This programme starts every Saturday throughout the year
Responsible tourism: Volunteering with disabled people in India
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.
In India there are many with illnesses that need extra care and medical facilities and doctors are at times not enough. With this project you will be helping at hospitals giving educating staff and making them independent, strong and be able to support themselves. Through this there will be a swap of skills, education and most important a boost of confidence to be able to go out into the 'real' world for many medical students. Medical interns can help local doctors who are not able to manage on their own. They always need helping hands so that they can give more individualized attention to the community. The community in turn benefit and learn new practices, get research conducted and also understand and learn about Western medical care and practices.
In addition to the above support to the community on the weekend we plan volunteers excursion with local guides and this generates income for the community. We also book volunteers stay with local guesthouses and you will be eating food that is sourced from local markets. This inevitably helps the community and brings a cultural exchange for participants and locals.