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I don't think my feet have touched the ground since I've returned from Costa Rica so any relaxation achieved on the trip is rapidly disappearing sadly. However, just a quick note to say that it was the most amazing trip I've ever done. Danny our guide was phenomenal - his ability to keep us upbeat and motivated and telling us information on a need to know basis was fantastic - I wish he could be our guide on every trip I do in the future! The rest of his team was also fantastic - the logistics behind the trip were critical but totally seemless as we trudged through the rainforest and up vertical mud slopes in the rain. I was going to go on a Patagonia trek but delighted that I was advised to do this trip - it really was a challenge and I was nervous about my levels of fitness but I realise now that I'm fitter than I thought I was - long may I continue to keep the fitness up although last week I took it easy. Thanks again to WE for their excellent advice to do this trip - I'm so happy I did and have met some great people as a result!
Child Safe Tourism
BE A CHILD SAFE TRAVELLER ... IN CONJUNCTION WITH WORLD VISION
Children working and living in tourist areas are especially vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Travellers have a part to play in creating a safer tourism environment for children - our small actions can make a big difference to help protect children from abuse and exploitation.
When you travel we encourage you to take the following actions that have been put forward by World Vision:
ACTION 1: If you are concerned about the welfare of any child, tell your tour guide immediately.
ACTION 2: Instead of giving money directly to children begging or selling food or souvenirs, support their families and communities or donate to reputable children’s charities.
ACTION 3: Treat children like you would in your home country. Before taking photos of children, always ask for their permission.
ACTION 4: Never take a child anywhere without the supervision and permission of their parents or guardian.
ACTION 5: Before visiting or volunteering with vulnerable children, research the organisation to ensure they have standards and procedures that protect children’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Please don’t support ‘orphanage tourism’.
ACTION 6: Spread the word about Child Safe Tourism. Share this information with your friends and family while you travel and when you return home.
Visit www.childsafetourism.org to learn how you can protect vulnerable children.
Our Child Protection Code of Conduct
On itineraries where travellers are volunteering at a school, we have in place a Child Protection Code of Conduct, which is modelled on World Vision’s Child Protection and Trafficking best practice protocol.