World Youth Adventures is committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. Well-defined environmental plans exist on every adventure across all continents.
Travel should be as rewarding for the host community as it is for the traveller. We aim to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.
We are aligned with Leave No Trace, an international organisation that has set the global standard for outdoor ethics to ensure that our recreation in natural places is sustainable. Through targeted education, research and outreach, its mission is to ensure the long-term health of our natural world.
In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world we all enjoy. The 7 principles of Leave No Trace that World Youth Adventures subscribes to are:
Visit your nearest Leave No Trace website to learn more:
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WYA believes every traveller can reduce their impact when travelling. We will provide each student with our award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook before departure to provide practical tips on how to minimise your footprint while travelling.
Your group will witness first-hand the range of simple but effective measures that we follow to help preserve both the environments and cultures. WYA is operated by World Expeditions, an award winning and highly regarded leader in environmental and sustainable tourism.
The World Expeditions Foundation (WEF) is an Australian based not-for-profit entity whose main aim is to raise donations for education based projects in underprivileged communities across the globe.
It’s philosophy reflects a focus on education as paramount in improving the standard of living in poor and indigenous communities, believing it empowers young people with a valuable asset for the future and in turn helps to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.
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We aim to ensure that our destinations retain their natural character and cultural diversity for future generations. This can only be achieved with the support of all of our travellers and business partners.
The Responsible Travel Guidebook has been written by our parent company, World Expeditions, as an educational tool to ensure that our travellers and partners are aware if the role they play in our Responsible Travel efforts.
The booklet sets out our environmental objectives and practices, provides examples of responsible tourism initiatives we put in place in the field and outlines how travellers can play a part in reducing the impact on environments and cultures around the world.
We hope you find reading our award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook useful. Please share it with your friends.
View the Responsible Travel Guidebook
Children working and living in tourist areas are especially vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
Travellers have a part to play in creating a safer tourism environment for children - our small actions can make a big difference to help protect children from abuse and exploitation. When you travel we encourage you to take the following actions that have been put forward by World Vision:
ACTION 1: If you are concerned about the welfare of any child, tell your tour guide immediately.
ACTION 2: Instead of giving money directly to children begging or selling food or souvenirs, support their families and communities or donate to reputable children’s charities.
ACTION 3: Treat children like you would in your home country. Before taking photos of children, always ask for their permission.
ACTION 4: Never take a child anywhere without the supervision and permission of their parents or guardian.
ACTION 5: Before visiting or volunteering with vulnerable children, research the organisation to ensure they have standards and procedures that protect children’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Please don’t support ‘orphanage tourism’.
ACTION 6: Spread the word about Child Safe Tourism. Share this information with your friends and family while you travel and when you return home.
Keeping with our commitment to Child Safe Travel we have a Child Protection Code of Conduct in place. This Code of Conduct relates to travellers over the age of 18 spending more than one day working on a community project at a school.
World Youth Adventures does not support orphanage tourism.
Visit www.childsafetourism.org to learn more.
It's difficult for travellers to resist the temptation to ride on the backs of these beautiful and incredibly intelligent creatures.
In recent years there has been much research into the impact of tourism activities on elephants’ well-being and although it is possible to have mutually positive encounters with elephants the research shows that the overriding situation for elephants in the tourism industry is very negative.
From the brutal taming of baby elephants called 'the crush' to ongoing confinement and the mere fact that the elephants spine is not meant to carry heavy weights there are many instances where incorrect management results in a negative impact for the elephant.
Because of this World Youth Adventures discourages travellers from riding on the back of elephants and we do not include elephant rides in our itineraries.
The best elephant experience is a wild one >> as part of a wildlife safari, viewing wild elephants in their natural environment.
Sadly, only 25% of Everest’s original forest remains intact.
Teahouses and lodges burning wood for cooking and heating, mainly for you tourists, just add to the problem of deforestation.
Our Permanent Eco-Campsites in the Everest & Annapurna regions are key to our sustainable approach to trekking in Nepal, and adventure travel in general.
These campsites are exclusive to World Youth Adventures and offer a truly a unique and safe experience in the Himalaya for school groups.
Benefits for the environment
1. To ensure that the environmental footprint of our permanent eco campsites is significantly smaller than that of a tea house/lodge based trek through close scrutiny of the following components:
2. Minimise deforestation to:
3. To set the benchmark, demonstrating how commercial trekking groups should be operating in this delicate environment.
Benefits for local communities
Benefits for trekkers