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IMEC's Partnership for Responsible Travel
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.
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.