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We’re not like other school expedition providers. As a social enterprise, we are driven by our strong sense of purpose, which forms our foundation and determines every aspect of the way we operate.
We invest in building permanent camps in the heart of the places we care about. We commit to the highest standards of responsible tourism throughout all our operations. We work in partnership with local communities and employ a fantastically diverse team of passionate staff around the globe.
Most importantly, we put purpose before profit, always. We call this the Camps Effect and it is the engine that drives our positive impact – for the young people who travel with us and for the planet.
After a career as a British Army Officer, Camps founder and CEO Stuart Rees Jones spent several years leading expeditions to Tanzania and Kilimanjaro. He felt frustrated that he was unable to make a significant and lasting impact on the host environments and realised that a permanent camp, co-located and staffed by the community, could be a solution to delivering on local challenges.
And so Camps was born in 2002, starting with a single camp in Makongeni, Kenya. Camps’ founding team spent a couple of years developing our unique community-based model and we have now been able to emulate this in locations across East Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. We’ve hosted more than 30,000 travellers and completed over 200 transformative community, wildlife and environmental projects, helping to positively impact the lives of more than 100,000 people worldwide.
Over the years we have developed a real connection with the people, wildlife and environments that our business is built around and had the privilege of working with the huge diversity of inspiring people worldwide, that make up our brilliant team.
Our locations may have expanded, but our model remains the same: we listen to the locals, build locally, employ locally and commit – 365 days a year, every year.
It is thanks to our unique social enterprise model that we are able to provide exceptional experiences and create long-lasting positive impact.
Driven by passion, integrity and the desire to make a difference
Over 170 wonderfully diverse staff around the globe
A commitment to creating positive impact, driven by purpose before profit
Authentic accommodation in the heart of the community, built and staffed by local people
Broadening the minds of our travellers through meaningful international experiences
Taking action on critical issues and increasing support for causes through our global Camps family
We stray from the tourist trail to connect you to the real world and real people
Giving back to the people and places we work with
Ensuring equality and accessibility for everyone we work with
Challenging and supporting young people to realise their potential
Commitment to the highest standards of ethics and sustainability
No ‘token projects’ – we work with locals to create genuine lasting impact
From our local staff to keeping you safe, find out what makes a Camps expedition.