THE IN­SID­ERS: ETH­I­CAL TRAVEL

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - Emma Lovell

DO­NATE NOW: The peo­ple of Nepal now more than ever need our sup­port af­ter the re­cent earth­quake. Trekking to Ever­est base camp had al­ways been on my bucket list and I got the chance to go there with World Vi­sion Australia in March this year. Not only did I get to trek to base camp while rais­ing money for com­mu­ni­ties in Nepal, but I saw the work World Vi­sion does first-hand, vis­it­ing a com­mu­nity co­op­er­a­tive, a thriv­ing school and a health clinic. The ef­fort re­quired now to rebuild is huge. Do­nate to the Nepal earth­quake ap­peal at wva.me/nepal-re­lief.

VISIT AN­I­MALS IN THEIR HABI­TAT: Sepi­lok Orang­utan Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre in Sandakan, Bor­neo, pro­vides vis­i­tors with the chance to see th­ese gor­geous crea­tures in­ter­act­ing, eat­ing and living hap­pily in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. Guests watch a video be­fore they en­ter the fa­cil­ity and learn about the sanc­tu­ary’s suc­cess in re­leas­ing orang­utans into the wild. Long-term vol­un­teers are wel­come but places are strictly limited; orang­utan-ap­peal.org.uk/abou­tus/sepi­lok-re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion-cen­tre.

SUP­PORT A COM­MU­NITY: When in Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia, seek out The Friends Restau­rant, which of­fers vo­ca­tional train­ing for lo­cal youths. In the pro­gram they learn restau­rant skills, in­clud­ing cooking, serv­ing and host­ing. The food is amaz­ing. There is an at­tached shop sell­ing goods made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the pro­grams; tree-al­liance.org.

EN­COUR­AGE BUSI­NESS: In Viet­nam we had the op­por­tu­nity to meet a lovely woman mak­ing con­i­cal hats. As a tour group we had paid her for a demon­stra­tion of her skills. We asked: “Should we tip?” No, the or­gan­is­ers replied, we should pur­chase her hats and sup­port her busi­ness. En­cour­ag­ing en­trepreneur­ship through buy­ing prod­ucts de­vel­ops lo­cal en­ter­prise more than just giv­ing a do­na­tion.

IN­SPIRE OTH­ERS TO GIVE: Choos­ing to raise money for a cause is a ful­fill­ing, yet daunt­ing chal­lenge. In 2012 I trekked to Machu Pic­chu, Peru, and raised more than $4000 for the Black Dog In­sti­tute. By tak­ing on a per­sonal phys­i­cal chal­lenge, we can in­spire our own net­work to give gen­er­ously. With char­ity chal­lenge com­pany In­spired Ad­ven­tures, sup­port a cause you are pas­sion­ate about; in­spiredad­ven­tures.com.au.

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