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

 

 

2020 Trips

 

Guatemala Cloud Forest

January 18 – 25, 2020

Join Dining for Women in the beautiful central highlands of Guatemala for a week of learning and volunteering with DFW grantee Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC).

Come and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Q’eqchi’ Maya who live deep in the cloud forest. Learn about the way of life for Q’eqchi’ women and girls and how CCFC supports their growth and development through their Women and Agroecology Leadership for Conservation (WALC) program.

CCFC alleviates poverty and protects forests in Guatemala through education, reforestation, sustainable development, leadership training, and ecological improvements to agriculture. CCFC believes that education, especially for young women, is key to building peace in this region. The goal of the WALC program is to equip local young women for productive, healthy and happy lives as well as to enable them to be agents of positive change in their families, communities, and villages.

Dining for Women supported CCFC’s WALC program with a Featured Grant in 2015, and is now expanding its support with a Sustained Grant of $75,000 over the three-year period of 2019-21.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience life in the cloud forest of Guatemala, learn about the ancient Mayan culture, and be inspired by the people who are working to support the growth and development of young Maya women.

Highlights:

  • Experience firsthand the activities of the Women and Agroecology Leadership for Conservation (WALC) program funded by your DFW donations
  • Learn alongside WALC students about gardening, nursery management, and reforestation
  • Help teach local children through the CCFC Kids and Birds program
  • Participate in Q’eqchi’ Mayan traditions and hike to the Maya ceremonial sites inside caves
  • Visit a local school as well as some of the students’ homes
  • Learn how to roast coffee and make chocolate (and taste them as well!)

This trip is now FULL.  Please use this link if you would like to be added to the wait list.

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

 

Tanzania

July 16 – 25, 2020

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

This trip is now FULL.  Please use this link if you would like to be added to the wait list.

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

 

Nepal

October 8 – 17, 2020

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.

This trip will be open to DFW members only until December 15. If spots remain open after December 15, they will be made available to family members, friends, and other non-members.

Click here to see the full itinerary, cost, and to register.

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

 

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