Travel

Our Member Travel Program

 

Together Women Rise’s Travel Program provides meaningful and inspirational travel experiences for our members. These trips offer opportunities for members to connect face-to-face with our grantees and the women and girls we serve. Our goal is that these experiences will deepen our members’ understanding of the issues facing women and girls in the developing world, especially the women we support, while fostering strong bonds of friendship with travelers.

Together Women Rise’s exclusive travel provider is Elevate Destinations, based in Cambridge MA, which specializes in designing and implementing travel programs for nonprofit organizations while empowering and respecting the local destinations. It is a female-owned and operated social enterprise with a strong commitment to sustainability practices and gender issues.

Together Women Rise works with Elevate Destinations to select trip destinations that are of interest to our members and allow visits to Together Women Rise grantees. We are committed to offering unique travel experiences at a variety of price points in order to appeal to as many of our members as possible.

For questions or more information on any Together Women Rise trip, please contact Elevate Destinations at togetherwomenrise@elevatedestinations.com.

 

Visiting Together Women Rise Grantees

Together Women Rise members interested in visiting one of our grantees are encouraged to participate in a Together Women Rise sanctioned trip through Elevate Destinations. On occasion, our members are interested in connecting with grantees when they are traveling on their own. Some of our grantees have their own visitor/volunteer models and are well-equipped to handle tourists.  For others, accommodating visitors can cause undue hardship because of their limited staff and resources. Together Women Rise has developed some guidelines that will help to minimize any hardship on our grantees while allowing our members to connect face-to-face with the women and girls we serve.

 

2024 Trips

 

Together Women Rise: Journey to Malawi

October 1-11, 2024

Malawi is affectionately dubbed “the warm heart of Africa, and boasts unspoiled beauty that combines ‘bush and beach’. This small country also has another story to tell – one of welcoming and age-old culture, tradition, and crafts. On this once-in-a-lifetime journey with Together Women Rise, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the reach of Rise’s support to women and girls in Malawi. From financing and advocating for female entrepreneurs, after-school programs for adolescent girls, to sustainable and efficient stone cookstoves, you will explore programs that support gender equality from different angles.

Your journey will begin in Lilongwe and end on Malawi’s most coveted feature, Lake Malawi, which is characterized by clear waters and an abundance of tropical freshwater fish. Along the way, you will visit and interact with four of Together Women Rise’s grantees, including Ripple Africa, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa), The Mooncatcher Project, and Shared Interest.

Join Together Women Rise Communications & Membership Director, Wendy Frattolin, on this trip. 

 

Highlights

  • Discover the warmth of Malawian culture and its vast landscape by exploring different regions of the country, visiting vibrant markets, participating in hands-on cultural activities including cooking and art classes to deeply connect with the Malawian culture.
  • Learn about the issues facing girls and women in Malawi, and initiatives tackling these challenges through interactive visits with four of Together Women Rise’s grantees.
  • Experience an unforgettable, two-day visit with Ripple Africa where you will be immersed in the day-to-day life of the local community with the pristine backdrop of Mwaya Beach.
  • Relax on the shores or participate in activities at Lake Malawi, christened by David Livingstone as the “Lake of Stars” because of how the twinkling stars and galaxies glitter from the crystal-clear water of the lake.

SEE FULL TRIP INFO & REGISTER

The deadline for registering for this trip is Wednesday, July 3rd. 

Registration is now open to Rise members and non-members. Don’t delay; spots for this trip are limited, and our trips often fill up before the registration deadline!

Questions? Please contact Together Women Rise’s travel provider at togetherwomenrise@elevatedestinations.com.

 

Together Women Rise: Journey to Cambodia

November 7-18, 2024

Join Together Women Rise on this expansive journey to Cambodia, where you will visit and interact with two of the organizations that Rise has supported: Kids Play International and Mith Samlanh.

Kids Play International promotes gender equality through sport and the Olympic values in post-genocide impacted countries. Mith Samlanh provides safe shelter and support to marginalized girls, many at risk of human trafficking, living or working on the streets of Phnom Penh.

Broaden your horizons by learning about Cambodian history, from the temples of the world’s “eighth wonder,” Angkor Wat, to sites affected by the radical Khmer Rouge regime. Celebrate the resilient growth of this nation by sharing in one of their biggest holidays, the Bon Om Touk water festival.

End your trip just outside Phnom Penh, where you will reflect on your journey in the Cambodian countryside.

Join Together Women Rise CEO, Beverley Francis-Gibson, and Board Chair, Cheryl Holland, on this trip. 

 

Highlights

  • Have a uniquely immersive experience with communities in Cambodia and locally-driven initiatives that support Cambodian youth as you visit Together Women Rise grantees, Kids Play International and Mith Samlanh.
  • See the largest religious structure in the world, the majestic Hindu-Buddhist temple complex Angkor Wat.
  • Celebrate the Bon Om Touk water festival by cheering on the local dragon boat races and sharing in prayer at floating lantern ceremonies.
  • Rest and reflect at a boutique resort in the Cambodian jungle, complete with farm-to-table meals.

 

 

SEE FULL TRIP INFO & REGISTER

 

The deadline for registering for this trip is August 2nd. 

Registration is now open to Rise members and non-members. Don’t delay; spots for this trip are limited, and our trips often fill up before the registration deadline!

Questions? Please contact Together Women Rise’s travel provider at togetherwomenrise@elevatedestinations.com.

 

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