We work closely with group leaders to design travel experiences that prioritize group learning objectives. Through connections with relevant community members and partnering organizations in Timor-Leste, we create customized itineraries that offer educational workshops on a wide range of topics. These workshops, conducted in collaboration with local organizations, support existing initiatives in the country and provide students with enriching learning experiences. Our programs cover subjects such as history, permaculture, marine and environmental conservation, traditional food and hospitality, gender equality, ecotourism, coffee production, health and hygiene, water security, and physical education and sport, and more (just ask us!). Our programs are a learning experience for our team and staff. We focus on staff development, ensuring that our team, including experienced senior tour guides and junior staff, receive comprehensive training in areas such as workplace health and safety, safe driving practices, child protection, tour guide skills and knowledge, and emergency response. By participating in our tours, you contribute to the development of future tourism leaders.
Safety is our top priority. Despite varying safety regulations in Timor-Leste, we diligently implement thorough risk management strategies across all our programs. Our pre-departure risk assessments evaluate itineraries, locations, activities, and providers. Prior to travel, we conduct detailed safety briefings to ensure everyone is aware of potential risks and can adhere to our safety measures. Training is provided to our staff, covering workplace health and safety, risk assessment, emergency procedures, first aid, child protection, and safe driving. We maintain comprehensive emergency procedures and regularly review and update our protocols and contact information.
We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainable practices. We recognize that our tours generate greenhouse gas emissions and actively offset our carbon footprint through our partnership with WithOneSeed, Timor-Leste's first Gold Standard verified carbon forestry program. WithOneSeed works with local communities to replant forests, create carbon stores, and provide practical education in agroforestry and permaculture. Additionally, we prioritize waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable consumer choices, and provide all drinking water in gallon containers to reduce the need to buy single use plastic bottles. We support like-minded businesses that share our sustainability values, and our programs are designed in consultation with local communities and organizations to empower and benefit them. We align our practices with the Timor-Leste National Tourism Policy, Strategic Development Plan, and the UN World Tourism Organization's Sustainable Development Goals.