A great interview on Seven West Travel Club with Guludo's founder, Amy, giving a lovely glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes...
"While working on a whale research boat off Exmouth in her late teens, Amy Carter-James was inspired by the potential of tourism to create positive change. She tells Angie Tomlinson about her work in Mozambique to harness the travel industry to improve the lives of the local community."
Last week I had the honour, and it truly was, of speaking about Guludo to a group of students on the Earth Bound, semester abroad programme of the Green School (in Bali) while they were staying at TribeWanted Monestevole, here in the heart of Italy. If these students are anything to go by, the future of our planet is in safe hands!
After visiting Guludo in October 2014, Joss and Alex decided to say their wedding vows on Guludo's stunning shores. The ceremony, led by our very own Amisse and Angelica, was beautifully simple and intimate. Above all, it was joyous celebration of their relationship; not just for the happy couple and their families but for the whole Guludo team who put their hearts and souls into making the day perfect.
Country & Town House's top picks for a sun-drenched holiday in Africa's hottest beach destination.
"It is situated on possibly the best beach I have ever seen, with pristine white sand stretching as far as the eye can see. Eco credentials are taken seriously here – there’s no electricity or running water – but if you want somewhere a little quirky to stay then it’s a real winner."
On time and within budget the new Lumuamua Primary School opened it's doors to the children at the end of last year. This week, Gustavo and the team attended the official opening of the school. A fantastic day for everyone in Lumuamua village and all of us involved in Nema. In Gustavo's words...
It's been proven over again, that one of the best ways of helping to reduce poverty is to empower women to generate their own income. With this in mind, last year we helped a group of women from Naunde village set up a Bakery which was a great success, so the team have been at it again...
Guludo founder, Amy, is interviewed by The Guardian for their Women in Leadership feature. Amy talks about how she came to set up Guludo, her motivations and what it takes to be a social entrepreneur in the tourism industry.
About 11 years ago, Sikamoja, one of the team building Guludo, was climbing up one of our very old and tall palms to get the coconuts before they dropped on someone or something. At the last moment I asked if he could put my mobile phone in his pocket
Browse around the site and you can see how crazy beautiful Mozambique is. However, sadly Mozambique also has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. A perfect example of why we chose Mozambique for our social enterprise (including Guludo andNema) and why we are so passionate about working alongside our local communities to build a future which brings more opportunities to young girls (and boys) to marry when the time is right for them.
No one could have prepared us for the Activities Team's first Stand Up Paddling (SUP) lesson! all of us ended up doubled over on the sand, unable to stand for laughing so hard as one by one they confidently stepped onto the board and spectacularly fell in the water. A picture paints a thousand words, so enjoy...
Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board brand, Origin Paddleboards, and Guludo share DNA. It's a story best told at the bar in Guludo, but in short, we now offer Stand Up Paddle boarding on boards who's origin lies on the shores of Mozambique with Guludo sand between the founders' toes...
"Matafome" translates as "kill the hunger" and this is what the children chanted the very first day we (Nema Foundation) started the school meals project in Guludo school. The name stuck and now the project is affectionately called Matafome and reaches almost 1,000 children in our area, every school day.
"A baby girl died today." Founder of JoJo Maman Bebe, Laura Tenison, is in Guludo at the moment and writes a heartbreaking, yet inspiring, blog about child mortality and how important Nema's work is. Laura and the JoJo team work tirelessly to help our sister charity, Nema, develop and expand our mission to relieve poverty in this part of the world.
Over the years we've affectionately got to know one particular pod of bottlenose dolphins. There are normally between a 12-18 in the group and we first got to know them in 2007 when they seemed to be waiting for every time we went past Rolas or Matemo islands. They come and go but it is easy to spot them as a particularly bold one has what looks like a bite out of his (or her!) dorsal fin!
At the World Savers Congress in Singapore, Conde Nast Traveler gave Guludo a staggering 3 awards. This is the first and only time they have given 3 awards to one property and founders Neal and Amy, were deeply honoured to accept the award on behalf of the Guludo and Nema team in Mozambique. Here's what they had to say about us...
This month Guludo has had a fantastic write up in the prestigious Sunday Times Travel magazine. Guludo was the highlight of Amanda's trip to Mozambique resulting in this great article and our inclusion in their "100 Best Hotels of the World."
Who would have thought that Guludo would lead us to the tourism world stage... in Las Vegas. Guludo's co-founder, Amy, says,
Our dream was to demonstrate the profound potential tourism has to relieve poverty and address world issues. Receiving this esteemed, international award is not just a deep honour but helps to realise this dream and inspire the rest of the industry.