Planeterra Foundation

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Planeterra is a non-profit organization that supports a steady cycle of giving and investment, via our global network of travel industry partners, in the social and environmental needs of people and places travelers visit worldwide.

Planeterra has a history of raising funds for the needs of local people in the destinations where Gap Adventures and its industry partners send travelers.  Since 2007, Planeterra facilitated the development of voluntours worldwide, by developing projects where travelers share their time and skills with local people and their projects in destinations around the world.

In 2011, Planeterra is building on this track record of bringing time and money to a growing number of projects under the new leadership of Executive Director Megan Epler Wood and Associate Director, Paula Vlamings.

Planeterra seeks to get at the root of the challenges local communities face by supporting community based businesses and local NGOs working in the iconic destinations its partners serves. 

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Prominent affiliations & awards

  • The International Ecotourism Society
  • : National Geographic's TRAVELER Award

3 most popular Trips (out of 10 total)

Brazil Community Reforestation Program

Brazil Community Reforestation Program

Sao Paulo Airport , Brazil for 7 Days • Contact provider for price

Operator: Planeterra Foundation

Offered Year-round: Planeterra is working with local communities in Southern Brazil to reforest their lands. This program, which has resulted in 450,000 trees planted since 2009 provides the communities and local farmers of Guaranta, Promissão, Arco Iris, and… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Comfort
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? Yes (custom departure). Price based on group size.

Amazon Community School

Amazon Community School

Airport, Ecuador near Quito, Ecuador for 14 Days • Contact provider for price

Operator: Planeterra Foundation

Offered Year-round: Over 10 years ago G Adventures (Formerly Gap) began working with a local family in the Ecuadorian Amazon to develop a community-based tourism program where travellers are given the opportunity to experience daily life in the… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Comfort
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? Yes (custom departure). Price based on group size.

Peru Women'S Weaving Co Op

Peru Women'S Weaving Co Op

Cusco Airport, Peru for 14 Days • Contact provider for price

Operator: Planeterra Foundation

Offered Year-round: Since 2005, we have been working with the Ccaccaccollo community to develop a women’s weaving cooperative. Most G Adventures groups are able to visit this community as part of the Sacred Valley Tour where they meet… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Comfort
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? Yes (custom departure). Price based on group size.

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