A Broader View Volunteers Corp
based: Pennsylvania, USA
Charitable not for profit organization arranging volunteer projects abroad, offering travelers the opportunity to explore a new country while taking part in rewarding and meaningful service work. Ideal as gap year trips. Get a broader view of the world: volunteer your time and efforts to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
| working/volunteer | gap year | Spanish language | ecological tours | Africa | South America | Central America | Asia |
based: Co Londonderry, N Ireland, UK
Adventure Alternative is a responsible adventure travel company founded in 2001 by Everest mountaineer Gavin Bate. They offer a wide variety of climbs, treks and adventures, including iconic favorites like Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp. Their service is personalised and experienced, and they pride themselves on an exemplary track record.
| walk/trek/hike | trekking peaks | mountaineering | expeditions | walking/trekking safaris | ethical/eco tourism | tailor made | yoga | charity | Africa | Asia | Worldwide |
based: Victoria, Australia
A holiday travelling the historic, picturesque Victorian gold fields by comfortable (emission free) horsedrawn gypsy caravan. No need to be a wagon driving expert, instruction and support is given from the start and through the journey.
| horse drawn | ecological tours | Australia |
Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
based: Ceredigion, Wales, UK
A conservation centre with self-catering eco friendly holiday homes, campsite, nature trails and conservation and land management courses in Ceredigion, West Wales. Their parent charity is the Shared Earth Trust which was set up in response to the decline in wildlife habitat and farmland biodiversity.
| ecological tours | Wales |
Horse-drawn gypsy-style caravaning holidays in France. Tours available in seven beautiful rural areas in: Gascony, Franche-Comté, Cathar Country, Burgundy, Jura, Périgord Blanc and Brittany. Many tours are under the wing of an experienced wagoner, others are well briefed before hand so you can travel on your own.
| horse drawn | ecological tours | France |
G Adventures Featured Site
Ethical and sustainable tourism at its best. Unique and authentic global adventure travel experiences for those willing to go beyond conventional tourism. Wide range of trips for animal and nature lovers, such as game and wildlife viewing, Galapagos trips, Antarctica, rain-forests, cloud-forests, volcanos, hot springs, bird watching and river journeys.
| ethical/ecotourism | animals/safari | expeditions | walk/trek/hike | mountain biking | canoe/kayak | overlanding | multi-activity | working/volunteer | gap year | Worldwide |
based: Magnesia, Greece
Kalikalos summer school offers a full programme of holistic community-based workshops, retreats and workcamps from May through September. Offerings include, Advaita satsang, August family weeks, creative arts, healing, self development, Vipassana meditation, walking weeks and yoga. The centre is unique in that it's run as a community and with vegetarian meals.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | tai chi | yoga | self development | meditation | painting/drawing | ethical/ecotourism | vegetarian/vegan | family/child friendly | summer schools | working/volunteer holidays | Greece |
Nest Trust (The) – Nicaragua English & Sustainable Tourism
based: Nicaragua & Birmingham. UK
Voluntary project offering unique opportunities to live and work with rural communities in the coffee growing mountains of Nicaragua. Teach English to young guides and make a valuable contribution to the region's rural tourism programmes, which are vital for environmental conservation and the livelihoods of the small producers.
| working/volunteer | ethical and ecotourism | Nicaragua |
based: Casperia & Sperlonga, Italy | Costa Rica
Yoga holidays and yoga and wellness retreats, with daily yoga classes, meditation, Ayurvedic and holistic treatments, and a wide range of daily optional activities to choose from, in stunningly unspoiled and beautiful locations – in Italy, in the hilltop village of Casperia or beach-side Sperlonga – and in Costa Rica.
| yoga | retreats | massage | acupuncture/acupressure | ethical/ecotourism | aromatherapy | Italy | Costa Rica |
Tell Tale Travel
based: London, UK & California, USA
Authentic holidays and soft adventure travel away from the tourist trail in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Brazil. Offering holidays with a difference, an insider experience courtesy of their unique network of local people. Offering mainly private tours for couples or families, plus a few small group departures specially designed for solo travellers.
| tailor made | family | native peoples | animal/safari | gastronomic | cookery | singles | ethical/ecotourism | Thailand | Sri Lanka | Brazil |
Black Sheep Inn Ecolodge
based: Cotopaxi, Ecuador
An inexpensive ecolodge set high in the Ecuadorian Andes, a ideal place to learn about diverse ecosystems and centuries-old culture. Offering educational experiences about the local region, customs and permaculture.
| ethical/ecotourism | Ecuador |
Responsible Travel Uzbekistan
Socially responsible tourism promoting community-based eco-tourism and homestays in villages in mountains of central Uzbekistan – offering trekking, cultural and adventure tours and camping yurts.
| ethical/ecotourism | Uzbekistan |
based: British Columbia, Canada
Outdoor nature awareness and environmental education courses for children (7-15 years), at the Sacred Cedars Educational Center, an organic permaculture farm located on traditional Cowichan Tribes land, in the Cowichan Valley.
| ethical/ecotourism | Canada |
How to become an Eco-Tourist
If you're serious about ecotourism then we recommend taking a look at The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) website – TIES is the oldest and largest ecotourism association in the world, and is is part of the International Tourism Collective, a non-profit organisation which aims to promote ecotourism globally.
As well as helping to support and educate the organisations that provide Eco-tours, TIES can provide ordinary travellers and students with an excellent definition of ecotourism as well as news, tips, a list of Eco-friendly destinations and an opportunity to join the organisation.
Ethical travel, green eco holidays and ecotourism
This section lists travel companies who offer green, ethical ecotourism holidays – by which we mean low impact tourism, usually to relatively untouched natural areas of the world, that is sensitive to its impact on nature and which strives to conserve the environment and improve the wellbeing of the local population.
This might include aspects such as: working with and providing employment for local people; measures to minimise the impact of tourism (such as the use of green transport or building with local materials in traditional styles); energy saving measures and environmentally friendly practices designed to help preserve resources (such as the use of solar and wind power, use of organic foods etc.); direct contribution (either financial or practical) to conservation, cultural awareness etc.
It might also include working with, membership of, or adherence to the guidelines of relevant organisations such as Tourism Concern, Conservation International, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Climate Care Trust etc.
Travel companies, businesses and charities listed in this eco-tourism section must have a stated ecotourism policy displayed on their website.
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