The PIT Team
Let me tell you about us, the team behind PIT!
Esther (she/her on the left) – our founder and CEO who is determined to make the world a better place through positive impact travel. As an avid traveler and jungle fan, she is the one who connects with our partners and co-designs the positive impact experiences with them. With a background in educational theory and forensic criminology, Esther decided to switch careers and try to change the world of tourism from a consumer good to a genuine exchange between hosts and guests. ‘If everyone would do some good while on vacation, even if it’s just for a couple hours, the world would be a better place already.‘
Abel (he/him in the middle) – lifelong friend of Esther’s and IT engineer, Abel is responsible for making sure that all technical issues at the back-office are working smoothly. His main passion is sailing, you’ll find him in the Mediterranean on his yacht in the summer, spreading the word of Positive Impact Tourism wherever he sets foot on land.
Chris (he/him on the right) – good friend of Abel’s and WP wizard. Chris, an IT enthusiast and avid tennis player, harbors a passion for fair travel as well. His dream is to enhance the world by developing a platform for positive impact travelers. This platform would enable them to identify and address local needs, fostering global unity and mutual aid. His vision embodies his love for technology and travel.
At PIT, we have very warm memories of the local communities we met during our travels and who have made us their family for a little while. We took home great pictures of the wild animals we spotted and the tropical beaches we relaxed on in our holidays. We loved it so much and we want to do our part in making the future of travel better; we want to #travelthechange.
Positive Impact Tourism is dedicated to combine the fun of vacation with the awesomeness of giving back, resulting in fair travel experiences that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals for Tourism. With our experiences, your travels have a positive impact on the local communities and nature that you visit, all around the world. In addition, we work with a fair wage system that contributes to our partners’ economic growth. If you want to keep updated and read more about PIT, check out our travel articles.
In short: we are your opportunity to make the world a little better while travelling. That is our mission and our story. To let you become a Travel Change Maker!
You are our story!
Our mission is to stimulate travelers’ direct contribution to the welfare of local communities and nature and thereby contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We do this by co-designing positive impact experiences with partners around the world that give guests the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that directly benefit local communities and nature.
We also maintain a Fair Wage policy with our partners and only add a small markup to the fair wage price for all those involved in the execution of every Experiences co-designed with us. This way, we ensure that over 90% of your travel fee goes to our partners and they do not need to lower their wages in order to work with us.
We are a member of the Dutch Association of Small Travel Agents (VvKR). The VvKR works with Trees for All to donate 130 trees yearly on behalf of its members.
At our core, we are a fun-loving, humble, adventurous bunch and we are intrinsically motivated to make people smile and thrive through our positive impact experiences.
From time to time, we will have internship opportunities for interns studying and living in the Netherlands.
Review of Lourance’s internship (spring 2023, not the guy in the picture lol):
I’m Lourance and I had the incredible opportunity to intern at PIT for my graduation project on SEO/SEM in terms of Marketing. The CEO, Esther, provided me with excellent guidance in a fast-paced work environment while balancing my university commitments and internship perfectly. Fortunately, I passed my thesis! I gained valuable technical skills, collaborated with a supportive team, and experienced personal growth that has prepared me for a successful future. Highly recommended, PIT is a a strategic place for aspiring professionals seeking an internship/traineeship or even a graduation assignment in the world of Tourism and beyond. ” (Lourance Dababneh, July, 2023).
Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email if you are looking for an internship or traineeship.