At socialtours.com we believe that tourism is all about cultural exchange, and this is the only way to actually achieve peace in the world. Several of our trips focus therefore on transfer of cultural understanding. However, at another level, socialtours.com works with select organisations worldwide to provide opportunities for volunteers and organisations to come in real contact with people and make a difference in thier lives.
The learning from this work is tremendous for all people involved, the volunteers, the people and organisations they make an impact on, and us as a company working to finding creative ways to fulfill our moral and social obligations to society.
Since this partnership started, several activities have taken place, many of which has won awards in Germany.
United Planet (www.unitedplanet.org ) is an international non-profit public educational charity with 501(c)3 status, open to the citizens of every country on Earth. The mission of United Planet is to foster cross-cultural understanding and friendship, support communities in need, and promote social & economic prosperity among cultures in order to unite the world in a community beyond borders. As featured on CNN, United Planet undertakes a diverse and creative range of educational, humanitarian, and peace-building initiatives.
In early 2006, Raj Gyawali, Founder Director, became country coordinator for Nepal for the short term Volunteer Quests offered by United Planet. Currently, Raj is the country coordinator for Ghana and co-coordinator with Nima Lama, Manager - Operations & Sales for Nepal.
socialtours.com handles all the logistic support required by these volunteers in Nepal.
people and places (www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk)is based in the UK and has evolved from the recognition that many volunteer recruitment organisations are out of step with the needs of local communities and volunteers. The approach specifically matches individual volunteers to projects. The starting point for every project is the local community – their needs and those of the project are paramount.
In the beginning of 2007, we signed an agreement with people and places to become their local partners in Nepal. Since the start of 2008, we have started receiving volunteers at two project sites.
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