We really believe that. We care and we know you do too but we know we aren’t perfect, and we imagine that you might not be either. But whether we’re thousands of miles apart or living next door, we together share this blue and green planet and we want to make sure that what we do whilst we are living on it, benefits future generations of all species for years to come - human, animal, plant or otherwise!
What it means to us
Inca Trail Trek
You’re probably asking right now - how can we talk about being responsible when we have to use planes to get to other countries and vans to support our groups on the road?
It’s because we believe in the good fundraising challenges can do.
We believe in bringing people together. Whether it’s sharing your motivations or personal experiences on a challenge, spending a night in a buddhist monastery or staying with a Nepalese family in a homestay on your way to base camp, the more time that we spend with each-other the more we can understand, learn, communicate, grow and inspire each-other. Other people are awesome and we firmly believe that creating opportunities that bring us all together can only make the world a better place.
We believe in exploring nature to better understand it, look after it and to appreciate it. Ask anyone who has looked down on Machu Picchu, stood atop of Kilimanjaro or set their eyes upon the Torres del Paine, how it made them feel. It gives you a fresh perspective and a new appreciation for the wildness of nature and its elements, that can only be gained by being amongst it.
MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT
At Discover Adventure huge importance is placed on ensuring all places that we travel through are left as we find them - be it farmland in Yorkshire or a jungle in Borneo, we make every effort to ensure the only impact left on the places we visit is a positive one - both for you and most importantly the local people and animals we meet along the way.
Many of the destinations we travel to rely heavily on tourism to thrive, often through the creation of jobs - some of the local mountain guides you’ll meet on our challenges are the most vibrant and exuberantly happy people you could ever wish to meet! So you’ll find on our trips that wherever possible we employ local people to guide us, host us and feed us in order to ensure as much money as possible goes back into the local economy. Many of these people become lifelong friends and are as much a part of the Discover Adventure team as our own crew and office staff.
Porters in Annapurna, Nepal
PROJECTS WE SUPPORT
guide training project, tanzania
Discover Adventure funds a place each year for a budding mountain guide, in Tanzania, to receive a recognised qualification in Tour Guiding and Wildlife Management from the Udzungwa Mountain College Trust. This education centre is supported by local tour companies, and actively promotoes eco-tourism and conservation. With your help though, we'd like to provide training for many more young guides to gain this qualification each year! A Tour Guiding and Wildlife Management qualification enables budding guides to gain good, regular employment and help them contribute actively to sustainable tourism within their country.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT TO US
At Discover Adventure, we care personally about investing in the countries we visit and about contributing to the local economy. Our founders, Jonathan and Jane Bryan are passionate about giving back in a tangible way and have many friends amongst guides and ground operators in Tanzania, as without them we couldn't operate the many challenges you love.
We have operated fundraising challenges in Tanzania for over 10 years. from the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro Trek to cycle challenges around the Ngorongoro Crater and stunning safari hikes through the impeccable Rift Valley. Throughout this time we have developed an enduring affection for Tanzania and its people - especially the porters, cooks and guides who ensure each and every member of our challenge groups make it safely to the summit (and back!) of Kilimanjaro.
By providing the funds for a promising guide to gain a recognised diploma in Tour Guiding and Wildlife, we not only provide a future guide for our groups but we also provide them with a way to support their family and raise their career prospects as well as enabling them to deeper their understanding of sustainable and responsible tourism within their country.
On 25th April 2015 a catastrophic earthquake hit Nepal causing devastation from Kathmandu to remote and isolated villages in the mountains. The devastation in the Nuwakot district was one of the worst areas affected with almost 1000 fatalities and 1311 injured. In addition it is estimated that 50% of the total population of the district was severely affected with 3000 homes made inhabitable and another 1500 severely damaged.
The Support Rural Nepal (SRN) project aims to help in rebuilding this community with sustainable and long-term resettlement. Approximately 430 houses have been designed using environmental and cost effective methods to safeguard from future quakes while providing potential to generate income for the inhabitants through home-stays and promotion of eco-tourism.