by local food experiences
Our mission is to make social impact by connecting local families and travellers in food experiences. Together with NGOs and travel partners we empower local communities, developing fair tourism possibilities on a global scale.
Our vision is making a change from ‘far-tourism’ into ‘fair-tourism’ and from ‘selfie-tourism’ into an intercultural experience with local families. ResiRest uses food to connect people worldwide.
Meet some of the ResiRest team
Exploring Jamaica by bike with a couple of friends in the eighties, Geert discovered the fun and importance of meeting local people to really understand a country. In every next trip, he tried to do so. Enjoying company of many people along the way, eat where they eat and sleep where they sleep. But in today’s world where travelling is getting much easier with low-cost tickets, increasing commercial tours and large travel companies, it seems harder and harder to meet the real local people. Seeing the urgency of better travel options, he took the opportunity to work on a change.
Geerts’ job is to connect non-profit- and social organizations and build bridges between people and cultures. By his enthusiasm and because of the benefits of the ResiRest concept, ResiRest quickly expanded to a global network. Local non-profits all over the world & ResiRest have to build a reliable network of local families, that keeps expanding every day. And so Geert and his team keep working on improving sustainable, fair tourism by home dining.
Of course Geert still travels a lot. Mostly together with his family now. Recently visited countries: Thailand, Cuba, France and Morocco. All a great inspiration for developing ResiRest.
Peterhans is initiator of the Bloom Garden Bed & Breakfast in Siem Reap and active in Cambodia since 2006. He develops and organizes journeys and initiated projects to improve the well-being of the local population in various ways. He wants to do more to make a difference for the Cambodians.
“Living on the basis of confidence might be the most important thing the Cambodians taught me. The country conquered a central place in my heart. It touches me.
Cambodians can teach you how to deal with insecurity, freedom, and responsibility. It is country with a turbulent history, but incredibly viable.
For me, perhaps the most memorable incident is the commitment of my Cambodian friends when I unfolded my plans.
The confidence you receive, the connectedness I felt: for me, this is the essence of life. Cambodia helps me to locate the connection with myself, with what I regard as important and with who I love, in the centre of my life. To live and do business on the basis of connectedness and trust.”
Peterhans started to cooperate with Resirest in 2019. Since 2022 he is our Asia Region Coordinator.
Say hello to Marcel, our go-to guy in Vietnam for ResiRest. About seven years ago, Marcel said goodbye to his regular office job in the Netherlands. He wanted something different. So, he packed his bags and started a big adventure without a clear plan. This adventure brought him to Ninh Binh in Vietnam, a place he now loves and calls home.
Marcel didn’t just move to Vietnam; he became a part of it. He learned all about how people live in Vietnam and their traditions. This makes him great at his job with us at ResiRest. He helps Vietnamese families meet travelers from all over the world. Marcel makes sure these travelers find the families and enjoy real Vietnamese meals and culture.
Philip himself also offers a jungle food tour as one of our extended home dining experiences. He takes you for a walk in the jungle, selecting food to prepare later on as a lunch or dinner. So if you’re interested in learning more about jungle food: make sure you visit him when you’re in Kenya.
Armelina and Crysmela
Local Family on Cape Verde
Crysmela lives in a small apartment in Sal. Together with her mother Armelina, four siblings, and her baby girl. Armelina and Crysmela worked in restaurants.
Now they are at home to take care of the young children of this family. With ResiRest they integrate family care with hospitality, keep up with their passion for food and meet up with people in an easy way.
They are looking forward to meeting you and bring you the real Cape Verde culture and food!
Jade always travels together with her cameras and drone. Being on the road she captures beautiful images. So she inspires people to travel and have fun, and encourages them to explore true local culture and people.