Abraham Hostels & Tours’ vision is implemented through promoting a new type of tourism that caters to the Free Independent Travelers (FIT) segment and by creating interactions among the tourists themselves, as well as between the tourists and the local community and local and international staff members. We call this bridge-building tourism which creates direct encounters between people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and religions. Such encounters abolish prejudices, forging new bridges between people and communities
Abraham Hostels & Tours’ prides itself on only working with local businesses. On all of our tours, our travelers stay at our chain of Abraham Hostels which are locally owned and operated, where strive to hire local people. We pride ourselves in employing people from all walks of life while providing equal employment opportunities to local residents, minorities and new immigrants. On our tours, we only work with local tour guides and use local suppliers for any tours that we do not operate in house. We also strive to source all of our products locally. All meals on our tours are made up of locally sourced food from all over Israel. We also promote two local micro-breweries in all of our locations, Shapira and Taybeh.
We at Abraham Tours and Hostels take our environmental initiatives very seriously. We have recycling receptacles in all of our hostels and we encourage our travelers to recycle while on their tours. We also have paper recycling in each and every office for all of our staff members, so not only can our travelers recycle but so that our staff can as well. In addition, in our Jerusalem hostel, we have shower heaters on a timer in order to reduce our electricity use. We have also switched over LED lighting in all our locations in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. We have also recently undertaken urban gardening initiatives where we now have 2 active urban gardens in our Jerusalem hostel. As we are located in the Middle East we encourage all of our travelers to minimize their shower time if possible. We also have filtered water coolers in all of our hostels where we encourage our guests to simply refill their water bottles rather than buying new ones. Our tour also visits many areas in nature including many Nature reserves, where our travelers are instructed not to interfere with the habitat and to simply enjoy nature while not disturbing it.
At the beginning of each of our tours, our travelers are given an introduction to the area that they will visit that day. Our guides provide in-depth information, both politically and socially for the tours. Our guides encourage our travelers to interact with all the locals and the local community in order to learn about their societies and heritage. We always stress that our travelers be respectful and understanding with everyone they meet. On our tours that visit local communities, we only use a local guide.