Travel experiences that benefit local economies and local communities.
We work exclusively with trusted and passionate local experts and leaders. All our travel experiences directly benefit the local communities and always support the local economies.
We are proud of the relationships we have built with our local partners. We involve local people in each decision-making process. We put local communities at the heart of everything we do and we encourage all our travelers to support local communities when traveling.
We will continue to develop long-term partnerships with local experts in all the countries where we operate. We believe this approach offers the most meaningful, insightful, memorable and exceptionally authentic travel experiences.
Environmental Travel Guidelines
- TRY TO USE LESS PLASTIC. Regarding plastic bottled water, try to consider the impact of plastic while trekking. It is better to fill up your own water bottle and use purification tablets instead (as a partner of Clean Up Nepal and other environment projects, we advise a policy of reducing the impact of plastic that is damaging the nature massively).
- DO NOT LITTER! Everyone can avoid the plastic bags, but the problem isn’t only plastic bags. It’s litter. Keep the nature clean and your waste to a minimum – avoid plastic bags, take an empty bag with you during your tour or trek so you can bring back your rubbish with you.
- SHOP LOCAL, eat local and buy local products (preferably handmade), rather than imported products.
- REDUCE ENERGY USE. Do not overuse air-conditioning and hot water. Turn off lights when you leave your room. Carry a small solar panel to charge your electronic devices.
- We encourage to use the LAND TRANSPORTATION rather than air for traveling inside a country. We understand that international flights are sometimes a necessity to reach a destination from your home country. Consider flying with one of the 30+ IATA (International Air Transport Association) member airlines who offer carbon offset programs to neutralize the aircraft’s carbon emissions by investing in carbon reduction projects.
- NEVER FEED OR TOUCH WILDLIFE, for any reason. You could be causing more harm than good.
Say No to orphanage volunteering !
WE DO NOT OFFER ORPHANAGE VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS in Nepal, neither in all the countries where we operate.
Sending unqualified volunteers to work with vulnerable children is a big NO NO!
Most of the orphanages in Nepal aren’t orphanages but a booming business with international volunteers willing to pay a large sum of money to help disadvantaged children. Well, is it really helping? Working with children requires qualifications and a background check. And often, the “orphans” are not, in fact, “orphans”; the children do have parents and are taken away from them for a certain period of time, parents heartily believing to act for the best interests of their children. In some cases, the children are simply being abducted and sent to a fake orphanage where unqualified volunteers believe genuinely in helping them for 2 weeks but are more likely to do more harm than good! Qualified applicants are often turned away as they could be a threat and discover the subterfuge.
For all our volunteering projects involving work with children (Teaching Projects, Community Library Project, Sports Coaching Projects, Arts & Culture Projects, Prisoners Assistance, …), we only accept qualified volunteers. To ensure the safety of our children, we require a CV, a cover letter expressing their motivations, a higher education degree certificate’s copy, a criminal record check (background check or letter from their country or state indicating that their records are clear from any illegal activities), a passport size photo and a passport copy. Only the most qualified candidates are contacted for a Skype interview.
Because “ethical behaviour is doing what is morally right”, we only allow professionals with at least 2 years’ experience on our medical projects.
We carefully consider the impact of each project and program we are involve in and the effects it might have on the local community. A lot of organizations organize medical volunteering projects and internships for unexperienced or unqualified individuals. What would it be in your home country? Does a hospital allow you to work as a volunteer without experience? Well, we won’t neither. Despite having good intentions, untrained volunteers can do more harm than good. Lack of medical training or no training at all can cause individual harm to patients. Low-income countries are not opportunities for getting a first medical experience that one could not perform in his own country.
For all our medical projects (Alcohol & Drug Counseling, Crisis and Trauma Counseling, and Osteopathy Projects), we only accept qualified volunteers. We require a CV, a motivation letter, a higher education degree certificate’s copy, a criminal record check (background check or letter from your country or state indicating that your records are clear from any illegal activities), a passport size photo and a passport copy. Only the most qualified candidates are contacted for a Skype interview.
Animal wildlife and animal conservation
Be an animal-friendly traveler!
Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation are causes that we truly care about. Therefore, we do NOT OFFER:
ELEPHANT RIDINGElephants are starved, beaten and torture to be ridden by tourists. We do not offer elephant rides on any of our trips. Let’s embrace them in their natural habitats instead.
MARINE PARK ATTRACTIONSKeep ocean animals free and don’t visit marine parks that keep ocean animals in captivity! Ocean animals live in vast habitats; they shouldn’t be kept in marine parks swimming in endless circles for human entertainment.
ZOOSWitness animals in their natural habitats where they belong.
HUNTINGWe do not offer any hunting or poaching attractions whatsoever.
BULLFIGHTINGWe do not offer bullfighting and rodeo shows.
WILD ANIMAL PETTINGWhatever the reasons you can hear and beautiful stories they can tell, there is no normality in hugging and petting a wild animal.
ATTRACTIONS WITH CAPTIVE ANIMALSWe do not offer any attractions with captive animals (meaning no monkey dancing, snake charming or any activity implicating cruelty and abuse of wild animals).