adventures! We have just added a trip in February of 2014 to return to Vietnam and Cambodia. Our 2013 trip to Vietnam was a wonderful experience and we want to extend the opportunity to more travelers. Read our blog from this trip.
For the remainder of 2013, we are still accepting wait list applications for our journey to India.
Many factors go into planning these trips and itinerary details may change.
Participant selection process: Due to the popularity of the DFW travel program, if trips fill beyond capacity, priority will be given to those who dedicate many volunteer hours to help DFW operate. Therefore, there are three tiers for selection. The first tier is for those who volunteer on a national level; the second is leaders of DFW chapters; the third is chapter members. Priority is given to those who have not been on a trip in the past.
If you have further questions about the travel program, or for more info on any of these trips, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to traveling with you soon!
Patricia Andersson and the DFW Travel Team
Come join us on a journey to Cambodia and Vietnam!
We will spend time with Children of Vietnam - a two-time recipient of DFW grants, and meet single mothers who received funds to create a path out of poverty. In small groups, we'll visit these courageous and resilient women in their homes and newly-established businesses. In Cambodia, we will meet with DFW-funded shelter counselors from Lotus Outreach, learn about the issue of trafficking and hear first-hand accounts of their struggles and successes in their work to rescue and rehabilitate girls caught up in the sex trade.
In Hanoi, we’ll visit a group of foster girls and take them “out on the town!” "
Along the way, we'll see some of the world's wonders: Angkor Wat and the magnificent temple of Banteay Srei, the "Citadel of Women" dedicated to Shiva. Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake and people who live in a floating village. The 1,000 year-old capital of Hanoi with its French Colonial charm - and millions of motorcycles. An overnight cruise on beautiful Halong Bay. And the UNESCO world-heritage site of Hoi An, where a cooking lesson will be just one unforgettable experience. A video of the 2013 journey will give you a taste of the experience! Download a flyer for more details.
International air routing is into Siem Reap, Cambodia with departure from Danang, Vietnam.
To be considered for this trip and for more information, please fill out and submit the Vietnam Interest Form. Priority is given based on contribution/service to DFW and to those who have not yet traveled on a DFW trip. Deadline for application: Oct. 31, 2013
Maximum group size: 18
Approximate cost: $2795 (est) plus $300 donation to Dining for Women. Price does not include international airfare (ranging from approx $1,200 - $1,700).
Itinerary details are subject to change.
2013 Scheduled Trips
These trips are currently fully booked although we are accepting interest forms for the wait list for India.
Reservations are closed for this trip
During this trip, you will have a chance to visit five, yes FIVE Dining for Women-funded organizations, including MayaWorks, StarFish One By One, Mercado Global, 13 Threads and Friendship Bridge. This is a trip of a lifetime if you want to see how your funds are impacting Guatemalan women and their culture.
Our group will meet in Guatemala City, where we will have a social justice tour and an introduction to the Mayan culture, and we’ll learn where Guatemala is today, politically and from a social economic standpoint.
From Guatemala City, we will travel to Tecpan to visit with MayaWorks and their artisans in Comalapa, near the Village of Agua Caliente. We will be shown how the cooperatives of women weavers work. We’ll also visit nearby Iximche, an archaeological site of the Mayans, and see a Maya ceremony taking place at the site with local shamans. On our way to Lake Atitlan on Saturday, we will visit Totonicapan, an open air market. This is the largest market in the Guatemala Highlands and has not been "blessed" by tourists. All the handicrafts there are made by the Maya for the Maya. The Mayan people still wear and use all hand-made utensils and fabrics! We will also get to visit the homes of some of the artisans!
We’ll then travel to Lake Atitlan where the other four organizations are headquartered, and check into our comfortable hotel on the lake, our “home away from home” for the next seven days.
We will travel across Lake Atitlan to the home villages of Starfish One By One’s teenage girls to learn how the Bridge Program’s peer support groups, community mentoring, and leadership training has paid off. We’ll visit the homes of these young women (leaders in their communities and schools), learn to cook tortillas, beans, rice, and salsa, and see how these leaders of tomorrow live their lives.
We will travel to women’s cooperatives, meeting artisans who earn their living making candles and rugs. We’ll have the opportunity to experience Community Facilitator trainings in self-esteem, human relations and leadership development, and visit the new cultural center which DFW’s donations helped build.
We will travel to rural villages to meet with women who have gone through financial and business literacy classes funded by DFW, then share dinner together and hear about their hopes and dreams for their brighter futures!!
We’ll visit Friendship Bridge and meet the courageous women who accepted loans in 2007 from DFW to start small
business, educate their children and empower themselves. Through
their program – which combines small loans averaging $250
and participatory education – women start, expand or diversify their businesses
and learn practical, applicable lessons on everyday topics including business,
health and self-esteem.
After these experiences, we’ll take time to explore Antigua, a city in the central highlands famous for its well-preserved architecture of Spanish-Baroque influence. We’ll also visit a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. A beautiful city with delicious restaurants and places to see, a tourist destination for a reason.
An optional extension trip, October 13-16 (3 days) is available to the jungles of Tikal and National Parks of Lanquin (Sumec Champey), to watch the sun rise over the Mayan Ruins, meet screech monkeys, go swimming in the crystal clear waters of Sumec Champey, and swim by candle-light in volcanic caves. Is that enough adventure for you?
Maximum group size: 14
Approximate cost: $1500 plus international airfare (12 days)
* Tikal and Semuc Champey Extension $400 plus airfare (approx. $150) (3 days)
* Itinerary details are subject to change.
This trip is fully booked but we are still accepting applications for a waiting list.
Come join us in the magical north of India! We will be spending time with three very different programs that DFW has sponsored in the past: Matrichaya, offering rural women and girls basic education, hygiene, and vocational training, along with microcredit loans; Anchal Project, helping commercial sex workers rediscover their self-worth and train in trades for a sustainable safe living; and Association for India’s Development (AID/MBBCDS), delivering holistic empowerment programs for tribal women through group development initiatives.
In addition we will visit national treasures like the Taj Mahal. Agra Fort, Ghandi’s monument gardens and many palaces and temples. We will experience lovely food, and many modes of unususal transportation such as ricksaw taxis, trains, and an elephant ride. We will shop in the colorful markets and visit remote villages to understand the poverty and beauty of the countryside while meeting amazing women and families who are perservering daily.
We will fly into Delhi to start the trip and out of Kalkata at the end, with lots of countryside in between.
To be considered for this trip and for more information, please fill out and submit this India Travel Interest Form.
Maximum group size: 10
Approximate Cost: $3500-4000 plus international airfare (17 days)
Itinerary details are subject to change.