We believe that one should give as well as take. Unlike many other companies, we take it one step further and contribute to various charities in the countries in which we operate and we can, if you wish, give you the opportunity to visit some of these projects during your own trip.
To that end, we’ve hitherto been adding a discretionary £25 or equivalent per person to each holiday, with our clients’ consent, which we then match ourselves; the result makes a real difference to individual lives and wildlife conservation. So you can enjoy the most wonderful time on holiday, knowing that you’re making a difference. Now that makes sense to us! We aim to contribute directly to small projects that make a real difference to the places that you may visit. Below are details of just some of the projects that we support in Latin America.
Founded by the Galápagos Conservation Trust, this is a long-term project on Floreana Island to support water conservation measures and restore Floreana’s natural environment by eliminating non-endemic species.
The work is carried out in conjunction with the Charles Darwin Foundation and the local population of 130 to help resolve problems associated with invasive non-native species of plants affecting the island’s natural balance.
Local charity Yanapana provides direct support to very impoverished communities in remote locations, usually inaccessible by road, throughout the valleys surrounding Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
They distribute clothes and raincoats to highland communities. They have arranged donations of potato seeds to the Huayracmacchay community to improve the productivity of harvests, and have constructed an organic farm near Manchayhuaco School to help improve the children’s nutrition.
‘As Green as it Gets’ is a local charity working with small independent coffee producers and promoting environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala. They are also funding a local cottage industry producing a range of natural cosmetics, such as lip balms and scented oils.
They support this cosmetics project that provides much needed income for impoverished families, allowing their children to attend school. It also supports local beekeepers, farmers and families extracting the oils and other products that provide the raw ingredients.
‘Children of the Andes’ provide support to Colombia’s most vulnerable children in a range of projects across the country.
Most notable is a current project to improve both the education and future employment prospects for children of migrant coffee workers offering direct training in new skills, helping them to return to school, as well as family support and counselling, as many of the children have been exposed to drugs and violence.