Five new projects aimed at empowering women and their communities have been announced by G Adventures and its not-for-profit partner Planeterra.
Launched ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday (8 March), the initiatives will seek to help more than 2,800 women in Israel, India, Colombia, Greece and the Maldives.
The projects – which G expects to be visited by 3,000 travellers annually – are part of the Project 100 initiative, a commitment to have 100 Planeterra projects built into G Adventures tours by the end of this year.
With the newly added enterprises, the total number now built into G’s tours has reached 85.
Each year, more than 100,000 travellers visit Planeterra projects, impacting the lives of more than 60,000 local people, with initiatives focusing on improving the lives of women, and young and indigenous people.
The five new projects see G and Planeterra journey to Medellin, Colombia, a city once controlled by drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, to visit the Berracas de la 13 restaurant, which has developed a local tour and meal service and grown local infrastructure to create a sustainable income stream which welcomes travellers looking to learn from local guides, purchase unique handicrafts and try new food.
The experience is available on a nine-day Colombia Express tour priced from £1,179pp.
In Jerusalem, G customers can visit the city’s Domari Community Centre, created as a place where Dom women and children can be supported and given vocational training while gaining the confidence and independence to thrive.
The Dom community in Jerusalem faces regular discrimination due to not being fully integrated into either Israeli or Palestinian societies.
Planeterra has supported the Domari Society of Gypsies by helping to create a tourism experience offering locals the chance to showcase traditional food, cultural stories and handicrafts.
Travellers can visit this project while on a 15-day Jordan and Israel Adventure tour from Amman to Jerusalem, priced from £2,449pp.