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September 23, 2009

Ritz-Carlton Guests Help Cancun Community

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Guests from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun can team up with volunteers of the award winning resort to help Mayan communities in need. The Mayan Acquaintance Experience is the resorts Give Back Getaway activity, offering voyagers the opportunity to sense the magic of a culture still alive in the jungles of Quintana Roo.

Partnering with Kanché, a local non-profit organization, starting August 14, 2009, the beachfront hotel is offering guests the opportunity to have an extraordinary encounter with the Mayan culture through a full-day giving experience. During their visit, participants travel to a nearby village to join the locals on projects that will contribute to improve the rural conditions of the town and the lack of opportunities for its people.

Once on location, guests work side-by-side with the resort’s volunteers and the community on different tasks, from painting and gardening to simple carpentry and furniture restoration for improvement of the school. In addition, guests can also collaborate in implementing recycling programs to raise environmental awareness in the community. At all times, participants are joined by the hotel’s employees who provide interesting tidbits about this captivating culture and teach Mayan words for visitors to communicate with the locals.

“Give Back Getaways is an inspiring opportunity for guests to team up with our ladies and gentlemen to become more involved with the region and personally enrich their visit” mentioned Hermann Elger, general manager. “The Mayan Acquaintance experience provides a true insight into the Mayan culture while conveying the spirit of giving. We are all eager to join efforts with our guests to create a lasting contribution while providing significant and unforgettable experiences” he added.

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