Sharing some fun and a laugh with the local kids is often one of the highlights of local grassroots travel. But sadly, as we’ve become all too aware these days, the children who are out and about meeting foreign visitors may be at risk of abuse or harm – whether by those with ill-intent, or by those with good intentions but unaware of potentially bad consequences. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is the ‘right thing to do’!
At Intrepid Travel, we’re proud to have terrific relationships with really effective organisations, that can help travellers navigate the child protection minefield. One of these, the ChildSafe network, provide some of the following information and excellent practical advice on what you can do to protect children wherever you travel:
This is well-deserved recognition for Hossam (known as ‘Sam’) and he joins Intrepid’s team of exceptional group leaders who for the 6th consecutive year have either been finalists or won the World Guide Awards.
October 11 marks observance of the second International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Filmmaker Rebecca Barry highlights many of these unique challenges in her recently launched fabulous documentary, I Am A Girl, (with support from Intrepid) which features the lives of six girls on the brink of womanhood. We caught up with Rebecca recently, to ask her more about the film…
We love the lengths that some Intrepid travellers will go, to raise funds for a good cause! In mid October, Garry West-Bail of Melbourne, will be running and cycling across Vietnam, to raise funds for KOTO.
KOTO is well known to Intrepid travellers, for serving delicious food through their restaurants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – which are the fronts of a great organisation which helps support young people in leaving a life on the streets, through training in hospitality and life skills. Intrepid and The Intrepid Foundation have been proud supporters of KOTO since KOTO’s founding in 1999, by former Intrepid tour leader Jimmy Pham.
As an Intrepid traveller, your opinion is incredibly valuable to us. Today, you can help shape responsible, animal-friendly travel across the globe. We have partnered with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to make a difference to animal protection in tourism across the world – and your opinions can help us do this.
Just take our short survey about animal-friendly travel and you can be in the running to WIN a trip for two on Intrepid’s Beautiful Thailand small group adventure. All you need to do is to fill in the short survey and tell us in 50 words or less about your favourite animal-friendly travel experience. Then the holiday could be yours!
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.
You’re never too young to get bitten by the travel bug, but luckily for Adam Slater he found a way to scratch that travel itch by joining the very organisation that was responsible for his first overseas trip…
“When you work at a travel company – it doesn’t take long to realise that wherever you go, there’s always someone around the office who has been there before you.
So when these well-travelled, Gandalf-looking staff members gather us young Hobbits around the campfire to regale us with tales of their Intrepid adventures, I’m always quick to remind them that I too have had a pretty unique Intrepid experience. An experience that they’ve well-and-truly missed the boat on.