Village Monde and the Air Canada Foundation are pleased to officially open registration April 5 for 10 Exploring a World of Sustainable Destinations grants, which will allow 10 explorers to go off the beaten path to discover and evaluate the sustainable tourism initiatives of villages around the world.
The Exploring a World of Sustainable Destinations campaign, launched on March 2, is part of the activities celebrating the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The goal of the campaign is to make travellers aware of the benefits of eco-friendly village tourism, which provides economic support to disadvantaged communities in remote areas. During the first phase of the campaign, six bloggers travelled to Madagascar, Cambodia, Peru and Bolivia.
During this second phase of the campaign, Village Monde hopes, with these 10 sustainable explorations, to add 200 new eco-friendly village destinations to its collaborative platform https://villagemonde.com/en/. This reservation platform enables these destinations to connect free of charge to the traveler space on a site that already includes over 120 eco-friendly initiatives in 23 countries.
10 countries to discover for Village Monde
Village Monde wishes to thank Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation for agreeing to transport the bloggers during the first phase and, during the second phase, the explorers to 10 new countries located in three different continents. The winners will travel for three to six weeks between May 30 and October 31, 2017, to accomplish their exploration mission in one of the following countries: Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Laos, Morocco, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Senegal, Thailand.
Candidates with prior experience travelling off the beaten path and who are passionate about sustainable tourism may submit their applications online by April 23 at https://villagemonde.com/explorationsolidaire/en/. They will have a choice of 4 grant categories based on their age and place of residence (Quebec, Canada, France): Quebec Young Explorer Grant, Charlesbourg Young Explorer Grant, France Young Explorer Grant and the Canada Experienced Explorer Grant. They will have to prepare a brief video presenting their motivation and skills for embarking on this type of mission. They must also fill out a registration form.
Finalists will have their videos posted online for public vote (public vote page) from April 8 to May 7, 2017. A jury will gather on May 12 to select the 10 winners, who will be announced during a media event on May 17 in Montreal.
Three meetings to answer candidates’ questions
Already, over 500 candidates have expressed an interest in Exploring a World of Sustainable Destinations grants. The Village Monde team has arranged meetings for all candidates to answer their questions during three social media events. On April 6 and 12 at 12:00 p.m. (noon), Montreal time, Francis Lavoie and Catherine Dussault-Desmarais will be on Facebook Live on the @villagemonde page. On April 13 at 1:00 p.m., Montreal time, they will be on @villagemonde’s Twitter page to lead a discussion with the candidates. Don’t hesitate to send them your questions in advance via social media.
The blogger challenge, an amazing look at what awaits the winners!
To get candidates inspired about sustainable exploration, Village Monde and its partners organized an exciting blogger challenge in three continents from March 25 to April 3. As key eyewitnesses immersed in the villages, the bloggers published their travel impressions on social media and wrote numerous articles that give hints of the type of adventures winners can expect! We invite you to read their articles at www.villagemonde.com/explorationsolidaire/en.
Thanks to our partners!
Village Monde would like to thank its partners, who made this large-scale international solidarity campaign possible: the Air Canada Foundation, LOJIQ, CECI, the Caisse populaire Desjardins de Charlesbourg, the Charlesbourg Rotary Club (Canada), the ATES and the ATD (France).
To apply for the Exploring a World of Sustainable Destinations grants and follow all the developments on this around-the-world awareness tour, visit www.villagemonde.com/explorationsolidaire/en.