1. Who Are We? Welcome to GER to GER Mongolia!
GER to GER is UNESCAP’s, National Geographic Society’s, etc., only officially recognized Mongolian Geotourism Agency – CSR Initiatives; community based tourism trips (location specific cultural adventures) and packaged-trips (more for leisure explorers; regional expeditions) along 11,000 sq.kms of mountains, deserts, steppes, etc., that preps you to become Ethnographic Explorers for nomad centered community based tourism/rural exploration. Along GER to GER you to travel like early explorers i.e. Marco Polo or Roy Chapman Andrews from nomadic family to nomadic family across vast and epic geographical terrains as done since the ancient days; before and after Mongolia’s Great Emperor, Chingis Khan.
GER to GER also provides professional film and tv production logistics that includes all pre-production, production and post production logistical support; Emmy/DGA awarded CBS’s The Amazing Race, etc.
GER to GER Experts are internationally recognized industry professionals – filmmakers, explorers, social economic developers and humanitarians that design travel experiences for ‘Ethnographic Explorers’. Ethnographic Explorers are those that wish to have deeper genuine and intimate cultural experiences (as the locals truly live and interact with their environs) than theme-park sightseeing tourists or travelers; 100% controlled environments.
2. What Do We Do? 100% Ethnographic Explorations – The First Step: Understanding the Difference Between “Typical Tourists” & Ethnographic Explorers
GER to GER Definition of “Ethnographic Exploration” – a non-touristic, humanitarian, method of exploring cultures and remote geographies which aims to train the “Typical Tourists” to become culturally sensitive ethnographic explorers, cultural ambassadors, humanitarians and social economic developers.
GER to GER offers two types of travel: 1) Community Based Travel Routes – 100% managed and operated by locals; GER to GER Office is a Humanitarian Travel Agent for Community Trips (Not a Tour Operator), 2) Packaged Trips – Managed and Operated by GER to GER Office (Tour Operator)
Packaged Trips: These are industry-standard trips and tours that are outfitted with interpreters/guides, drivers, etc., that combine the best of exploration and leisure – they are designed and carried-out in accordance with the demands of western/european travel.
Community Based Travel Routes: These value for money routes are mainly ONLY for independent travelers seeking budget cultural adventures – though they have produced itineraries, it’s good to remember that nomadic families lifestyle’s are guided by seasons, weather, etc., and at different times it requires them to alter experiences based on “Life & Survival” – yes, Empathy/Understanding are required. GER to GER prepares all travelers to become Ethnographic Explorers thus to enable them to seek cultural/life-experiences that are not written on standard itineraries to enrich their exploration opportunities. GER to GER specialists are multi-practice experts with decades of experiences, 100s if not 1000s of “out-in-the-field” projects, in developing countries; it is only for passion for social economic development that we share our knowledge, experiences and know-how with our clients and communities. GER to GER’s Community Based Tourism Routes are the “Real Deal” – real experts prepare you, real nomadic families host and guide you, real cultural explorations and adventures await you. It is GER to GER’s mission NOT TO DEVELOP STANDARDIZED/DRAMATIZED community based tourism but rather an ethnographic humanitarian style of cultural exploration that provide genuine insights into Mongolian nomadic lifestyle at different times of the season that isn’t always possible to experience when strictly maintaining a foreign approach with locals. It is GER to GER’s Methodology to develop a Country/Local People friendly tourism framework rather than “animals in a zoo” style of community based tourism (designated show-times, feeding-times, etc.); Primary – Natural Lifestyle, Secondary – Community Based Tourism.
Community Based Travel Routes – Public Zoo vs. Free-Ranging National Park Styles (Ethnographic Explorer/Humanitarian Liability Note): Simply, Ethnographic Explorers love this sort of Advance Ethnographic/Cultural Exploration (over 90% of GER to GER’s annual clients) – as it’s a combination of the planned itinerary with plenty of random experiences. However, “Typical Tourists” who cannot make the transition in ‘travel styles’ generally feel that these trips weren’t what they expected as they can’t handle random experiences in their travel plans; and yes, I know these type of “Typical Tourists” love their Trip Advisor/Lonely Planet’ Thorn Tree Rants. Every year GER to GER averages only a few tourists per year that were not able to successfully make the cultural bridge between them and the Mongolian Nomadic Families (easy to calculate – just look at the post dates and calculate the number of posts per year, there are not that many considering GER to GER averages more than a few hundred travelers per year. Which means, yes, GER to GER has way more successes per year [avg. well over 90%] than dramatized failures”). Hey I know – we’re all human, but as one explorer to another, I just wished these people had chosen another “Leisure Travel Agency” than our Humanitarian Ethnographic Travel Organization. I do hope that these individuals will do more research, make wiser and more responsible decisions in the future instead of blaming organizations and/or individuals like us, who are doing humanitarian development works, post-trip by putting “hairs” in their eaten Cheeseburgers so they can demand a refund or else they will publicly post very unkind defamations (blackmail) via social media, etc…. Nonetheless, it’s just sad that these individuals had missed such wonderful opportunities to become “Ethnographic Explorers” by strictly trying to follow every word, punctuation mark, etc., in the sentences of a given Community Based Travel Route’s budget trip itinerary and/or try to make a budget trip into a packaged trip fuss online. Typically, people like to go on $200 to $300 all inclusive community based tourism trip (all food, accommodations, horses, ox carts, local guides, etc.), for a few days up to almost a week in some locations – and just because locals were tending to some nomadic lifestyle-works or something (great opportunity to go out and join them), some of these people don’t do anything but sit around to which they later like to complain and demand a 100% refund; often saying the families are nice but the itinerary was incomplete and demand that I, Zanjan Fromer, should directly pay them via my personal VISA Card or my salary – not the families (some of these families make more than me in a month as I have a regulated local salary – I don’t enjoy the public shaming guys for my financial sacrifices to maintain this initiative as a humanitarian.); the amount of harassment I undergo as a humanitarian is just amazing. Often after discovering all the truths, sometimes we can’t offer a refund via our policies to which they threaten to go online to defame us all, etc. (blackmail, defamation, etc.) – seriously? enough already. For over a decade we have been promoting these Community Based Trips as non-touristic and as Ethnographic Exploration opportunities to go with the flow and experience the random cultural immersion opportunities, locations and adventures; as we instruct them. Please do note that we do indeed make every effort to both assist and properly instruct every traveler during pre-booking, in-country during an intense two hour pre-trip training workshop – trip info, organization introduction, country and cultural info, rural health & safety info, capacity, language, Q&A, etc., however, we can’t satisfy everyone as it seems… they wanted a public zoo, we offered a free-ranging national park.
Now that we have proven that GER to GER is transparent and we have your best interest at heart – this is your rare opportunity to graduate and leave this type of “Touristic Mentality” behind and join the ranks of Ethnographic Explorers, Humanitarians and Social Economic Developers – if you desire. Right now, you are only a few clicks away from amazing cultural eco adventures along nomadic travel routes across the Gobi Desert, vast open Steppes, river valleys and mountain passes by horseback riding, camels, ox carts, trekking, visiting home-stays and more with nomadic families across Mongolia.
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In 10 years, well over 6,000+ international travelers have been trained and traveled Responsibly across Mongolia;
What is GER to GER?
Hi my name is Mr. Zanjan Fromer (professional filmmaker, marketer, industry specialist, social economic developer and humanitarian) USA Alaskan Native and Founder/CEO of GER to GER Agency and Foundation, I operate nationwide ecotourism initiatives across Mongolia with my long-time partner and co-founder, Ms. Bayarsuren Yalalt (industry specialist and humanitarian), we offer individual trips, packaged trips and special interest trips that are eco-friendly with the mission of sustaining the destinations. We are specialized in providing a truly unique method of experiencing Mongolia; travelers will receive a pre-departure Responsible Travel training workshop before their overland expeditions and/or nomadic family centered, point to point, cultural eco adventure with Mongolian nomads across vast geographical terrains (deserts, mountains, river valleys, steppes, etc.) by horseback, camels, ox carts, trekking and more! As a team we have successfully established nationwide community-based ecotourism travel routes that extends 11,000 square kilometers (7,000+ miles) across 10 Provinces or States of Mongolia’s geographical terrains.
Imagine how the ancient explorers of the past traveled the globe i.e. Marco Polo, Roy Chapman Andrews, etc., the raw sense of cultural immersion with the locals, the adventure and excitement of the expedition! That’s GER to GER, a fusion of ancient and modern day experiences; an ancient nomadic lifestyle existing in a remote corner of the world in-between Russia and China. GER to GER responsibly shares knowledge with the locals and all travelers (pre-departure) to ensure that as you travel with the nomads across vast geographies that includes deserts, mountains, river valleys, open and vast Mongolian Steppes, your travel mentality is that of an early Explorer; rather than your standard “Tourist” or “Backpacker”. This sort of trip is perfect for those travelers wishing to experience travel like a Mongolian and immersing themselves into their daily nuances (lifestyle, etc.) like the early Explorers. GER to GER is suitable for avid adventurers, humanitarians, individuals, couples, groups and families both young and old that are wishing for a unique local adventure that will take you along an itinerary but also has the flexibility to take you on those unexpected cultural and exploring detours which makes it often a more authentic cultural ecotourism experience.
A DECADE OF INTERNATIONAL HONORS and RECOGNITIONS
- 2005-Pres. IMDb Profile and Some Client Listings
- 2014 Certified Member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
- 2006-Today Official Partner of Give2Asia (USA501c3)
- 2008-2014 Lonely Planet “…most innovative tourism concept in Mongolia, …top of every traveller’s wish list…”
- 2013 Rough Guides – Meet the Locals – How to Immerse Yourself on Your Local Travels
- 2012 National Geographic’s “World’s Best Travel Experiences” #8 – GERtoGER.org
- 2010 National Geographic Society – Geotourism Ambassadorship
- 2010 National Geographic Society – Global Finalist Certificate
- 2010 Honored by National Geographic as one of World’s Innovative Travel Entrepreneurs
- 2009 Top Ten Global Finalist of National Geographic Society and Ashoka Changemakers “Power of Place” GeoTourism Challenge
- 2009 WHL Travel’s Urban Adventures Award
- 2009 Tour Dust’s Scholarship Award
- 2009 National Geographic Society’s Weekend Broadcast
- 2007 United States Agency for International Development Grant Winner
- 2007 Officially recommended by UNESCAP at its 63rd Session – Page 14
- 2006-07 Established the Give2Asia.org – GER to GER Fund with the Assistance of Loreena McKennitt (internationally famed Singer) and The Asian Foundation
- 2006 Official Partner of the CBS’s The Amazing Race: Season 10 Episode 2
- 2005 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Grant Winner
- 2005 World Bank Tender Winner – Cross-Industry Supply Chain and Competitiveness Study and Analysis
Awarded the “Ministerial Medal of Honor for Leadership”On September 29 (2015), Mr. Zanjan Fromer has become the First American in Mongolian history to be awarded the “Medal of Honor for Leadership” from the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism – Minister N. Battsereg; in dedication to Mr. Fromer’s career and contributions made as humanitarian in tourism throughout Mongolia.
“I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to the Ministry, my partner/colleague (Ms. Bayarsuren Yalalt), GER to GER staff, all the nomadic families across Mongolia, international travelers around the world, domestic/international partners and everyone else (past projects, donors, tourism associations, etc., the ‘thank you list’ is long – simply, “Thank You” to all those who’ve lifted me up in life and believed in my initiatives; this indeed is an accumulative honor!!!)” – Mr. Zanjan Fromer – Professional Portfolio Website
Photo (left to right): Ms. Bayarsuren Yalalt (Co-Founder) and Mr. Zanjan Fromer (Founder) of GER to GER Agency and Foundation
This 2015, a total of 13 Honors were awarded to GER to GER by the Ministry and the Mongolian Tourism Association (1 “Ministerial Medal of Honor for Leadership” to the Founder, 2 Ministerial Recognitions to Nomadic Families and 10 Mongolian Tourism Association Recognitions to Nomadic Families).
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ETHICALLY SHARING TOURISM REVENUES WITH RURAL COMMUNITIES and NOMADIC FAMILIES ACROSS MONGOLIA
More than a million dollars have been directly injected into Mongolia’s local economies, 100s of human resources across the country have been trained and new job markets created by our social economic value and supply chain advancement methodologies via Sustainable GeoTourism.
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Nearly a Decade of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Travel to Support Rural Nomadic Families Across Mongolia
Our package trips are designed for travel agencies that sustains our organization, however, our independent trips responsibly returns approximately 70%-80% of generated annual revenues to the locals as apart of our sustainable livelihoods Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Mission which is audited by the Mongolian Government. GER to GER is proud to be Mongolia’s first Tour Operator/Agency that was designed to incorporate a strong CSR Mission into its overall nationwide operations. In accordance, The GER to GER Foundation, an official Mongolian Government certified Humanitarian NGO, continues to operate via its own funding and by in-kind donations made to it through our partnership with Give2Asa; a globally recognized USA 501c3 charity organization. GER to GER Foundation has been successfully audited by numerous international agencies (including but not limited to): Swiss Agency for International Development, United States Agency for International Development, The Asian Foundation, and more.
Annually, GER to GER manages the involvement of both direct/indirect local human resources totaling 1,000+/- in addition to the 100s of annual international travelers is a testament to our operational logistical capabilities; the very same capabilities used towards managing 100s of successful projects and programs. Today, as we continue to operate across Mongolia’s vast geographical terrains we are furthering our social economic development goals.
Today, GER to GER is well established as Mongolia’s leading CSR Agency/Operator with a Global Visibility exceeding 80% of the world’s territories via our online and offline works; from rural locations throughout Mongolia all the way up to the global social economic supply and value chains around the world (ITB Germany, WTM and Adventure Travel Show London, Hong Kong, COTTM China, etc.).