Responsible tourism: Volunteer in Nepal, help rebuild a village
We're committed to sustainability in the communities in which we operate and in the ecosystems we encounter. We seek to minimise the impact of our trips by 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. We ask travellers to properly dispose of waste and to be mindful of the environment around them.
We always strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Where possible we encourage our travellers to use public transportation, which also adds to the cultural experience. When we do need to use private transport we use modern fleets, which are more energy efficient and emit less CO2.
Cultural engagement and exchange is central to our company ethos, as each trip is a unique mixture of adventure, culture, and philanthropy. We maintain that one only gets to truly know a place by getting to know its people. Volunteer days of the trip are guided by our voluntourism policies developed by ABTA voluntourism guidelines.
We support local efforts of sustainability by staying at eco-lodges and homestays during the trip.
On the 25th April 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal near the city of Kathmandu. The quake was followed by two major aftershocks and hundreds of minor shocks. According to official statistics more than 8,600 people have died and more than 22,000 people have sustained injuries. Hundreds of thousands of houses have been devastated or destroyed or partially damaged leaving thousands of families homeless and stranded. While the people in the affected areas are struggling to return to their normal lives, several minor aftershocks continue to shake the country. Although these shockwaves are measured between 4 to 5 on the Richter Scale people are scared to go back to their homes and start normal live.
The government of Nepal is trying hard to deliver relief materials to the needy families. Food items and tents are being supplied by the government and aid agencies in some places but people in the remote areas have not received anything. We are approaching Monsoon season which will certainly worsen the post-earthquake situation if the affected families are left on their own. The government of Nepal has announced rehab packages, including cash support for families to purchase corrugated Zinc roofs to build a shelter, as well as their plan to rebuild the country. But it may be too late if we only depend on these plans. Most of the families need physical as well as psychological support in order to build the shelter that will keep them safe and dry from the monsoon.
We have teamed up with the Rebuild Nepal Foundation to lend a helping hand to help get such a culturally significant and influential country get back on their feet. We urge volunteers from around the world to come and help rebuild Nepal! This initiative will be carried out in close coordination with the local people and local bodies in the affected areas substantiating the efforts of the government, local bodies and other aid agencies.
This initiative requires skilled and semi-skilled volunteers from abroad, who can provide technical and manual assistance to build shelters using the local resources, provide health, safety and sanitation advices and post-disaster consultations. Let's band together to help rebuild Nepal!