At Academic Travel Abroad, we are committed to improving the internal systems and procedures that promote the protection of our planet and its treasures. We are in compliance with all applicable legal requirements relating to environmental impact, and we disseminate information about our sustainability initiatives to the public and to our stakeholders.
- Respect the fragility of your Earth. Unless we are willing to help in its preservation, unique and beautiful places may not be here for future generations to enjoy.
- To make your travels more meaningful, educate yourself about the geography, cultures, and customs of the regions you visit. Take time to listen to the people who live there. Learn about their environmental, conservation and preservation challenges.
- Leave only footprints, take only photographs. Respect historical sites and natural areas and leave them as you found them, without disturbing their peace and sanctity.
- Respect the privacy and dignity of others. Learn about and follow local customs. Obtain permission before photographing people or their homes.
- Refuse to buy products from endangered plants and animals (including ivory, tortoise shells, animals, skins, feathers). Support the local economy by buying local.
- In wildlife areas and national parks, follow designated trails only and respect the rules laid out by local authorities. Be careful not to disturb plants and animals in their natural habitats.
- Learn about and support conservation programs and organizations working to preserve the environment in your area.
- Consider buying carbon off-sets from reputable organizations to help counter the impact your travels have on the globe.
- Return from your travels and help educate friends and family about what you have seen and learned and encourage all to nurture a cleaner, safer planet.