Eduk Travel

Eduk Travel was created to develop and coordinate volunteer programs combined with ecotourism and/or community based tourism. Eduk Travel works together with NGO’s  to help solve local social problems. The volunteers work in social or environmental projects where they will contribute to a long term project in the community as well as participating in day trips to meet with the local cultures.

We maintain and strengthen the quality of life in our local communities, including social structures and access to resources, amenities and life support systems, and avoid any form of social degradation or exploitation.

We engage and empower local communities in the planning and decision making about the management and future development of tourism in the area, in consultation with other stakeholders. We make sure that the projects benefit the locals and the community on a long term basis. This involves researching their needs and creating programs that will help empower the people and communities. We respect and aim to enhance the historic heritage, authentic culture, traditions, and distinctiveness of the community.

We maximise the contribution of tourism to the economic prosperity of the local area, including the proportion of visitor spending that is retained locally.

We seek a widespread and fair distribution of economic and social benefits from tourism throughout the local community, including improving opportunities, income and services available to the poorest.

We work in a way that way that the whole community can be benefit. We strengthen the number and quality of local jobs created and supported by tourism, including the level of pay, conditions of service and availability to all without discrimination by gender, race, disability or in other ways 

We maintain and enhance the quality of landscapes, both urban and rural, and avoid the physical and visual degradation of the environment.

We support the conservation of natural areas, habitats, and wildlife, and minimize the damage to them. We reduce the use of scarce or non-renewable resources in the development of tourism facilities,  to minimise the pollution of air, water, land caused by the generation of waste by tourism enterprises and visitors.




About the author

Helen Jennings

Helen has studied at the Universities of Goldsmiths, Kent, Jyvaskyla (Finland) and The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø) where she obtained a MA in Indigenous Studies. She has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in Canada, Scandinavia, and South America. Helen is particularly interested in cultural, indigenous, and spiritual tourism, ideas behind sensible ‘regulation’ and is convinced of the value of ethical and sustainable tourism.

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