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Volume 9 Issue 4 Highlights

 

 
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Supply Chain

It's Simple: Travel To Do Good

What happens when people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds participate in voluntourism? Travel To Do Good (TTDG) founder Roslyn Parker is exploring what this means as she brings voluntourists from diverse cultures to Jamaica, South Africa, and Ghana, as examples. She and her team from Affinity Travel Group are working to build on a mission that began for her some 20 years ago on a trip to the Dominican Republic. How did that life-changing event alter the way she formerly perceived travel & tourism, and how did it come to shape her work with TTDG? We'll explore these topics and more in this issue's Supply Chain.

Introduction & Background:

Travel to do good (TTDG) is a division of the Affinity Travel Group.  Our Travel to do good volunteer travel programs encourage travelers to become engaged in the life, culture and people of a destination by participating in a short term volunteer or service project.  We have volunteer program partners around the world and can also coordinate a customized experience based upon the time allotment, budget and skill set of the traveler.   Most of our programs offer a voluntourism travel experience, which blends a volunteer project into the best traditional elements of tourism including, the arts, history, culture, recreation, sports and geography.  This form of philanthropic travel allows participants to experience a destination in a more meaningful and profound way.

My personal journey with volunteer travel began over 20 years ago during a group sales incentive trip to Casa De Campo in the Dominican Republic.  During our bus ride home, to the resort, I knew that this trip would have a bigger impact in my life.  It was there that I looked beyond the pristine grounds of our beautiful resort and thought about what could I do to make this corner of the world a better place.  I knew in my heart that I would return one day, and this trip had served as a catalyst that widened my perspective about serving humanity.

Ironically, many years later I returned to the Dominican Republic to embark on my first volunteer travel project. It was with the Airline Ambassadors, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide humanitarian and international relief to children in need.  We began our trip in San Fuego, where we delivered medical supplies, distributed clothing, and sports equipment.  We hosted a children's party in the afternoon and later that evening I spoke to a women’s group about domestic violence. It became clear to me that this trip had provided a good place to begin my journey to empower othersto travel to do good.  Shortly there after I formed my company and began taking several trips a year, taking individuals and groups with me to various destinations in the Caribbean and in Africa. 

Philosophy:

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Our Guiding Principals - -

Inclusion:  All our included in this process to serve.  In doing this, we work and partner with a diverse group of individuals, corporations, non-profit organizations and government entities

Oneness:  We believe in the fundamental principles of oneness; one people and one community

Respect:  As stewards of this process, we believe it is our responsibility to serve our program partners with dignity and respect.

Humility:  We are humbled by this process and our desire to serve

One of the ways we measure our success is in the overall positive contributions we make to our society and to humanity as a whole.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • children's programs,
  • women's empowerment,
  • teaching,
  • mentoring,
  • light construction,
  • landscaping,
  • painting,
  • conducting life skills workshops,
  • business coaching,
  • creative arts projects,
  • environmental projects, and
  • mobile medical clinics

Tourism Experiences

Our programs offer travelers a rich array of tourism experiences. In South Africa, for example, individuals will be able to visit the Mandela House Museum, the Hector Peterson Memorial, and the Apartheid Museum, as well as participate in a Game Safari. In the area surrounding Cuzco, Peru (see below "Sample Itinerary",) travelers will visit Machu Picchu, the Urubamba Valley, and have the opportunity to visit three museums: the Archaelogical Museum, the Regional History Museum, and the Religious Art Museum. In Jamaica, recreational water sports are available for those who enjoy the sand and sea. An abundance of options are available depending on the time of year of the visit.

Sample Itinerary:

Cusco Peru - - 8 Days/ 7 Nights June 22-29, 2014
Cultural Immersion Volunteer Travel Experience

Day 1 Cuzco - - Arrive at any time. Included arrival transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Aranjuez Hotel or similar

Days 2-3 Volunteer with Children Spend mornings and afternoons volunteering at a drop-in center for children supported by Planeterra and STA Travel. Play games, help with homework, teach English, help with the cooking and participate in various workshops such as leather working and jewellery making (intermediate Spanish required).
Overnight at Casa Valdivia or similar

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Days 3-4 Cuzco Enjoy a Guided City Tour on Day 3. Day 4 is free to Explore the city. There are several good museums in Cuzco, including the Archaeological Museum, which also houses a small art museum, the Regional History Museum and the Religious Art Museum. Our best advice for exploring Cuzco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map and set off to explore!
Overnight at Aranjuez Hotel or similar

Day 5-6 Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. Free time to relax and explore the town.
Overnight at Pachacutek Hotel or similar (Breakfast)

Day 7 Machu Picchu/Cuzco Travel by early morning bus for a guided tour of the inspiring Machu Picchu ruins. Return to Cuzco in the late afternoon and transfer to your hotel for the night.
Overnight at Aranjuez Hotel or similar (Breakfast)

Day 8 Cuzco (Breakfast) Transfer to airport. Depart at any time.

Contact Information:

Travel to do Good
Roslyn Parker
CEO/Chief Experiences Officer
1980 Post Oak Blvd Suite 1500
Houston Tx 77056
800-416-7040
cell:  001.954-649-2922

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