At GAPTrex, corporate social responsibility is a passion; not just an obligation. In addition to our efforts to provide ethically responsible and environmentally sustainable tours, we work directly with a local not-for-profit company to give back to the communities we visit. Our goal with this operating practice is to support and sustain the communities we make use of in the regular course of our business, and to pave the way for other tour operators in the Nepal to do the same.
As part of our trip customization process, we offer each client the opportunity to include a community-based volunteer component in their adventure. While participation in a local project isn’t mandatory, we do find that most people opt to include one – even if it’s just for a day! The projects our clients can choose from range from teaching English, working to build a school, doing a community gardening project, and much more! In addition, we allocate 10% of the profit from each of our trips to a local NGO, to help fund its other projects, which include livelihood support, sustainable agriculture efforts, clean water initiatives, and educational programs, to name a few.
In the wake of the 2015 earthquake, we have found a particular need for school reconstruction and community development projects, and are directing a large portion of our clients and volunteers to those projects.
So, for every trip you book with GAPTrex, you’re giving valuable financial support to a reputable and responsible local NGO, so that it can continue helping Nepal now and in the future – and you’re also giving back with your own two hands!
Click here to visit the website of our local partner NGO, called VolNepal (Volunteer Nepal National Group), and learn more about their initiatives designed to create a better Nepal! www.volnepal.org If you have any further questions about the type of community work you will be involved in as part of your GAPTrex adventure, check out our FAQ Handbook, or contact us directly! We’re always happy to hear from you.