Our approach to programming is long-term and open-ended. We believe in sustainability - economically and financially. Our hybrid model lets us create social enterprise ventures that concentrate on results and concrete progress.
The Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program©™
The BSST Program focuses on the Black Sea basin because it represents a vast web of interconnected multicultural experiences, ecological diversity and history spanning thousands of years. What makes the Black Sea cultures distinctive and attractive to travelers is the way their component parts came together over the millennia to shape unique communities, languages, religions and trade. It is the perfect environment for all forms of sustainable, responsible travel.
The BSST Program identifies partner communities to be part of the experience. It currently operates in Georgia, Ukraine and Turkey. If you represent a rural community you can start by submitting an application here. You may also visit our Resource page for more details.
The BSST Program takes the concept of regionalism a step further. It does not concentrate on one goal, such as clean water or music and the arts. It links local economic development to responsible tourism in a trans-national, integrated environment.
Uniquely, the Black Sea program aims to establish a unified system of a community network of sustainable tourism products under a permanent visual banner.
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Community Volunteer Development
Due to Covid-19, this program will begin in 2021.
It will emphasize a system that will allow qualified volunteers to work with communities to improve livelihoods, protect the environment and preserve local culture. Volunteers will have the opportunity to support communities to effect concrete, sustainable and positive change.