Belize wildlife conservation holiday
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Belize wildlife conservation holiday: the story of this holiday company
Mike and I started out wanting to create a worldwide link to small charities, NGO’S and communities in less developed countries. Before setting up Mike had worked as a guide and I as a teacher and we chose to travel to destinations we felt would benefit from wider exposure. It was in Tanzania whilst helping to set up a small volunteer project that we realised it would really benefit from having volunteers all year round, thus sowing the seed for the future of our organisation.
We have gradually grown over 13 years and now have projects in 9 different countries. We have our own employees in both Thailand and Nepal, Mike’s country of birth, to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Generally charities on the ground do not have the resources to market themselves and find it difficult to attract further volunteers. We work to free them from their administration so they can continue working on worthy projects.
Responsible tourism: Belize wildlife conservation holiday
Social responsibility: Before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed information pack on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs and get involved with local communities.
Economic responsibility: For over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.
Environmental responsibility: One of the main negative impacts of our volunteers travelling, is the carbon dioxide created from flights. We work with a 'carbon neutral' charity to help ensure that an amount of carbon is sequestered through tree planting or the promotion of low energy technologies. Volunteers are accommodated in simple shared accommodation with low environmental impact. While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.
Much of Belize's wildlife is the same as that of the Amazon Rainforest. The Caribbean Wildlife Centre houses over 125 animals in their natural habitat, keeping only native animals of Belize which were either orphaned, born at the centre, rehabilitated, or donated to the centre from other zoological institutions. Species include jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, harpie eagles, crocodiles, howler monkeys, gibnuts, scarlet macaws, toucans, king vultures, boa constrictors, coral snakes and many more beautiful and incredible animals of Central America.
The centre believes that by bringing the people of Belize closer to the animals which are their natural heritage, they will feel proud of these special resources, and want to protect them for future generations.
Volunteers make a difference to the local community in Belize in a number of ways. The majority of the fee that volunteers pay goes directly to the project which provides employment for local staff. While volunteers are in-country, we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses.