Power to the People
Learn artistic traditions in Peru
In the charming Andean city of Cusco, the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco (CTTC) is a non-profit established by Andean weavers and supporters to aid in the survival of Cusqueñan textile traditions and support the Indigenous women who create them. The center works with 10 weaving communities, whose vibrant creations you can purchase at the CTTC store in central Cusco, which also has a small museum. You can also sign up for workshops to learn Andean weaving techniques, offering a unique way to support Andean culture and traditions.
EXPERIENCE FIRST HAND
Break social barriers in Germany
Created by activists and refugees in Berlin, Refugee Voices Tours seeks to challenge misconceptions about 21st-Century migrants on its two-hour walking tours led by Syrian refugees. With passionate guides using Berlin’s landmarks to draw parallels between Germany’s turbulent history and the current conflict in Syria, you won’t just gain a rare insight into the root causes of refugee crises though your guide’s own lived experiences, but also a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the world’s 26 million refugees.
Walk with Wildlife
See how a wildlife sanctuary gives back in Kenya
One of only two conservancies on the ICUN Green List, which recognizes conservation areas that are effectively managed and fairly governed, Ol Pejeta is East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary. On a visit to this incredible Kenyan initiative, you’ll have an opportunity to admire some of Ol Pejeta’s residents – which includes the world’s last two remaining northern white rhinos, and a cheeky community of resident orphaned and rescued chimpanzees – while learning about Ol Pejeta’s goal to support the people living around its borders to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.
VISIT OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
A hands-on experience with elephants in Botswana
How do you protect an animal that doesn’t recognize international borders? This is one of the key challenges Botswana-based charity Elephants Without Borders is working to overcome through its innovative research, education and information sharing designed to encourage mankind to live in harmony with wildlife. Get a behind-the-scenes taste of its groundbreaking work on a day visit to one of its projects as part of an organized tour, which could see you participate in anything from tracking wildlife to visiting a community education initiative. Elephants Without Borders is also working towards opening Botswana’s first elephant sanctuary to house orphaned elephants.
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Protect Your Planet
Get a taste of sustainable agriculture in France
In the rolling green hills of Saint-Rémy de Provence in southern France, the brother-and-sister-run Moulin du Calanquet olive oil mill helped to relaunch the region’s olive-growing tradition, which had been extinct for more than 40 years. On a visit to the picturesque mill, you can sample the siblings’ delicious olive oil-based products while learning about their journey to achieve High Environmental Value Certification for the mill’s commitment to minimizing its environmental impact.
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Discover the power of green energy in Iceland
Visiting a power plant probably isn’t high on your list of must-visit attractions in Iceland, a nation better known for its landscapes and spectacular northern lights. But located on the mossy slopes of an active volcano, just 20 minutes from the capital Reykjavik, the Hellisheiði Power Station has an excellent geothermal exhibition that offers a fascinating insight into how Iceland utilizes its own natural geothermal energy to power the country. In keeping with the sustainability vibe, you can also pick up sustainable souvenirs at the onsite boutique.