Best Volunteering Organisation 2017 FinalistProject & Pod News / 22 November 2017
We are thrilled to have been announced as a finalist for Best Volunteering Organisation 2017 at the British Youth Travel Awards!
We are really passionate about being at the leading edge of ethical organisations in our industry so this recognition means a lot and we are feeling very happy!
BETA who run the Awards explain that:
"This category is designed to reward UK based organisations engaged in volunteer tourism that can demonstrate the delivery of benefits to the local communities in which they work and the volunteers involved.
Volunteering overseas is rapidly growing and it is imperative that organisations engaged in this type of work are passionate about the positive developmental outcomes whilst also working to minimise the negative impacts. It is crucial to ensure that such programmes impact constructively on economic, social and environmental issues within local communities.
Volunteer programmes must:
- Promote self-funding volunteer efforts that deliver skills transfer or provide a supporting role to a community/project
- Don’t replace local employment
- Match volunteers’ skills with community needs, provide volunteer support
- Have financially transparent practices
- Commitment to sustainable best practice
- Involvement with local communities in planning and decision making
- Maintaining and encouraging social, cultural and natural diversity through recruitment selections and/or placemaking
- Managing expectations of the volunteer and host (community/project/destination)
- Assessment of environmental impacts or the project overall / Using resources sustainably
- Demonstrate tangible benefits for the volunteers and projects/hosts involved
- Quality, innovation and marketability
- Promotion of sustainable tourism to end user
- Provides a good example for others to follow"