On this trip: We work hand in hand with a Nepalese-owned local ground agent, who employs on our behalf the Group Leader, drivers and guides that work on this trip. Money from our stay reaches a wide number of people, for example our stays in Bandipur have assisted in the regeneration of the village as a whole, as well as helping restore the traditional inn accommodation we use. Our visit to Chitwan National Park reinforces amongst local people the need to protect the environment and it's wildlife to provide employment for future generations.
Together with our local agent we are helping to build a community/sports facility that can be used by schools and villagers in surrounding areas. This will consist of a football pitch and centre, with the primary aim of creating a club around sports activities and teaching practical skills that will help communities operate as just that. The land has been levelled to create the sports pitch, an access road has been created and the external shell of the clubhouse has been completed. The next stage – which has already begun – is to irrigate the land as the soil is very dry (water also helps local farmers). As part of our ongoing commitment to this project, we make a donation of US$5 per person travelling with us to Nepal.
Our Responsible Travel Code: Clients who travel with us will automatically receive a copy of our Responsible Travel leaflet. This contains details and advice on how you can make a positive difference when you travel. If you would like a copy in advance of travel please contact us.
Charity Partnerships: We work in partnership with Plan International. Plan works with some of the world’s poorest communities where three out of four children die before the age of five. We also support Friends of Conservation – an international charity committed to working with local people to develop a balance between their needs and the wildlife with which they share the natural habitat and ecosystems. Other charities that we work closely with include Born Free Foundation and The Travel Foundation, a UK charity that has been established to promote responsible travel practises throughout the whole of the travel industry.
Carbon Balancing: Global warming is a real issue and is a direct result of your travel. We have teamed up with Climate Care to give you the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions from your flight. You’ll be asked upon booking if you want to donate – with set amounts from £5. As a company we offset the carbon emissions from all staff travel in full.
Our Foundation: We’ve highlighted a few of the ways in which we offer our support, financially or otherwise, and now you can, too. We have set up our own foundation, which will administer funds donated by you. A small donation of £1 per person will be taken when booking a holiday and that money will be put to good use by one of our carefully selected projects. If you don’t want to make the donation, just tell us when you book.
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