Who We Are
ArchaeoAdventures trips give you a travel experience unlike any other. Part cultural immersion, part connection with local women, part experience-rich exploration of the best and the off-the-beaten-path of the countries’ sights and experiences. ArchaeoAdventures is a new kind of tour company. Each trip is tailor-made, one-of–a-kind, and offered only once a year. We put our years of experience in the regions to work designing dreams trips. We do not comprise on safety, health, or comfort, but also don’t go where everyone else goes just because it’s popular or “sellable.” Our tours feel more like a local friend showing you the hidden treasures of her hometown. Rely on our deep knowledge of the countries and cultures. Let us do the heavy lifting and the logistical coordination while you get to relax and fully dedicate yourself to enjoying your time in the country and getting to know its people, places, food, and cultures.
We are the only tour company specializing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region that offer tours supporting local women through employing them as guides. We recognized the importance of supporting and empowering local women through making them equal wage earners and paying a fair and livable wage. Our travelers also benefit tremendously from traveling with local female guides – they gain unique insight and cultural experiences through local women showing them around their home country. We designed unique, one-of-a-kind travel experiences based on our director’s decade-plus experience working in the region. We created a completely new kind of travel experience: travel that breaks down barriers, connects across cultures, and empowers all through partnering with local women.
ArchaeoAdventures is a different kind of travel company, founded on the idea that travel and positive change can be powered by women. We believe in women sharing their knowledge of their home countries with travelers, and in turn, travelers helping support local female guides with fare wage jobs. We call this way of exploring and experiencing a country women-powered travel. We created creating unique, personal, engaging and empowering travel experiences that support both our travelers and female guides. We take pride in offering tours to the Middle East, North Africa and beyond that are exceptional not only in purpose, but in quality.
At ArchaeoAdventures we believe that traveling responsibly involves understanding the impact we have as visitors. Through how we spend our money and our time, we as travelers have tremendous potential to affect the places we visit and the people who call them home. We can make a difference through the travel choices we make, the companies and people we work with, and where we spend our money. Through our travel choices we can understand cultures, make a positive impact in the communities the visit, steward the environment, and protect ancient sites.
Working and traveling throughout the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade, our founder, Genevieve Hathaway, noticed that the skills and knowledge of women in the region were underutilized. Most of the countries in the MENA region do not have equal opportunity laws to protect female employment. As economies struggled, women were the ones marginalized in the workforce. As the Arab Spring swept through the region and tourism slowed, women were hit the hardest by the increased unemployment. Genevieve saw a need and understood how travelers could help – providing jobs for the talented female guides in the region.
Responsible tourism is a manifesto. It’s taking ownership for the role we play and the power we have through how we travel and how we spend to directly impact local women’s lives. You as a traveler on an ArchaeoAdventures trip are also part of this responsible tourism practice. By joining us on one of our tours, you are actively using your trip to employ local women with fair-wage jobs. You can be proud to be part of this step in the right direction for worldwide gender equality – one woman at a time.
MEET THE TEAM
Genevieve Hathaway – Founder, Co-Owner, Director of Operations and Marketing
Genevieve Hathaway is an internationally published travel and documentary photographer, public speaker and Middle East and North Africa tourism specialist. For over a decade, Genevieve has lived and worked throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Her love affair with the Middle East began when she was a small child, hearing her parents’ tales of exploring Egypt in the early 1980s. Watching her dad pull out small slides (this was long before the age of the dslr), insert them into a projector and the wall of the family home would come alive with images of the Sphinx, markets with jalabyya wearing men pedaling their wares, and reliefs from the tomb of Tutankhamun. In 2003, Genevieve had the first of many opportunities to live in Egypt, studying Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Earning a BA in Archaeology and a BS in Biology from the University of Washington; her first career was as an Archaeologist, specializing in Egyptology and Osteo-Archaeology. In 2011, Genevieve launched the Gear for Gals in Pakistan project, bringing leading brands from the outdoor industry together to supply climbing equipment to the Pakistan Youth Outreach, which promotes gender equality through training women as mountaineers. She returned again to Cairo in 2012, at the height of the Arab Spring, to consult for tour companies running tours in Egypt. While living on Tahrir Square in 2012, Genevieve began a project called War on Walls – documenting Egypt’s Arab Spring street art movement.
Working in the Middle East and North Africa as a photographer, Genevieve was inspired by the many talented and knowledgeable female expert tour guides who were very passionate about sharing their country with travelers. She saw an opportunity to create a unique kind of travel experience — connecting these great local women guides with travelers who were interested in exploring the Middle East and North Africa. ArchaeoAdventures Tours was built on this idea and crafted into the leading women-powered tour company in the Middle East and North Africa.
Genevieve can be reached at email@example.com.
Her Journey and Work Featured on CreativeLive:
Juan Lema – Co-Owner and Director of Technology and Finance
Juan brings his expertise in software engineering, combined with his love of travel, to keep the gremlins out of the machine, the website speedily delivering travel to you and all the other technical facets working. An avid adventure traveler, Juan has summitted Mt. Rainier, biked across Spain in 16 days traveling the Camino, trekked the Incan trail, and is planning to walk the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage in 2018. Growing up in Lima, Peru, Juan keeps the office happy and well-fed with tasty homemade ceviche and causa.
Dr. Manal Kelig, Egypt Specialist
Dr. Manal Kelig received her BA in Egyptology & Tourism in 1992 from the Faculty of Tourism & Hotel Management Helwan University of Cairo. Upon graduation, she pursued a career as an Egyptologist and guide. Through her work she realized that there was a huge misconception, and stereotyping about the status of women in the Middles East and Islamic countries. This encouraged her to choose the “Public & Political Role of Women in Egypt During the 19th Century” as the subject of her Masters thesis. In 2009 she received her Ph.D and also started an initiative called Peace Through Tourism. She has traveled to different countries around the world to encourage more tourism players to join the initiative. Manal likes to consider herself a Philanthropreneur who brings an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy as she is interested in effecting positive changes in the world through alleviating suffering. She co-founded ‘Tree of Hope NGO’ for community development and is working on developing a new approach of Voluntourism that focuses on a stronger positive impact through & ethical practices and stake holders involvement as decision makers. In 2014 she hosted the first TEDxCairoWomen and succeeded to bring together different faces of Egyptian women in one conversation. Her ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the full potential of the Travel industry in the Middle East and direct it to the empowerment of the local community and in particular women.