RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:
How we and you ensure our impact on the local community is positive and not negative:
We employ local staff in each destination they operate and our Cultural Courses are no different. Local Tango instructors, both male and female, are employed to teach volunteers providing not only an authentic experience but often much needed work and opportunity to locals. Each week volunteers are taken to a Milonga club to dance with locals and just experience the Tango scene. Community spirit in these clubs is incredible and foreigners are welcomed.
Where possible and afforded, volunteers are encouraged to purchase Tango equipment, such as shoes and clothing, in one of the many local Tango shops. The best quality at a fraction of the price in Europe. N.B. Purchase of equipment is optional and not obligatory.
The hostel accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where possible, produce is purchased for breakfast in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Alternatively host family accommodation is available. Families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.
Breakfast and evening meals are included in the programme, provided through a monthly allowance. Volunteers are able to spend this allowance each day in any of the many local restaurants and cafes, tasting local cuisine. You can taste food from all over South America not just Argentina.
As highlighted above, by taking part in this course you’ll be directly influencing local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the countries general economy.
Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.
Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.
We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.
Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.
For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.
In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.
Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.
The impact of pollution: Transport to and from the project is left up to you to choose (we cover costs for you to use public transport). Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.
Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect
POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:
We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.
We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.
In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.
Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.