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    3 escorted tours that give back to local communities

    Barrhead Travel and Travelsphere have a long history. When our Travel Consultants have a customer looking for an escorted tour, Travelsphere is one of the suppliers we get in touch with. This is especially true when the customer is looking for an escorted tour that goes off the beaten track and allows the customers a chance to travel like a local.

    Travelsphere also has their own charity brand, Travelsphere Cares. When customers book specific tours, a donation is automatically given to a good cause – whether it’s conserving wildlife or building a school. On some tours you’ll even be able to see how the money has been spent when you visit the places or meet the people who have benefited.

    Here are three tours with Barrhead Travel and Travelsphere where some of your money will go towards a good cause.

    1. Grand Tour of India

    Since 2011, Travelsphere has given support to the Salaam Baalak Trust. This non-profit charity has provided care and assistance to the street children of Delhi and Mumbai for nearly thirty years.

    The vulnerable youngsters of these inner cities are helped by the Salaam Baalak Trust in a multitude of ways, including: both formal and informal education, drop in shelters, mental and physical health care, sports clubs, vocational training and also job placements. Its activities have resulted in over 5,000 children per year benefiting from the Trust’s activities.

    Whilst in Delhi, travellers will have the opportunity to walk with some of the inspirational former street children who now work with the Salaam Baalak trust themselves.

    2. Epic Peru

    The Schools in Need project is a school improvement project as part of Travelsphere’s Peru tours and in partnership with Condor Wings. With no impact on the children’s learning, we have supported the construction of an additional toilet block facility at the Choco School.

    This is a very small school in the rural community of Choco and the help that has been given has been hugely important and warmly received. On this tour several groups have visited the school and seen first-hand the positive effect that simply the availability of an extra functioning toilet block can have.

    3. Tanzania Serengeti Safari and Kenya & Tanzania Grand Safari

    The Masai Clean Cookstoves scheme has been designed to tackle the dangerous effects that some traditional cooking methods have, producing large amounts of smoke in enclosed spaces. This affects the health of millions of people and causes many deaths each year.

    Through Travelsphere’s support, funds are given that allow local women to both construct and fit new cookstoves in their communal buildings. After seven days on safari, travellers on these tours will have the chance to visit a community where this innovative work is taking place and making a massive difference.

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    Edited by Morag@BarrheadTravel


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