Our Vision

MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE SUPPORTED COMMUNITIES

We want to show that tourism done in a “right way”, means focusing on sustainable and authentic tourism, will offer communities new possibilities of self-realization and additional income to the existing income. Tourism will make a positive impact in the supported communities. Our aim is to develop tourism besides the existing income and point out, that the traditional ways of making money should be appreciated and continued. Sustainable tourism should always be seen as an ad-on and should never replace the traditional ways of making money for the community.

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Our Mission

ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BENEFIT FROM AUTHENTIC SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

VSocial Foundation wants to help communities to develop a sustainable tourism strategy and/or supporting them e.g. financially in different aspects (official guide trainings, etc). The aim is to help projects to benefit from sustainable tourism. Therefore, we do not only support with money, more important in the knowledge transfer. We only support communities that want to establish sustainable tourism in their community by self-motivation.

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Our Core Values

Self-Preservation

Self-Preservation

Our goal is assisting projects (communities) on their way to self-preservation.

After a specific time of support the communities should be able to maintain themselves without the support of VSocial. Self-preservation is the key to success. We will make it clear from the beginning, that the supported communities need to fix contracts with various sustainable partners and that they should not only focus on VSocial. We will assist them on their way.

Transparency

Transparency

We are transparent.

We are transparent in everything we do. Not only financially, but also in our communication towards all our stakeholders. We continuously publish articles about our work on our homepage. Once a year, VSocial reports its use of funds in figures on its homepage under VSocial in numbers. Our low administrative costs could be covered every year by donations generated by our partners.

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We can say no!

Being a Foundation, helping people is in our DNA. But we believe focusing in our core competency: Community Based Tourism Projects. This Core Values reminds us to say no to projects if it's not a good fit.

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History

The idea of sustainable development work with VSocial in South America was born in 2002 from the commitment of the tour operator viventura (www.viventura.de/fr), which specializes in responsible tourism in South America and is part of Ventura TRAVEL (www.venturatravel.org). Since then, the VSocial Foundation has received a share of the travel price from each participant. The tour operator puraventura (www.puraventura.de/fr) (part of the Ventura TRAVEL Group), which specializes in sustainable travel to Central America, also supports the VSocial Foundation with a share of the travel prize.

In order to develop more independence and work more effectively, VSocial officially was founded as viSozial e.V. in 2005. In 2008, our Foundation received the recognition of charitable status from the responsible tax office and thus the authorization to issue donation certificates.

VSocial’s vision is to bring positive change to the communities supported by encouraging people to benefit from authentic, sustainable tourism. Our goal is to strengthen communities, to preserve their cultural wealth and to accompany them on their path to self-preservation. With our support we want to improve people’s livelihoods. For us, sustainability means involving the community in our work and thus ensuring that the people around the project work together. We create the basis on which people can develop independently.

Our work is based on mutual respect and trust. Our close relationships of trust that we maintain with the people in our projects, with our donors and within the team is one of our key to success.

Our VSocial team consists of enthusiastic and local helpers, who are always in close contact with the people in the projects and the leaders of local cooperation partners. Our constant presence in the project countries ensures that our work is planned with great know-how and carried out with high efficiency and sustainability. Several thousand visitors who got to know our projects have already been convinced of this.

We cordially invite everyone to join us and are always looking forward to a visit or active “assistance” in our team. Interested? Please contact Susana (susana@vsocialfoundation.org)

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Awards

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MORE THAN 30.000 TRAVELERS VISITED PROJECTS

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1.000.000 EUR DONATED SO FAR IN TOTAL

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THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (BMZ) SUPPORT OUR WORK IN SOUTH AMERICA

Our Team

The VSocial board is a colorful mix of actors who all have a close connection to tourism, sustainability and community development and who have the heart in the right place. Together, the team wants to support community projects globally.

Our team identifies with its work and has known the people in our projects for many years. Thus, the development of the projects is always directly visible to us. The partly voluntary commitment of our VSocial supporters goes far beyond the organizational work at the desk. We regularly spend our free time on projects and help with organizational questions. Our team is on site. Our employees live and work in regions where our projects are. We know the countries in which we live and their cultures, as well as the living conditions and needs of the people.

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Andre Kiwitz

1st Chairman

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Tom Jungh

2nd chairman

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Mariel Arroyo

Treasurer

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Susana Cerón Baumann

General Coordinator

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Camilo Alvarado

Coordinator South America

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Ifigenia Garita Canet

Coordinator Central America

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