Compassionate Community Tours
for Seattle Area
Global Family Travels' Compassionate Community Tours and Team Building Experiences in Greater Seattle unite our Learn, Serve & Immerse travel pillars with responsible tourism opportunities that strengthen our region’s communities in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).
Compassion is an important aspect to a sustainable and strong community and the organizations within it. In offering these Compassionate Community Tours, our aim is to create awareness of our region's diverse cultures and some of the challenges people face in the Greater Seattle area. In doing so, we hope to help cultivate compassion, justice, and inclusivity as guiding forces for both visitors and local community members of our beautiful region. These community-based tours support the preservation of local and native cultures, conservation, education and economic growth of Greater Seattle, and the good work of many Seattle-area non-profit organizations that address community challenges. Each tour also includes a small donation to the local non-profit partners we are supporting.
Seattle skyline & Ferris wheel photo credit: Lisa Merrill of Merrill Images
Culture of Giving: Engage with the Pike Place Market Foundation & Pike Market Food Bank
Engage in a day of learning and caring for our community, starting with a private tour to learn about the history of the iconic Pike Place Market and the Pike Place Market Foundation, the neighborhood, and the development of the Pike Market Food Bank. You will also engage in a service project that will support those engulfed in some of our communities’ biggest challenges like hunger and homelessness.
Preserving Culture & Community:
Indigenous Experience with the Suquamish Museum
The city of Seattle is named after the chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish people, Chief Seattle. In partnership with the Suquamish Museum, this enriching program highlights learning about the natives of our region, including their land, culture, language, environment, human rights, leadership, responsibility, understanding, and cooperation.
This tour is also offered as a team-building experience which will inspire your team with centuries-old wisdom to build and preserve your own culture.
Explore our Diverse Cultural Heritage Tour
In collaboration with Chinatown-International District Experience and Wing Luke Museum
Since the later 1880s, Seattle's Chinatown-International District has been an important neighborhood for new immigrants and their American-born descendants. The C-ID is a unique pan Asian neighborhood where Chinatown, Nihonmachi (Japantown), FilipinoTown, and Little Saigon (the Vietnamese community) all settled together.
Excursions to this neighborhood allow you to discover the neighborhood’s diverse cultures and heritage, immigration issues, support small locally owned businesses and work with the Danny Woo Community Garden or the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) to support their stewardship of clean streets and public space enhancement.
Immerse in a day of exploring urban sustainability. This tour connects participants to a day of learning and caring for the community in one of the US’s most sustainable cities, Seattle! With visits to the city’s cultural and heritage landmarks, we engage and support with Greater Seattle partners that work to alleviate our community challenges, including homelessness. Visit to Pike's Place Market Foundation, the Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Wing Luke Museum in the International District are included. This tour is officially available in May of 2018, but please contact us to arrange services if you would like to do it sooner.
Photography for Social Impact with Merrill Images
Strengthen group bonds, help a non-profit and gain photo skills in this unique experience led by John and Lisa Merrill of Merrill Images. For over two decades, John and Lisa have helped social impact organizations in the Pacific Northwest and around the world tell stories of their vital work. They will arrange for your group to volunteer at a non-profit which is tackling a challenge of interest to your organization’s team, and provide hands-on coaching the participants, who will take turns photographing the action.