The Great Projects

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We are a volunteer company specialising in conservation and social-inclusion projects in Asia. The basis of all projects is sustainability and hence we develop every project to improve environmental, social and economic aspects (the 3 pillars of sustainability) thereby leading to holistic solutions. This includes a long-term commitment to our projects as change and positive outcomes often come slowly. This ensures that projects get access to consistent financial support, as well as expert help and training, free manpower, and assistance with research and education.

We develop partnerships with all stakeholders; local communities, Government departments, private companies, NGOs, research institutions and schools; in order to maximise the benefits of our volunteer projects. Community participation is integral to our ethos. Our ultimate aim for each project is to leave an effective, confident, world-class, independent project.
Member since: 02 Apr 2007

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

Economic responsibility

  • Develop alternative incomes for local community (this includes employing local staff as project facilitators and providing logistics). In this way alternatives are available to local communities to hunting and logging, creating a sustainable lifestyle.
  • We work with local partners for logistics which by default ensures that food, transfers and accommodation are provided locally. We have a training programme to develop local talent in animal husbandry and enrichment.
  • We pay fair wages to locals (50% more than normal) and 30% direct donations for resources and experts to wildlife centre (15,000 last year!) Minimum of 25% of project cost goes directly to projects to in order to fulfil our stated aims and objectives

Environmental responsibility

  • Work for the local wildlife, with goals to reverse the decline and contribute to long-term conservation outcomes. Working with local NGOs, experts, organisations and Government to achieve aims; stakeholder approach. We fund and support research on our projects.
  • Environmental education of local community to ensure long-term solutions. This has included several trips organised to the local longhouse by our education specialist formerly of London Zoo, in tandem with the managers of the Wildlife Centre.
  • We actively encourage local children to recycle aluminium cans so the school gets a small donation from the recycling company. Food waste, cardboard and plasic bottles are reused. We encourage people to turn off their lights and fans and water use is kept to a minimum.

Social responsibility

  • We use local suppliers wherever possible & work with local communities, providing another source of income and promoing the local arts of dancing and Dayak steel drumming. We recommend local parks & attractions to visitors.
  • Give training to local communities and partners. We have on-site and visiting experts from zoos around the world, so there are ample opportunities for local community staff and permanent Centre staff to access training.
  • We have 3 Way Out Experiences staff working at our existing orangutan project, with our volunteers, at all times to ensure their safety and ensure they work correctly and abide by cultural/work norms.

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