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Voluntary Horizons Presentation

  1. 2. We are the first tour operator in Chile & Argentina to specialize in Volunteer Travel Programs with an introduction to Fair Trade. We are supported by InnovaChile CORFO, a Chilean government corporation which supports innovative new projects in Chile. By making use of our local knowledge and extensive network of contacts we are able to provide our visitors with a truly unique experience. Who are we?
  2. 3. Chile
  3. 4. Argentina
  4. 5. Our vision is to be a specialist operator in Latin America in volunteer tourism, providing personalized attention and the strictest of safety conditions, and to have a reputation for providing genuine volunteer experiences and acting in a responsible and sustainable manner that assists and encourages the development of local communities and the preservation of the local environment. Our Vision & Mission Our mission is to operate the company according to our Responsible Tourism Policy , working hand in hand with local organizations and rural communities to develop activities that will have a positive impact on the local environment; benefit the local community; and create opportunities for intercultural exchange and education.
  5. 6. What is our Responsible Tourism policy? <ul><li>Generate incomes for local communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that our type and scale of tourism is appropriate to the </li></ul><ul><li>local conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Travel in small groups to minimize any disruption to local </li></ul><ul><li>communities and ecosystems. </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize our impact on the environment during our visits. </li></ul><ul><li>Dispose of litter responsibly. </li></ul><ul><li>Take economic, environmental and cultural factors into </li></ul><ul><li>account when considering new destinations. </li></ul><ul><li>Give guidelines to our clients on how to act in the natural </li></ul><ul><li>environment. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>To create and perform a range of authentic, educative and active volunteer programs within Chile and Argentina. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop high quality, original educational experiences, with personalized attention and in country support at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>To build a solid network of contacts, and work using a partnership philosophy with our customers, suppliers and project partners. </li></ul>Our Objectives
  7. 8. Volunteer Programs <ul><ul><li>Participate in a volunteer project, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience life in local communities, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefit from a unique intercultural exchange, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support local families & the local environment, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help through the volunteer work performed, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discover the rich natural and cultural heritage, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain a highly rewarding experience, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give something back to the world. </li></ul></ul>Offer your customers the opportunity to: Salta, Argentina Chiloé, Chile
  8. 9. <ul><li>Type of Project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable tourism development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Location of Project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Region </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work Plan with specific objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Materials & services provided by the local community </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local hostels, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family owned cabañas, posada, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refugios (cabins) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homestays </li></ul></ul>What's Involved? <ul><li>Transport </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Private </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 meals per day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Snack </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporated activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tourism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educational visits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fair Trade visits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optionals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group Leader (bilingual) </li></ul><ul><li>24hr in country support </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum of 10 participants + 1 adult </li></ul>
  9. 10. Where are the Project Locations? Salta Misiones Tucumán Bariloche Buenos Aires Puerto Madryn San Pedro de Atacama Santiago Temuco Chiloé Curicó Chillan Putre
  10. 11. Example Projects
  11. 12. Implement a sustainable garden for a rural school In the South of Chile many rural communities work hard daily to provide for their families. In this region a group of ladies got together and formed a small organization of wild-fruit collectors, a job that for some represent their families only income. This small local rural school of 23 children, together with this organization, plans to create a sustainable vegetable garden from which children of these families can benefit. Social Work Volunteer Programs Chile
  12. 13. Conservation Volunteer Programs Chile Conservation work for a Nature Park 25 kilometers outside Santiago in the cordillera of the central Andes, lies a park, preserved by the local government as a nature Sanctuary. Today this park does not count on enough resources to maintain the infrastructure and support the different initiatives planned by the local administration for its conservation.  Project Work: Creating Signage for the park, on trail levels. Reforestation.
  13. 14. Work on sustainable tourism with an indigenous community. Around Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina, many Mbyá Guaraní Communities remain nowadays trying to keep their ancestors traditions while dealing with the modern life and the many new enterprises that are investing around their grounds to build tourism hotels and resorts. Projects are being developed to encourage indigenous to appreciate their culture and learn how to earn an income from the many tourists visiting the area in a responsible way. Social Work Volunteer Programs Argentina Project Work: Creating a tourism path to allow an indigenous community to show their cultural heritage. Creation of a “Bosque de Amistad” to combat deforestation.
  14. 15. Fair Trade Educational Visits <ul><li>Visit Fair Trade Organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Hear an Introduction to Fair Trade </li></ul><ul><li>Meet the Producers </li></ul><ul><li>See how they make their products </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how their lives have changed </li></ul><ul><li>through Fair Trade Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to buy Fair Trade products </li></ul>Santiago, Chile
  15. 16. Learn about Fair trade Chiloé, Chile
  16. 17. Meet the local people Santiago, Chile
  17. 18. Share your knowledge Pemuco, Chile
  18. 19. Learn about other cultures Salta, Argentina
  19. 20. Make a difference Salta, Argentina
  20. 21. We commit to: <ul><ul><li>Development & management of Volunteer Projects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of a tailor made program itinerary. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and organisation of all local program logistics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing a local group leader to accompany the group (24 hrs). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre site visits. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24hr In country support during the project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All communication with local organisations, projects, communities & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>service providers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensuring a quality service is provided. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operating in a responsible & sustainable manner. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include the costs of 1 accompanying adult / chaperone per group. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. What do our Volunteers say? <ul><li>“ I learned so many different things about a whole different place and their culture. My home stay here was amazing!” </li></ul><ul><li>Charlie. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;We all went into the trip with differing expectations and levels of experience and I think we all came out of it with a sense of satisfaction and achievement, having learned something not only about Chile and about children, but about ourselves.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Gideon &quot;I think that we were able to bring something valuable to the kids by giving them an experience of people from different countries.&quot; Julie F. </li></ul>
  22. 23. What do our Volunteers say? <ul><li>“ We cleared approx half a football field in size of shoulder high weeds and turned the area into three sustainable gardens, including new seedlings and seeds for the Wiche village school, and then had many people join us in picking up all the trash surrounding the school and big community areas. No question about how these people now feel about Americans.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mitch </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I liked discovering a new place that was unique in every way. The location, with its animals. People who we worked with were great!“ </li></ul><ul><li>Morgan </li></ul>
  23. 24. For more information visit us at: www.voluntaryhorizons.com

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