Reputation Dynamics, in partnership with Elevate Destinations, is providing several customized community tour options to complement travelers' experiences at the South Africa World Cup. The touring will introduce travelers to some of the issues and challenges prevalent in South African communities, as well as introduce innovative non-profit organizations seeking to make a positive impact. Tours can be organized for a minimum of 1 or 2 days or longer. Sample excursions include touring community projects in the historic Soweto area with former great soccer players such as Andre Arendse andLinda Buthelezi;a visit to the Boland Athletics Club, to meet with disadvantaged kids from the townships and farm areas around the Boland in Capetown; and a trip to Indigo Skate Park, situated in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in Durban – a rural area where skateboarding has brought hope to the community.
10% of tour costs will be donated to local communities and non-profits.
Key non-profit partners for this initiative are: The Sports Trust, which has sponsored more than 200 projects throughout South Africa and has mounted a campaign to distribute 20,000 soccer shoes before the World Cup, to disadvantaged children who cannot participate in the sport for lack of footwear; the Ubuntu Institute, a non-profit organization in South Africa founded by Cedza Dlamini (Nelson Mandela's grandson), which looks at the role of culture, heritage and indigenous knowledge systems in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Africa; and Uthando South Africa, which supports a broad range of grass roots, community-based projects with substantial and enduring value to the most destitute and marginalized communities in South Africa.
Founded in 2005, Elevate Destinations is a leading global sustainable travel company offering customized adventures to travelers' seeking to explore and impact the environmental, socio-cultural and economic conditions of the places they visit. Key markets include Africa, India, Latin America and South East Asia.
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