Each Acanela trip is designed around an artisan(s) in a foreign nation. Our artisans include women with families who are battling against poverty, men who have faced challenges of disaster or disease, and individuals who have never had the opportunity to receive a formal education. Our artisans have incredible talents and abilities in diverse areas such as culinary arts, outdoor & adventure, art & design - but lack the resources to share those talents with the world. Our mission is to discover these men and women, help them develop as individuals & leaders, and empower them to build their own sustainable business enterprises. All our boutique expeditions incorporate instructional classes and experiences from our local artisans, giving them a further means to monetize their skills.