Caledonia – Languages, Culture, Adventure
Language courses and language activity holidays in 15 countries overseas covering mainland Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Tailormade itineraries for groups and individuals and fixed date departures. Language activity holidays include Spanish and Salsa (Cuba)/Tango (Argentina)/Surfing (San Sebastian)/Scuba Diving (Mexico); French and Skiing (Chamonix)/Sailing (Nice). Special courses for Teenagers, Gap Year, Volunteer Work in Latin America, Young at Heart (mature learners). Caledonia also runs Cuban Salsa dance holidays four times a year in Santiago de Cuba.
Member since: 16 Aug 2005
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
- We are in favour of working together with local people, paying them a fair price and putting money into the local economy.
We recommend the following to our clients:
- Try and put money into local people’s hands: drink local beer or fruit juice rather than imported brands and buy and eat locally produced food.
- Pay a fair price for the goods or services you buy - if you haggle for the lowest price your bargain may be at someone else’s expense. Haggle with humour, not aggression.
- We use recycled paper where possible, and try to limit the amount of paper used and rubbish produced.
- When organising our own tours, group sizes are kept to a maximum of 15 people
- Minimise our environmental impact - help preserve local wildlife and habitats by respecting rules and regulations, such as sticking to footpaths if you are trekking or walking and not buying illegal products made from plants or animals.
- We have ongoing personal contact with the professional artistes we work in Cuba and Latin America and also with local families providing homestay accommodation. We support local community groups on an ongoing basis and provide donations of clothes and other items e.g. to a local primary school in Santiago de Cuba, ACLIFIM (the Cuban national disability association) and two professional Cuban dance/music companies. We also support UK based organisations which promote responsible tourism and are a member of Tourism Concern and The Travel Foundation.
- When overseas, we encourage learning about the countries our clients travel in. Our own experienced tour leaders hold briefing meetings with groups to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps newcomers to the place to understand the local culture and thus better appreciate the people who live there. We encourage communication between our clients and local people through homestay accommodation, our language courses and cultural exchanges facilitated through activities and personal contact.
- We give sustainable travel tips to our clients