Travel with a Purpose
We believe that travel can create a tangible, positive impact. This belief and our passion for community and conservation projects fuels our commitment to give back. Our list of carefully selected projects, which we support financially, are listed below.
By traveling to Africa alone, you’re already making a difference by supporting local economies. But if you’d like to do more – we’re here to help you do this in a meaningful and sustainable way.
There’s so much you can do! For example, you can bring school supplies (through Pack for a Purpose), visit amazing dance or music projects on a Fair-Trade approved tour, meet community leaders in impoverished areas, exchange ideas with school children, or take part in a conservation activity.
Your travel expert can point you into the right direction! They can help you pick a project that suits your interests for your itinerary. Our US-based Philanthropy Expert, Robyn Stalson, is also available to give tips and advice on our Travel with a Purpose projects.
We've supported the non-profit organisation Uthando South Africa a for a number of years. The Fair-Trade-accredited NGO works with innovative community projects in and around Cape Town. Run by James Fernie, the day tours take guests to local schools, community gardens, small township businesses and exciting music/dance projects.
Pack for A Purpose
We are a proud member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community of their travel destination. Travellers can save just a few kilos of space in their suitcase and take supplies for the project that we support. It makes a priceless impact in the lives of the local children and families.
The items are gifted to the Emmanuel Educare Pre-School, situated nearby Giltedge Africa’s main head office. Emmanuel Educare serves around 180 children aged 3 to 6 years. Run by Westlake United Church Trust (a NPO) the pre-school lies at the heart of Westlake Village, a community plagued by high levels of unemployment and drug abuse.
Giltedge Africa is proud to support this local registered pre-school, which does great work in providing the children with the best possible start to their education. A staff of 12 teachers and training assistants look after 6 classes, with no more than 30 children per class. Each child is also given two meals (and nutritious snacks) daily.
Based on the great foundation laid at Emmanuel Educare, many children have gone on to excel both academically and in other fields such as dance. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project.
Afrika Tikkun helps children in South Africa’s townships by running “centres of excellence”. Afrika Tikkun uses a Holistic Developmental Model which involves programs aimed at providing education, health and social services to children, youth and their families at their “centres of excellence”. Currently, the organization is supporting 1,200 children; it’s patron-in-chief is former president Nelson Mandela.
They aim to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizens. If you’d like to get involved, have a look here or chat to us.
Novalis Ubuntu Institute
The Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Cape Town, South Africa is a non-profit organization committed to acknowledging, honouring and nurturing the unique gifts, talents and inner resources of each individual. Ubuntu means the universal spiritual values embraced in African philosophy. Through the Novalis Ubuntu Institute, our clients are connected with non-profits of their interest in and around Cape Town.
Fair Trade Tourism promotes best-practice responsible tourism in Africa. The non-profit initiative is the frontrunner in the development of sustainable and responsible tourism in Southern Africa. We are proud to have received our Fair Trade approval in January 2018.
Have a look at our Fair Trade tours in Southern African and East Africa.
Tourism Conservation Fund
Our very own CEO, Sean Kritzinger, is on the board of the Tourism Conservation Fund. The non-profit company, launched in January 2018, was started by Peace Parks Foundation and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association. They support communities who live next door to South Africa’s national parks and conservancies by creating local enterprises, training and employment opportunities.
They assist entrepreneurs who were previously excluded from commercial opportunities; they want to overcome the legacy of exclusion that characterizes South Africa’s wildlife–tourism economy. Recently, the Tourism Conservation Fund launched the ‘Rhino Gin’. All the proceeds of the gin sales go to conservation initiatives who battle wildlife crimes.
Share your talents with individuals or organisations with similar interests. Depending on the skills you have we could connect you to a local university, medical clinic, local Girl Scouts, woman’s shelter, smaller non-profit or youth educational programme.
- Donate your time and expertise
- Share personal work experience
- Share your talents
HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
Our Giltedge Philanthropy Specialist, Robyn Stalson, is passionate about responsible tourism. She assesses each philanthropic project’s ethical standards, authenticity and attention to sustainability and safety. Travel with a Purpose is centered around partnerships and collaboration to make a bigger impact in the world.
“The idea is to use responsible travel as a unifying platform. Collectively, through the spirit of Ubuntu (Zulu word for togetherness) we can mutually support each other in providing meaningful and memorable experiences for our clients. We are committed to creating life-changing journeys,” says Robyn.
Chat to Robyn or your Africa Travel Expert to recommend projects matched to your interests and skills. You’ll still have that luxury safari that you’ve always dreamed of, and at the same time, return home knowing you’ve made a positive contribution.