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Make travel matter

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares in proud partnership with the TreadRight Foundation is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share.

People

We respect local cultures and champion traditional heritage, working together with the local communities and artisans we visit.

Wildlife

We support and educate on ethical animal experiences and protect the world’s most at risk wildlife from extinction.

Planet

In our offices and on the road, we think green with our policies, products and practices, committed to keeping our planet safe.

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Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands.

To date, TreadRight has supported over 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide, and is the driving force behind our promise to making travel matter.

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Included experiences on our trips

Giving our travellers the chance to make their travels matter is at the very heart of the Contiki experience, which is why we have a range of included sustainable travel experiences built in to our trips across the world. With us, you can be safe in the knowledge that your travels are positively impacting the places you visit.

FEATURE EXPERIENCE

Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative

The Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative is located in Amman, Jordan, and is a project centred on helping local women become financially independent through learning handicraft skills such as pottery; goods which they are then able to sell at the Cooperative. Contiki groups visit the centre, enjoy a home cooked meal and have the chance to interact with the women, learning about their lives and work.

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Israel and Jordan Uncovered

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Reducing our plastic impact

One of the greatest threats our oceans are facing today, is plastic. A product that can take up to 1,000 years to break down, plastic items now clog our streams, rivers and oceans, creating a catastrophic impact on both mammal and marine life. Sadly, the travel industry is a major contributor to the problem, with travellers using plastic convenience products on a daily basis on their travels. But at Contiki, we’re working hard to change that.

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Want to turn your travel experience into an opportunity to give back? In partnership with ME to WE, a TreadRight supported charity, we’re proud to announce that you can volunteer alongside a local community in Latin America or India.

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Carbon offset

We feel it’s increasingly important to provide our guests and our team with the necessary tools and information to allow them to make responsible travel choices whenever possible. 

If you’re looking to offset your carbon footprint for an upcoming or previous travel experience, our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation has identified four leading carbon offset programs; Conservation International Carbon Fund, Myclimate, The Nature Conservancy and Rainforest Concern - Forest Credits.

They provide travellers with a number of ways in which to offset your travel experiences and a variety of carbon offset projects to choose from.

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Contiki Cares productions

From raising awareness about the global plastic crisis to shining a light on the inhumane treatment of Indian elephants, our documentaries, interviews and storytelling efforts are all geared towards spotlight the causes and issues we care most deeply about.

FEATURE PRODUCTION

Wildlife SOS & the plight of the Indian elephant

Together with TreadRight and a handful of storytellers, we travelled to India to meet with Wildlife SOS, to learn more about the cruel mistreatment of elephants trapped within the entertainment industry. Elephant riding is still a very present tourist activity in India, with tours offered throughout the country. We met with Wildlife SOS, an organisation dedicated to rehabilitating elephants whilst also fighting to end this cruel tradition, to tell the story of these beautiful creatures.

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People we’ve worked with

On our journey we’ve worked with and learnt from some incredible humans who share our passion for sustainability and equality; people who are consistently pushing for change and inspiring others to do the same.

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Celine Cousteau

A lady that needs little introduction given the credentials of her surname, Celine is the granddaughter of the legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, and a respected environmentalist, activist and film producer in her own right.


Chelsea Yamase

Instagram superstar Chelsea Yamase grew up on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, so it’s little wonder she has such a close affinity with the ocean. A free diver, environmental campaigner and globe trotter, we first worked with Chelsea back in 2015.


Brinkley Davies

Marine biologist, environmental conservationist, founder of the Bala Blue Foundation, free diver - Australian born Brinkley has many strings to her bow, making her one seriously inspiring lady. A tireless campaigner for preserving and protecting both marine and animal life.


Seth Maxwell

Thirst Project founder and CEO Seth Maxwell is probably one of the most inspiring guys we know. Launching the Thirst Project at the age of just 20, the organisation empowers an army of socially conscious young people to work together to bring an end to the global water crisis.


Felicity Palmateer

Big wave pro surfer and Billabong team member Flick Palmateer isn’t afraid of taking risks. In 2016 she was the only female nominated in the Oakley Big Wave Awards. But it’s not just on the water where Flick inspires. It was on her 2013 Contiki Cares trip to the Galapagos Islands, that first inspired her passion for ocean conservation.


Alli Speed

American YouTuber Alli Speed is a long time friend Contiki’s. We first met her back in 2012, when we launched our YouTube series The Road Trip, that ran consecutively for 5 years with Alli a regular face on each series. Working with her on these projects her passion for environmentalism and equality shone through.

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Conscious travel and the steps you can take

From raising awareness about the global plastic crisis to shining a light on the inhumane treatment of Indian elephants, our documentaries, interviews and storytelling efforts are all geared towards spotlight the causes and issues we care most deeply about.

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