The WanderTours Giving Program has become an integral part of each of our international tours. But what exactly is it?
It all began in 1992 while Beth Whitman (owner and founder of WanderTours) was traveling in Vietnam and saw the overwhelming poverty that existed, and realized that a very small amount of money could make a huge difference in the lives of the locals. Since then, she has found ways to support many projects.
In 2012, she created the WanderTours Giving Program, where a portion of each tour participant’s fee is donated to a project or non-profit organization in the country that we visit. Sometime during the tour, the group will visit the organization to make the donation and learn a little bit about the work being carried out.
Some of the organizations we’ll be helping in 2014 are:
- South India – Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust – an orphanage in Chennai for mentally challenged, abandoned children
- North India – Sambhali Trust – a program in Jodphur which helps women and children from the untouchable class by educating them and providing them with skills
- Vietnam – Lifestart Foundation a non-profit in Hoi An which helps Vietnamese, especially women, providing ways to earn a living
- Bhutan – RENEW a program dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls, particularly victims of abuse
There is still space available on all of our international tours in 2014. Book a tour with us and feel good about helping the local population wherever you travel. Give us a call (206-317-1860) or Contact Us via email and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have!