As a company we look to be responsible in all that we do, from the recycling programme in our UK office to carbon offsetting all flights for staff and passengers to supporting charitable projects around the world. This commitment to being responsible relies on the support and engagement of every individual who works in the Explore family; office staff, agents, tour leaders and guides. When it comes to finding worthwhile causes and initiatives overseas, it is our tour leaders and agents who have the passion and knowledge to find the projects that really make a difference.
In 2012 we wanted to help our leaders support the causes that they feel strongly about, so we ran the ‘Responsible Tourism Project Competition’. This was open to all tour leaders and agents around the world and allowed them to nominate a project, charity or initiative that they felt deserved our support. The winning project was given £1,000 and two runners up were given £500 each. We also looked to find ways to incorporate these with our tours to ensure we continue to contribute to these great causes.
Kathmandu Circus was a runner up and received £500. The circus is comprised of hugely talented young people who have been rescued from human trafficking and other vulnerable situations. Many of its members have been retrieved from Indian circuses where they were illegally sold as young children. They trained hard as performers, often learning skills to a very high standard, but usually missed out on other education.
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