Previous Trips

Many adventurous DFW members have been thrilled to join us as we travel to visit the women and the grantees we’ve supported in the past. Some members have enjoyed our trips  so much that they have traveled with us multiple times. The experiences we offer are personal and unique, and take our travelers to places and situations that they would never experience on traditional trips. Coupled with that is the company that we travel in – a group of like-minded companions with interesting lives and an openness to discover more of the world.

Guatemala 2020

Our Dining for Women travelers spent a week volunteering and  immersing themselves in the unique culture of the Q’eqchi’ Maya who live deep in the cloud forest. They learned about the way of life for Q’eqchi’ women and girls and how CCFC supports their growth and development through their Women and Agroecology Leadership for Conservation (WALC) program. Read the trip summary.

Peru 2019

Our Dining for Women travelers enjoyed an exciting adventure to explore and learn about the ancient history of the Inca and how the past translates into modern day life for rural women and girls in this incredibly beautiful and diverse country. The key highlight was visiting and participating in service projects with Dining for Women grantees Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls and Sacred Valley Health. Read the trip summary.

Bhutan 2019

Thirty Dining for Women travelers participated in two separate trips to experience the beauty of Bhutan and to see firsthand the work being done at the READ Bhutan centers which Dining for Women funded in 2017. Read the trip summary and blog posts.

Kenya 2019

Dining for Women travelers forged powerful connections to the inspiring work of our Kenyan grantees: Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), RefuSHE, Kenya Self-Help Project, and Wiser International. They left this adventure with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this fabulously intricate and enchanting country and the women and girls who inhabit it. Read the trip summary.

Guatemala 2018

Fourteen Dining for Women travelers had a unique opportunity to connect with the beauty of Guatemala, its culture, and the work that Dining for Women has supported at Starfish, Mercado Global, and Women’s Justice Initiative. Read the trip summary and blog posts.

DFW travelers were honored to join the Urubuhero, or women’s gathering.

Rwanda 2018

Fourteen travelers participated in a learning journey to meet the women and girls we supported through Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), Gardens for Health, and Global Grassroots, and to see firsthand how women have played a leading role in the reconstruction of the country following the 1994 genocide. This trip also provided the opportunity to trek the Volcanoes National Park to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Read the trip summary and blog posts.


Dominican Republic 2015

This was a special opportunity for 18 DFW travelers not only to visit the DR and our featured program Mariposa, but also to spend a full week working with the staff and students and really getting to know the people as well as the history and culture.  Read the trip summary and blog posts.


Burma/Myanmar 2015

Burma was a one-of-a-kind journey. To experience a land of endless mystery and beauty was exceptional. But the centerpeice of the journey was the time spent with the girls of Girl DeterminedRead the trip summary and blog posts.


Peru 2014

We took 14 travelers to visit the wonders of Peru from Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca to remote regions where DFW donations are at work, visiting INMED, a program we have sponsored several times and enjoy other once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  Read the trip summary and blog posts.


Cambodia-Vietnam 2014

For the second time in as many years, we took a group to Vietnam — but this trip added the richness of Cambodia. We visited Children of Vietnam  and experienced many of the unique sights and sounds of the region.  Read more.


India 2013

This trip in November 2013 visited three DFW programs — Anchal, AID-MMBCDS, and Matrichaya. Along the way our nine travelers visited the iconic Taj Mahal, rode elephants and camels and connected with each other, Dining for Women and the growing circle of empowered women.  Read more.

Lauren mercado global

Guatemala 2013

This ambitious trip visited five DFW featured programs: MayaWorksStarfish One by OneThirteen ThreadsMercado Global, and Friendship Bridge. We were fortunate to visit so many organizations, which were similar in their focus on rural Mayan women but different in their methods and goals. Read more.


Indonesia 2013

Twelve adventurous DFW travelers, loaded down with extra suitcases full of medical donations that we had readily agreed to transport, met up in Singapore to start a whirlwind trip to visit Borneo and Bali, two of the 17,000 islands that make up the country of Indonesia. Our main objective: to meet and learn about our supported program Health in HarmonyRead more.

DFW travelers in Vietnam 2013

Vietnam 2013

Dining for Women travelers visited Children of Vietnam.  The program has been featured twice so we were able to meet with recipients of past support and witness the changes that have occurred in their lives as the result of our funding, as well as visit with women who are just starting the program.  Additionally, we had time both pre-and post-program to visit some of the highlight destinations within Vietnam. Read more. 


El Salvador 2012

The El Salvador trip was both a service trip to work with our program Prevention International – PINCC, but also a very educational one where we came to understand more of the factors that had forged current attitudes and politics. Read more. 

Angie Maddox at Kibera

Kenya 2012

Led by BOMA Project founder Kathleen Colson, the Kenya 2012 trip visited several programs supported by Dining for Women. Read more. 

PINCC and DFW Volunteers

Nicaragua 2012

DFW’s very first service trip was to Nicaragua. A group of nine DFW volunteers spent five days working side by side with PINCC  (Prevention International – No Cervical Cancer) at León’s free regional hospital. Read more. 

Nepali woman with Heifer goats_PA

Nepal 2011

Sixteen intrepid DFW travelers met up in Nepal in early November 2011, spending two weeks with Heifer International traveling to small, rural villages to meet with women whose lives had been changed through their involvement with Heifer’s program. Read more. 


Peru 2011

For a trip filled with so much and made up of such diverse women from different backgrounds and ages ranging from 20-71, we had a trip of a lifetime. We all came back with a deeper connection to the women and children of the world as well as to how meaningful the work of Dining For Women is. Such a small amount can make such a big difference in so many villages in Peru. Read more. 

Gorilla Uganda 2010

Uganda 2010

A number of us who traveled together in Kenya went on to Uganda, meeting up with additional travelers in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city near Lake Victoria, to make a group of 10. We came to visit Bead For Life, a fantastic nonprofit we’ve supported twice that provides business training and income generation for women, teaching them to roll beads from recycled paper. These beads are then strung into beautiful jewelry that is sold at bead parties–similar to old-fashioned Tupperware parties—across the world. Read more. 

The whole family crossed the road right in front of us

Kenya 2010

Kathleen Colson, founder of The BOMA Fund, is also a travel guide, and arranged our trip to Kenya that included visiting not only her own nonprofit, but also many other women’s groups. Our best-of-both worlds adventure alternated safari game drives with visits to meet and talk with local women who are working their way out of poverty and creating better lives for themselves and their children. Read more. 

India 2007

In late 2007, 15 of our members traveled to India!  We visited  Matrichaya, based in Ranchi, in the capital city of Jharkhand.  Not only did we meet some of the program’s participants, we also had a wonderful time experiencing the wonders of Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.