The best folk to show you the heart of a destination are, funnily enough, the ones that live there. Intrepid was the first travel company of its kind to exclusively employ English-speaking local leaders, born and raised in the regions we visit. That’s why our leaders are not only just travel experts, they’re your teacher, travel guru and enthusiastic purveyor of grassroots experiences. They’ll just as easily steer you through the laneways of Marrakesh as help you strike up a conversation with the locals – and all with a smile. 

Why travel with a local leader?

Meet your local leaders


'Every time I take my group somewhere, I get them to interact with the local people. I have a lot of friends so sometimes I arrange for them to meet my friends – or we go to my house and see my mother. I once had a girl who wanted to try homemade food so she went to my mother’s house and they made it together!' 

Manuel, Peru

'Many people think you put 10 people on a bus and show them some Wikipedia. In reality, we go together to local areas and not many touristy places. We take our travellers to home stays and they have home cooked meals. We give them a local insight and it is honest.' – Emir, Turkey

'Most people that travel with us expect to get the true local Vietnam experience – not only the itinerary but the local customs, local habits in each region, local food. We give them the chance to practice daily Vietnamese life. They can even learn to make rice paper rolls and candy.' – Vinh, Vietnam

Hear what our leaders have to say

While we can talk under water about the benefits of travelling with a local leader, we think its best to hear it from them in their own words. Here's what a few of our friendly leaders have to say.






How we're giving back

When you think about it, working together with local people makes a lot of sense. Not only does it provide employment opportunities, it also ensures we respect local cultures and support local economies. Tourism is a large source of income for many countries – and we strive to make the most of that.


'I love this job because I can support my family without needing to go abroad. I also love to see people from different parts of the world. Tourism is developing in Myanmar and this is good for the economy. I think Intrepid is great because of our responsible tourism. We are always reducing the risk of negative impacts and the money is always going back to the local people.' – Joseph, Myanmar

The Intrepid Foundation

While employing local leaders is a major cornerstone of our business, we believe there’s always more we can do. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation. The Foundation works with more than 70 grassroots projects from around the world, supporting initiatives in healthcare, education, gender equality, sustainability and human rights.  Every donation made to The Foundation is matched dollar for dollar by Intrepid Travel.

These are just a few of the organisations The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP)


The Intrepid Foundation supports the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.

KPAP is a local organisation in Tanzania that supports porters working on Mt Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately there are porters in the industry who work for reduced pay and in poor conditions, often without adequate clothing or equipment. With the assistance of The Intrepid Foundation, KPAP is able to support Kilimanjaro porters by providing advocacy and education. KPAP also works with the travel industry to maintain safe climbing practices for hardworking porters.

You can find out more about KPAP or make a donation by clicking here.



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