how non-profits can partner with local insights

What is Local Insights?

Local Insights is a social enterprise designed specifically to connect travelers and locals for cultural encounters that are deeper than a guidebook.  Through our innovative program, we leverage travelers’ budgets to benefit local people directly, while also supporting employment for marginalized and at-need communities.  We work with local tourism bureaus and travel operators to ensure that our Locals are featured as a supplment to the typical packaged tour.

What’s in it for Us?

In a word, everything!  There is no cost associated with offering the Local Insights training program to your clients.  We provide the training curriculum, the instructors, and all materials.  We ask that you pre-screen participants to ensure they are the correct fit for the program.  After program completion, your clients are eligible to post a profile on the Local Insights platform and conduct encounters as often as their schedule allows, all while earning a paycheck.

Is this a tour guide company?

No.  Local Insights is not a tour guiding company.  Think of us as a educator and connector between your clients and the tourism industry.  We believe that getting to know people as individuals makes the world a better place.  We engage with locals who have interesting stories to tell.  Perhaps they have lived in the city for 70 years, perhaps they have intimate knowledge of a popular attraction, or maybe they have a background others would find interesting.  The options are endless and we ensure every Local’s profile reflects their unique personality.

what makes a good local?

Participants should be nominated by the agency as high-potential candidates that will benefit from the training as well as have the ability to engage with travelers in an informative manner.  Participants should be internet intelligent, able to create an online profile, communicate in English (additional languages coming soon), and have a smartphone or reliable access to an internet-connected computer.

Download the one-page summary here:  Local Insights Summary for Partners