Paying it Forward in the Communities You Visit
Today’s Pay It Forward Friday, features Toronto based tourism company G Adventures and its philanthropic arm the Planeterra Foundation. G Adventures is best known for its trips that allow travellers to visit almost every corner of the world through group based adventures.
The founder of G Adventures, Bruce Poon Tip, created Planeterra in order to show appreciation to the places G Adventures operates in by giving back to the communities and the people who live there.
Planeterra is Working Where You Play
G Adventures operates in the communities it helps, which means the Planeterra team is able to easily understand the issues faced by locals. Planeterra goal is to design long-term solutions to help the local people and conserve their environments.
Helping Through Tourism
G Adventures makes it easy for travellers to donate by giving people the option to give $3 per booking and recommending their Dollar-A-Day program, both of which are completely optional. The Dollar-A-Day program allows tourist to give a dollar for each day of their trip with the donation going directly to to the place that they are visiting. G Adventures matches dollar for dollar, all donations made to the Planeterra Foundation (up to $30,000 per year). G Adventures also funds all of Planeterra’s operational costs, which means that 100% of donations go to the people and projects they are helping.
The list of Planeterra’s ongoing projects is impressive. It includes building paediatric centres and schools in Africa, animal preservation and youth training programs in the Arctic, and street kids projects in Asia.
Helping from Home
If you, like me, are waiting for your kids to reach the minimum age of 5 for a G Adventures family trip or for another reason are not traveling with them but want to donate, you can donate to any of their existing projects through their website. I particularly like that you can choose to give to the project in greatest need or pick any project you want to give to.
The Future of Tourism
For more on the Planeterra Foundation and their belief that responsible tourism better impacts the world, watch this short video created by G Adventures and Planeterra. If you are interested in Bruce Poon Tip’s philosophy on how “purpose-driven business models centered around happiness can transform lives” (his own words), make sure to visit www.futourism.org or check out his new book Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business.
Pay It Forward Friday
Do you know an organization that should be featured in Pay It Forward Friday? I’m always looking to help spread the word on ways families can help other families, locals, environmental groups or animal groups while on vacation. Leave a comment on this post or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: All photos were provided by G Adventures and the Planeterra Foundation.