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G Project: Highlights from the Summit in the Jungle

Driven by a passion to build a sustainable, scalable social world, this year’s Summit brought together global thought leaders committed to providing supportive solutions to local and global problems in one of Costa Rica’s most idyllic settings

by Daniel Sendecki Posted on 15 September 2013

This week, the Looptail is coming to you live from outside the gates of Costa Rica’s _Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio from our first-ever Summit in the Jungle. __As part of the G Project, the Summit brought together four visionaries to hone their ideas and pitch them to G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip, and a panel consisting of Planeterra’s Paula Vlamings, the UN’s Oliver Hillel and responsible tourism advocate Jamie Sweeting. Together, they chose the boldest idea with the greatest potential to make our planet just a little more perfect. The winner will be announced on September 23, at this year’s Future of Tourism — and will earn $25,000 in funding. _

Lee-Ann Gibbs, Bruce Poon Tip, Rita Rayman and Tracey Friley.

*“*The G Project’s 'Summit in the Jungle' is not just about what tour operators do, but what travellers do, as well.”**** _          — Bruce Poon Tip, Summit Panelist and Founder of G Adventures_

G Project Finalists Jodie McQueen and Rita Rayman.

*“*We have connected with each project. I want to see them all succeed and grow.”****           — Rita Rayman, G Project Finalist

Pre-pitch sessions with representatives from the Planeterra Foundation.

“Not even the rain can slow down our G Project Finalists as they prepare for their pitch in the company of the Planeterra Foundation.” _          — _Jaymie Bachiu, Summit Organizer and Global Director of Brand Marketing

Bruce Poon Tip's inaugurates the G Project's Summit in the Jungle.

*“*Today, you need to create a brand in ‘why’ you are doing it. It's not enough to just tell ‘how’ anymore.” _          — _Bruce Poon Tip, Summit Panelist and Founder of G Adventures

G Project finalists explore Manuel Antonio National Park in the company of G Adventures CEO Danny J. Alvarado S.

*“*It’s always about creating conversations with local people and to have tours benefit local communities.”**** _          — _Bruce Poon Tip, Summit Panelist and Founder of G Adventures

Paula Vlamings, Summit Panelist and Director of Planeterra

*“*With the 'Summit in the Jungle' coming to a close, it’s time to start changing people’s lives.”**** _          — _Paula Vlamings, Summit Panelist and Director of Planeterra

Manuel Antonio provided the backdrop for this year's Summit.

“Lots of learning and exchanging of ideas at the G Project’s 'Summit in the Jungle'. Tourism can be used for social good.” _          — Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll, Wanderers-in-Residence_

Lee Ann Gibbs, G Project Finalist

“I am ridiculously happy to be part of a movement like the G Project—a chance to make a big impact.”**** _          — _Lee Ann Gibbs, G Project Finalist

Tracey Friley, G Project Finalist

*“*Win or lose, the G Project has created a shift in my life much like the shift the Passport Party Project aims to make with young girls. Thanks G Adventures!”**** _          — _Tracey Friley, G Project Finalist

Jamie Sweeting, Summit Panelist and Principal, Sweeting Sustainability Solutions.

*“*We need more companies to replicate the G Project model and engage in movements like this.”**** _           Jamie Sweeting, Summit Panelist and Principal, Sweeting Sustainability Solutions_

Oliver Hillel, Summit Panelist and Programme Officer for the Convention on Biological Diversity.

*“*Big innovation will come from the creative interaction between travellers and G Adventures.”**** _          — _Oliver Hillel, Summit Panelist and Programme Officer for the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Summit in the Jungle — dinner courtesy of Visit Costa Rica.

“Thank you Visit Costa Rica for hosting a special dinner tonight for at the 'Summit in the Jungle'. Amazing food, drinks and people!”           Daniel Sendecki, Summit Organizer and Manager of Content Development

Thank you to all of our sponsors.

“A big thank you to Air New Zealand and Deloitte for sponsoring the G Project and helping us to change the world one idea at a time.” _          — _Jaymie Bachiu, Summit Organizer and Global Director of Brand Marketing

The G Project Finalists enjoy the sunset over Manuel Antonio.

“The G Project pitches have come to an end. Congratulations to all our finalists. You all inspired with your passion! The 'Summit in the Jungle' may be over but we are only getting started with this movement. Join us!”            — Bruce Poon Tip, Summit Panelist and Founder of G Adventures


Stay tuned to the #gproject hashtag on Twitter—where you’ll get a chance to explore Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio alongside our G Project finalists, while discovering first-hand the positive impact travel and tourism can have on the future of our planet.

Getting There

G Adventures runs a number of departures encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater to different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you this big blue planet of ours — check out our small group trips here.