Dining for Women: Guatemala Cloud Forest
January 18th – 25th, 2020
ECOSYSTEM OF RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL:
Elevate Destinations believes that the act of travel is sacred. It has the power to transform lives and landscapes. Our goal is to use that power in the most positive way imaginable. Elevate Destinations was founded and operates as a social enterprise: philanthropy and positive social and environmental impact are key to our mission.
Whether you are traveling with a non profit group or are on vacation with your family, know that we design each trip conscientiously, facilitating travelers to fully experience, understand, and protect destination areas. Here are some of our current initiatives that contribute to our ecosystem of responsible travel:
Buy A Trip, Give A Trip: Every trip organized through Elevate Destinations allows a group of local children to visit tourist sites in their own country. Visiting historical sites, seeing conservation projects, and getting up close with wildlife is an immeasurable experience for local youth — many of who have never traveled out of their own villages.
Meaningful exchange with local people: We arrange gatherings with local non-profits, change-makers, and doers to bring humanity to non-profit work. This practice extends to our born-and-raised ground teams and guides, who are the experts of their own countries and excited to share their experiences with you.
Proactive conservation: We design our trips to support local conservation initiatives that rely on tourism as a source of funding. In this way, safeguarding wildlife and wilderness becomes an income-generator for local people.
Luxury with a purpose: Elevated luxury is about choosing luxury lodges that are doing the right thing, and doing it well. We vet for responsibly-owned lodging that celebrates its environment and indulges guests with local luxuries.
Carbon offsetting: Elevate reduces the carbon footprint and other potentially negative impacts of travel by providing carbon offsets for all land portions of our trips.
Fighting human trafficking: We are a member of CODE, which prevents human trafficking and human rights abuses in the travel and tourism industry. Elevate was the sixth travel company in the USA to agree to this policy and has led the way for many of our partners to join.
We continually evaluate our trips to include the most responsible travel guidelines available, and review partners for adherence to sustainability measures.
SOCIAL IMPACT JOURNEYS TEAM:
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our Social Impact Journeys Team:
Megan Begley, Senior Manager of Social Impact Journeys
Dana Droller, Associate Account Manager of Social Impact Journeys