FAQ

We are a company dedicated to help you to make the world a better place wherever you go.
We do this by partnering up with local organisations to co-design what we call ‘Positive Impact Experiences’ (PIEs). PIEs are tours/excursions that combine the more regular tourist activities with hands-on activities that directly benefit local communities and/or nature. What those activities are, depends on what our partners want to offer and know is feasible and needed in their regions. 

Even though we are a commercial company, we maintain a Fair Wages model. We ask our partners for the fair wage price for the execution of the experience for everyone involved (guides, drivers, cooks etc) and add only a small markup to survive as a company. 

Our Partners are local tour operators, tour guides, local charities and other related organizations. All our Partners have signed our Code of Conduct and strive to make a difference in their communities and on their natural environments.

Choosing to book a Positive Impact Experience with one of our partners means that you actively support the efforts of our partners in making an impact. If you would like to become a Partner of PIT, please send us an email at info@positiveimpacttourism.com

Our Positive Impact Experiences (PIEs) are either fully guided or individual tours/excursions that include activities with which travelers make a direct positive impact on the local community and/or natural environment of the places they visit.

We co-design the PIEs this way in order to make it super easy and a lot of fun to do some good abroad, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the opportunity to give back and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals to everyone around the world.

We design all Positive Impact Experienes (PIEs) with our partners. All experiences meet our criteria and uphold our Code of Conduct for making a genuine positive impact.

As a guest, please provide us with feedback on the experiences so we may use your reviews to improve our selection and our partners’ performances.

We also aim to visit all of our partners in the future and join the activities ourselves to get first-hand experience to provide feedback to our partners and stay on top of our impact game.

We are a commercial company and aim to grow into the biggest positive impact facilitating network in the world to make sure that everyone who wants to is able to leave a positive footprint behind anywhere in the world.

Even though we are a commercial company, our revenue comes from small mark-ups that we add to the fair wage price of the experiences as determined by our partners. This means that we do not participate in the ‘race to the bottom’ that causes a lot of local tour operators and guides to lower their prices in fierce competition with each other. With our fair wage model, over 90% of your travel fee goes to our partners. With PIT experiences, you will know for sure that your travel fees actually end up in the hands of your local hosts. Please don’t hesitate to ask our partners about this when you inquire to book an experience. 

The impact activities that we integrate into the itineraries of the Positive Impact Experiences (PIEs) we co-design with our partners all contribute in some way to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We believe that tourists and travelers can influence the progress of the SDGs in a massive way. You can do this by carefully selecting your tour operators, modes of transport and accommodations. But through PIEs, you will also contribute to the world hands-on. By choosing to go on a PIE, you become a force of empowerment and betterment. You become a Travel Change Maker.

In accordance to the Sustainability Compass of the Association for Small Travel Organisations (VvKR), our partners do not take guests to visit  children’s residential settings, specifically orphanages. Voluntourism to orphanages has unfortunately in some cases resulted in negative  side effects, hurting the  mental well being of the children involved.  Even though our guests do not engage in voluntourism per se, we adhere to the Compass as determined by the VvKR and do not visit children’s residential settings for this reason.
We are a small company that is aware of our footprint and we strive to minimize it in various ways. We do not own an office space, but instead work from home. We do not own any company cars nor spend our funds on printing glossy magazines to distribute at large events. For any promotional materials we do use, we aim at using either recycled or eco-friendly materials and we also share materials with our partners when we can. The impact activities in our Positive Impact Experiences contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. This way, we help our partners and facilitate travelers to make the shift from tourism as a consumer good to a genuine connection and exchange between guests and hosts, thereby stimulating sustainable travel. In addition, our Fair Wage model (we only add a small markup to survive as a company) is a rather radical step towards breaking the ‘race to the bottom’ for local guides and tour operators around the world. They said it can’t be done….we are doing it. And we need your help as a traveler to make sure we survive and thrive so we can continue to help make the world a little better through tourism.