Village Ways

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Experience some of the most beautiful and remote places on Earth in unique ways, staying in villages that benefit directly from your presence. These award-winning, sustainable holidays offer unforgettable experiences, with wonderful walking, culture & discovery. We offer a tailor-made service and look after you all the way – right from the moment of your arrival.

The partnership
Village Ways Partnership is a shared values enterprise that evolved out of a community tourism initiative in the Indian Himalayas in 2005. Since then, we have gone on to develop Village Tourism Enterprises in several regions of India, as well as Ethiopia and Nepal. The Village Ways Partnership team is made up of responsible tourism specialists based in the UK, India and East Africa. We are experienced in rural development, community and responsible tourism, agricultural economy and environmental awareness, and several of us have a background in the travel industry.

The Village Ways Advisory Council 

Village Ways was set up in 2005 as a social enterprise by seven “Founders’ from India and the UK.  Fundamental to Village Ways are the principles that good businesses, to be sustainable, require profitability for all partners and that all Village Ways business units are profitable from the grass roots up. To achieve the potential of the company, financial, marketing and other experts have been and will be brought into the business. So that the founding social purpose – to sustain village life and culture, improve livelihoods in remote rural areas and reduce the need for outward migration – remains strong in the business the board has established an Advisory Council.

The members of the Advisory Council are drawn from the Founders and others involved in rural community work and the Council is chaired by an independent chair, Professor Harold Goodwin (Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan). The purpose of the council is to provide a touchstone for the Directors and members of Village Ways so that they may adhere to its founding principles and the fulfilment of its social objectives. The Council has the responsibility to advise and encourage, and if necessary to warn, the Village Ways Partnership Directors of unintended consequences of their actions or divergence from Village Ways’ original principles. The Council is therefore responsible for monitoring the compliance of the Partnership with its founding principles. These principles are enshrined in the Founders Charter.