VentureCo

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VentureCo Worldwide
“Travel With Purpose”

VentureCo offers travel programmes in Africa, Asia, South and Central America that are adventurous, responsible and educational.

Each Venture provides the ideal combination for Gap Year and Career Gap travellers who want to explore off the beaten track, learn about the host country and give something back to the communities they stay with. Ventures are 2 to 16 weeks long and involve 3 distinct, but complementary phases:
  • Cultural orientation and language course.
  • Development project funded by the VentureCo Trust.
  • Wilderness Expedition
Experienced VentureCo leaders accompany each team. Preparation begins with a UK travel survival weekend, and continues in-country with full project and expedition training. Planning, leading and organisation roles throughout the Venture are shared amongst the team.
Member since: 21 Aug 2002

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

Throughout the Venture we intend to use locally owned facilities, services and accommodation

We establish partnerships that are locally-owned and income-generating, such as guiding, white-water rafting and wilderness outfitters so that host communities derive direct economic benefit from our visit.

Ventures contain a volunteer work phase where participants give their enthusiasm and labour. The VentureCo Trust funds these projects by purchasing materials and local skilled craftsmen. Thus ownership of the project is shared between host community and venturers.

Environmental responsibility

Office Environmental Policy. As much paper as possible is re-used, Printed toner cartridges are re-cycled, We provide shelter for staff bicycles and no car parking spaces, Reduce electrical consumption as far as possible, All office tea and coffee supplies come from Oxfam's Fair Trade selection.

The 25 heartbeat rule: On horse-supported treks we allow a total of 25 heartbeats per departure. That is typically ten trekkers plus their horses (20 heartbeats) one guide plus horse, three packhorses. This is a guideline and it's not always practical to adhere to it.

All Ventures contain a voluntary work phase, during such phases Venturers are working with indigenous peoples on a variety of small-scale conservation and community projects.

Social responsibility

Briefing Venturers in detail about the destination background, the host community, the local culture and traditions and the local economy. This promotes responsible and appropriate behaviour.

MOST importantly, all Ventures start with a language school and cultural orientation phase. This is the best opportunity to address this subject: Overseas, poised to enter host communities, it all becomes more real! Tutors during this phase are local graduates who teach as much about the local culture as they do the language.

Finally: all Ventures contain a voluntary work phase, during such phases Venturers are working with indigenous peoples on a variety of small-scale conservation and community projects.

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