Understanding Travelers Philanthropy


Defining Philanthropy’s Role in Travel
June 28, 2010, 4:02 pm
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Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel: Taking you Farther. Bringing you Closer.

One hundred and fifty years ago visionary poet Walt Whitman warned that the industrial revolution (not to mention our digital revolution) was artificially accelerating the tempo of people’s lives to the point where humans where losing touch with their inner rhythms and the natural pulse of their thoughts and emotions.

Whitman urged people to appreciate and occasionally cultivate idle time as a way to refresh the soul, in order to become more receptive to the human part of us.

More recently, Jeremy Rifkin the author of Time Wars warned of the dangers to the human psyche of too much speed.

“We have quickened the pace of life only to become less patient. We have become more organized, but less spontaneous, less joyful. We are better prepared to act on the future, but less able to enjoy the present and reflect on the past.

Humanity has created an artificial time environment punctuated by mechanical contrivances and electronic impulses.”

Today, over 75% of families share dinner once a week or less and parents face more outside the home responsibilities, and less intimacy and meaningful experiences with those they love.

Whitman’s prescient observation has been clearly validated.

Our experience (Exquisite Safaris PhilanthropicEngaged Legacies) has proven that the most powerful under-utilized tool for creating multi-generational family intimacy, unity, growth and transformation is the private family philanthropic travel experience.

A purpose driven high impact philanthropic travel experience creates a wonderful way to communicate with the people you love, the people with whom you want to share the most important learning insights and feelings of your life.

We give our hearts to those who share our experiences and we cherish those people both in and out of our immediate families, whose stories we have truly heard because we then understand their world.

Intimate Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic private travel experiences help us find meaning in our lives while we expand our perspectives, practice generosity and experience teachable moments that imprint our memories and model our values.

Creating virtuous children through early and often age appropriate philanthropic travel has proven itself countless times as a unifying transformational family experience.

Can Money Buy You Happiness?
Marc Gold was set on the path he now travels when he was just a child, when his father, photographer Albert Gold, explained “the meaning of life.” He took the 8-year-old into the bathroom and had him look in the mirror. Gold recounts the conversation:

Albert: ”What do you see?’
Marc: ‘I see myself.’
Albert: ‘Okay. How old will you be in 70 years?’
Marc: ’78.’
Albert: ‘Okay, when you are 78 years old, look in the mirror again and ask yourself one question, because by then your life will be almost over: ‘Did you live a life that made this a better world or not? Very simple. If the answer is yes, I am proud of you, and if not, I am disappointed.’
Marc: ‘But how am I going to make this a better world?’
Albert: ‘That’s your job. You figure it out.’
Mark has spent his life exploring the world as a philanthropic traveler.

Philanthropy Begins at Home
A parent’s greatest challenge is how to infuse character into children and grandchildren so they will have the underlying fiber to use their present and future social, financial and intellectual capital in ways that will be a blessing to them, their family and the world.

There is no vacation from a parent’s obligation to deliver leadership by example and being an affluent parent comes with even greater responsibilities.

It’s not just the responsibility of preventing money from harming your child -but the responsibility of using that money to parent in positive ways.

Creating teachable transformative moments that include impactful lessons in honesty, humility, sacrifice, industry, responsibility and temperance have largely failed in the Baby Boomer world of unprecedented affluence and excessive consumerism.

Families who are succeeding in raising well adjusted children do so because they always remember that every moment counts.

When I was just seven years old, my grandparents leveraged a rare opportunity to introduce me to the daily march for survival in rural Haiti.

My grandparents intent was to expose me to the world that I would inherit, both good and not so good.

Their vision included helping me develop a strong sense of self through challenging experiences and to impress upon me at a very early age that our family wealth was a blessing and a tool for the greater good, not the definition of who we are.

As you might imagine, my memories of our four-hour ride into a jungle village with unclothed, impoverished villagers left a lasting respect for my grandparents who answered my questions and helped me to comprehend what I had witnessed and how we might help.

My grandfather’s kind words and respect for those who we met and his generosity that day has profoundly shaped my worldview.

“The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things.. it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future.” -Steve Forbes

Thoughtful family wide participation in philanthropy leads to growth in self- esteem, stability, imagination, and a rewarding family life.

Research indicates that the adult philanthropist becomes the values model for their children and grand kids.

Personal Transformation, Wealth & Wisdom
There are many components to a charitable giving strategy, from donating money to causes we believe in to volunteering our time to setting up a donor advised fund or private foundation to create a lasting legacy of giving.

Savvy high net worth parents realize that full family involvement in philanthropic travel requires more than just a call to their black card concierge hotline.

Transformation requires outside help in the form of a philanthropic advisor experienced in choreographing every detail of the transformational experience to drive the deeper meaning and impact on all members of the family.

The full potential of Philanthropic Travel is realized through a professional process that requires a consultative and collaborative team of experts in philanthropy, investments, estate planning, family dynamics and family mission development.

You should expect to be engaged in questions that focus on every member of your family, their personal preferences, current philanthropic experience and future vision.

The hardest part of the planning process (for me) is asking the essential questions about what is most important to the people involved and determining how the answers can be used to enhance each family member’s growth and trust.

Over the past 6 years it has been my unique privilege to listen to family members share their aspirations and dreams of how they can make a difference in the world and leave a trace of the best of ourselves once we are gone. I have found inspiration in creating family transformation and sharing the personal victories catalyzing over $1 million dollars in high impact philanthropy donations.

Like Benjamin Franklin stated in Poor Richard’s almanac:

If you would be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth the reading,
Or do things worth the writing.

A few stories worth the writing..
“Visiting the Matare neighborhood outside Nairobi was a powerful experience for our family. What we encountered grabbed our hearts. Living there does not make for an easy life, and it is so much different from what we know. And yet we found our hearts warmed from this unforgettable experience. David opened the community up to us in ways we would have never been able to see ourselves. We enjoyed a chance to hear people’s stories, to learn about their hopes and dreams, and to enjoy playing sports with local youth. Franklin’s outreach is powerful, and since our visit we now feel like we can help him make a difference through our growing friendship. Our lives will never be the same and we look forward to visiting again.”

Quintessential Philanthropic Travel
Two Februaries ago, in the middle of a sticky East African night, Ted van Beuren sat in a remote region of Kenya, eyes fixed on the horizon. From his cushy Rusinga Island Lodge bed, near the shores of Lake Victoria, he watched as a storm approached like none he’d ever witnessed. Lightning bolts fired in blinding spurts, each time illuminating a landscape of fallen trees and grazing hippos. And the sound of thunder, at first almost inaudible, rose to a pitch so high it felt like a thousand bombs exploding in unison.

In the same room, van Beuren’s 23-year-old son tried to sleep. But as the seconds passed and the eye of the squall moved closer, a blast of wind burst through the net door, blowing the room’s curtains against the ceiling and the atmosphere into chaos.

“What was that?” Ted Jr. yelled as he jolted upright. “What’s happening?”

A moment later, the skies opened, unleashing a torrent of rain so hard it drowned out the thunder and dimmed the lightning. But as he sat there, the man who had left his safe Pennsylvania neighborhood to visit the unknown halfway around the world could not think about the powerful meteorological event unfolding before him. Nor could he think about fly-fishing, his passion, and one of the adventures he had hoped to share with his son while in Africa.

“All I could think about was what I was going to do with the quality time I had left in my life,” he says. “All I could think about was that morning.” That morning, van Beuren found himself first in Nairobi, in a densely populated slum where orphans of AIDS victims lived alone in extreme poverty. And then later in a village on Rusinga, where a young man without even a high-school education had somehow managed to pull together the necessary means to start not only a medical center, but an international export business to support it.

Images from those encounters did not sweep over van Beuren immediately. But as the day’s cadence slowed, and the clock turned past midnight, and that storm drew near with a strength he’d never seen, they came into focus. As the CEO of one of the biggest multi-sports facilities on America’s East Coast vividly tried to recall every last detail of his day, a message reverberated through his body.

“It was like God was speaking,” van Beuren says. “That storm was his cleansing me, and I knew what I had to do. Everything was all of the sudden extremely clear.”

Philanthropic Travel tests our comfort zones, generates positive emotions, ignites old dreams, empowers entrepreneurial initiatives and recalibrates financial and estate plans for families with a new-found sense of mission.

Our decision to create a living legacy allows us the opportunity to engage our children as financially responsible directors of family philanthropy potentially generating a legacy of global philanthropic engagement that shines like a lighthouse into the future.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that if responsible practices are in place, Philanthropic Travel is the natural interlocutor between the wealth and desires of the global traveler and the socio-economic needs of some of the world’s most remote, but heritage-rich communities, natural and cultural sites.


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Experiential Travel: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel
August 3, 2009, 11:37 am
Filed under: adventure philanthropy, Altruistic Travel, altruistic traveler, authentic travel, botswana, botswana safaris, business philanthropy, changemakers, citizen philanthropy, conscientious travel, Conscious Commerce, Corporate Donor Philanthropic Travel Services, Corporate Donor Travel, Corporate Donor Travel Service, CSR, do good travel, Doing Good in Society, eco travel, EcoTourism, Enlightened Luxury, Ethiopia Travel, EthnoTourism, Experiential Travel, Exquisite Safaris, Family Philanthropy, geotourism, giveback getaways, givebackgetaways, Giving Back, global warming, go philanthropic, good corporate citizens, good intentions, Goodwill Getaways, goodwill travel, grassroots philanthropy, green hunting safaris, holistic philanthropy, kenya safari, Kerala Declaration on Responsible Tourism, low-key luxury, Luxury Travel, Luxury Travel with a Conscience, make a difference, meaningful travel, mission travel, mukuni village, participatory philanthropy, Peace through Tourism, philanthrocapitalism, philanthropic go, philanthropic intent, philanthropic minded vacation, Philanthropic Tour, philanthropic tourism, Philanthropic Travel, Philanthropic Travel Foundation, philanthropic travellers, philanthropic trip, Philanthropic Vacation, philanthropy, responsible travel, Responsive Travel, Socially Conscious Philanthropy, spiritual tourism, strategic community involvement, Sustainable Travel, tactical philanthropy, The CSR/CR Corporate Philanthropy Challenge, Tourism as a Global Peace Industry, travel agent, Travel Connoisseur, travel for learning, Travel Matters, Travel Philanthropy, travel right do good, Travel With Conscience, Travelers Giving Back, Travelers Giving Back™, Travelers Philanthropy, travelersphilanthropyconference, travellers philanthropy, travelwithconscience, vic falls, volunteer vacation, volunteerism, Voluntourism, why travel matters, world cafe climate change, World Peace Travel, world travel market, X Travelers Giving Back, zambia safaris

Ethiopia has yielded some of humanity’s oldest traces, making the area a primary factor in the origin and developmental history of humanity. Ethiopia has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa and the country is famous for its Olympic distance athletes, rock-hewn churches and as the origin of the coffee bean. HI-RESOLUTION ETHIOPIA SLIDESHOW

Since 2005 Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel has established itself as the trusted leader in creating personally customized Experiential Philanthropic Travel catalyzing over $1,000,000 dollars in donations between our corporate commitment of $250 per traveler and the generosity of our philanthropic clients.

Experientially Explore Ethiopia with Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel’s commitment to partnering with High Impact Non-Profits worldwide who are helping local communities find a sustainable way to get past their daily march for survival has been well received by travelers and the Non-Profit NGO’s visited as well as the international press.

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The Advent of Experiential Philanthropic Travel by Mark Lovett Global Patriot
NPR: Talk of the Nation Slumdog Millionaire Thursday March 5, 2009 with comments by David Chamberlain
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“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying

Philanthropic Travel: Enlightened  Experiential Travel Experiences

The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized experience we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.



Conde Nast Traveler: Philanthropic Travelers
April 18, 2009, 7:09 pm
Filed under: adventure philanthropy, Altruistic Travel, authentic travel, botswana safaris, changemakers, citizen philanthropy, conscientious travel, Conscious Commerce, Corporate Donor Philanthropic Travel Services, corporate giving, CORPORATE RESPONSIBITY (CR) INITIATIVES, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) within the travel, CSR, do good travel, Doing Good in Society, eco travel, eco-philanthropy, EcoTourism, Enlightened Luxury, EthnoTourism, Exquisite Safaris, Family Philanthropy, geotourism, giveback getaways, givebackgetaways, Giving Back, Giving Back Safari, giving back travel, global warming, good corporate citizens, good intentions, Goodwill Getaways, goodwill travel, grassroots philanthropy, green hunting safaris, holistic philanthropy, kenya safari, Kerala Declaration on Responsible Tourism, Luxury Travel, Luxury Travel with a Conscience, make a difference, meaningful travel, mission travel, mukuni village, multigenerational travel, namibia safaris, new philanthropists, Peace through Tourism, philanthrocapitalism, philanthropic, philanthropic adventures, philanthropic advisory services, philanthropic go, philanthropic intent, philanthropic minded vacation, Philanthropic Tour, philanthropic tourism, Philanthropic Travel, Philanthropic Travel Foundation, philanthropic travellers, philanthropic trip, Philanthropic Vacation, philanthropy, purpose-drive travel, resource for caring travelers, responsible travel, Responsive Travel, Socially Conscious Philanthropy, south africa safaris, spiritual tourism, strategic community involvement, Sustainable Travel, tactical philanthropy, The CSR/CR Corporate Philanthropy Challenge, Tourism as a Global Peace Industry, travel agent, Travel Connoisseur, travel for learning, Travel Matters, Travel Philanthropy, travel right do good, Travel With Conscience, Travelers Giving Back, travelers philanthropy best practice, travelersphilanthropyconference, travellers philanthropy, vic falls, volunteer vacation, volunteerism, Voluntourism, why travel matters, World Peace Travel, world travel market, zambia safaris | Tags:

Seeing a cheetah is great, but facing up to poverty can reshape the way you see the your world. 

The Globalization of Empathy
Suddenly, sundowner cocktails are interrupted as the tracker shouts “Get in the jeep-now!” Fifteen yards away, a cheetah has killed an impala -not an unusual scene in any number ofExquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel southern Africa (Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa) safari camps and lodges. So begins the southern Africa philanthropic travel experience planned by Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel. 

The Pioneer in Philanthropic Travel
Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where huge herds range across the terrain, and other responsible travel camps, which employs Bushmen as trackers.

But for Pam Donlin, a former banker who traveled there last year, the most memorable moment came in the Zambian bush at the Butterfly Tree Project.

The Butterfly Tree is a UK Registered Charity (501c3) nonprofit supported by Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel, who runs a school and health center near Victoria Falls, Zambia. 

Donlin, her husband, and her two kids met AIDS orphans and gave out clothes. “If part of travel can be helping others, and can create awareness in one’s self, it’s a great thing,” says Donlin, who donated a $2,500 (upon returning to the USA with guidance from Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel) water well and educational funds. 

The trip wound up at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, where monkeys scamper through the marble lobby. You can hear Victoria Falls and see the mist from the hotel. Says Donlin: “I thought, Do I ever have to leave?”

The Give: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel donates $250 per traveler to a local nonprofit throughout Africa, Asia, India, Europe and the Americas.

The Get: The knowledge that you are helping children receive education and clean water.

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Americans Helping Americans in 2009
Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel announces Americans helping Americans Philanthropic Travel (PROBONO): Leaving the Mines Behind Empowering Appalachia: May 31 to June 7, 2009 
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Learn More:
The Advent of Philanthropic Travel by Mark Lovett Global Patriot
NPR: Talk of the Nation Slumdog Millionaire Thursday March 5, 2009 with comments by David Chamberlain
The Globalization of Empathy: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel
Philanthropic Journeys: Money & Soul the Great Divide? 
Financial Times/FT.com: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travelers
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“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying 

Philanthropic Travel: Enlightened Experiences 

The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized experience we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.



Philanthropic Travel is NOT Voluntourism
December 16, 2008, 5:15 am
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PHILANTHROPIC TRAVEL IS NOT VOLUNTOURISM 

Philanthropic Travel is a fund raising learning experiencebetween a traveler/donor and a host/beneficiary which culminates in a 100% transparent monetary donation (NOT a gift in kind: ie. a pre-purchased ‘Book Box’) to the visited NGO/501c3:A Vacation in Generosity

Recent articles in Smart Money Magazine,  Wall Street JournalVoluntourism in Depth: Hip or Hype?,  World Hum: A Tourist With a Shovel and a Hoe and Canada’s National Post clearly define the profound differences between Voluntourism and Philanthropic Travel. 

Voluntourism is a service experience that donates a traveler’s labor and time.” -David Chamberlain, Founder: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel 

Learn More:
Smart Money: What I did on my Volunteer Vacation
Voluntourism: Hip or Hype?
Wall Street Journal: Voluntourism Questioned
Canada’s National Post Newspaper: Philanthropic Travelers
Who gains the most from voluntourism?

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The Fable of Stone Soup
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“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying   

Philanthropic Travel: Enlightened Experiences 

The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized experience we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide. 



Smart Money Magazine tries Voluntourism
December 13, 2008, 11:37 pm
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What I did on my Volunteer Vacation- Smart Money Magazine

FOR SOME AMERICANS these days, vacationing is becoming a lot more than just a week at the beach.

“Voluntourism,” a fast-growing travel trend that combines overseas tourism with a dose of do-gooderism, has long been the province of college students and retirees willing to accept a long-term assignment. But increasingly, such lend-a-hand holidays attract boomers who can spare only a week away from the office.

Indeed, one online poll by Travelocity found that 38 percent of travelers say they intend to volunteer while vacationing this year, up from 11 percent in 2007. Hundreds of outfits now offer short-term stints, ranging from hard-core Habitat for Humanity construction projects to the Ritz-Carlton’s “Give Back Getaways” that mix luxe accommodations with half-day gigs like mapping the whereabouts of Cayman Island iguanas or supplying music therapy to disabled kids in Instanbul.

But even organizers say it’s not always easy to persuade these tourists to take on challenging tasks like caring for the elderly. “Save a turtle, hug an orphan — that’s what people like,” says Alexia Nestora, a volunteer-travel consultant based in Littleton, Colo.

And these trips aren’t cheap: Despite often Spartan accommodations, typical prices range from $1,000 a week to $3,000 for a multistop tour (before airfare); a family of four could easily blow $10,000 for a week in a mud hut.

In our case, we head to the outskirts of Cusco, Peru, former capital of the ancient Incan empire, for a trip organized by a nonprofit group in Texas. Our goal: visit a children’s home there — and hopefully, help out.

The hardest part of a volunteer vacation may be just booking the trip. All we really want is a South American destination, a flush toilet and some assurance that we won’t be surrounded by a gaggle of dreamy-eyed college kids. Industry portals like VolunTourism.org provide a good starting point for the search, but we are quickly overwhelmed by the sameness of all the tour sites: hyperbolic taglines (“Change the World”), gushing endorsements (“It was the most amazing experience of my life!”) and photos of smiling Americans surrounded by a half-dozen grateful natives.

We do better by calling travel companies directly; all employ specialists who suggest trips that fit our criteria and provide references from past customers. We finally book with Globe Aware (“Adventures in Service”), a 10-year-old, Dallas-based nonprofit that arranges volunteer stays in 15 countries. Its “Care for Cusco” package promises, among other things, modern plumbing, delicious Andean meals and “a chance to forget you are living in the 21st century.”

What it doesn’t promise is luxury; upon arrival we discover we’re bunking in a chilly, dingy dorm room with five other volunteers — and a long list of house rules (no drinking; lights out at 10). Hello, summer camp!

The accommodations hardly dampen the mood of our group, a collection of 15 extremely enthusiastic Americans who easily fit the educated, well-off, people-oriented profile of voluntourists. Turns out all their good cheer proves essential, since for several days our role at the children’s home — a brightly painted compound on a dusty street outside central Cusco—remains a mystery.

Our information packets are confusing. The promised orientation never happens. Random children wave from windows, race across the yard and pop up on the staircase wielding mops. What’s the deal? Out-of-date Web site information led some of us to believe we’re at a home for deaf orphans. Others were told (correctly) that the kids attend school here during the week and return to their villages on the weekend. Are we supposed to teach them English? Play Go Fish with them?

What actually keeps us busy is an impressive itinerary of cultural excursions. There are long day trips to the legendary mountain ruins of Machu Picchu and the walled fortress of Sacsayhuamán. There are evenings out to sample local fare (yes, guinea pig tastes a little like chicken) along with trips to the craft market and the agricultural fair. Our Cusco-born coordinator, Rocio, who speaks strained English and doubles as the home’s administrator, knows the best place to watch the solemn Incan New Year street procession and the location of the nearest ATM. Every afternoon we feast on delicious Peruvian meals prepared by Alicia, a cook who really knows her way around a cauliflower.

At one point, we are ferried to an Andean mountain village for an unexpected do-gooder project: building a new mud stove for a widowed onion farmer. Since none of us actually knows anything about building an adobe stove, our actual role in the process is limited. We tramp around in the farmer’s backyard mud pit, mixing straw and muck with our feet while we worry aloud about our pedicure and our fellow voluntourists snap photos.

Afterward, we take turns hauling the adobe mixture into the farmer’s dirt-floor kitchen, pausing to gawk at the guinea pigs inside. It’s hard to tell if we’re doing the farmer a favor —imagine some foreign billionaires descending on your home to photograph your kitchen and install a new dishwasher. Still, when the stove is completed—by a local hired hand — the farmer gives a one-word response: “Bien.”

It’s not actually until day four that we’re formally introduced to the kids—31 in all. The next day encounters like these are not uncommon: “Hola, Rosa! Cómo estás?” “Estoy bien!”—after which we stare and smile until it gets really uncomfortable. While some tour operators require volunteers to speak the local language, Globe Aware doesn’t — and all the goodwill in the world, it seems, does little to overcome a language barrier.

So we’re not exactly teaching them anything. But we do spend almost two days doing chores around the compound. Working under the bright winter sun, we help build a rough fence around the gardens and construct an irrigation ditch around the basketball court—introducing us to the joys of mixing cement. It’s all accompanied by plenty of picture taking and, thanks to a tool shortage, a lot of standing around. A few volunteers sew dog beds for Chuleta and Osa, the home’s copulation-crazed mutts.

Rocio tells us that since the home started hosting volunteers two years ago, visitors have made many improvements and repairs that the tiny staff couldn’t have managed alone. Plus, nearly a third of the $1,250 volunteer fee goes directly to fund the home. In a country like Peru, that’s significant cash. Many voluntourism outfits refuse to split the fee for fear of encouraging dependency and creating a situation in which visitors are welcomed for their money and entertained with meaningless busywork.

But given the endless excursions and lavish meals we enjoy — not to mention the fact that we’re contributing just 15 hours of service — the arrangement seems only fair. (Globe Aware Executive Director Kimberly Haley-Coleman calls the minimal workload an anomaly; volunteers should expect to work 30 hours a week.)

Over the last few days, there’s a burst of activity with the kids. On “gift night” the volunteers present the children with socks, pencils and books; hugs ensue. On “game night” skeptical teenage boys are convinced that it really is fun to play Twister. And at the farewell party, the kids put on a charming show complete with songs, poems and break dancing. Encouraged to reciprocate, we offer a rousing rendition of “Old MacDonald,” all 15 of us crowing, braying, flapping our wings and waving our elephant trunks. The children look alarmed. When we’re finished, they present us with homemade cards — and more hugs. Perhaps they’re thankful that we won’t be performing again.

The next morning we all pack our bags and recount the highlights. Words like “amazing” and “unforgettable” pop up again and again. As we wait for the taxis to whisk us away, the staff and kids wave goodbye. In just a few hours, another group will swoop in from el norte, starting the whole pageant anew.

Learn More:
Smart Money Magazine: What I Did on My Volunteer Vacation
Wall Street Journal: Voluntourism Questioned
Canada’s National Post Newspaper: Philanthropic Travelers
What’s the Good News about Voluntourism?



World Travel Market 2008 recognizes Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel Industry Innovation and Leadership
November 28, 2008, 10:58 am
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Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel is grateful to have been recognized as a travel industry leader in Philanthropic Travel by The 2008 World Travel Market: The Global Event for the Travel Industry.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel has pioneered the Philanthropic Travel experience by forging mutually beneficial fund raising partnerships with high impact NGOs serving in destination communities worldwide.

By educating philanthropic travelers on the critical humanitarian and environmental challenges and solutions facing fellow human beings who are struggling for their very survival, we are facilitating deeply meaningful, personally transformative vacation experiences that are funding clean energy, children’s education, basic medical services and safe drinking water.

With all due respect to Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel and Tourism Research for Euromonitor International and author of the 2008 Global Trends Report, Philanthropic Travel is not a “trend,” reserved only for the “socially conscious jet set,” as she has reported.

The cynical and nihilistic assertion that Philanthropic Travel is motivated by upper class guilt, assuaged by “conscientious consumption,” is inconsistent with thetestimony from our clients, who seek to connect at the heart with indigenous people.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel clients report that our facilitated, personal introductions to high impact NGOs left them with a renewed belief in themselves and their purpose in life.

Client donations, which far exceed our company’s industry-leading $250 per traveler donation, have empowered local communities to gain a foothold on sustainability.

We Know the World by Heart: Exquisite Safaris
The cornerstone of our success is creating an awareness in the traveler/donor and host/beneficiary that the “Circle of Giving” is only completed when a personal relationship is created face to face -the moment when gifts flow in both directions.

The resulting intimacy, trust and confidence between newfound collaborators has inspired and educated children, parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, mothers, fathers, grandparents and even the most jaded world weary travelers with clear evidence that one person can create powerful change -if they just make the journey with philanthropic intent .

Philanthropic Travel: The Globalization of Empathy
Unless you are a doctor, dentist, solar power specialist or have a technical skill that is urgently needed at the time, our NGO partners report that cash donations, which fund teachers salaries, employ local labor, and purchase local materials, are more important than ‘gifts in kind or short term volunteer labor.’

Philanthropic Travel is a learning experience, not a service experience like voluntourism.

Philanthropic Travel: It benefits everyone
We agree with the Ms. Bremner’s assertion:

“Travellers who do not have time to spend their holiday volunteering are more likely to choose industry suppliers that support local communities by paying market wages or by donating a portion of profits. However, the mass market is not willing to take on a price premium to switch to this type of supplier.”

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel prices our three, four and five star philanthropic travel experiences at market rates as compared with similar non-philanthropic tour operators or even do it yourself travelers who would piece together airlines, guides, vehicles and accommodations for an ‘apples to apples’ trip a la carte.

Our $250 donation to our NGO partner does not add to the cost, it is subtracted from our revenue.

Philanthropic Travelers: Better Angels
During each of our journeys, there are those inevitable moments when someone comes into our life at precisely the right time and says or does precisely the right thing. Their words or actions may help us perceive ourselves more clearly, remind us that everything will turn out for the best, help us cope, or see us through difficult situations.

These people are Better Angels -individuals designated by a higher power to be there for those in need at specific points in time.

Better Angels, come into our lives when we least expect them and when we can most benefit from their presence.

Most Better Angels are regular people, going about their daily lives until inspired to be in the right place at the right time to bring peace, joy, help, or heal someone when they most need it.

You may have met a Better Angel in the form of a teacher who gave you a piece of advice that touched your soul and influenced your path.

Perhaps it was a person that momentarily stopped you to say hello while crossing the street, delaying you long enough to avoid an oncoming car.

Better angels may offer nothing more than a kind word, smile, and a generous anonymous donation -but they will offer it when you can draw the most strength and support from their simple action. Better Angels give of their inner light to all who need it, coming into our lives and often changing us forever.

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Now is your Moment: Go Philanthropic Travel
For those to whom much is given; much is required: Philanthropic Travel
TheGlassHammer.com Go Philanthropic Travelers
Vacationing in Generosity: Go Philanthropic Travel
Life Changing: Go Philanthropic Travel
Your First Philanthropic Travel Experience
Approaching the Omega Point: GoPhilanthropic Travel

Philanthropic Travelers:
Barack Obama: Philanthropic Traveler
John Legend: Philanthropic Traveler
Teach your Children Well: Philanthropic Travel
The One’s Who Do: Philanthropic Travelers

“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying

The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized experience we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.



Responsive Travel: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel
November 27, 2008, 1:23 pm
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Randall Manley, principal of Lodestar Private Asset Management, says that charitable giving is moving away from simply writing a blank cheque. “The idea of donors seeing where their dollars are going to work and the impact that can have is very important and will allow significantly more money to be raised in the future,” he says, adding that it also serves as a way of educating the next generation about the value of philanthropy.

“It’s also very helpful -a moral compass for kids from wealthy families.” Mr Manley has set up a foundation called Make It Real, which will take private clients on cultural trips with a philanthropic mission.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel, a luxury tour company that specialises in creating these bespoke trips, is working with Mr Manley to plan two trips for Lodestar and its clients -one to Appalachia in the US next year and one to Central America in 2010. Clients on the Appalachia trip will visit local music and arts events in Eastern Kentucky and work with disadvantaged children, producing documentaries through a programme run by Appalshop, a local non-profit organisation.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel works with US non-profits and non-governmental organisations in developing countries, and alsodonates $250 per traveller to its humanitarian project partner wherever a trip takes place. 

David Chamberlain, its founder, says that while “voluntourism” -volunteering while on holiday -is well established, philanthropic travel, involving a short visit to a project, but a longer -term relationship and commitment of funds from the traveller, is not.

“What non-profits tell us they need more than anything else is funds,” he says. 

“They need would-be donors to come to see them, vet the project, donate generously, tell their friends, family and professional networks, and develop a relationship. All I ask is one morning or afternoon of their vacation.”

That could come, for example, in a half-day visit during a luxury safari in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia to an NGO assisting rural communities decimated by HIV/AIDS, he says. 

-Financial Times Tuesday November 25, 2008

Learn More:
Responsive Travel: Friends of Ngong Road Schools: Philanthropic Travel Kenya
Now is your Moment: Philanthropic Travel
For those to whom much is given; much is required: Philanthropic Travel
TheGlassHammer.com Philanthropic Travelers
Vacationing in Generosity: Philanthropic Travel
Life Changing: Philanthropic Travel
Your First Philanthropic Travel Experience
Approaching the Omega Point: Philanthropic Travel

Philanthropic Travelers:
Barack Obama: Philanthropic Traveler
John Legend: Philanthropic Traveler
Teach your Children Well: Philanthropic Travel
The One’s Who Do: Philanthropic Travelers

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“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying     

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The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized experience we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.