This year, following the legacy of Nelson Mandela, or Madiba as we call him, our Intrepid South Africa team celebrated Mandela day by helping out in our local community, trying to do something that actually makes a difference.
Benjamin Disraeli wrote “The youth of a nation are the trustees of prosperity.”
Meet Prisca Laurence, beekeeper officer and chilli fence monitor in Minungo, Tanzania. Prisca is working with World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an Intrepid Foundation partner, on an ingenious and sustainable project to help local people safeguard their livelihoods, whilst protecting elephants.
In Tanzania, with people encroaching on lands once inhabited only by animals, conflict has arisen due to elephants raiding farms to pillage tasty crops. One large elephant is capable of quickly destroying a whole field, so villagers have been forced to take drastic action, including setting painful snares and in the worst case scenario, hunting and killing rogue elephants. And that is where Prisca comes into the picture, when it was discovered that these giant creatures, with their long and sensitive noses, despise chilli and bees!
Aziza lives in Afghanistan. She is intelligent and loves going to school. As the middle girl in a family with 5 children, her day starts early. Before going to school she has to do domestic work, which includes fetching water, cleaning the floor, feeding the chickens and making the breakfast.
The Taliban killed Aziza’s father, so there is added financial pressure on the family. School is almost a respite, where she can learn and excel. Back home from school the chores begin again, but somehow she squeezes in 5 hours study per night so she can achieve her goal of being the best in class and perhaps, one day, the first female President of Afghanistan.
Qinnie Wang describes herself as “just an ordinary girl” who lives and works in Canberra, Australia’s capital, and loves to travel.
But it was during her Great Indochina Loop trip with Intrepid late last year, that the seed was planted for a major change in her life purpose and direction. Qinnie explains more…
Some adrenaline junkies will go far and wide to find the next big thing. For David Knight, Intrepid’s Community Based Tourism researcher in Peru, an adrenaline rush came quite unexpectedly the other day during a mini-van ride from Cuzco to Urubamba in Peru’s Sacred Valley…
“Keep hands and feet inside the car at all times, ’cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness. The final words of warning from the old cowboy on Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain kept running through my head as our driver took one harrowing turn after another. A woman walking beside the highway with her baby strapped to her back appeared entirely at ease as we sped by, the baby barely turning its head beneath a brilliantly-colored cloth.
Melbourne folk, you’re invited to the 12th Annual Intrepid Tree Planting Day. Join in with Intrepid staff and travellers to plant trees and shrubs in Yarra Bend Park near Merri Creek in Fairfield.
When: Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 10am to approx 2pm
Purpose: To widen the vegetation corridor along the Merri Creek as a flyway for birds and to lessen the visual impact of the Eastern freeway on the area. We have 900 plants to plant. Read more
It’s always great when you hear about ‘real’ people winning competitions and doubly terrific when you know their win is helping others. Last year, Jessie Wells of Queensland sold a book of raffle tickets for Amnesty International, and she won the Ticket Seller’s Prize – an Intrepid trip to Nepal.
“We think it’s great to have a prize draw for people who help out by selling tickets. We never imagined we would win, so it was a huge surprise and we feel so fortunate that our small contribution has led to this”, writes Jessie and new husband Paul. “Amnesty International has been an important part of our lives since we were teenagers, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate our wedding by taking this incredible trip to the mountains and villages of Nepal. Thank you Amnesty International and Intrepid Travel for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity, at the perfect time!”
There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls.
Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, I AM A GIRL, a feature length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century.
American researcher, David Knight has just commenced his six month Community Based Tourism research project in Peru, with support from Intrepid.
In his first blog post, David spoke of the nickname he has gained – cala cunka (or hairy neck), a local term of endearment (or not?) in reference to his balding head David shares his latest observations…
“My roommate, Elvis, works at the Intrepid Travel office here in Cuzco and his kindness and generosity are part and parcel of both the Intrepid spirit and the local milieu. Fernando is the Operations Manager and is my primary point of contact, helping me with everything from initial meetings and housing in the communities to hiring a Quechua translator/research assistant from the university in Cuzco.
“Just over a week ago, I left the academic hub of Colorado State University in the U.S.A., to begin my dissertation research in Peru’s beautiful and mysterious Sacred Valley”, writes David Knight. “The study I am conducting is being funded by Intrepid Travel and will focus on tourism impacts and perceived poverty alleviation in several villages located between the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and the renowned, runic ruins of magical Machu Picchu.
My initial plan was to blog about my experiences after spending time in each village, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few thoughts and observations about my first few days in Lima and Cuzco via this pre-project post. If you have ever passed this way before, I’d very much welcome your feedback on this or future posts, knowing that our collective attempts to describe the grandeur of this region will do it far more justice than my meager musings ever could on their own!