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At Dragoman, we believe strongly that we should try to give something back to the communities in the countries we travel through. We are involved in a wide range of community-based tourism projects around the world, and we're really proud of what they manage to achieve in what are often challenging circumstances. There is always more that can be done, but through our involvement in these projects, we try to ensure that local people directly benefit from our group's visits.

To find out more about Dragoman Responsible Tourism projects in Africa, Asia and South America, please use the menu below.


The Awassa Children's Project promotes sensible, culturally responsible relief work aimed at assisting children primarily orphaned by AIDS in the region of Awassa, Ethiopia.

The Sambhali Trust is an organisation near Jodhpur that provides underprivileged Rajasthani women and girls (and now also some boys) with educational, vocational, and social skills to help them to become confident and financially independent.

Sagrada Familia is a non-profit corporation founded in 1959 that supports children aged between 2 and 5 years old who come from the lowest social layers of the city of Manizales.

Manos Amigas is an organisation in the Chimaltenango region of Guatemala that works with women and children who have been victims of violence or abandoned. This is the project to which Luca, our Wanderlust 2012 Guide of the Year, donated part of his bursary.

Our flagship community-based tourism project in South America, set up in 2005 as Dragoman’s unique alternative to the Classic Inca Trail.

Karmi Farm Clinic is located in North Eastern India near Darjeeling, at the foothills of the Himalaya on the Sikkim border.

The New Hope Charitable Trust supports a series of initiatives in the Odisha Tribal Region north of Chennai in South East India.

The Usthi Foundation is a Swiss charity which has been working with street children in Kolkata and the surrounding area for over 30 years.

The Sabre Trust is a micro-charity working with local Education Authorities and rural communities in Ghana to enhance education provision for children.

The Tanzania Kilimanjaro Education Project (known as VEPK) was set-up in 1984 with the belief that education is one of the most important parts of building sound long-term economic growth.