Partners

CCFA

The Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) is a registered NPC whose founding sponsors are ACCORHOTELS / Mantis. These two hospitality companies recognise the urgent need for the tourism industry to play a greater role in conservation and community upliftment which will benefit Africa’s wild animals and wilderness at a time when both are under threat. Without Africa’s wildlife, wilderness and community involvement there will be no tourism industry in Africa, so this initiative has been created at the 11th hour both as an act of humanity and of pragmatism.

This grant-giving Foundation is registered in South Africa as a non-profit company and has uniquely brought together three internationally admired wildlife conservation organisations as its Founding members: Wilderness Foundation Africa, Tusk Trust and African Parks.

The CCFA acknowledges the key role played by rural communities and plans to establish a forum that serves as a platform for communities to participate and contribute directly to the discourse on development and biodiversity conservation.

Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation forms part of a global network whose main aim is to protect wilderness areas. Recognising that the protection and sustainability of South Africa’s unique wilderness areas and natural heritage is dependent on socio-political and economic conditions within society, the Wilderness Foundation takes a holistic approach to implementing its mandate for conservation. Focusing on four main programme areas (Conservation; Social Intervention; Experiential Education and Advocacy & Awareness), the Foundation creates opportunities to encourage, plan and protect wild lands and wilderness, uplift the knowledge and lives of citizens and stimulate an environmental ethos among current and future leaders.

Tusk

Twenty years ago Africa was in the midst of a poaching crisis. Black rhino were on the brink of extinction (just 2,000 remained) and the African elephant population was being slaughtered at a rate of 100,000 each year, just for their ivory. Drastic times required urgent action. Tusk was established in response to an urgent need to halt the decline in Africa’s natural heritage and find a way to combine the interests of
people and wildlife alike. Tusk promotes the conservation of all African wildlife and particularly the protection of endangered species. Tusks holistic approach to conservation also recognises that the long-term future for wildlife is dependent on sustainable human development. At the end of 2005 Prince William announced his Royal Patronage to the charity.

Born Free

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. We rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care. Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. Our high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. Working together with the Born Free Foundation, Worldwide Experience volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to conservation by providing first-hand assistance to maintain the sanctuary. Every little helps and you can expect to get involved with anything from eradication of alien plant forms, to assisting the veterinary surgeon.

Helping Rhinos

Helping Rhinos is a UK based charitable organisation dedicated to preventing the rhinoceros from becoming extinct. They aim to achieve this by focusing on two key areas, best summarised by our mission statement:

‘Creating awareness of the issues threatening the global rhino population and raising funds to help protect them for future generations’

Since 2008 the number of rhinos killed by poachers has increased by around 50% year on year. If this trend continues an animal which has walked on this planet for 50 million years will become extinct within the next 15 years. Helping Rhinos is committed to working in partnership with key strategic field projects that will make a difference in the fight against the poachers and ensuring all species of rhino can be enjoyed in their natural habitat by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

For more information on the work of Helping Rhinos and to find out how you can make a difference in the fight to protect the rhino from slipping towards extinction.

Greenpop

Our tree-planting charity partner Greenpop is on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet. They plant trees and have fun doing it! They run urban greening, reforestation and conservation farming projects, spread environmental awareness wherever they go, and activate people through green festivals and workshops.

The social enterprise was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 100,000 trees at schools and other urban sites, community farms as well as forests across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania.

Save The Rhino

Save the Rhino International is committed to ensuring the survival of the rhinoceros species in the wild. The charity works in close consultation with managers and communities in wildlife areas and provides direct support for rhino and community projects in Africa and Asia. We recognise that the future of wildlife is inextricably linked to the communities that share its habitat.

Mantis Collection

Mantis is a family run collection of award winning, privately owned, five star properties located around the World. Mantis is the only hotel group in the world with a presence on all seven continents. Officially founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment and local community. The company also offers consultancy services in other disciplines including conservation and education, which Worldwide Experience forms part of.

Mantis’ underlying philosophy is one of responsible and ecologically sensitive development and operations, supporting the local environment while conserving and maintaining all natural resources. Mantis recognises education as an important facet to the growth and ultimate success of the world’s youth for the future. Mantis continuously strives to maintain an ecological balance and also also aim to improve the socio-economic status of the various regions in which we operate.

Waterbear

The WaterBear Network is the first interactive video on-demand platform dedicated to the planet. WaterBear is built on three pillars; Watch, Join, & Save. WaterBear Network subscribers will be able to WATCH and be inspired by premium content, JOIN a fast-growing global community through our advanced interactive media
platform, and take action to help SAVE the planet by participating in and contributing to local and global initiatives.

Our mission is to connect, inform and empower individuals, companies and other organizations across the world to take actions which will have a positive impact on our planet.

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go (KBYG) is an ongoing campaign with around 300 travel industry partners aimed to educate and ensure British travellers stay safe and healthy abroad. The campaign was launched in 2001 to promote key messages including adequate travel insurance, country travel advice and more as well as a checklist full of practical trips for having a safe and enjoyable time.

Student Universe & gapyear.com

gapyear.com is a social network and travel advice website committed to providing you with everything you need to know about taking a gap year. We were created by backpackers, for backpackers, and offer expert advice on travelling, volunteering and working abroad, all tied together with inspirational ideas, opportunities and products.

Worldwide Insure

Established in 1993, Worldwide Insure offers trusted low-cost travel insurance for global single & annual multi trips. Worldwide Insure are aware of all the different types of placement experiences we offer and the types of activities that take place on our experiences. It is compulsory for all our travellers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance. By taking out travel insurance you are covering yourself against travel risks such as lost or stolen luggage, cancellation cover (should you not be able to travel due to unexpected circumstances or medical reasons) and most importantly, unexpected medical costs abroad.

Fund My Travel

If you are ready to start planning your trip but discouraged by a financial roadblock, Worldwide Experience has another solution for you. We have teamed up with FundMyTravel, who provides us with an online platform where you can fundraise for your meaningful travel experience. You create a campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, add a video and tell your story!

FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff that will help participants reach their fundraising goals. They can provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread your word and offer sharing tools to get your campaign greater exposure through social media and email. Click the button below to learn more and get started!

If you are ready to start planning your trip but discouraged by a financial roadblock, Worldwide Experience has another solution for you. We have teamed up with FundMyTravel, who provides us with an online platform where you can fundraise for your meaningful travel experience. You create a campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, add a video and tell your story!

FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff that will help participants reach their fundraising goals. They can provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread your word and offer sharing tools to get your campaign greater exposure through social media and email. Click the button below to learn more and get started!

Gap Year Travel Store

The Gap Year Travel Store is an online store where you will find all the travel essentials you need for your conservation trip, from a backpack to store all your luggage to mosquito repellents and nets to help keep mosquitoes and insects at bay! They have an exceptional offering of lightweight and compact gear for travelling, and their team of travel gear specialists are always on hand to give you kit advice. Whether you’re unsure about sleeping bag season ratings, which mosquito repellent you need or which backpack would be best for your trip, they’re there to help!