At Camps, we believe in working together hand-in-hand with local communities across the globe to find more effective ways to do things. And we’re in it for the long haul, meaning that the projects you do with us will continue to benefit and transform the communities we work with long after your flight home.
Our Model For Making Change
Step 1 – Listen To The Locals
The community explain the challenges they face. We create the projects they believe are needed.
Step 2 – Build Local, Employ Local
Our camps are built on community land, using local materials, employing local staff. A home for you in the hands of the community.
|Step 3 – Create Real Impact
You work with incredible people. Real solutions for the real world.
Step 4 – 100% Commitment
365 days per year, since 2002.
We believe that all children deserve access to an education that will give them the foundations for a bright future, because of this, each of our camps has a close relationship with schools in their locality. With the help of our volunteers we carry out a range of projects to improve schools across Africa, Asia and South America: the building of new classrooms so that more children can attend school in a safe environment, the construction of school desks and the implementation of proper toilets, increasing hygiene and privacy for students. The improvement of school kitchen facilities, so that more mouths can be fed. We even help the children to improve their English.
From tropical marine conservation in Asia to protecting the endangered White Rhino in East Africa, we are commited to preserving wildlife for future generations and turning our volunteers in to ambassadors for wildlife conservation. Projects include: digging and maintaining watering holes for elephants. Erecting elephant deterrent fences around community crops and villages. Maintaining perimeter fences of wildlife reserves. Educating local communities on living peacefully alongside wildlife reducing human/wildlife conflict. De-worming livestock to ensure animals are healthy for the community.
Clean Water Provision
We are ensuring that the communities we work with have access to clean, safe drinking water. Unclean water leads to infection and disease, reducing quality and length of life. We have a range of initiatives to get clean water in even the most arrid of landscapes: We dig wells and install pumps. We implement filtration systems to clean exisiting water supplies. We install water tanks so that rain water can be effectively and safely collected.
There isn’t a better moment than when we hand over a new home to a deserving family in one of the villages surrounding our camps. Often whole families live in one room under roofs not able to withstand the elements. Our volunteers with the help of local tradesmen will build a new home from the foundations up using local sustainable materials. It can not be put in to words what a difference a safe and weatherproof home can make to a family.
The world’s rainforests and jungles are being depleted at an alarming rate, commercial logging and the ever growing demand for palm oil just two of the contributing factors. We are dedicated to nurturing saplings in our tree nurseries and re-planting native trees into de-forested areas. We help to educate local communities on sustainable alternatives to burning wood for energy.
Community Infrastructure Improvement
Our understanding of each communities individual needs allows us to improve their quality of life through providing the facilities they need the most. We build bridges so people can cross rivers safely, pathways to give children a safe walk to school, create marketplaces where local people can buy and sell goods, construct community toilets improving hygiene standards and reducing illness.
Our Healthcare programme brings healthcare services to remote villages in Kenya where the residents would normally have to walk huge distances to access healthcare. Our dedicated volunteer nurses administer de-worming tablets, treat jiggers (nasty parasites that burrow into the feet), treat wounds and infections, offer opthalmic and dentistry services, as well as providing advice on sexual health. Our volunteers take a huge amount of tooth brushes, glasses, shoes, clothes and lots of toys to dish out the wonderful local children they meet.
Environmental Re-cycling Initiatives
Our volunteers are always shocked by the amount of rubbish that washes up on some of the beatiful fragile shorelines that they visit. To date we have collected around 15 tonnes of marine refuse from coasts across Africa, Asia and South America. Simply putting on a pair of gloves and grabbing a bin bag to fill with rubbish from the beach goes a long way towards protecting both land and marine wildlife. Birds, dolphins and turtles can all die from getting tangled or ingesting and choking on marine refuse. We use the plastic bottles we finf to build walls for community buildings, old flip flops (we find thousands of the things) get recycled into keyrings by local community groups, and chocolate and crisp wrappers get magic’d into bracelets in Borneo!