There is a common misconception that volunteering abroad must be a good thing and will positively benefit not just the volunteer but the host community and those involved. Unfortunately this is not always the case. This is our responsible travel policy which enables us to continue to provide the best volunteer experiences, with benefits to everyone involved in our volunteer projects and animal welfare tours.
At The Great Projects, we believe that not only do we hold a responsibility for animal welfare, but also to the environmental, economic and social impact of our conservation projects as a whole, as well as to our volunteers.
As all of our projects concern ecotourism in regards to animals and a diversity of environments, it is essential that we work towards implementing conservation goals and support these. We do this by:
We believe that our projects need to fit in with local needs and requirements and address actual local problems. We believe that we have the following responsibilities as a responsible tourism company:
We also have a responsibility to our volunteers in order to provide them with a meaningful project that is based on solid responsible volunteering principles. Responsibilities and commitments we feel that we ensure to our volunteers include:
We also believe that we have a range of economic responsibilities to uphold in order to ensure that the host communities benefit financially from the projects in question. We believe we do this by upholding the following economic responsibilities:
We also believe that the needs of the host community should lie at the heart of all of our volunteer placements. By understanding the host community and building equal partnerships based on mutual trust and respect, volunteer placements can run successfully. We believe we do this by upholding the following Socio-Cultural responsibilities: