Once upon a time …
… there was an innovative cocoa cooperative, following the trails of an idea; a globe trotter at the brink of finishing her degree in tourism management in need of a topic for her research paper and a newspaper article about a “chocolate president” with a blueprint of a theme road about cocoa in his back pocket.
3 years, a field trip to Bolivia, numerous exciting interviews, a Master’s thesis and many, many e-mails and skype calls later it is settled: The dream of the Chocolate Road will become reality – though the El Ceibo cooperative and our help; mine and the help of my team from destination:development.
The face in front of the camera …
… is mine. I am Kerstin, the globe trotter who had an open and enthusiastic ear for the idea to design a tourism destination out of the blue and into the green. I mean, how often do you get the chance to develop a whole destination, especially under such unique circumstances and in accordance with all rules of sustainability? Exactly, so I took it. Ever since, I am working hard and with great enthusiasm to make the dream of the Chocolate Road come true.
What makes me right for the job?
First of all my enthusiasm and love for the project and the people behind it; and of course my team, because great things can only be achieved together. A Master’s degree in intercultural communication in German/English/Spanish and another in tourism management come in quite handy, too.
We are currently looking for a small exhibition space in Vienna. We would like to invite everybody to take a short trip …
After our successful crowdfunding campaign, we visited the cocoa farmers of the El Ceibo cooperative in Bolivia. Together, we developed a concept for the Chocolate Road, taking the needs, desires, expectations and possibilities as well as one or the other limitation of all people and communities involved into account. We have documented our work in Bolivia in a documentary.
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