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Just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic trip and it all worked out great. Our guide was absolutely invaluable and could not recommend him highly enough. He had a great talent for helping quietly and making sure everyone is right without making a big deal. He certainly had our respect as a leader and advisor but was also just a pleasure to travel with and getting to know him a delight. He is by far the best guide we have ever had and in the future we would actually look for trips that he was leading as we had that much respect for his quiet but competent ways.
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.