A real hands-on community development work: All of our trips involve a component of community development work, and as such, travellers have an opportunity to contribute directly to the local communities they visit. A portion of each traveller’s trip cost goes to support the development project for that trip. For instance, where our travellers are painting a classroom at an orphanage, the cost of the materials required is included in the trip cost. Our development projects are carefully selected in conjunction with local charities and other organisations to ensure that our travellers’ work will be of maximum benefit to the local community but are also ones that involve travellers working side-by-side with the local people to improve their circumstances
The community development aspect of our trip is directly focused on improving the natural environment and human living conditions. These projects include planting trees and helping preserve endangered animals, birds and plant species. all of our guides, employees and drivers are trained in principles of environmental sustainability and will offer travellers’ tips on how to conserve water, reduce waste, and otherwise minimize the environmental impact of their trip. We work to minimise energy and water consumption in our offices, and we encourage our partners to follow similar waste management.
Upon confirmation of a booking we send each traveller a pre-departure pack, describing the destination country, its history, cultural norms, and general health and visa requirements. Our guides will coach our travellers in general best practices (e.g. how to avoid encouraging a “begging” mentality, how to be sensitive in photographing local people, etc.) as well as specific tips on how to avoid running afoul of local customs. Part of our vision at Sandfield Travel is to enable our guests to experience how fulfilling and rewarding volunteering is, and to inspire our guests to volunteer for longer periods of time, and to volunteer where they live.