Teaching assistant volunteering in Kerala

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Teaching assistant volunteering in Kerala

Environment

We are addressing our local environment by working with local communities, local charities, local government bodies, local schools, or indigenous tribes. Our tours are carefully selected – we only partner with local tour operators that are either committed to responsible tourism themselves, are eco-friendly, or have ethical policies. Of course we have to use transport and where possible our local guides encourage walking or biking and traveling on public transport- buses, railways or took tuks. This can minimize our demand for special tourist vehicles and fuel whilst giving you plenty of opportunity to meet and interact with local people/communities.

Our operations are also eco-friendly as we introduce policy of minimising and properly disposing of waste created, by conserving energy and water, and by ensuring that endangered wildlife and environmentally compromised areas are treated with respect.

On our heath,construction and women’sempowerment programs we focus on environmental development projects such as recycling, gardening and planting trees.

Our independent travel options and small group sizes help us to tread lightly and to use more environmentally sound forms of transport, minimizing impact, and ideally enriching the environment.

We will offer traveler’s tips on how to conserve water, reduce waste, and otherwise minimize the environmental impact of their trip. We hope that our travelers will be able to take some of the conservation tips they learn home with them.

Wherever possible, our employees use recycled paper and recycle waste created in the office, as well as attempting to minimise waste created and be a “paperless” office. We also work to minimise energy and water consumption in our offices, and we encourage our partners to follow similar waste management and energy philosophies.

Community

The benefit of this project is manifold. By working in the local community schools we are helping underprivileged children with their education through volunteers who can support them and aid them. A lot of children do not have education reinforced at home, are lagging behind in class as they do not follow what is being taught or have learning disabilities. Our volunteers help such children to come up in class and teach them life skills that will help them. This program also supports teachers who also need helping hands in classrooms that are too big usually. A lot of teachers are not well trained, use rote learning methods only and schools lack teaching resources. With our support we can help train teachers to use limited supplies and make their class more learning conducive. Part of the cost of this trip is used to buy resources for school that will help teachers, students and volunteers.

We also want to ensure that Teaching projects are following the guidelines of responsible travel.

We also protect children by having Qualified teaching applicants taking classes only. Non qualified applicants can assist teachers only and are vetted before they are accepted onto the project.

We Make DBS checks compulsory and have a training day for all teaching volunteers before going to the project. All volunteers also have read and sign our child protection code

We emphasis or encourage long term applicants of 4 weeks minimum.

When you work on the construction program you will be helping the community greatly by installing a water sanitation for the family. Some of the families have toilets in the village but do not have a waste disposal unit (called septic tank in India) and thus human waste goes into the rivers that surround their house which is not hygenic. You will help in building a septic tank for the families who do not have one and thus improving sanitation.

A further way we support our community is by employing local staff - they are the cultural ambassadors, know multiple dialects of the sub-continent and can easily facilitate local interaction and thus guide our travelers in general best practices (e.g. how to avoid encouraging a “begging” mentality, how to be sensitive in photographing local people, etc.) as well as specific tips on how to avoid running afoul of local customs. More importantly they will earn an income through employment.

To give you a true understanding of life in a country we will arrange your accommodation in home stays with a family or will house you in a very local area. When you go on any tour we use local hotels and small businesses. Wherever you stay you will be eating locally grown food and delicious local delicacies!

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