The Traveling Eye, May 25, 2008

The Traveling Eye with Bonnie DeShong and Ja’Vonne Harley is on every Sunday from 4-5pm Central Time on The Talk of Chicago 1690 WVON. You can also listen on line

The Traveling Eye is a full service travel show covering travel news, the how to’s of travel and destination features.

This Sunday we will address Responsible Tourism. Responsible Tourism is bringing about a positive impact on the economy, society, culture, and environment on the communities that they touch.

Marnie Heim-Stafford, owner of Voluntours in South Africa will be our special guest. Marnie Heim-Stafford runs Voluntours – her life -passion -with the help of her husband, Jeremy Stafford. They personally run and oversee all projects with a personal touch from Midrand, South Africa. As South African’s they love what they do and are able to make a difference in their own country with your help. Marnie has been involved in tourism since she started working. Through her career she has gained in-bound, out-bound, retail and wholesale travel experience. However it was with her involvement with Tourism Johannesburg that she found her love in developmental tourism through her work in Soweto and Alexandria townships.

Voluntours is a professional Volunteer Project Management Organisation (VPMO) and Tour Brokerage that provides responsible short – medium term volunteering programmes, operating from Midrand, South Africa. In a nut-shell, our core business is placing international volunteers on various community and environmental volunteer projects. Self-funding volunteers are carefully selected whereby their unique skills and interests are matched with our volunteer projects’ needs. The volunteers, projects and suppliers we use must meet the core values and ethos of Voluntours. As part of your package we will also help organise the rest of your trip – whether its leopard tracking in the bush, bungee jumping over a raging river or rewarding yourself sipping cocktails at a lodge that shares our values of responsible travel. Voluntours is managed by Mamncane Projects cc, a registered close corporation in South Africa (Reg. No 2002/103415/23). The close corporation is 100% women owned. Which has been providing tours, project and event management, marketing and training since establishment in 2002. Voluntours have extensive Travel, Human Resources and NGO / Community Development experience. Mamncane is an indigenous Xhosa/Zulu term of respect meaning “Little Aunty” or “Little Mama”

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