Our Ethical Standards

Our standards for providing ethical travel opportunities to our wildlife conservation projects form the framework in which we develop and select our portfolio. This ethical travel framework ensures we remain true to our values throughout our mission to reconnect people with the natural world –  by growing and empowering a worldwide conservation community to make a tangible difference for our planet, people and all species through meaningful travel programmes.

1. Protection of the environment and biodiversity
2. Responsible protocol for interactions with captive and free-roaming animals
3. Animal welfare policy and guidelines
4. Providing a safe, fulfilling and meaningful experience for our travellers and visitors
5. Goals of the programmes are clear, focussed and obtainable
6. Programme staff are suitably qualified with valid first aid certifications
7. Programmes have strong educational benefits for staff, travellers and visitors
8. Volunteer code of conduct
9. Responsibility for volunteer tasks being suitable to their skillset and comfort levels
10. Demonstration and supervision of all programme activities by qualified staff
11. Complete transparency with programme fees
12. Respect for the historic heritage, authentic culture, traditions, and distinctiveness of local communities
13. Engagement with leaders in local communities to obtain their input and approval for activities in their communities
14. Support for local businesses
15. Strong and authentic commitment to empowering the local communities in a way that maintains dignity and avoids, reduces and eliminates dependency
16. Responsible exit strategies from community projects
17. Volunteering tasks do not take jobs or learning opportunities away from local people
18. Minimise negative impacts
19. Protection policy for children and vulnerable adults
20. Provision of a scheme to help offset the carbon footprint from travel

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