IMEC's Partnership for Responsible Travel

6.26.2009
by sebastian

IMEC Partner Logo We are happy to announce that we have joined IMEC's Partnership for Responsible Travel Program. The International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote responsible and sustainable connections between travelers and the people of developing mountain regions of the world. As a partner of this program Global Basecamps is supporting their Porters Assistance Project.


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The problems that porters are currently facing are (from the IMEC website):

  • Underpayment by companies
  • Not receiving the full amount of tip intended for them
  • Inadequate clothing and gear
  • Being forced to carry excess weight
  • Insufficient food provision
  • Poor sleeping facilities

IMEC’s Porter Assistance Project seeks to improve the working conditions of trekking porters by:

  • Providing individual porters and climbing companies with warm, high quality clothing free of charge.
  • Offering English language, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and Money Management classes in order to motivate and empower porters.
  • Educating the tourist population about acceptable standards of porter treatment.

To find out more about IMEC and their commitment to their community check out their website.

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