Globetrotting Dominicana LLC is a minority and woman owned impact tourism company based in New York City that provides international education programs and eco-tours in the Dominican Republic that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. These tours are decolonized, non-extractive, non-performative, sustainable, and ethical. Our business model is centered on impact tourism which means that we are committed to making a low impact on the environment and the local culture while at the same time giving back to the community. We provide our partners with donations to cover the cost of equipment, programming, and community projects that support environmental protection.
The ecotours are aimed at adventure and nature travelers who want to buy local and experience the Dominican Republic culture and nature outside of the resorts. The goal is to highlight beautiful pristine areas, support local communities, and fight the stigma of dangers in the island. The international education programs were created to fill a market need of professional development and exposure that focuses on the intersection of climate change, economic development, and sustainable tourism for students enrolled in accredited universities and sustainability professionals.
We highlight initiatives that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals specifically SDG (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (13) Climate Action, and (17) Partnerships for the Goals. These tours are off the beaten path, offer a local perspective, and support local businesses, non-profits, and for profit companies.
Milka Rodriguez was born in Dominican Republic and raised in New York City. She is an avid traveler who has visited 22 countries worldwide and is interested in leading sustainability education programs and eco-tours that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and social good projects in Dominican Republic via her company Globetrotting Dominicana LLC. She has a Master's degree in Sustainability in the Urban Environment from CUNY the City College of New York and Bachelor's in Environmental Policy, Planning, and Law from Syracuse University. She works on initiatives at the intersection of climate policy and research, economic development, and youth engagement at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice. She haws served as a Civil Society Youth Representative at the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UNDGC) and as a member of the UNDGC Youth Steering Committee and the UN Global NGO Executive Committee engaging youth and NGO’s on issues at the forefront of the UN agenda.
Previously, she worked with non- profits to provide business development and procurement technical assistance services to businesses ranging from start-ups to multi million dollar enterprises. As a result of her past sustainability work, she won a Youth for the UN Sustainable Development Goals scholarship from Peace Boat US, a Japanese NGO, to travel through Central America to learn about peace and sustainable development. Ms. Rodriguez has served as a Dominican Republic Fellow with FUNGLODE/GFDD where she traveled to Dominican Republic to collect data to support a multi-year research study on watershed management and governance.