Wanderland Wednesday- cacao en la República Dominicana

Mother and Daughters at Work - Sosua, Puerto Plata

Just getting in from a nice little winter storm in Omaha, NE and decided I wanted to go to the Dominican Republic and taste some cocoa tonight.  How about learning to harvest Fair Trade Cocoa in a lush tropical setting for a good cause?  Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world.  They produce reality tours which to me seems like a combined version of Survivor and Amazing Race realtiy shows.  Here are some of the programs highlights:

  • Visit a Fair Trade Certified Cooperative, a model which guarantees farmers and workers a fair price for their products—as well as direct access, credit, and support for sustainable agriculture.
  • Live and work with family members of CONOCADO, a fair trade cocoa cooperative in the Dominican Republic.
  • Visit local nature sites and observe wildlife (waterfalls, forests, birds, orchids, etc.).
  • Learn to cook typical foods.
  • Visit various parts of the community, such as the barrios of hacienda laborers.
  • Learn what life is like for non-fair trade cocoa farmers and laborers.
  • Learn about the history of cooperatives and how they are organized.
  • Meet with students, environmentalists and human rights activists working toward social justice.
  • Learn about current relations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

$1600.00  Dates of tour April 26, 2016 to May 6, 2013

For more detailed info click this link to Global Exchange website http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/dominican-republic-fair-cocoa-harvest
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