Become an eco-friendly traveller.

Concordia is committed to the fight against climate change. Our strong ethos on environmental sustainability is reflected in the huge range of environmental projects we offer all over the world. 

Our environmental projects encourage communities to practice sustainable farming and care for local wildlife. Environmental projects not only help combat climate change, but also foster understanding and collaboration between individuals that wouldn't otherwise communicate with each other. 

 

International volunteers helping at Racehill Community Orchard in Brighton, UK. 

The way you choose to travel to and during your volunteer project can also help protect our World from further damage. If you are able to do so, we recommend that you choose to travel by train or coach rather than fly. 

                            

Some guides on how to be a more eco-friendly traveller:

Green Global Travel - 40 Green Travel Tips 

World Nomads - Top 10 Tips for Eco-Friendly Travel

Keep your bag green. 

Whether you’re a first-time traveller or an experienced backpacker you’ll probably need to get a few new items before you set off to volunteer abroad. As part of Concordia’s ethics, we encourage all our volunteers to buy as much gear as possible second-hand.

Apart from saving you lots of money (which you could spend on exciting excursions or delicious food in the country you are volunteering in), purchasing second hand travel gear whenever possible is also much more sustainable as it reduces the need to manufacture new items and thus saves more of the planet's precious resources. 

Even though some travel clothing lines have developed ethical practices and reinvests in the planet, new items are never as eco-friendly as using something to its fullest. Here are some suggestions for travel essentials you can buy second-hand to lower your carbon footprint:

  • Backpack
  • Travel books and guides
  • Hiking boots
  • Clothes
  • Camera
  • Camping gear

Charity shops are always trying. Otherwise there are a variety of online second-hand shops such as Gumtree, Ebay and Facebook Marketplace, where you can find a big range of used travel gear.

We do understand that depending on where you live, it may be hard to find second-hand travel gear. We simply ask that if you can, please do try and make your adventure as low pact as possible. 

You can also buy Carbon Offsets. Organisations that offer Carbon Offsets calculate the amount of carbon emissions that are produced by your travel and then suggest an amount to donate to them. They then use your money to provide support to communities and businesses in low income countries, as well as plant trees. Here are some organisations that provide Carbon Offsets:

C-Level 

Terrapass

Cool Effect