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A Preview of 2006!
Here is what we have identified as possible "Supply Chain" operations to highlight in this section in 2006. For those who cannot wait until we feature these programs, feel free to review them in advance.
I thought it would be a good idea to give you a preview of those organizations currently focusing their efforts on combining voluntary service and unique tourism activities in destinations around the world that we hope to feature in upcoming 2006 "Supply Chain" articles.
The entities appear in alphabetical order with a brief description from their respective websites.
Ambassadors For Children
Ambassadors for Children is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides meaningful travel opportunities to help children in need around the world.
In 1998, AFC President Dr. Sally Brown had a vision to combine travel with serving others and founded Ambassadors for Children. A diverse Governing Board was formed, including doctors, educators, travel experts, media specialists, ministers and representatives from the business and non-profit sector. Trained volunteer mission coordinators were recruited to help plan mission activities and lead the trips. The dedicated and caring staff of AFC handles the trip logistics such as air transportation, hotel accommodations, ground transfers and sightseeing tours.
Aquila Tours, an Atlantic Canadian Tour Operator, has been organizing meaningful travel programs for groups to destinations around the world since 1982. Through the long-standing relationships that Aquila holds in the travel industry, we are forging new partnerships and creating tremendous opportunities for our customers to travel with purpose and take part in incredible voluntouring programs in destinations around the world.
With these new voluntouring programs, Aquila follows the voluntourism philosophy of offering an inclusive, seamless travel experience from start to finish that integrates voluntary service to a destination and the traditional elements of travel. By offering these programs, Aquila’s aim is to encourage travelers to participate in humanitarian and environmental projects around the world and to make a difference in the world around them.
Developing World Connections
Tuesdays 10am ET/7am PT
What is Knowledge Without Experience . . . embark on a journey that broadens the mind and nourishes the soul.
DWC is a Canadian registered non-profit society with charitable status. Developing World Connections is a British Columbia based volunteer-vacation coordinator committed to introducing participants to meaningful service experiences and cultural tours in developing countries. Special skills are not required.
When you participate in one of DWC’s overseas adventures you have the opportunity to work along-side community members in projects that include building homes for tsunami victims, providing infrastructure needs and educational training, and assisting with agricultural enhancements in rural areas. Participants provide learning and medical assistance to impoverished children, permanent shelter to families, and aid communities by assisting with the cost of equipment, and the facilitation of employment and training opportunities. In-country project coordinators and DWC staff work cooperatively to match participant interests with the volunteer work in the host country.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE . . . AND CHANGE LIVES
DWC embraces the needs of the average traveler to have the most fulfilling experience, and to be exposed to the cultural similarities and differences that contribute to an international perspective of understanding and good will. Each of us is capable of making a contribution to improve the lives of others. Collectively we can make the world a better place in which to live.
Focusing on the principles of cultural awareness and sustainability, Globe Aware develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments that encourage people to immerse themselves in a unique way of giving back. This process naturally instills in them values to become lifelong advocates for a better world. Simultaneously the volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, sustainable programs. While Globe Aware’s financial assistance benefits the community economically, it is actually the involvement and collaboration between the volunteers and community that is the greatest mutual benefit.
Global Community Service Foundation
Global Community Service Foundation works to reduce poverty in Southeast Asia by implementing sustainable community based projects and promoting cooperation among governmental and other resources providers.
Global Community Service Foundation (GCSF) is a 501 (c) (3) public charitable organization. In 1994, after witnessing the extreme deprivation and hardships in Southeast Asia, Marcia Selva, concerned friends and fellow travelers created a non-profit organization, focused on Viet Nam. Today, the Foundation that grew out of that effort has expanded to include an active board of directors, management team and voluntourists whose dedicated work ensures the success of the GCSF mission.
North By Northeast Tours
Our trips throughout Southeast Asia are for individuals, couples, friends, and small groups of environmentally responsible and active people. We offer travelers unique, safe and exciting adventures, and leisure travel experiences, which transcend the boundaries of traditional travel.
Responsible tourism is not about imposing our own culture and values on others, nor is it about conforming totally to a local culture. It is about a respectful and equal exchange of values. Our operations span the spectrum of local society, from the major capitals to small isolated village communities. Our philosophy is a result of years of experience interacting at both extremes of this spectrum, and many points in between.
NXNE will expose you to "the real thing"; major attractions, local highlights, culture and lifestyle of the people, as well as the flora and fauna. You may encounter situations that you may find difficult to comprehend or even offensive, but we actively discourage passing judgement or instigating change.
Patagonia Foundation's Torres del Paine Chile Project
Rising from the flat steppes with breathtaking abruptness, the craggy mountains of Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia are an astonishing sight. The crown jewel of Chile’s national parks and an International Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine is considered one of the world’s greatest wildernesses.
Volunteers spend a week completing a variety of projects that may include trail maintenance and relocation, construction of primitive backcountry toilets, or improvements to wildlife habitat. After a day of fieldwork, you can relax with new friends over a hot meal. Time will be provided for day hikes to surrounding areas. Volunteers may extend their visit to Torres del Paine or arrange for adventures to other Patagonia destinations.
Track of the Tiger
Add value to your northern Thailand holiday experience by going beyond the pages of your guidebook and joining one of our short duration (4 & 5 day) 'VolunTourist' programmes that are aimed at alleviating rural poverty.
Non-qualified voluntourists work alongside qualified voluntourists, ethnic minorities (hill tribes), and rural Thai villagers on projects that support the sustainable use of forests as a platform for the development of community based eco-tourism products.
Work with them to create properly managed community forests capable of providing these villagers with a viable source of both food and income, thereby reducing their dependence on non-sustainable farming activities.
Work with us in giving these groups the opportunity and the training to become true stakeholders in the management of the tourism product, and therefore, to a fair share in the rewards. Get far more out of your visit to this beautiful region and its many attractions than any conventional tourism product can give you.
Wilderness Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 1997 to organize and promote volunteer service to America's wild lands. We work with public land agencies including the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In the year 2006 we are offering a selection of trips with a variety of service projects. We don't charge the agencies for our work, but they supply tools and supervision for the projects. It's incredible how much work a group of hearty volunteers can do in a week's time!
All trips are led by volunteer leaders. Trips are one week long and are limited to 12 or fewer participants. Meals are included in the trip price. Participants share camp chores. Most trips include extra time to explore and enjoy the area in which they are based. Wilderness Volunteers teaches and follows Leave No Trace outdoor living skills and ethics. Participants provide their own camping gear (a list specific to each trip will be mailed with registration confirmation), a sense of adventure, and a willingness to contribute time and energy to worthy projects.
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