Establishing an equitable model for tourism has long been identified as an effective means of addressing poverty for millions.
The Volunteers Without Borders is in place to deliver on that long overdue promise - and does so using an integrated set of solutions.
The VWB operating model is unique in that although we welcome, and actively encourage donor and grant funding from individuals and institutions, our main support comes from the client groups (schools, universities, corporate team) of our network of partners.
As 'experiential education centre operators' they use VWB projects as a platform for their CS & CSR, educational & team building programmes, levy no commissions for doing so, and in fact fund the overheads and basic expenses of VWB in what is a symbiotic relationship.
English Language Education - Teaching basic English and critical thinking to rural Thai students through our Saturday School project. Providing CS or CSR donor funding and hands-on support from school, university or corporate groups aimed at building supporting infrastructure: Classrooms, kitchens, toilets, water systems, and more.
Development Skills Training for Small Businesses - Delivering vocational business skills training to tourism entrepreneurs and communities, so that they may enjoy a more equitable share of the rewards of tourism and the revenue it provides to local businesses. That support includes assistance in the development of non-tourism reliant 2nd revenue streams to risk-manage downturns in, or an over-dependence on tourism as a component of the local economy.
Community Managed Reforestation - Implementing community-managed reforestation programmes that provide a viable agroforestry-based income from NTFP (non-timber forest products to which value can be added on-site), and from the responsible tourism trade that those activities allow. Our integrated solutions approach sees donors fund the planting of trees and NTFPs, and the cost of nurturing and protecting them for the first 3 years. Thereafter the revenue from the NTFPs incentivises the long-term protection of the forest and it's endangered flora and fauna for the benefit of our own and future generations. See: Adopt A Tree with VWB
Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture Development - To re-introduce small scale (non-chemical based) sustainable agriculture to the community, (a) in schools - through the introduction of vermiculture projects, revenue-generating mushroom houses, raised bed vegetable and herb gardens, hanging basket gardens and more. (b) around the home or on small plots for those whose land is no longer productive due to poor farming practices - and must be rehabilitated.
We align our implemented solutions with a number of the United Nations Sustainable Goals, click on the icons below to learn more.
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