What’s this whole ‘responsible travel’ thing?
There’s a big difference between exploring a place and exploiting it. That’s why Geckos travellers always tread lightly, no matter how wild, weird or wonderful the path.
Our guides are locals and our lodgings are locally owned, keeping profits and skills in the communities. We offset our carbon emissions; we don’t shirk the responsibility by passing the buck to our travellers. And we’ve set up a bunch of community and climate projects, which anyone can get involved in.
Geckos travellers tend to get it – sustainable travel is sensible travel. As someone really wise probably said, "he who runneth wild acteth not like a jerk".
Geckos Community Trust
Funds from the Geckos Community Trust go towards projects that advance environmental conservation, education and employment within the tourism industry.
The trust operates on a not-for-profit basis, with funds donated by Geckos, our staff and you, our travellers. Every cent goes towards our nominated projects across the globe:
Chitwan Electric Fence Project
“The Chitwan Electric Fence Project is a ripper. For decades, villagers around the Chitwan National Park have been terrorised by elephants and rhinos destroying their homes and crops. Around 20 people die every year. We’ve funded the construction of (humane) electric fencing between the park and the people, so both can live in peace. There’s more to do, but it’s a great start” – Steve Wroe, India Destination Manager.
East Africa Mission Orphanage (EAMO)
EAMO is located near Nakuru in Kenya, and was started by Australian couple, Ralph and May Spinks. Most of our Kenya trips visit the orphanage and spend time with the amazing kids. So not only can we vouch for the incredible work going on here, but our travellers have seen this life-changing work with their own eyes.
Get the Albatross Off the Hook
The albatross population is under threat from long-line fishing operations that fish in the same seas. Since 2001, Geckos has raised over $600,000 in support of projects to help save the albatross.
KOTO (Know One, Teach One)
KOTO is a training centre and restaurant set up to help disadvantaged kids in Hanoi to get off the streets and into a stable living and working environment. “The kids are talented and the food is brilliant. If you’re coming to Hanoi with us, we always stop in at KOTO. Don’t miss the clay pot caramelised mackerel, it’s a gem” -Stu Lyall, South East Asia Destination Manager.
Australian Jane, and her Peruvian husband, Selvy, started Peru’s Challenge. Peru’s Challenge works in a community to transform the school into a safe, happy learning environment fully supported by the government and community. Once this has been accomplished, Peru’s Challenge turns its focus to the making sure that the children, men and women have the chance to improve their quality of life.
Galapagos Islands Conservation
Geckos is a member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association,which helps preserve and protect the Galapagos so it doesn't get ruined by tourism. Over the years, IGTOA has given tens of thousands of dollars to projects and organisations that help with bay cleanup, built a library for Galapagos guides, assisted with the oil spill cleanup and more.
Empowering families in Cambodia
Geckos is working with PLAN to help build opportunities for poor families in Cambodia. Poor self-image, untreated trauma and the isolation and stigma that extreme poverty brings, all contribute to some Cambodian families missing out on essential services and support. This new phase of our Empowering Families Project will build on what has already been achieved in helping vulnerable families get the skills, self-confidence and services they need to improve their lives.
Improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in India
Geckos is working with PLAN to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in rural Indian schools. Benefits include reducing the spread of disease and illness that comes from unsafe water and poor sanitation. Having separate toilet facilities for girls will also help improve the attendance rate of girls in school, and cut back on the drop-out rate. Our work with PLAN helps them educate schools in rural India about the importance of the different WASH needs of girls and boys (along with female and male teachers).
Child Wise Cambodia Project
Geckos is working with Child Wise to equip two disadvantaged schools and their respective communities with the knowledge and tools to better protect children from child abuse and exploitation, and to support those children at risk of dropping out of school (increasing their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse) to regularly attend school.
Donate to one of these awesome causes and we promise you'll get a nice, tingly feeling in return. Giving feels good, doesn't it?