What is Travelers Philanthropy?

Travelers inevitably impact the people and places they visit. The USAID-funded Ethiopia Sustainable Tourism Alliance, with support from Sustainable Travel International, is proud to introduce the Ethiopia Travelers Philanthropy Fund. The fund opens the door for travelers to give back to Ethiopia, ensuring their visits leave a positive impact. The program supports sustainable tourism development by connecting travelers to projects that improve the environment, boost local incomes, and enhance the destination for future visitors.

How Travelers Philanthropy Works
Participating tour operators are including visits to conservation and community development projects in their itineraries. Travelers can donate to and visit local communities that are working hard to protect their forests and rehabilitate degraded land. To do so, visitors can book a trip through one of our partnering tour operators and request that the itinerary includes a visit to one or both of the project sites. There are two ways to give – directly to the responsible non-profits that have been vetted through the fund or on the Global Giving website (coming soon!).

Visit some of the projects in Ethiopia:

Read our most recent press release here: Konso Inducted as UNESCO World Heritage site giving Ethiopia the most UNESCO sites in the world!

Traveler's Testimonial

"A wild and beautiful place - only a few days here but really enjoyed it. Stunning scenery and wildlife."

Simone Cole - BBC

"Our visit with you was far & away the high point of the trip."

Erin Chapman - D.A.T.A., USA (experiencing community tourism in Ethiopia on a trip with Brad Pitt)

Come and Enjoy!

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