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Village Monde, WUSC and CECI - Partners in village tourism development

August, 9 2016

Quebec City, August 16, 2016– Village Monde, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Study and Cooperation (CECI) are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with the Uniterra program. Under this agreement, the three international organizations will join forces to develop responsible tourism projects that provide a sustainable source of revenue for remote communities around the world.  

Village Monde,WUSC and CECI will draw upon their wealth of experience to support local economic development initiatives and to build the capacities of villages to welcome travellers seeking cultural immersion, a major trend in the international tourism market. The organizations will work on several joint actions to enhance tourism offerings, such as improving the existing tourism structures, providing professional training and creating an online client interface.

The Uniterra program, which already supports responsible tourism projects, is a valuable tool for exploring and evaluating destinations with potential to receive the support and label of Village Monde. With its strong experience in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, Uniterra will lend its expertise to help Village Monde identify and structure a responsible village tourism offering that promotes sustainable economic development to benefit communities affected by poverty.

Ultimately, the fruit of this partnership will give travellers who share their values of responsible tourism the chance to visit more than 500 exceptional village destinations around the world that are supported by the Village Monde platform. Over the next five years, Village Monde aims to generate Can$4.5 million in revenue for communities looking to diversify their economy and create local jobs for youth and women. The organization has designed a technology-driven collaborative platform to promote its village destinations and, in fall 2016, will begin connecting host villages with travellers interested in solidarity tourism. Go to: www.villagemonde.com

About Village Monde:

Village Monde is a Quebec social innovation organization that supports revenue-generating initiatives while improving the living conditions of remote and marginalized communities around the world. In fall 2016, the organization will launch its technology-driven collaborative platform, a tool which will help expand and promote fair-trade tourism by connecting remote, rural communities to the international market of solidarity tourism.

About WUSC:

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization in international development, committed to improving education, employment and empowerment opportunities for marginalized youth around the world, including women and refugees. For more than 60 years, WUSC has worked with a unique network of post-secondary institutions, private-sector partners and volunteers to build a more equitable and sustainable world for young people.

About CECI:

CECI is a Canadian international cooperation organization that carries out sustainable development projects to support communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas in the fight against poverty and exclusion. Since it was founded in 1958, CECI has trained more than 10,000 volunteers in Canada and 30 other countries, assisted more than 5,000 local organizations and improved the lives of 25 million disadvantaged people.

About the Uniterra program:

The Uniterra program enables 600 volunteers each year to contribute to positive, lasting change for a more equitable world by dedicating a few weeks to two years of their lives to international volunteer work. The program also provides opportunities to get involved in Canada and play an active role in combatting poverty. Through this program, WUSC and CECI create cooperative relationships with Canadian partners to support the program objectives.

For more information:

Marie-Andrée Boucher
Public Relations Manager
Village Monde
1-418-317-6466
marieandree.boucher@villagemonde.com 

Stéphanie Pitre
Project Manager, Canadian Partnerships
Uniterra, a WUSC and CECI program
1-514-875-9911, ext. 339
stephaniep@ceci.ca 

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