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An adventure holiday has the power to change you, and conversely you can effect change in the places you visit. Since 2005, travelers from across the globe have been making tangible change in underprivileged communities by partaking in our Community Project Travel (CPT) trips. Working along-side volunteers from the host communities, travelers complete grass-root construction projects that are funded by the World Expeditions Foundation.
Our Community Project Travel program with the support of the World Expeditions Foundation is committed to assisting underprivileged communities in Nepal, Peru, Vietnam, Tanzania and Australia. These communities receive little or no government support and coupled with dire economic predicament are in need of assistance. After consultation with the heads of these communities we have identified a number of projects in each community that we aim to complete over the course of time. These projects are completed over 3-10 days and form part of an adventure itinerary.
The project work is collaborative and the experience is mutually beneficial – the host community gains the end result of the project work and both the host community and the traveller come away from the experience with the exchange of culture and skills, from which greater understanding and tolerance grows.
World Expeditions Foundation (WEF) is a not-for-profit entity (with DGR charity status) whose main aim is to raise donations for education based projects in underprivileged communities across the globe. WEF funds the purchase of materials and equipment for CPT projects, the transport of the materials to the work site as well as the wages of a local trade people to oversee project work. We ask that CPT participants make a donation to WEF to support the project that they will be working on.
What makes CPT different?
There are many opportunities for you to volunteer in under privileged communities around the globe for a few months or even for a year. There are also many volunteer opportunities for people with specific skills in such fields as teaching, construction and medicine. That’s where CPT differs!
1. No particular skill is required
2. You can partake on your annual leave holidays, the project work makes up 3-10 days of your adventure itinerary
When you combine an experienced travel company, a good amount of prior planning, a motivated community in need of assistance, with a group of committed and enthusiastic travellers, it is amazing to see what can be achieved within 4-10 days of hard work.
Our commitment to true community service projects
At the core of each project lies our commitment to sustainable and responsible travel. We take on projects with much care and consideration and with some important criteria in mind to ensure that we are having a positive impact on the host communities and environments where we conduct projects. These criteria include:
- Consultation: during the project identification stage we consult with the leaders of the host community to ensure that the project fulfills a real need within that community. We listen to what the community needs as opposed to telling them what we think they need.
- Collaboration: when the actual project is being carried out we ensure that members of the host community partake in the project work in either a paid or volunteer basis ensuring ownership, interaction and transference of skills (in both directions)
- Education: our program educates through the practical application of environmental and social solutions to the everyday problems that are experienced in impoverished and often remote communities. Our itineraries in addition to project work include the highlights and travel experiences that are typical of the host country.
- Sustainability: we investigate and ensure that the projects are sustainable and long term and that the local community has the skills and resources to sustain the project once we leave.
- Completion: our travellers combined with volunteers and tradespeople from the host community make up the work force to ensure that the project is complete by the time our group leaves.
The origins of volunteer travel
It’s a growing trend, a movement in the world of travel … more and more travellers are choosing to incorporate philanthropy into their holiday experience. Coined as ‘voluntourists’ these travellers are seeking more from their experience and are learning that it is in ‘giving back’ that they can themselves derive much enjoyment and fulfillment.
They come from all age groups; from across all nations and from varied social and economic landscapes, however they share one common trait and that is they are altruistic at heart.
CPT commenced in 2005 and in that time we have completed 49 humanitarian and conservation projects across many countries; including 10 in Australia, 20 in Nepal, 5 in each of Peru, Vietnam and Tanzania, 1 in each of India, Kenya, Cambodia and Laos. This wonderful result was made possible by the combined effort of over 500 travellers from across the globe.
Community Project Travel is an initiative of The World Expeditions Travel Group