Responsible Adventures honours both nature and culture in our environmental commitment. This dedication extends not only to the lands we travel but also to the people we mingle with. For instance, Responsible Adventures has always advocated small group travel that treads lightly on the land and respects indigenous cultures. We use only kerosene cookstoves and heaters on our Himalayan treks, saving Nepal’s precious wood resources. We purchase crop foods as we go, helping the local culture sustain its agricultural base. Our guides discourage any debasement of the culture and are dedicated to environmental practices that conserve our host lands and people.
At Responsible Adventures, we firmly believe that Responsible Tourism can be an extraordinary tool to connect people from different backgrounds, countries, and cultures and go a long way in supporting local businesses and communities. If you’d like to learn more about this or help with the vital work yourself, please visit the websites for the following organizations:
The Nature Conservancy – The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. To date, they have worked with communities and businesses to protect more than 92 million acres of valuable lands and waters. There are currently 1400 Nature Conservancy preserves around the world.
Conservation International – Conservation International brings together leading experts in science and technology to collect and interpret biodiversity data. In the last few years, success includes protecting four million acres of pristine rainforest in Suriname, establishing a seven-million-acre protected zone in Peru, and preventing a water diversion project in Namibia that would have devastated the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Charles Darwin Foundation – The Charles Darwin Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of the Galápagos ecosystems. They operate the Charles Darwin Research Station, with over 200 scientists, educators, volunteers, research students, and support staff worldwide. The Foundation designs and implements scientific investigation of the islands’ natural resources and advises the Ecuadorian government on conserving and managing the Galápagos.
World Monuments Fund – The World Monuments Fund is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered works of art and architecture worldwide. WMF projects have ranged from preserving the famous stone carvings of Easter Island to Cambodia’s jungle temples.
KINOE – KINOE is a registered charity founded in September 1996 to raise funds for selected educational projects in the Indian subcontinent. In India, they have concentrated on a Mumbai project (Bombay) for children from low-income areas (slums) and street kids, providing them with primary education and opportunities in vocational training. In Nepal, they are supporting two projects. Work has now started on building a school for children of Tibetan ethnic origin. They have also established a medical training centre and have raised funding to support the project for a few years, by which time they hope that it will be self-supporting.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust – The Gurkha Welfare Trust was established in England in 1969. Its remit is to provide financial, medical, and community aid to alleviate hardship and distress among Gurkha veterans of the British Army and their dependants after they have returned to their homeland of Nepal.
The Bhutan Society – The Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom was founded on October 6th, 1992, in response to the two countries’ growing connections. It aims to encourage and promote knowledge and understanding of Bhutan’s Kingdom, history, and culture. To strengthen cultural and educational links between the peoples of the Kingdom of Bhutan and the United Kingdom. To act as a link between all people, particularly those in the United Kingdom, who are interested in, or who have connections with the Kingdom of Bhutan, and promote and foster good relations between the peoples of Bhutan and the United Kingdom.