GETTING ACTIVE IN OUR OFFICES
Alongside projects our travellers can get involved in on the road, our office based teams also get active in numerous ways, and we couldn’t be more proud of them for it.
E-documents & One Tree Planted
Once you’ve booked your Contiki trip (and the excitement levels are growing), every traveller receives their travel documents around 14 days before departure. But how you receive these documents, is up to you. Thanks to our e-documents program, you can opt in to receive your essential travel info via email, reducing the need for printing and paper wastage.
The benefit of doing this? Well, aside from the obvious, opting in for e-docs also automatically enrols you into our plant a tree initiative, in partnership with One Tree Planted. So simply by making one little conscious choice, we’ll plant a tree in your name across barren and devastated land in either California or Brazil.
Staff volunteer days
One of the biggest perks of working for Contiki? The 2 volunteer days every staff member receives (and uses) each year. Our team have done everything from reading to elderly care home patients, preparing meals in a soup kitchen, volunteering at animal and homeless shelters, and cleaning up rivers and waterways.
CONTIKI TEAM - UK & EUROPE
Round the world for Reilly
The Smiley Reilly project is an initiative set up by two former Contiki staff members who tragically lost their little boy, Reilly, to cot death. It works to support other families who have been affected by SIDS, and is a cause very close to the hearts of all at Contiki. As each new European summer season rolls around, both office and on-road team members take part in a 5km walk or run to raise money for the charity. To date hundreds of current and ex Contiki staff have taken part in more than 30 different countries, with the idea spearheaded by our UK & Europe heroes.
Rainbow Trust Charity
The official charity for Contiki UK & Europe for a number of years, the Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. Our office teams raise money in a whole heap of active and ingenious ways - mud runs, half marathons, cycling challenges, scavenger hunts, quiz nights - and our travellers also contribute by donating any spare change whilst on our coaches throughout Europe.
CONTIKI TEAM - AFRICA
Celebrated each year on the 18th of July, Mandela Day celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy by taking action against poverty and pushing for change. In 2018, our team donated warm clothes, soup and bread to the homeless, sharing in Madiba’s vision of living a life that makes a difference to others.
Office educational sessions
Change comes through education, and that’s exactly how our team in Africa stay active. In our offices we’ve had sessions specialising in anti rhino poaching initiatives, water saving practices, and ways to eliminate the need for single use plastics.
CONTIKI TEAM - NEW ZEALAND
A long standing partnership for over 7 years, our NZ team are regulars on beach clean ups and tree planting days organised with Sustainable Coastlines, an organisation who educate and inspire volunteers to take care of NZ’s gorgeous rivers, beaches and ocean.
CONTIKI TEAM - AUSTRALIA
Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to climate change globally? So, instead of buying new clothes, why not swap them instead? That’s the logic our Australia team follow with their quarterly clothing drive, donating both money raised and any spare clothing left over to the Red Cross.
Birthing Kit Assembly
Understanding the huge risks faced by women giving birth in developing and third world countries, our legendary Travel Corporation team assembled 800 birthing kits to be distributed to expectant mothers from countries including Ghana, Haiti, Cambodia and Uganda.
Tiki Talks Lunch & Learns
Sharing in The Travel Corporation’s goal of eliminating all unnecessary single use plastics from our offices and on the road, our Tiki Talks team lead regular sessions on ways to eliminate plastic items from our everyday routines.
CONTIKI TEAM - CANADA
Beach Clean Ups
Working in partnership with Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up, our team volunteered at 2 separate beach clean ups in 2018, one of which was in celebration of World Clean Up Day and saw all Travel Corporation Canada team members taking part, collecting over 20 bags of garbage and recycling in total. The team are now planning their 2019 clean ups which will see them collaborating with Centennial College travel and tourism students, as well as YYC for a branded ‘do good’ day.
CONTIKI TEAM - USA
Organised by Disneyland Resorts, the CHOC walk raises funds for health care programs, education programs and research for South California’s children. An occasion that brings the entire community together for a common goal, our team are regulars at the annual event.
California Coastal Beach Cleanup
An annual event that occurs every September, the California Coastal Cleanup is a beach clean of epic proportions. Over 50,000 volunteers turn out to pick up rubbish from around 700 sites across the state, and since the first event back in 1985, a total of almost 1 million Californians (Contiki staff included) have collected close to 20 million pounds of debris from the states shores and coastline.
WE Day brings together inspirational figures, A-list celebs and tens of thousands of young people, in a celebration of what we can all achieve when we work together for a better, shared world. 19 separate WE Day’s are held throughout the world every year, with Travel Corporation team members volunteering as staff at the California event.
Palm Springs Walk to end Alzheimers
Held annually in more that 600 communities across the US, this is the largest walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimers care, support and research. Contiki and Travel Corporation team members take part every year, contributing to the cause and the fight against this devastating disease.
Supporting the National Park Service
America’s national park’s are some of its crowning jewels, yet due to budget cuts and under funding the parks are now facing issues including crumbling facilities and too few rangers and staff on hand to help protect cultural and natural resources. As such, they desperately rely on volunteers such as our Contiki staff to help clear the backlog of projects and issues.