Discover Côte d’Ivoire
Travel With Purpose • New Year’s Eve in Abidjan • Dec 2020 - Jan 2021 (dates tbd)
At Koné Consulting, we work every day to solve the social problem of inequity in income and opportunities. As we continue our commitment to service and excellence, we have expanded our reach to include opportunities which bridge cultures and build community, both in the U.S. and in Côte d’Ivoire, Africa.
Discover Côte d’Ivoire through Koné Consulting International Travel With Purpose, our two-week cultural exchange with a community service focus. This unique experience is designed to offer a combination guided tour, volunteer opportunity, and free time for independent exploring. In addition to visiting villages, markets and museums, enjoying beaches, parks and local cuisine, you will also roll up your sleeves and volunteer with a local community organization. Together, our envoy will collaborate with locals and learn from each other while working toward a sustainable project. If you are interested in learning more about or participating in the tour, please contact us.
Learn. Share. Help.
Sharing cultural experiences between Ivorians and Americans has been a longtime dream for Alicia and her husband Sekou, a first-generation immigrant from Côte d’Ivoire.
Thus, the Travel With Purpose project was born, offering an insider’s tour, volunteer and professional development opportunities to delegates from both countries.
An important part of this exchange is the St. Germaine Orphanage in Katiola, Côte d’Ivoire, home to 40 children and young adults who might otherwise have been subject to abandonment or infanticide due to local tribal beliefs and customs around children born with disabilities, twin births and when the mother dies in childbirth.
Our December 2019 delegation hopes to raise $10,000 for the orphanage to aid in building a fence to protect land on which they have been farming and raising honey. Additional needs include school supplies and uniforms, and medical supplies.
Learn more about the St. Germaine Orphanage here.
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Celebrate the New Year in Côte d’Ivoire
Join us for 14 days of discovery! See our 2019-2020 itinerary (link below) for proposed 2020/2021 activities and locations.
Travel With Purpose: a philosophy
At Koné Consulting, our purpose - to inspire change and create lasting improvements - goes well beyond our daily work. It drives all that we do – and is the basis for which we evaluate our programs, services, and our relationships.
As your guides, we invite you to engage thoughtfully in every aspect of your journey, from gaining education on our destination prior to the trip, embracing the culture in which you will be immersed, seeking to understand and learn from our differences, and above all, recognize the gift we are given in being welcomed by our host country.
Shared experiences bridge cultural understanding. We believe in inspiring collaboration, nurturing growth and supporting positive change. A significant purpose of our trip is volunteering alongside members of an Ivoirian community services organization. To this end, we have partnered with Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders (WEL), a non-profit (NGO) dedicated to creating a world where women can live free from poverty, violence and inequality.
Our group will learn and use Lean principles and methods while also gaining a much deeper understanding of the Ivoirian culture and people. Our Ivorian collaborators will also learn new problem-solving skills which will benefit their organization/communities long after our tour group has gone home.
Côte d’Ivoire is relatively untraveled and unknown by Americans – we’d like to change that. In the recent past, travel to Côte d’Ivoire has been limited due to the country’s two civil wars, the first beginning in 2002 with a peace agreement signed March 2007, and second from November 2010 to March 2011. Now with public confidence and peace restored, the Ivoirians have great faith in the stability of its government. The positive impact of major rebuilding efforts – infrastructure and social programs – provides visitors a chance to see the resilience and optimism of a country being re-born. More about the positive impact service organizations are having in Côte d’Ivoire may be found at www.peaceinsight.org.