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Trips That Give Back

Travelers can take amazing journeys and benefit local communities through these three meaningful experiences.

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Maasai family members pause near their village in northern Tanzania.

Cooking Up Connections

Tanzania Safari Experience: Learn how new stoves can improve living conditions for Maasai villagers while mitigating environmental damage on this seven-day trip led by National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures, a supporter of the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project, which works to replace indoor cooking fires with stoves that burn fuel more efficiently. Visitors may partner with Maasai women and lay down a few bricks for a healthier future. From $3,499 per person.

Licensed to Thrill

Iconic India: A 14-day itinerary covering the Taj Mahal and other India highlights also champions two causes: Women on Wheels, which helps women obtain driver’s licenses for chauffeur jobs (women with the program pick up trip participants at the airport); and the New Delhi Streetkids Project, which hires homeless youths to give guided tours of New Delhi slums (proceeds help fund school tuitions). From $2,299 per person.

It Takes a Maya Village

Guatemala Journey: This eight-day trip, which travels from Antigua to Flores and Tikal, includes a day around San Juan la Laguna, a G Adventures-supported community along Lake Atitlán. Here travelers learn about Guatemala’s Maya roots, visit local textile-weaving cooperatives, enjoy a traditional feast prepared by villagers, and attend a ceremonial Maya tree planting. From $1,299 per person.

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