It all began with The Great Orangutan Project in Malaysian Borneo and after a number of years working with local authorities, passionate project facilitators, and hard-working volunteers to create a sustainable, progressive, and effective project - we decided to use the experiences and knowledge we had gained to expand our expertise to other projects in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe!
Now with over 35 projects, you can be confident in the fact that you’ll be able to volunteer with some of the world's most incredible wildlife species in completely breath-taking environments. From orangutans in the Bornean rainforest to whale sharks in the Indian Ocean, you’re sure to find something suited to your interests. What’s more, we make sure that with us, volunteers are completely immersed into the heart of the matter, at site, delivering an experience like no other as you become familiar with the life of an animal keeper, game ranger, or wildlife conservationist.
Plus, every time someone volunteers with us, in addition to their fee which covers accommodation, food, and transfers, we donate up to £350 to the project visited to help the project itself. Therefore, our ecotours and projects are not only designed to be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life, but you will also join a project knowing that your travel truly does help to save endangered animals and the local communities with which they live alongside.
To read more about the team behind this responsible tourism company, please click here.
We work with organisations worldwide to establish high standards in animal welfare and conservation within the responsible tourism sector. The Great Projects believe in using sustainable tourism as a tool to positively impact local communities and at-risk environments to aid the conservation of endangered animals and fragile ecosystems. You won't find any of our projects or tours exploiting the animals or the local area and community, and we won't work with projects that do not adhere to responsible tourism standards. To read more about our responsible tourism policy, please click here.
Here at The Great Projects, we believe that we should practice what we preach. We send volunteers to worldwide destinations on a range of truly unique and thoroughly worthwhile projects that make a real, sustainable difference to their causes. What’s more, we provide them with dedicated UK-based staff that ensure volunteers have informative and friendly help throughout all stages of their experience, from initial enquiry to their return. However, we also feel that we can make even more of a difference through financial sponsorship.
In late 2012, between September and November, we made a promise to sponsor a child at the Kisoro Demonstration School in Uganda for a year, for every one booking we received. The Demonstration School carries out incredible work, and is run by a tireless and dedicated team. The school works with physically and mentally handicapped children to provide them with specialist education, something which is not readily available in much of Uganda.
We are proud to say that due to this promise, we were able to hand over a cheque of more than ten million Ugandan Shillings (around £2500) to the Demonstration School, and as an organisation with very little funding, this money made an immense difference to the level of care the school can now provide its pupils.
The story doesn’t end there though, as back in 2015 we began to sponsor Gedion, a deaf child from Uganda who had just graduated from primary school. Gedion has chosen to take part in a carpentry and joinery training course at a local education centre, and since he began studying there he has excelled in everything he has done! In 2016 he passed his classes with flying colours, and the latest update we have received shows Gedion continuing his learning and keeping up his good grades. We can’t wait to see what this enthusiastic young man achieves over the next 12 months!
We plan on raising the bar of our sponsorship promise and subsequently making a difference to even more causes. To stay updated on what we are up to, keep an eye on our Facebook page here.
Donations in 2013-2015
Donations in 2013-2016
The Great Traveller Limited is registered in England and Wales/ Scotland with registered number 03262455 and Vat No. 973117221
Book with Confidence. We are a member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. We provide full financial protection for your money.
We are also associated with the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), who provide financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. This means that in the event of insolvency our traveller’s funds would be protected. For more details please click here.
Here at The Great Projects, we are completely dedicated to providing our volunteers with the utmost protection with regards to health and safety.
Adventurous travel always involves some degree of risk. Our priority is to keep you safe and protect you as much as possible whilst still giving you an authentic experience of life in your chosen destination.
We conduct extensive risk assessments to make sure we have identified potential hazards and done everything we can to reduce them and we make sure you have the information you need about the destination you are visiting and how to stay safe and healthy while you are out there. We also are partnered with Endsleigh Insurance who are able to offer volunteers comprehensive insurance for all of our projects. To see this insurance policy in detail, please see our insurance page here.