We work hard to ensure our programmes benefit our participants, the communities they're visiting and the planet.
Our aim is to inspire young people to travel responsibly and become active global citizens of the future.
Climate Crisis & Aviation
Air travel is an inevitable part of what we do, but we know the part aviation plays in the climate
crisis. Carbon neutrality is our long term aim and we've contributed to an offsetting scheme since 2015.
With the crisis at critical point, the science tells
us that global carbon neutrality needs to be achieved by 2030 (20 years earlier
than first thought) so we all need to do more reduce emissions and contribute to the development of greener fuels and carbon reducing technologies.
What we're doing
Choosing direct routes wherever possible
Minimising the number of internal flights
Staying longer so we contribute more to the host ecomony
Choosing airlines that offer good offsetting schemes
We fully vet all local initiatives that we work with. For those involving contact with children whether in a school or a community development programme – we ensure that our involvement has a positive impact and doesn’t hinder children’s education or home life. Our aim is for our involvement to be of mutual benefit to both our students and the local communities.
All children have the right to an education and we never work with companies or groups that employ children. In fact, many of the initiatives we work with empower communities by providing sustainable livelihoods, easing the financial burden on families.
We employ local people and always pay a fair price for their services
We only work with initiatives that offer mutual benefit to both our participants and the community
We only support long term, sustainable initiatives
Wildlife & Conservation
All animals have the right to live in their natural habitat without threat from human development. This is why we don’t work with any organisations that involve animals unless they are adequately accredited and it can be proven that animals are well cared for and not exploited for tourism purposes.
A number of conservation initiatives we work with exist to support threatened species – such as sun bear conservation in Borneo, sea turtle protection in Costa Rica or the Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana – and it continues to be a focus for the Global Citizenship phase of our expeditions.
All initiatives that we work with that involve animals are fully vetted and accredited
We never take part in activities that mean animals are kept in captivity for the enjoyment of humans
We only work with initiatives that work to rehabilitate or protect animals with the aim of reintroducing them into the wild