We strive to have the least amount of negative impact on the host population and the environment. Our goal is to tread lightly, leaving smiles in our path. Whenever we can shift the itinerary to be more eco-friendly we do so. For example, we visit an elephant sanctuary (which supports the longevity and health of the animals) in Thailand rather than the elephant camps.
We encourage guests to use recycled products and biodegradable materials. We educate our guests about the best ways to minimize their impact. We encourage eating locally, dressing appropriately, and learning a little of the language. Our accommodations are often family run, and our activities benefit the local people. Additionally we are working on creating journeys that include volunteer work in the destination country.
Visiting the elephant sanctuary allows more elephants to be purchased from captivity.
A local orphanage in Chiang Dao welcomes visitors to spend an afternoon with the children.
We participate in an afternoon project to help the rural community of Chiang Dao (rice harvesting, painting, bridge building, etc.).
We join children from the ashram in morning karmic yoga (service work) to clean up the banks of the Ganges or pick up trash along mountain roads and paths.
Spend time volunteering at a boys orphanage teaching English, helping with school work and sharing love.
Visit the Reef Seen Turtle Project, where turtle eggs and small turtles can be purchased from locals who look after them until they are ready to be released. Since 1994, more than 7,000 turtles have been released!
Support the huge efforts of the villagers of Pemuteran as they pave the way to creating sustainable coral reefs.
$50 per person is given to a local cause in the Manuel Antonio region depending on season and need.