• A coffee journey from 12 to 21 May 2024

  • A coffee journey from 12 to 21 May 2024

  • A coffee journey from 12 to 21 May 2024

  • A coffee journey from 12 to 21 May 2024

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The coffee supply chain presents a unique paradox. The bulk of the value addition, from grinding to consumption, happens in developed nations, leaving only a very slim slice of the coffee's value to the actual farmers.

We at Oikocredit wish to illuminate these challenges and discuss potential solutions through an immersive field trip to Peru. Here, our investors will witness first-hand the intricate processes and issues within the coffee sector.

This journey will prompt a deeper understanding and critical discussion on the challenges faced by the coffee value chain, like climate change adaptation, fair trade and deforestation. We'll consider how to shift more value into the countries where we invest, exploring the best mechanisms to alleviate poverty.

During our visit, we'll connect with Oikocredit partners, tracing the journey of the coffee bean from farm to cup. This trip offers a unique opportunity to see how Oikocredit's financing creates tangible change in the lives of people reached through our partners, and how we aim to amplify this impact.

Practical information

  • Cost of the trip

    The trip will cost you EUR 1,800. See below for more information on what this includes and excludes.

  • What’s included

    The following is included in the cost of your trip:

    • Transportation during the trip (including airport transfers)
    • Overnight accommodation (most nights in single rooms in 3 or 4 star hotels, one night will be in a shared room)
    • Three meals per day, plus snacks (drinks are excluded)
    • Carbon offsetting your flight (we contribute to Fair Climate Fund to compensate the carbon emissions of your flight)
    • Preparatory meetings:
      • Two online meetings ahead of the trip
      • Half a day of introduction meetings in Lima to introduce you to Oikocredit's work in the region, give you more background information about Peru and prepare you for the field visits

  • What’s not included

    The following is not included in the price of the trip:

    • Your own flights to/from Peru
    • Drinks at restaurants and bars 
    • Any required visas
    • Health insurance
    • Vaccinations
    • Your own medication, mosquito repellent, sunscreen
  • Who will we visit?

    • Oikocredit office in Lima, Peru
    • Coffee cooperatives in Jaén city
    • Smallholder coffee farmers near Jaén
    • A microfinance institution that finances coffee producers
    • A coffee processing plant and storage facility
    • A primary school attended by the children of coffee farmers
    • Coffee tasting and barista experience
  • Programme requirements

    To participate, this is what you’ll need:

    • Be an Oikocredit investor
    • Good physical condition: you should be able to handle long road journeys in hot weather (above 30 degrees Celsius), walk 5 km per day, climb stairs and join our busy programme often starting early (e.g. 6am) and finishing late (e.g. 10pm). In addition, you will be at places of high altitude (around 2,500 to 3,000 meters above sea level).  
    • Willing and able to travel long distances in vehicles on uneven roads
    • Ability to speak and read English (B2 or university level)
    • Health insurance
    • Holiday travel and cancellation insurance
    • Join the preparatory online meetings in advance of the trip
  • Selection process

    The selection process to join our Oikocredit Journeys trips is as fair as possible. Here’s how it works:

    • Registration is open between 12 June 2023 and 15 September 2023
    • You apply via this registration page
    • Our team will make a shortlist of applicants based on the following criteria: (1) where you’re from (we aim for an equal distribution of participants between countries), (2) your motivation for joining the trip and (3) your ideas on how you’re going to share the Oikocredit experience within your network
    • Short interviews with the candidates will take place in September 2023
    • A final decision will be communicated to all applicants in October 2023
  • Frequently asked questions

    Got a question about Oikocredit Journeys? We answer the most frequently asked questions below:

    • I’m differently abled. Can I go on a trip if I’m in a wheelchair? Sadly, we aren’t able to accommodate all people of different abilities. While some impairments, such as partial deafness, may be accommodated, our teams aren’t equipped to handle all kinds of differently abled people, such as those in wheelchairs.
    • What’s the total cost of the trip? We’re unable to provide an exact figure as some costs may vary depending on your personal situation. You will be charged EUR 1,800 for the trip. In addition, you will have to buy your own flights to and from Peru, visa, vaccinations and the necessary travel insurances. During the trip, it is advised to have some additional money for buying souvenirs, drinks and personal expenses such as telephone calls and doing your laundry.
    • Can I sign up with someone else, such as my partner? Yes, we’d be happy to welcome your partner or friend – however, we ask you to complete the registration form separately and mention in the comment section with who you like to join, how you are related and why you would like to join the trip together.
    • Are you a travel agency? Oikocredit is a social impact organisation. Oikocredit facilitates the organization of Oikocredit Journeys by an independent travel agency. With this, we are sharing our work with our investors. We are not a travel agency and organising tours or trips is not our main business.
    • Is Oikocredit making money from these trips? No. The price of the trip is to cover costs only. The trips are organised to offer our investors deeper insight into our work.

Contact information in case of questions: events@oikocredit.org.