In summary, Abundance Journeys addresses both TAP's financial needs as well as those of our partner organizations. These organizations play an important role in civil society development, especially among youth who lead many of them, yet they constantly face financial obstacles. While this may be somewhat par for the course in this sector, we see that by acting as a bridge by which local groups can connect to Western supporters, we can help them supplement if not entirely overcome their budgetary shortfalls.
TAP has actively promoted and conducted trainings on social enterprise to familiarize CBO partners with the concept, and Abundance Journeys is a way for them to start getting practical experience. An investment of $10,000 would enable us to train a core group of community guides, develop our website, and pay a stipend to two local university students as interns for one year. These interns will become assistant guides, work on limited online marketing and assist with communications and administrative tasks.
In 2013-14, we plan to conduct 5-10 short trips per year with no more than 6 guests per trip. In 2015, our vision is to scale this model up greatly by developing an online portal through which travelers can find, communicate with and make plans to meet and be guided by carefully screened and trained youth CBO staff around the world. TAP sees Abundance Journeys as an initiative to foster deeper connections between travelers and grass roots organizations worldwide.