At Exodus we have always believed that tourism can be a force for good
Tourism is one of the most important and largest industries on the planet. It also employs more people worldwide than any other, with millions of families relying on tourism for their daily needs. Of course there are negatives attached and the last few decades have been dotted with disaster stories where tourism has resulted in overdevelopment, destruction of once pristine environments and misunderstandings and mistrust. It has also recently been embroiled in the debate about global warming and carbon emissions caused by flying.
However, at Exodus we believe that our type of small group, off-the-beaten track tourism can bring benefits to many communities, help preserve the environments we travel to see, and provide real and positive social exchanges. Benefits can be obvious in parts of the developing world where the income we provide can mean the difference between economic survival and poverty. However, even in Europe, tourism can help stabilise rural communities by providing much needed employment and give powerful economic reasons to preserve rapidly shrinking natural environments.
In addition to our travel philosophy, for many years now we have actively looked for and identified specific small-scale projects. As a tour operator, we are in an ideal position to help some of the less fortunate communities that we visit, whilst also encouraging them to protect the very environments and wildlife that we travel to see.
Selecting responsible tourism projects located in areas of the world that we visit means we can get actively involved in delivering real practical benefits on the ground. These range from helping schools or orphanages, to rebuilding communities after disasters or helping reduce carbon emissions by installing solar cookers or solar lights in remote communities. Whatever the project, with some amazing ongoing support from many of our clients we have made a real and lasting difference to some very real people and environments.
Of course we have also ensured that we can fund these projects efficiently and therefore Exodus has entered into a partnership with Friends of Conservation. Established in 1982, Friends of Conservation (FOC) works in all parts of the world to support effective community based conservation projects. In the struggle to save endangered species and habitats, FOC is committed to work with local people and partners to find sustainable ways of living in harmony with wildlife, ecosystems and the environment. Because they are a UK registered charity we can ensure that 100% of any donations made through them get delivered to the projects on the ground.
All our current projects are featured on dedicated pages, which can be viewed by selecting the project from the left menu panel. The pages contain responsible tourism project overviews and specific annual targets as well as regular updates and images of the projects themselves.
If you would like to make a donation to any of the projects please either visit the Friends of Conservation website, or, if you prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to "Friends of Conservation", making sure you write the Project name you wish to support in your letter, and send to:
Friends of Conservation,
Southcombe Business Centre,
11-12 Southcombe Street,
London W14 0RA
Tel: 0207 348 3408
Fax: 0207 348 3441