ÛÏBest Volunteering OrganisationÛ Camps International reach the finals of the British Youth Travel Awards.
Camps International have been shortlisted by the judges of the British Youth Travel Awards that take place on the 6th December at Westfield Stratford. The company based in Hampshire has been providing life-changing expeditions for volunteers all over the world since 2002. In the last 10 years they have helped send over 9000 young people to volunteer in some of the poorest and remote areas in the world. The Best Volunteering Organisation 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. It is crucial to ensure that such programmes impact constructively on economic, social and environmental issues within local communities. ÛÏWe are proud and honored to have reached the final of the British Youth Travel Awards for Best volunteering Organisation.Û Said Stuart Rees Jones the CEO and founder of the company. ÛÏFor Camps International it is a recognition of the efforts made by every volunteer and staff member over the last 10 years. The awards promote the benefits and importance of youth travel in creating a new generation with a deeper understanding of other cultures and ways of life. We firmly believe that every student who chooses to volunteer on their travels becomes a global ambassador not just for themselves but their country.” The awards were judged by GoogleÛªs Head of Travel industry, Nate Bucholz, Sue Kavanagh from Quatar Airways, Graham McKenzie, MD of TravelMole.com, Ruth Kerr of Smart City Hotels and Fiona Jeffery chairman of the World Travel Market. Nate Bucholz said, ÛÏThe quality of applicant was impressive. Large and small, there are travel companies doing some really great and innovative things in the UK.Û Best Volunteering Organisations have been judged on how their programmes impact constructively on economic, social and environmental issues within local communities. Camps InternationalÛªs unique business model ensures the maximum impact by volunteers of these three issues. The company is the only one to own and run its own network of camps on 3 continents. Each camp is built using locally sourced materials and local workers the company employs over 150 full time staff from the local communities and pays ground rent back into the village. They run over 100 projects all year round even when there are no volunteers in country. Projects focus on education, micro finance initiatives and wildlife conservation. Presently Camps International is responsible for the protection of over 130,000 acres of wilderness in East Africa.