What is Responsible Travel?
Responsible travel is a growing trend in tourism where travellers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which have a positive impact on the country they're visiting, and its wildlife, environment and people. This usually involves getting closer to local cultures, learning about people and the history of places, and embracing diversity.
Volunteering abroad, if managed correctly, fits into this category and is a growing industry in itself, but don't be too quick to believe everything you read. There are some organisations who would seek to exploit peoples' desire to give back, and that's where you (as the traveller) come in. It's critical that you do your homework when choosing a volunteer organisation to travel with.
Find out whether they have a responsible volunteering policy, or proof of other policies that govern their operations. Make sure they have a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities and wildlife; and to the facilitation of you, the volunteer. Read reviews - there's no proof like feedback from real people just like you! Any organisation worth its salt should have no problem providing you with enough information that you feel comfortable you are making the right choice.
It’s also imperative to us that every single one of our projects has community stakeholders. We won’t run a project unless the community not only wants us there, but actually has ownership of the project. Community buy-in is essential and we work hand in hand with local tribal chiefs, community leaders, government departments, clinics and schools to ensure that the best possible impact is being made.
Child Protection Policy & Criminal Record Checks
As part of our commitment to operating responsibly all our volunteers abide by our strictly controlled Child Protection Policy and submit criminal record checks before arrival.