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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Trip #1: June 8 – 17, 2019
Trip #2: June 17 – 26, 2019
Matrilineal 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.
- 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
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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.
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.
- 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!)
Click here for the full trip itinerary, cost, and to register.
This trip will be open to Dining for Women members only until August 1, 2019. If spots remain open after August 1, they will be made available to family members, friends, and other non-members.
For questions or more information, please contact DFW’s travel provider, Elevate Destinations, at email@example.com.
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).
- 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
Registration is open to DFW members only until September 28, 2019. Click here for the full itinerary, cost, and to register. For questions or more information, please contact Elevate Destinations at firstname.lastname@example.org
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