Awards & Accreditations

Awards

Global Angels Awards: 2013 Business With Exceptional DNA & 2012: Outstanding Social Enterprise

The Global Angels foundation is an international charity transforming disadvantaged communities around the world. Global Angels deliver tangible, on the ground resources such as safe drinking water, education and healthcare; transforming disadvantaged communities worldwide.

The annual Global Angel Awards honour inspirational organisations and individuals who are game changers in transforming our world.

 

Eco Warrior Award Winner 2010: Most Sustainable Community Based Tourism Enterprise

Camps International has been awarded the Eco-Warrior Award for the Most Sustainable Community Based Tourism Enterprise in East Africa.

 The Eco-Warrior Awards were launched by Ecotourism Kenya in 2005 and are assessed against outstanding innovation, real achievements, sustainability and replicability of the initiative.

We achieved highly in all these areas whilst respecting the environment, local people and cultures and linking with communities to positively empower economies and promote self-sufficiency and environmental governance. The awarding body stated that Camps International were the outstanding choice.

 

Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards: 2008 Best Volunteering Organisation Winner & 2007 Best Volunteering Organisation Highly Commended

We are proud to have been recognised at the World Responsible Tourism awards on several occasions; being longlisted since 2005, receiving Highly commended in 2007 and winning the award in 2008 for the ‘Best volunteering Organisation’. These are the largest and most well respected awards in the travel industry, celebrating the best in responsible tourism and recognising ethical companies that make a significant contribution to responsible travel.

 

Accreditations

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

We are among the first expedition providers (and one of only a handful) to receive the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge which acts as a national accreditation for the provision of educational visits, recognising organisations that are delivering high quality learning experiences and managing risk effectively.

In order to achieve the badge we have pledged our commitment to engage in an ongoing process to sustain high-quality learning outside the classroom experiences and have demonstrated to an independent assessor that we meet the following 6 quality indicators:

  • Have a process in place to assist team members to plan the learning experience effectively
  • Provide accurate information about our expeditions
  • Provide activities, experience or resources that meet learner needs
  • Review the experience and act on feedback
  • Meet the needs of team members
  • Have safety management processes in place to manage risk effectively

For more information on the LOtC Quality Badge please visit: www.lotcqualitybadge.org.uk

 

British Safety Standard BS8848

BS8848 is the British Standard specification for the safe provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the UK. All our expeditions comply with the standard and are annually reviewed through a self-assessment process.

 

ASDAN

Any volunteer from the UK who travels with us on any of our four week expeditions can obtain either an ASDAN Universities Award or 70 UCAS points (the equivalent of an A at AS-level) through the CoPE level 3 programme that we run in association with ASDAN, the internationally recognised awarding body.

 

DofE - Duke of Edinburgh Award

It is possible to incorporate elements of the Award within your expedition. Some of our trekking routes have approval for the Expedition Section and many of our leaders are Accredited Expedition Assessors. Please contact us to find out more.

 

EPA - Expedition Providers Association

EPA is a membership organisation for the overseas youth expedition sector and is the awarding body for the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Since EPA was formed in 2003, it has been working hard to promote best practice for school expeditions and Camps International  has been actively involved with EPA throughout this time.

 

Financial Protection

ATOL Protection

ATOL is a protection scheme for flights and air holidays that is managed by the Civil Aviation Authority and Camps International holds an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (“ATOL”). If you have booked a package with us that includes a flight, ATOL protects you from losing money or being stranded abroad if the company goes out of business.

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TOPP

Total Payment Protection (TOPP) is an insurance policy that Camps International has arranged to protect monies that you have paid us in relation to your trip. It means that in the event of the company’s failure before you travel, you will be refunded your money. If you are away and the company cannot continue with it’s obligations, arrangements will be made to ensure you can either continue with your trip or you will be refunded for the part of the trip that you are unable to complete. TOPP is only applicable to some of our programmes so please check your invoice documentation for confirmation of cover.

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