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Meet the people behind the products

If you'd like to see fair trade in practice and meet the people whose lives are changed, take a Traidcraft Meet the People Tour for a unique insight.

Recommended by Rough Guides 2009These tours allow small groups of people to experience life in local communities.

It is not mass tourism. We undertake tours on fair trade terms to leave those we visit better off and more empowered than before.

Traidcraft's Meet the People Tours have been recommended in the Rough Guide's Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World.

GuardianGreenTravelThe book selects unusual holidays and alternative ways to travel which makes a real difference to the lives of local people and the planet.

The Meet the People Tours has also been named in the Sustainable Holidays category in the Guardian Green Travel List 2011, as one of the year's 20 most innovative eco-tourism projects.

To find out more

Call 0191 265 1110 for a tour dossier, email or request a brochure.

Our tours

Siji with tea
Taste of Southern India Meet the People Tour
A classic journey across Southern India that gives you an amazing insight into a new culture and way of life. From coffee and spice producers in Kerala to potters and craft workers in Tamil Nadu, join us as we travel through a landscape of beautiful mountains and coastal areas.
Gospel House producer
Sri Lanka Meet the People Tour
This tour combines producer visits to craft prodcers at Gospel House and fair trade tea farmers with a first-hand insight into the ancient history, culture and people of this fascinating country.
Holding cotton
West India Meet the People Tour
Western India is famous for its textiles, crafts and cultural and social diversity. This trip explores the states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujurat, visiting textile producers.
Lady from Jute Works
Bangladesh Meet the People Tour
Bangladesh was the first country that Traidcraft sourced products from - this tour takes us on a journey to visit producer groups who featured in the first ever catalogue.
Man with grapes
Chile Meet the People Tour
The land of earth, fire and ice, Chile is a stunningly beautiful country. These tours give a fascinating insight into Chile’s cultural and recent political history as well as exposure to its amazing natural scenery.
Jose Marti
Cuba Meet the People Tour
This tour offers a rare opportunity to find out more about this intriguing country as well see first hand how fair trade works.
Meeting Masai weavers
Kenya Meet the People Tour
Kenya is a truly beautiful country. Our tour combines unique wildlife and stunning scenery with visits to fair trade tea and craft producers and Traidcraft Exchange projects.
Northern Thailand Meet the People Tour
Thailand is a country rich in cultural and ethnic diversity. It has a remarkable heritage of ancient crafts of all kinds. Setting off from Bangkok, this tour takes us through some of the north-eastern and northern areas seldom frequented by tourists.
Peru Meet the People Tour
A two week trip to the "Land of the Inkas" to visit our producers, experience life in the Andes and at the same time enjoy some of the best sites of Southern Peru.
Nepal Meet the People Tour
The dramatic mountains of the Himalayas provide the stunning backdrop for this unique tour to Nepal. We spend time with ceramic and handmade paper producers, members of the vibrant network of fair trade producers in Nepal.
MTP Jagati
Highlights of Northern India Meet the People Tour
This exciting overland journey is designed to give you an insight into Northern India while visiting several Traidcraft suppliers and seeing the role and impact of fair trade first hand across a number of crafts producers.
South Africa
South Africa Meet the People Tour
South Africa is a big and truly beautiful country with a unique history and culture. This holiday explores the wide-open spaces, culture, and history of the Northern and Western Cape Provinces of the country.
Craft Link
Vietnam Meet the People Tour
Beginning in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, this journey through Vietnam takes in the beautiful mountains and beaches, and visits the craft producers who supply Traidcraft.
Producers with pineapples
Costa Rica and Nicaragua Meet the People Tour
This tour is a great combination of stunning scenery, wildlife, culture, politics and fair trade. Visiting cloud forests, beaches and hot springs, we will meet coffee producers and sugar and pineapple growers.

Financial Protection and Security

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As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), our Bond provides security for money paid over by customers and for the repatriation of customers in the event of Saddle Skedaddle Limited's insolvency.

For more information, visit our Meet the People Tours website.