We believe in exploring, not exploiting. It’s a sad truth that the most well-intentioned volunteer projects can be mismanaged, exploiting local communities for profit rather than helping. We will only work with projects that can prove they make a positive and lasting impact, meeting the needs of the host communities to ensure sustainability whilst also meeting the desires of travellers to make a genuine contribution. This is guaranteed by their acceptance and signature of our ‘STA Travel Volunteering Partner Checklist’ to confirm they adhere to current guidelines on ethical volunteering. STA Travel is affiliated with ABTA (Association of British Travel Agencies), WYSE Travel Confederation and has set up an industry-leading ‘STA Travel Animal Welfare Policy’.