The test for any great destination is to return two, three or more times and see whether you can uncover new and exciting real life experiences. Julian Hanton, presenter of Travel Channel series Asian Times, recently did just that in China, but he had a secret local weapon named Alan…
“China is a power house of an economy and holds so many treasures and sites that on a visit there, you’re swamped by choice. I was lucky enough to travel to China with Intrepid Travel as part of my latest TV series Asian Times, which we filmed for Travel Channel in May 2013. I’d been to China before and in fact I lived there briefly when I was a child. However this time around, it was incredibly different.
Intrepid travellers you’ve done it again! With your generous support and matching donations from Intrepid, The Intrepid Foundation’s global support has, with our latest funding round, topped AU$3.4million! Hundreds of children are being educated, health is being restored, wildlife protected and many other wonderful outcomes achieved – all thanks to the generosity of the Intrepid Travel community.
This year’s funds distribution has AU$344,396 benefiting 51 fabulous not-for-profit organisations around the globe, many of which are visited during Intrepid tours. Young people with disabilities in Morocco will receive prosthetic limbs and physiotherapy, injured elephants in Thailand will be cared for at a dedicated hospital, highland children vulnerable to malnutrition in Peru will have breakfast served at school and the lives of mums and their newborn babies will be protected at a clinic in Indonesia.
We are thrilled to announce that Hossam Moussa, Intrepid Group Leader in Egypt, has made the top 3 finalists in the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013.
A graduate of the Department of Guiding at Helwan University, Hossam (known as ‘Sam’), worked in a number of Cairo’s five star hotels before becoming a tour leader in 2009, so that he could share his passion for Ancient Egypt with travellers from all over the world. With the bursary that he has now been awarded for reaching the top 3, Sam plans to help educate and care for street kids in Egypt.
“There are many small non-government organisations which try to make a difference by their humanitarian efforts to help malnourished and disadvantaged children, especially in underdeveloped and developing countries. Yet this work is not considered ‘sustainable’, THE buzz word when applying for grants or donations”, writes Sonia Newhouse who works high in the Peruvian Andes. “But what could be more sustainable than children, for the future of their societies and countries!”
“Sustainability of projects is recognised by most large and small donors as ‘the’ qualification when receiving grant applications, as they are then considered to be self-sustaining and will therefore only need a one-off donation.
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…
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!”