Travel

DFW’s Member Travel Program

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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 dfwtravel@elevatedestinations.com.

 

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

 

2018 Trips

 

Guatemala

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.

 

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

 

2019 Trips

 

Kenya_lionsKenya

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

June 8 – 17, 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. This trip offers 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. The trip 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.

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

 

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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.

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Registration for this trip is open to DFW members only until November 1, 2018. If spots remain open after that time, they will be made available to family members, friends, and other non-members.

If you would like to become a member of Dining for Women, please click here.

 

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