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

 

 

2021 Trips

 

Tanzania

July 16 – 25, 2021

Join DFW in Tanzania, one of the most beloved and enchanting destinations in the world. Far more than just a place to see the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania offers a wealth of hospitality and the opportunity for cross-cultural exchange to be treasured for a lifetime. On this DFW journey you will have the opportunity to experience Tanzania’s natural beauty and connect with Tanzanian women and girls you have supported through Secondary Education for Girls Advancement (SEGA) and African People & Wildlife (APW).

Highlights:

  • Spend a weekend with students at the SEGA Girls School in Morogoro, where you’ll be immersed in the school’s community while staying at the on-campus lodge
  • Hike the enchanting Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro
  • Visit the APOPO hero rats that are trained to detect land mines and Tuberculosis
  • Learn about African People & Wildlife’s unique model to support community-driven conservation at their headquarters, the Noloholo Environmental Center
  • Search for large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, and even cheetah on a safari in Tarangire National Park

There are currently two spots available for this trip. Click here to see the trip itinerary, cost, and to register.

For questions or more information, please contact DFW’s travel provider Elevate Destinations at dfwtravel@elevatedestinations.com.

Elevate Destinations is offering a 10% discount on your total program fee for any DFW Journey for those who pay in full by December 11, 2020. If you are interested in taking advantage of this discount, please let Elevate know and they will issue an invoice. You may get in touch with Julia at julia@elevatedestinations.com.

 

 

Nepal

October 21 – 30, 2021

Spend an enriching and enlightening ten days with Dining for Women in Nepal — a country known as the “cultural powerhouse of the Himalayas.” Nepal is truly the perfect destination for every type of traveler. Situated in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepal is a country rich in history, culture and majestic wildlife. Experience the beauty and tranquility of palaces, sacred temples, shrines and artwork here in Buddha’s birthplace.

Aside from learning about the Nepalese context, you will also have the unique opportunity to visit and learn alongside four of DFW’s grantees in Nepal and experience, firsthand, how they are impacting the lives of Nepalese women and children. In a country where there are tremendous gender disparities, these impactful organizations equip women and children with the skills and resources to become leaders of their own futures. We invite you to join this inspiring and uniquely customized journey with DFW that highlights holistic approaches to uplifting communities in Nepal.

Highlights:

  • Discover the vibrant culture and traditions of Nepal through cuisine, sightseeing and interacting with local communities.
  • Learn about local efforts to promote development through equality, improved healthcare and education, and global advocacy.
  • Engage with four of Dining for Women’s Nepalese grantees; Little Sisters FundBlinkNow FoundationHands in Outreach and One Heart Worldwide
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site, Bhaktapur, one of the best preserved medieval city-states of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Spend two days at Chitwan National Park, a protected jungle recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.

There are currently two spots open for this trip. Please click here for trip itinerary, cost, and to register.

For questions or more information, please contact DFW’s travel provider Elevate Destinations at dfwtravel@elevatedestinations.com.

Elevate Destinations is offering a 10% discount on your total program fee for any DFW Journey for those who pay in full by December 11, 2020. If you are interested in taking advantage of this discount, please let Elevate know and they will issue an invoice. You may get in touch with Julia at julia@elevatedestinations.com.

 

 

Malawi

October 13-22, 2021

Malawi has been affectionately dubbed “the warm heart of Africa.” This small country boasts unspoiled beauty, and is one of the easiest countries in which to combine ‘bush and beach’. Malawi also has another story to tell – one of welcoming and age-old culture, tradition, and crafts. On this once in a lifetime journey with Dining for Women, you’ll have the opportunity to witness first-hand the reach of DFW’s work, from sustainable and efficient stone cookstoves, to after school programs for girls, to much-needed health outposts.

Your journey will begin and end on Malawi’s most coveted feature, Lake Malawi, which is characterized by perfectly clear waters and an abundance of tropical freshwater fish. The trip will commence with an unforgettable two-day visit with DFW Grantee, RIPPLE Africa, where you’ll be immersed in the day-to-day life of the local community with a pristine backdrop of Mwaya Beach on the Northern tip of the lake. Your trip will come to a close in Liwonde National Park, a once-in-a-lifetime destination for all wildlife lovers, nestled in the southern tip of the pristine lake.

Highlights:

During this 10-day journey, you will experience Malawian culture and natural beauty, learning alongside three of Dining for Women’s inspiring grantees. This incredible journey will offer travelers the opportunity to:

  • Discover the warmth of Malawian culture and its vast landscape by exploring different regions of the country, visiting vibrant markets, and connecting with locals.
  • Visit three of Dining for Women’s grantees – Ripple AfricaGlobal AIDS Interfaith Alliance, and Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa – and experience their work, firsthand.
  • Spend two days on Lake Malawi at the breathtaking Mvuu Camp. Mvuu means “Hippo” in Chewa, and after a day at this camp, nestled in the heart of the awe-inspiring Liwonde National Park, you’ll understand why it was named for these amazing creatures.

Click here for the full itinerary, cost, and to register for this trip.

For questions or more information, please contact DFW’s travel provider Elevate Destinations at dfwtravel@elevatedestinations.com.

Elevate Destinations is offering a 10% discount on your total program fee for any DFW Journey for those who pay in full by December 11, 2020. If you are interested in taking advantage of this discount, please let Elevate know and they will issue an invoice. You may get in touch with Julia at julia@elevatedestinations.com.

 

 

2022 Trips

 

India

February 5 – 17, 2022

Join Dining for Women for an unforgettable journey through Rajasthan, India, the Land of the Maharajas. A region famous for its regal culture and rich heritage, Rajasthan is home to majestic palaces and forts, colorful arts and handicrafts, and delightful cuisine. You will spend 13 days exploring the historic cities of New Delhi, Jodphur, and Jaipur, seeking out a glimpse of wild tigers at Ranthambore National Park, and topping off your adventure by visiting the iconic Taj Mahal.

You will also have the unique opportunity to visit and learn alongside four of Dining for Women’s grantees in Rajasthan and experience firsthand how they are impacting the lives of Indian women and children. These organizations equip women and children living in poverty with the skills and resources to become leaders of their own futures. We invite you to join this inspiring and uniquely customized journey with Dining for Women that highlights holistic approaches to empowering women and children in India.

Highlights:

Over this 13 day trip, travelers will have the opportunity to engage in the work that Dining for Women supports in Rajasthan, India. Through this inspiring learning journey, travelers will:

  • Discover the vibrant culture and traditions of Rajasthan through cuisine, sightseeing, bazaars and markets, and interacting with local communities
  • Learn about local efforts to promote development through skilled arts, access to healthcare, food and water security, technology, and education
  • Engage with four of Dining for Women’s grantees; Asia Initiatives, Gravis, Anchal Project, and Edu-Girls (Vimukti Girls School)
  • Visit beautiful palaces, forts, and temples of the Rajasthan region such as Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, the “Palace of Winds” in Jaipur, and the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Spend two days in the stunning Ranthambore National Park, a protected reserve for tigers, leopards, and marsh crocodiles

Click here for the full itinerary and to register. The cost for this trip will be updated soon. For questions or more information, please contact Elevate Destinations at dfwtravel@elevatedestinations.com.

Elevate Destinations is offering a 10% discount on your total program fee for any DFW Journey for those who pay in full by December 11, 2020. If you are interested in taking advantage of this discount, please let Elevate know and they will issue an invoice. You may get in touch with Julia at julia@elevatedestinations.com.

 

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