G Adventures

G Adventures

G Adventures

SERVICE

G Adventures offers authentic adventure tours in a responsible and sustainable manner.

BUSINESS MODEL

All aspects of the tours are crafted to boost the local economy (meals, accommodation, handicrafts, transport, experiences) and sometimes include visit of social enterprises created by their NGO arm Planeterra. An annual contribution also goes  to Planeterra.

IMPACT

Place: worldwide

Scale:  34,400+ people  in 2016 benefited from 50 social enterprises created by Planeterra

Planeterra created jobs for 1,529 women, trained 370 youth to the hospitality industry and engaged 888 community members in tourism in 2016.

Depth

ORIGINS

In 1990, Bruce Poon Tip (Canada) launched G Adventures.  Back then, if you wanted to go on a holiday that wasn’t a package tour, a coach tour or a cruise, the choice was limited. The original concept was about cultural immersion and putting travelers in touch with local people. He started to offer a handful of trips in Latin America.

They’ve grown to a company of over 2,000 people worldwide in 23 offices, and from a handful of trips in Latin America to more than 650 adventures spanning the globe… and beyond! They have over 150,000 travellers every year.

In 2003, Bruce launched Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit for projects in areas of social enterprise, healthcare, conservation and emergency response.   It acts as the charitable arm of G Adventures. They identify projects, provide capacity training, catalyst grants and include the project into a G Adventures itinerary.

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • In 2013,  Poon Tip released his first book, Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business.  Looptail tells the story of how Poon Tip built G Adventures into a socially responsible business and evolved it into a Social entreprise.  Looptail is the first business book to be endorsed by the Dalai Lama, who wrote the foreword for the book and praised Poon Tip for being “one of those entrepreneurs who understand that human dignity, freedom, and genuine well-being are more important than the mere accumulation of wealth”.[

GET INVOLVED !

As a Traveler

Go on an exciting and impactful adventure with one of the tours offered by G Adventures. 

Work for them

G Adventures has 25 offices around the world. Discover all their openings, whether it’s office work or tour leaders.

Get to Know More!

Got inspired by G Adventures’ business model? Read the full story of Bruce Poon Tip, how he started and how he grew this company in his book “Looptail”.

Reality Tours & Travel

Reality Tours & Travel

Reality Tours & Travel

SERVICE

Tours in slums and local villages in India.

BUSINESS MODEL

80% of the profits from the tours fund the company’s sister NGO Reality Gives which supports education programs for the slum and villages communities. 

IMPACT

Place: India

Scale:  impacted lives of over 6,000 people 

Depth

  • Raised 450,000 $ in 10 years to support education programs
  • Increase tourists awareness and build understanding about slums
  • Boost pride and self-esteem of locals
  • Provides employment and for locals

ORIGINS

Chris Way, an English citizen, got the idea from the favela tours in Rio.  Having been in Mumbai previously in 2003 doing some volunteer teaching, he knew about the slums and so decided to return to India in late 2004 with this idea in mind. It quickly became apparent that Dharavi was this fascinating place, with so much industry/ energy/ sense of community that it would definitely appeal to tourists. He persuaded Krishna that tourists would find this place interesting, and then formed the company in September 2005.

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • In 2007, after discussing the community’s needs with its residents, Reality Tours set up  a Community Centre in Dharavi to provide English and computer classes, using tour revenues.
  • In 2009, the NGO Reality Gives was born.
  • Chris Way now consults with Smokey Tours in Manila, The Philippines, to help them implement the same model.
  • They offer 40+ different tours.

GET INVOLVED !

As a Traveler

Slum tours, bycicle tours, street food tours, village tours, special tours during Holi festival, … Book among the 40+ different tours offered by Reality Tours & Travel.

Get Hired

Passionate about using travel and tourism to create positive change? Want to work for this company? Check out the job opportunities at Reality Tours & Travel.

Start Your Own!

Reality Tours & Travel’s founder, Chris Way, provides consultancy to help others implement the same model in other countries.