Who they are
Rhonda Sutton’s role as a Responsible Travel Advocate is to inform others about the negative impact that tourism can have on communities and their environment. Responsible Travel is all about the choices people make. The small social enterprise, Uniting Journeys, aims to provide tips about how to be a responsible traveller and opportunities to join in empowering, life changing tours that they organise to Thailand, East Timor and other destinations. Their objective is to support Community Based Tourism Initiatives and projects that put money into the hands of those who need it. Responsible Travel is an initiative of the Uniting Church Australia, Victoria & Tasmania Synod.
What they do
They promote grassroots travel on their website and Facebook page, and organise unique experiences which visit community based tourism initiatives (CBTIs) and projects that help disadvantaged communities in developing countries.
What they offer
The aim of Uniting Journeys is for the money spent on accommodation, food and activities to go directly into the hands of those who most need it. They don’t build anything, but rather support employment for local people.
Uniting Church Australia, Victoria & Tasmania Synod
Office 130 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000
Accommodation & Amenities
- Home stays and any accomodation that assists disadvantaged communities
- Flush toilets
- There is electricity in the communities
- Local food and they do cater for vegetarians
- East Timor Tour: Land cost of tour (excludes all air flights) = AUD $2490 (less than 5 participants) or AUD $2390 (more than 5 participants) – maximum 7
Thailand Tour: Land cost of tour (excludes all air flights): AUD $1930
Check out their website for more information about program costs.