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





October 26 – November 2, 2018

4_starfish-1Guatemala is home to a vast amount of cultural and geographic diversity — from ancient Mayan temples and Spanish colonial cities to cloud-shrouded highland villages and vibrant Caribbean towns. There are sky-high volcanoes, winding rivers, remote cloud forests, and vast swaths of untamed jungle. But what truly makes this country unique is its indigenous people — including 21 Mayan groups and the Garífuna people — whose distinctive cultures, languages, and centuries-old traditions continue to thrive today.

Dining for Women has supported 10 grassroots organizations in Guatemala. This investment is deeply needed as Guatemala is ranked third-lowest on gender equality in Latin America. Dining for Women invites you to explore this amazing and complex country and connect with the work that you are supporting there.


Guatemala_lakeTRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the traditional cities and towns of Antigua, Lake Atitlán, Santiago, and San Juan La Laguna.
  • Visit DFW grantees Starfish GlobalWomen’s Justice Initiative, and Mercado Global.
  • Partake in a traditional shaman ceremony.
  • Explore Solola Market.
  • Witness the world-famous Day of the Dead Kite Festival.


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

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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