‘Volunteer abroad’ opportunities have experienced a boom in recent years, with an increased number of well-meaning holidaymakers taking part in projects geared around making a difference - be that to wildlife, the environment, or communities. While many of these opportunities are genuine and beneficial to all parties involved, it is an unfortunate truth that some are not. To ensure that our volunteers have the best, most honest, and most meaningful experience, we’ve committed to a responsible travel policy. This policy enables us to provide the best volunteer experiences possible, with benefits to everyone involved in our animal welfare projects and eco-tours.
Here at The Great Projects, we believe that we hold a responsibility not only to animal welfare, but also to the environmental, economic and social impacts of our conservation projects as a whole. This policy also extends to our volunteers.
As all of our projects concern ecotourism with regards to animals and a diverse array of environments, it is essential that we work towards implementing conservation goals and supporting them. We commit to this by:
We believe that a basic necessity of our projects is to fit in with local needs and requirements, serving to address local issues. We have the following responsibilities as a tourism company:
In addition to the above, we also have a responsibility to our volunteers in order to provide them with meaningful projects based on solid responsible volunteering principles. The responsibilities and commitments we ensure to our volunteers include:
We believe that we have a range of economic responsibilities to uphold in order to ensure that the host communities benefit financially from our projects. 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 do this by upholding the following: