Many of our destinations and experiences were chosen as they positively impact the environment and preservation of ecology through local efforts. Some of these efforts that benefit the environment include changing bed linens and towels on request in order to avoid consumption of water and indiscriminate use of detergents, utilizing generators at certain times for energy savings, using local food products for meals, encouraging reuse of water bottles, incorporating more walking and biking tours and utilizing less environmentally harmful vehicles.
Lost World Adventures also feels strongly about our social responsibilities in our destinations, including cultural preservation and making sure local projects and people reap the benefits of our tourism dollars over mass chains and international conglomerates.
A simple solution to this is hiring local guides and utilizing locally-owned and operated lodges, estancias, and other accommodations as well as offering our travelers the ability to purchase local wares and handicrafts that directly benefit the individuals selling them.
Beyond that, Lost World Adventures and its partners also participate in local projects that facilitate educational, cultural and natural heritage developments. Examples of these types of projects include building more fortified walls on local homes to better handle cold weather, utilizing local materials for construction and decorations, and offering hotel training programs that better prepare young people for work opportunities within their regions.
Some of our favorite hotels and lodges, such as Casitas Del Arco Iris in Urubamba Peru, donate 100% of its proceeds to a project that offers schooling for the poorest members of its community.
- Other organizations and groups that Lost World Adventures supports include:
- Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF) - a non-profit that will provide funding, connections, and an international spotlight on projects that protect the cultural and natural resources which underpin the adventure tourism industry.
- Boy Scouts of America, Troop 103 - a local group part of a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
- Central Night Shelter – a night shelter run by an ecumenical group of volunteers concerned about the growing problem of homelessness in Atlanta.
- Galapagos Conservatory (GC) – and organization dedicated exclusively to the long-term protection of the Galapagos Islands.
- The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) - is a part of the International Tourism Collective, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism, responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.
- The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) - global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBT travelers and the businesses that welcome and support them along the way.
- The International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) – a non-profit association of travel companies, conservation organizations, and other groups that are dedicated to the complete and lasting protection of the Galapagos Islands as a unique and priceless world heritage.
- Sustainable Travel International – a non-profit organization that supports and promotes ecotourism, through education and outreach, including employment opportunities and programs.
- Toaster Tech – a Georgia FIRST robotics team, mentored by the Georgia Tech RoboJackets, that empowers middle and high school-aged students to design, build, and program a robot to participate in robotics competitions.
- Decatur Cooperative Ministry – The mission at Decatur Cooperative Ministry is to help families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope and opportunity. They have a long history of working towards this goal.
Syrian tailor crafts new life, finds asylum in Metro Atlanta.
Thanks to hard work and a helping hand from the community, one family is creating a new home in metro Atlanta.
"It's unimaginable to most of us," Beth Gilchrist, who family runs Lost World Adventures in Decatur, said. "We live such comfortable lives. We fret if we run out of milk and toilet paper, and they had to leave everything behind."
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