As part of its dedicated commitment to social responsibility both in their own communities and where their guests travel, Collette has launched an impact travel program.
Twenty guests recently returned from the inaugural South Africa Impact Tour – Travel with Heart, a 13-day experience blending traditional sightseeing with giving back to local communities. Guests volunteer with local programs dedicated to improving the lives of children in the South Africa community.
Collette has partnered with Knysna Education Trust to spend a day working on educational programs and building projects. Guests also give back by distributing Hippo Rollers in a local community, drastically improving their access to fresh water. Finally, guests visit the Western Cape region of Stellenbosch to volunteer for the Pebbles Project that helps the local children and community by decorating classrooms and preparing lunches.
“It is our passion to give back, connecting travellers to diverse cultures and making a positive impact on the world that surrounds us,” said John Sutherland, manager of Corporate Responsibility.
“Our guests will experience the best of both worlds on these tours by seeing the beauty in the destination while engaging in volunteer work to give back to the local community.”
During the 2018-2019 travel season, Collette will offer additional impact tours in South Africa and Costa Rica.