Volunteering with animals in Laos

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Volunteering with animals in Laos

Environment

Wildlife
We are commited to conserving, saving, protecting and, where possible, rehabilitating the animals brought under care at this sanctuary. The centre will rescue any animal that is being neglected or maltreated, providing it with a large and comfortable enclosure, constructed as closely as possible to reflect the natural conditions these animals would be living in. There is a hands-off policy with all animals here.

Environment
Our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas,electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid. This means that trees are planted in poor local communities to encourage local people's incomes, as well as to help sustain the environment.

Participants are advised to use hand wash gel that does not require water. We also advise to take care with water. In many of our destinations, water is precious and expensive.

Community

Meeting local needs
Volunteers live and work as a member of the local community. This is a small community, located off the traditionally trodden tourist trails, and so bringing volunteers to this area really benefits the local population. Food is bought from local markets and restaurants, trips are all sourced locally and local transport is used when needed.

Campaigning for change
This project works to change the future for animals who have been subjected to harm and mistreatment. The aim is simple: to provide a home for mistreated animals in an environment as close to nature as possible. A programme actively runs to rescue, rehabilitate and release captive wild animals with this hope to repopulate Laos's forests and jungles. Campaigns are regularly launched against all forms of animal abuse and exploitation in Laos. An education programme runs for locals, children and visiting tourists to make them aware of the importance of animal welfare.

Cultural sensitivity
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Laos.

All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure documentation. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

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