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 exclusive 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


Visiting Dining for Women Grantees


DFW members interested in visiting one of our grantees are encouraged to participate in a DFW sanctioned trip through Elevate Destinations. On occasion, our members are interested in connecting with grantees when they are travelling on their own. Some of our grantees have their own visitor/volunteer models and are well-equipped to handle tourists.  For others, accommodating visitors can cause undue hardship because of their limited staff and resources. DFW has developed some guidelines that will help to minimize any hardship on our grantees while allowing our members to connect face-to-face with the women and girls we serve.


Guidelines for Visiting DFW Grantees


2019 Trips



January 20 – 30, 2019

We invite you to begin your love affair with Kenya. From the wide grasslands of the Masai Mara to majestic wildlife, join us to see why the country is a bucket list destination. Although you might come for the animals, it is the heart and soul of the women and girls who inhabit this majestic country that will make you want to come back!

Meet DFW grantees in Nairobi and vibrant rural communities. Spend time with local families and understand the complexities of their daily lives. Your journey will conclude against the unforgettable backdrop of the Masai Mara as you search for lions, cheetahs, and elephants on safari. Leave this adventure with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this intricate and enchanting country and the women and girls who inhabit it.

Euphrozine HeshimaTRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

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THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL.  Click here if you would like to inquire about future trips.


Bhutan Trips

Trip #1: June 8 – 17, 2019
Trip #2: June 17 – 26, 2019

READ Global-Photo 1Matrilineal traditions are longstanding in Bhutan, and as a result, Bhutanese women have a fairly empowered standing in society. However, Bhutan still has its share of gender disparity and challenges. With only a handful of elected women parliamentarians and women leaders in the civil service and private sector, Bhutan still has a long way to go to achieve gender equity. These trips offer a holistic view of the cultural and traditional evolution of women’s roles at home and in public spaces. You will have a chance to explore how these roles have changed due to modernization and democracy in relation to the country’s guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

READ Global was DFW’s Featured Grantee in August 2017. It was the 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. These trips will include visits to READ Global’s operations throughout the region and the opportunity to interact and volunteer with the women.

Bhutan-tigers_nestTRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit multiple READ Bhutan Centers and volunteer with local women and children.
  • Participate in a private symposium of women leaders in Bhutan.
  • Enjoy local arts and crafts at the Textile Museum, local crafts market, and VAST Art Studio
  • Learn to cook hoentey, a regional specialty.
  • Hike the incredible Taktsang Monastery, known as the Tiger’s Nest.

Bhutan Trip #1 – June 8 -17, 2019
This trip is now FULL.

Bhutan Trip #2 – June 17 – 26, 2019
This trip is now FULL.




August 31 – September 8, 2019

Get ready to fall in love with Peru! From Inca ruins high in the Andes Mountains to the beautiful lush fields of the Sacred Valley, let Peru’s ancient stories draw you in to this intoxicating destination. Join Dining for Women for an exciting adventure to explore and learn about the ancient history of the Inca and how the past translates into modern day life for rural women and girls in this incredibly beautiful and diverse country.



  • Visit and participate in service projects with two DFW grantees: Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls and Sacred Valley Health.
  • Explore the ancient mountain town of Cusco.
  • Visit the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, an immense ruin of both religious and military significance.
  • Experience the breathtaking Moray Agricultural Terraces and Maras salt mines.


  • Discover the Ollantaytambo living Inca City and ancient history of textile art.
  • Learn to cook local cuisine and make your own Quechua textile.
  • Optional: Visit iconic Machu Picchu.

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL. Click here if you would like to inquire about future trips.




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