Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering
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Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering : the story of this holiday company
The story began over 10 years ago. At that time, founder Enrique, had just graduated from Dension University in Granville, OH with a degree in Economics. He decided that before venturing off to Wall Street to pursue what he thought was his ‘dream job’ he would head back home to Ecuador for a few months. During those few months he experienced Ecuador, Peru, and many other Latin American countries like he never before had. During his travels he realized that there was a major void where intimate and locally owned tourism was concerned. Big corporate businesses ruled the tourism industries throughout Ecuador and Peru, and they left much to be desired.
Instead of coming back to pursue a possibly lucrative career on Wall Street, Enrique stayed in Ecuador with dreams of opening up an intimate, local, and customized tourism service. 11 years later the company is still growing strong with every passing year.
With passion for Ecuador, the Galapagos, and Peru, the tour company provides a whole new take on tourism in Latin America. Unlike big corporate tourism agencies, it connects you to the people and land in an intimate way you never thought possible, enabling you to have the experience of a lifetime.
Enrique and his staff believe that a sightseeing business cannot provide a genuine experience without knowing the country or area firsthand. They stand out for their understanding of both the country and the local traditions, something no other business can offer. Instead of shipping you around on a bus stopping at a few select locations, they set you up for incredible experiences that you will never forget
Responsible tourism: Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering
At Lead Adventures we work closely with local people with the commitment of protecting our stunning and unparalleled natural environment. Our previous experience of environment conservation, through the Ecuadorian programmes we offer, equips us with both the expertise and trustworthiness to keep our promise; we will do everything we can to minimise the impact of our Peruvian programmes on the environment.
Every trip was designed with the aid of an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessments) expert, each excursion tailored to a policy of ¨zero environmental impact´.
We only hire excellently trained, environmentally responsible guides, to ensure an exceptional example is set for participants.
Furthermore, we exemplify environmental awareness even in our offices, adopting the practice of a ´Green Office´. This is our unified effort to reduce the amount of paper and energy we use, and to cut the amount of waste generated by us as a business.
The conservation work you will undertake during your trip will help considerably towards a major Galapagos problem;, the growth of invasive flora species, such as blackberries. These plants are endangering the survival of endemic species. Every invasive flora plant you remove, and every endemic species you replant, is contributing directly to the ecological growth and repair of the island. All participants will travel in small groups (6-8 people max), so as to minimise pedestrian damage, and all will receive a scientific orientation in our offices, in an effort to provide detailed awareness of the conservation situation of the Galapagos.
When in ecologically sensitive areas like the Galapagos it is essential that waste is minimised and recycling strategies implemented. Guides will provide detailed information of the environmental impact of each trip for the participants. However there is still an element of personal responsibility for each traveller regarding their waste and recycling.
With us, you are a responsible traveller; part of the cost of each of our programmes will go directly to developing and sustaining local Peruvian communities. Furthermore, through our programmes, you have a chance to meet these communities, learn how they live, and subsequently better understand the problems they face.
Many of our programmes directly involve and benefit local community members. From football training with local youths, to English teaching with indigenous children, to building homes for poverty stricken families, we always have the needs of the community at our core.
We generate jobs by hiring local guides, host families and porters, and offer assistance with their progress in the tourism industry. We try to give most of our revenue back to communitity-oriented projects such as family run hostels, rather than large multinational tourism corporations.
When we do not provide food services for our participants, we enthusiastically encourage them to dine at local restaurants. There is a great number of hotspots offering wide varieties of authentic dishes at affordable prices; travellers can experience an exciting new cuisine and simultaneously give money back to local businesses. We offer highly informative sessions before all participants begin their programmes, detailing the needs and problems of local areas. There is supplemental material provided on our website, and pamphlets are regularly distributed, giving the traveler useful information about their impact on the environment, and what they can do to reduce it.