Tour # 15
“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013
Our latest Surf Tour was another incredible experience! We explored Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, travelled up the Garden Route, surfed awesome waves, did yoga on the beach, went bungee jumping, did zip sliding, encountered majestic wild-life, visited a wine farm, ate fresh wild oysters, and much much more!
Our latest Tour also represented another major step toward realising our ultimate dream: Creating a Social Enterprise.
A Social Enterprise is a new type of organisation that combines business with social responsibility.
Through the combination of a business, in Unravel Surf Travel Surf Tours, with a non-profit organisation, The Surfer Kids NON-Profit, we’ve formed a hybrid enterprise. Our aim is to create Socially Responsible Tourism and encourage Social Development.
It goes way beyond support and funding, into the realm of our shared common humanity.
Our latest Surf Tour is a great example of this.
While children from The Surfer Kids NON-Profit Programme do usually join us on Surf Tour for a day of surfing and travelling fun, this time we hosted The Surfer Kids on Tour in Buffels Bay for two nights!
So, why exactly do we do this?
The immediate benefit is that it gives our Surf Tour clients a uniquely South African experience. It enriches their visit to this country beyond measure and, by being a Socially Responsible Tourist, they can rest assured that their money was not only well spent on an awesome holiday for themselves, but that they’ve actually made a genuine lasting impact to the local community here!
From another perspective the experience also has an incredibly positive impact on the children’s development! Some of them are fast becoming strong leaders and positive role models in their community as a result of this positive and culturally enriching experience!
But beyond that, our ultimate goal is long term.
Once these children become young adults and finish school, they will be recruited first as Junior Assistants and later as full time Programme Coordinators for The Surfer Kids NON-Profit.
We expect this to start happening within two to three years from now.
Ultimately we’d like to recruit those young adults, who become successful full-time Programme Coordinators for The Surfer Kids, as Surf Tour Assistants for Unravel Surf Travel.
This is what Social Enterprise is all about and it will bring our operation full circle.
The idea is that the support and success of the non-profit becomes equally crucial for the operation of the business, just as the support and success of the business is crucial for the operation of the non-profit!
Here’s to creating a better world!
Yours in surfing, love and life!
All photos by Jenya Zhivaleva