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|OUR PLANETERRA PARTNERSHIP|
STA Travel has embarked on a responsible travel journey with Planeterra; anon-profit organisation built on the belief that people, and the planet, should be as important as profit in the travel business. Planeterra has been supporting local people to develop their communities and conserve their cultural heritage since 2003, and they have staff on the ground to make sure it all happens. The 80+ volunteer projects they nurture benefit greatly from your helpful hands, and what you gain from making a positive impact is seriously priceless. Pick up our Travel with Purpose brochure to view our entire range of responsible travel options; it’s packed full of volunteer and voluntour options the world over.
|KOH PHRATHONG CASE STUDY|
Fresh direction for a Tsunami-devestated village...
On December 26 in 2004, the Asian tsunami smashed into a little island in Southern Thailand called Koh Phra Thong, destroying the main village and killing 75 people. A new village was built in its place, and the tsunami survivors – who once relied on fishing for their livelihood – are turning to a sustainable model of tourism to provide income. To help them achieve their goal, staff and customers of STA Travel have together raised US$80 000 to develop a community centre and tourism training facility. Locals and volunteers use the centre to learn about turtle and mangrove conservation, the women’s handicraft group has set up a little shop in there, and the village children are learning to read and write in their new colourful classroom.
|AT A GLANCE|
With your help, here’s what we’re doing so far to meet our goals...