This trip departs every Saturday throughout the year
Responsible tourism: Sports coaching volunteering in Sri Lanka
We are addressing our local environment by working with local communities, local charities, local government bodies, local schools, or indigenous tribes. Our tours are carefully selected – we only partner with local tour operators that are either committed to responsible tourism themselves, are eco-friendly, or have ethical policies. Of course we have to use transport and where possible our local guides encourage walking or biking and travelling on public transport- buses, railways or took tuks. This can minimize our demand for special tourist vehicles and fuel whilst giving you plenty of opportunity to meet and interact with local people/communities.
Our operations are also eco-friendly as we introduce policy of minimising and properly disposing of waste created, by conserving energy and water, and by ensuring that endangered wildlife and environmentally compromised areas are treated with respect.
On our heath,construction and women’sempowerment programs we focus on environmental development projects such as recycling, gardening and planting trees.
Our independent travel options and small group sizes help us to tread lightly and to use more environmentally sound forms of transport, minimizing impact, and ideally enriching the environment.
We will offer traveller’s tips on how to conserve water, reduce waste, and otherwise minimize the environmental impact of their trip. We hope that our travellers will be able to take some of the conservation tips they learn home with them.
Wherever possible, our employees use recycled paper and recycle waste created in the office, as well as attempting to minimise waste created and be a “paperless” office. We also work to minimise energy and water consumption in our offices, and we encourage our partners to follow similar waste management and energy philosophies.
Through this program we are supporting the local community of Seenigama in Southern Sri Lanka that was impacted badly during the Tsunami. The village is home to approximately 350 families and 2000 people, part of a honeycomb of villages that spreads out from the coast along the Galle Road, forming a complex community caught between the traditions.
The main occupation of the people of this village was to harvest the coral to make chunam for construction. But after the Tsunami, this occupation came to a halt as people realized that it was the coral reef that protected them from disasters like the Tsunami. Today, the main livelihoods in the village are fishing and coir; however, many people are branching into non-traditional areas of work in tourism, retail or as newly trained industrial divers through the Seenigama Diving & Training Centre thanks to new skills learnt at the Foundation of Goodness.
In addition to this we are also helping the community by arranging your accommodation in home stays with a family or in a house that is in a local area. Income is generated in this way for the locals and you can get a 'real' experience. When you go on any tour we use local hotels and small businesses. Wherever you stay you will be eating locally grown food and delicious local delicacies!
A further way we support our community is by employing local staff - they are the cultural ambassadors, know multiple dialects of the sub-continent and can easily facilitate local interaction and thus guide our travellers in general best practice.