We provide environmental awareness and social responsibility training for all our tour leaders, which they share with travellers and their local communities. Encouraged to have an input on how the company operates and develops, building a sense of community and a feeling of being valued.
Our experience of each country we visit has enabled us to identify where assistance is most needed and to concentrate our support in areas that give each country the greatest benefit.
Social welfare. Most developing countries have no social services support, and as a result many of the poorest sections of the community are left to fend for themselves. We support a number of projects who provide hope and a way out of the poverty trap for people forced to live on the streets.
Rehabilitation. Both Cambodia and Laos still bear the legacy of recent conflicts in the form of land mines and UXO (Unexploded Ordnance), which continue to kill and maim. We work with both those clearing these devices and groups providing assistance to people who have already suffered injury.
Conservation. The price of development is biodiversity: forests and wildlife are often the first to go. Primary forest and endangered species are much prized to overseas markets, and plantations offer a quick payback. We assist groups working with endangered species, and support community-based programs which encourage low-impact tourism to provide hunters and loggers with an alternative means of income.
Heritage and culture. Extreme poverty can cause people to think in the short-term, looting national treasures and selling tribal heirlooms in order to buy their next meal. Often local cultures and traditions can be lost, too, in a country's rush for development. We are involved with a number of organisations supporting the preservation of traditional crafts and skills, and educating local people in the importance of preserving their heritage.
A hand up, not a hand out. Due to our personal involvement with the places we visit, we have also been able to provide assistance to individuals who have shown initiative and a willingness to work hard. Carpe Diem has sponsored a number of young local people throughout their university careers, and provided them with emotional and professional support. We have helped a number of other people, too, with interest-free loans to help them realise their potential.
Our journeys often include visits to some of the projects we support, helping you to get a real understanding of the country.
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