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Journey Through SouthEast Asia 2018-04-08T13:15:22+00:00

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE LINK BETWEEN
POVERTY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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Rich in culture and history, this journey takes you from the archeological wonders of Angkor Wat to the bustling streets of Hanoi, then onto the picturesque terraced terrain of Sapa — the fertile, northernmost region of Vietnam. While this region of SE Asia offers staggering beauty in many forms, it also ranks among the poorest in the world.

The intergenerational post traumatic effects of the Khmer Rouge and Vietnam War are still tangible today and have resulted in extreme poverty and a lack of education. Effects of this destruction are seen in a widespread weakening of the family and community networks and a vulnerability to human trafficking, now one of the fastest growing industries.

Together we will combine a cultural exploration of these magnificent yet complex countries with a deep dive into the issues surrounding poverty, gender-discrimination and human trafficking. Meet with GoPhil’s carefully vetted group of courageous change-makers and local non-profits working hard to rebuild stronger families, communities and futures through community-driven education and empowerment programs.

Details

  • Visit the funky French colonial town of Siem Reap, Cambodia and the famous Temples of Angkor Wat
  • Meet with three inspiring community programs working to prevent human trafficking, empower women and families, strengthen family units and improve the job ready skills of young people in order to help them secure bright futures and be less vulnerable to trafficking
  • Learn about the challenges that face vulnerable people, the root causes that make them prone to exploitation, and the work that is being done to support and protect people against trafficking
  • Explore the highlights of the ancient city of Hanoi
  • Travel by luxury overnight train to Sapa—renowned for its ethnic minority hill tribes
  • Learn how social enterprises contribute to the prevention of human trafficking
  • Enjoy comfortable, beautiful and authentic 4-star accommodations throughout the journey
  • OPTIONAL privately guided extensions to Luang Prabang (Laos), Halong Bay (VN) and/or Hoi An (VN) available upon request

Download a .pdf of the Southeast Asia itinerary click here.


September 23, 2018 (Sunday) • Arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia

You will be greeted at the airport in Siem Reap and transferred to your hotel.  Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening recuperating from your long journey.

Siem Reap is a cluster of villages with a French colonial centre, and the gateway to the Temples of Angkor. These majestic temples in northwest Cambodia belong to the classic period of Khmer art and civilization. They were created by a succession of Khmer Kings who presided over an empire that dominated the region from the years 800 to 1430, reaching its peak in the 12th century. From the 15th century the temples were abandoned and forgotten by the world until their rediscovery in 1861 by French naturalist Henri Mouhot. The villages originally grew around individual pagodas, eventually coalescing into the town. Nowadays, Siem Reap offers a wide range of hotels, restaurants, cafés and shops. It also offers the opportunity to see traditional Cambodia, with dance performances, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside and boat trips on the huge nearby Tonlé Sap lake to small fishing villages.

Shinta Mani Resort is a beautifully renovated boutique property centrally located in the leafy French Quarter. Shinta Mani Resort with its “Open Doors, Open Hearts” reflects a commitment to responsible tourism.

September 24, 2018 (Monday) • Angkor Wat Temples

After breakfast, we will have a short meeting to get acquainted and to review various aspects of our journey together.  We will share some of GoPhilanthropic’s lessons learned over the years such as the value of entering into visits with an openness to “listen and learn” instead of “serve and solve” and ways to ensure we are respectful to culture and tradition while visiting.

Our local guide will discuss some of Cambodia’s more recent history and its implications on current daily life in Cambodia. They will also provide some guidance on cultural etiquette as we head out to explore this magnificent country. We will stop by the local market in downtown Siem Reap to get the lay of the land then begin to discover the stunning temples of Angkor Thom by tuk-tuk.

We will stop by Peace Cafe for a local lunch.  Then enjoy free time to explore the town or relax and have a relaxing spa treatment. In the evening, you have the option of attending the Phare Circus. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories, historical, folk and modern. All the performers you will see come from disadvantaged  backgrounds and are supported by Phare Ponleu Selpak to embrace their artistic talents and become the amazing artists you will see in the show. Some of the performers have even gone on to work with the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soliel! A night not to be missed.

September 25, 2018 (Tuesday) • ‘Day in Life’ of Cambodia, Visit to HUSK

Meet with Ayana Journeys to learn about the delicate balance between the rapidly expanding tourism industry, the “giving industry” and the health of Cambodian communities.

In the afternoon you will experience authentic Cambodian life as you visit a farming village located around 16km from Siem Reap.  Learn about the local people, their customs and culture.  Following your Day in the Life experience, spend time visiting HUSK, whose program goals are to help improve the lives of Cambodian families.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring the local markets and strolling the tree-lined streets surrounding the resort.

September 26, 2018 (Wednesday) • Sunrise Temples, Free to Shine

Rise before the sun in order to catch the temples as the first rays cast light on their splendor. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Today we will visit Free to Shine – an NGO seeks to tackle sex trafficking by empowering young women through education and helping to keep them in safe family-based environments. They support girls with scholarships, monitoring school attendance, family visits,  community education on trafficking and its root causes, and seek to work with families and support them to ensure children are brought up in family care as a first option. Free to Shine look forward to welcoming you to share their knowledge around these issues and have some activities for you to take part in to deeper your understanding of the situations these families find themselves in and the choices they must make.

In the afternoon enjoy some free time to wander or enjoy a visit to Artisans d’Angkor, where you can see a fabulous collection of local art as well as artists creating their crafts. Artisan’s d’Angkor is a Cambodian social business creating job opportunities for young people in rural areas, while reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship, like stone and wood carvings, painting on statues and silks, lacquering and silver plating. Another site to consider visiting is the well regarded Cambodian Landmine Museum.

Free evening to take in the ambience of Siem Reap’s night life and explore the night markets.

September 27, 2018 (Thursday) • Flight to Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many sights to see from museums to little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.

Set by the fabled Hoan Kiem Lake, Apricot Hotel is bound to transport you back and forth between Hanoi’s glamorous past and its modernity. Inspired by classic French architecture mixed with Vietnamese art, Apricot makes for your exquisite home away from home in the capital city of Vietnam.

September 28, 2018 (Friday) • Visit Blue Dragon Foundation

After breakfast we will head to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, one of the most well known organizations in Vietnam, with a great reputation for their work with street children and rescuing victims of trafficking. You will see first hand the work of the drop in center for youngsters who live on the street and meet with Founder Michael Brosowski and team as you hear about the issues pertinent to trafficking and how Blue Dragon are tackling these through safe spaces, education, rescue and rehabilitation, on a daily basis.

We will eat lunch with staff and children of the drop in center at Blue Dragon before an afternoon of guided sight seeing around Hanoi.

Afternoon walking tour for sightseeing in Hanoi. Enjoy a water puppet show, a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Blue Dragon)
  • AccommodationApricot Hotel

September 29, 2018 (Saturday) • Optional Touring at Leisure

Today can be spent enjoying Hanoi at your leisure before taking the night train to Sapa. (As it is difficult to take large cases on the train provision will be made to store larger luggage at Apricot Hotel until your return to Hanoi.)

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Overnight train (Deluxe Cabin)

September 30, 2018 (Sunday) • SAPA Introduction to Ethos Spirit

Sapa District is 380 km northwest of Hanoi and close to the border with China. Sapa is a quiet mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. There are mainly five ethnic groups in Sapa: Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay, and a small number of Xa Pho. Most of the ethnic minority people work their land on sloping terraces since the vast majority of the land is mountainous. The scenery of the Sapa region in large part reflects the relationship between the minority people and nature. This is seen especially in the paddy fields carpeting the rolling lower slopes of the Hoàng Liên Mountains. These rice paddies are a spectacular sight at any time of year as they turn from raw winter browns to lush summer greens.

Aside from the beauty of Sapa, this area is integral to our visit and understanding the trafficking issues in Northern Vietnam. Young women from rural ethnic minorities, such as the Hmong community, are the main targets for traffickers. In addition, Sapa is so close to China, where the demand for brides and sex workers is extremely high. It is estimated that one girl from this region is trafficked every five days. Here we will get a deeper understanding into the root causes of trafficking in the region, the effect it has on families and trafficking victims and what the community in Sapa are doing to fight this.

You will arrive in the early morning and transfer to the hotel.  Rest and refresh from the train journey — enjoy a late morning spa. Lunch at your leisure.

This afternoon/evening you will meet Ethos Spirit, an ethical social enterprise working with local guides from the ethnic minority Hmong tribe. Phil, Hoa and their team will share some interesting insights into the lay of the land in Sapa, its history, the current state of affairs and what this means in real terms for the tribes in this area. You will learn about the migration and settling of the Hmong people, persecution and rights of local ethnic minorities and the risks and prevalence of trafficking in the region. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions of knowledgable people living locally. Today you will also be briefed on your next two days activities.

Nested amongst the slopes of North Vietnam’s mountainous region is Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, built in the style of a traditional chalet in perfect harmony with the natural scenery. This stone & wood construction blends seamlessly with surrounding environment, overlooking Indochina’s highest peak, Mount Fanxipan

October 01, 2018 (Monday) • SAPA Full Day Trekking (with option for homestay)

You will enjoy trekking through the rice paddies and steppes of Sapa, meeting local people, seeing local crafts, cooking and eating together in the homes of the Hmong people and also have the opportunity to experience a homestay should you wish.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Victoria (or option for homestay with Hmong guides)

October 02, 2018 (Tuesday) • Visit with Pacific Links

You will have the opportunity to freshen up ahead of your transfer to Lo Cai. In Lo Cai we will meet with renowned NGO Pacific Links who work with Vietnamese women to protect them from trafficking and assist with rehabilitation for those who have been trafficked. They tackled trafficking through ensuring young women have opportunities via scholarships, vocational training, job placement, summer camps, after school clubs, counter trafficking and safe migration awareness (for employees and employers). They also have reintegration shelters and support and training packages for returnees. In addition, they work with international businesses to address supply chain issues train them and help them ensure their workers are protected from trafficking and know their rights.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Victoria

October 03, 2018 (Wednesday) • Return to Hanoi

(1) Return to Hanoi for your onward journey back home OR (2) Stay on for optional trekking extensions or to Luang Prabang, Ha Long Bay or Hoi An, (VN).

  • Meals: Breakfast

$3995.00 per person (double occupancy)

$750.00 single supplement

TRIP INCLUDES

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All private transfers and transportation including internal flights
  • Entrance fees where noted
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as indicated

TRIP EXCLUDES

  • Flights to and from destination and departing countries
  • All airport taxes
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips/Gratuities

Optional extensions available to GoPhil’s NGO partners in Luang Prabang, Laos and/or Halong Bay, Vietnam are available. Pricing available upon request.

4-NIGHT LAOS EXTENSION

October 03 – October 07, 2018


EXTENSION COSTS

3-Star Hotel Option: Belle Rive Hotel

  • SINGLE: $1,650 per person
  • DOUBLE (Sharing Room): $1,200 per person

5-Star Hotel Option: Satri House

  • SINGLE: $2,050 per person
  • DOUBLE (Sharing Room): $1,450 per person

ITINERARY DETAILS

Day 1 – Wednesday 03 Oct 2018: Hanoi – Luang Prabang (Flight VN2905 19:10 – 20:30/ Economy Class)

Arrival Hanoi after main trip from Sapa, transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival Luang Prabang airport, transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure in the evening. (Meals: None)

Day 2 – Thursday 04 Oct 2018: Luang Prabang & LEOT

Today we will meet with our NGO partner who will guide us to some of the main temples and palaces in Luang Prabang. LEOT and GoPhilanthropic have been trusted partners for over 5 years.  Recognizing how eager young people in Laos were to enhance their education and skills, LEOT was formed in 2006 to support young people through College and University sponsorships. In 2012 LEOT opened the LEOT School. They continue to help students who are sixteen and over as there is simply no other NGO helping them. LEOT is also committed to local community capacity building and since 2013 has supported communities with repairs to rural school buildings and health centers, the provision of electricity and, most importantly, the provision of clean water and improved sanitation. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3 – Friday 05 Oct 2018: Luang Prabang –Alms Giving Mandalao Elephant Camp

OPTIONAL: LUANG PRABANG ALMS GIVING (EARLY MORNING)

The morning alms round (called “Tak Bat” in Lao) is a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang and dates back generations. Wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to a procession of hundreds of saffron-robed monks in the early morning light, truly a spiritual occasion! If you wish to make an offering, please inform your guide a day in advance so that a gift of alms can be prepared. After the almsgiving, watch the town come to life during a visit to the bustling morning market before returning to your hotel in time for breakfast.

    • Suggested Departure Time: 5:30am
    • Tour Duration: 1.5 hours
    • If you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance and observe the ritual in silence.
    • Please dress appropriately. Shoulders, chest and legs should be covered.

THERAPEUTIC TREK: COMMUNICATING WITH ELEPHANTS

Begin: After picking you up from town or your hotel we will leave Luang Prabang around 8:30 am for the nearby village of Ban Xieng Lom. Upon arrival, you are invited to have coffee or tea as your guide for the day provides an in-depth introduction to elephant behavior and the ways we should interact with them.

First Meeting: A quick boat ride across the Nam Khan River will deliver you to the waiting elephants. You will be introduced to your new friends and feed them some special treats – a sure way to begin an instant friendship. Experience bathing elephants using special materials found in the jungle.  Delight in their pure enjoyment of being in the river.

The Trek: After crossing through a beautiful stretch of traditional Lao gardens you will arrive at the jungle-covered Huay Nok steam. As you walk alongside the elephants and crisscross through the cool water you will experience a profound sense of understanding, respect, and caring for these amazing animals. As you prepare to start your walk back to Manda Lao Camp, you will bid farewell to your new friends with more treats and goodbye hugs.

Lunch: When you get back to Manda Lao Camp, you will head to the restaurant and enjoy a delicious fresh Lao meal made from our own organically grown produce. There you can relax, kick-back, and process the day’s experiences on the veranda overlooking the river and misty mountains.

  • Tour Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm
  • Duration: 5 hours

Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 – Saturday 06 Oct 2018: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall (Flight VN930 LPQ HAN @ 19:10 – 20:05/ Economy Class)

Enjoy the morning at your leisure and then spend a half day exploring one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights, the cascading Kuang Si Waterfall with electric turquoise waters. Depart on a 1hr drive south of Luang Prabang, with stops at the vibrant Phousi Market and the nearby Ock Pop Tock Weaving Centre, a social enterprise working primarily in the field of textiles, handicrafts and design. Continue on to the waterfalls, and take a leisurely hike through the natural park past the Asian Bear Rescue Center. Depart Luang Prabang in the evening on your flight back to Hanoi. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 5 – Sunday 07 Oct 2018: Hanoi Departure (Your Personal Tickets)

Transfer from hotel to the airport (with guide).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

VISA INFORMATION

Please ensure your passport is valid more than 6 months from the date of return for every country you are visiting. Please also ensure there is sufficient space in your passport to allow for all immigration procedures, taking note that some South East Asian countries take up a full page for the visa sticker and need yet more space on a separate page for entry & exist stamps.

Kindly note that visa service is not included in our proposal. Please note the following general information is subject to change concerning visas from this part of the world.

Vietnam: A one month single entry visa is available on arrival with a pre-arranged visa invitation authorization letter. The visa invitation letter processing time is two weeks, rush service may be available at additional cost. The costs per person for the visa invitation authorization letter processing fee are $50 and an additional $25 per person must be paid in cash on arrival along with two passport photos at the Visa On Arrival Counter located in the International Airport. Selected nationalities can travel visa-free for 15 days if arriving by air or can apply e-visa (subject to change). Please refer for more details from Vietnam Visa Information

Laos: The visa, which is obtainable on arrival, cost US$ 35 per person for most countries. For some nationalities, such as Canada, the fees are as high as US$ 42 per person. Please note an additional service fee of US$ 1 will be added for every visa. Bring payment in USD and 1 passport photo or please include an additional US$ 1 if you do not have a passport picture. Please refer to the details from Laos Visa Information

4 NIGHT HALONG BAY EXTENSION

October 03 – October 08, 2018


EXTENSION COSTS

  • SINGLE: $1,380 per person
  • DOUBLE (Sharing Room): $850 per person

ITINERARY DETAILS

Day 0 – Wednesday 03 Oct 2018: Overnight in Hanoi 

Overnight in Hanoi at Apricot Hotel Hanoi.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Apricot Hotel Hanoi/ Sketch room
    • Address: 136 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District
    • Tel: 84 24 3938 9595. Fax: 84 24 3936 6565
    • www.apricothotels.com

Day 1 – Thursday 04 Oct 2018: Hanoi – Halong

Depart for a 3.5 hour journey to Halong Bay. On arrival in Halong Bay, let the vacation begin with a lunch as the boat cruises towards South East Halong Bay. Then discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave which is not only a beauty spot but also an archaeological site. Covering an area of 1,000 m2 with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is one of the finest caves in Halong Bay. Admire the sunset over enchanting Halong Bay while the boat anchors for an overnight stay. And Enjoy set-menu dinner on board. Retire to your cabin or join our staffs for squid fishing.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise/ Deluxe – 3D2N – Bhaya Classic Overnight SIC (www.bhayagroup.com)

Day 2 – Friday 05 Oct 2018: Halong

Wake up early and partake in a Tai Chi demonstration .Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay and enjoy breakfast while The vessel weighs anchor to sail to Hang Trai Island. Transfer to Bhaya Spirit (day boat) for the second day’s activities.  Kayak and swim in Coc Cheo Islet area – a less touristic and more private area. Back to the boat, Bhaya Spirit takes you to a floating pearl farm for a special local lunch experience, while the boat passes Ho Ba Ham Area, Ba Men Temple, But Island, Me Cung Cave and Discover around to learn about pearl cultivating and handicraft process and local life in Ha Long Bay with our tour guide. Lunch is served on floating farm with authentic Vietnamese style menu. Head back to the boat to relax on board. Enjoy a wonderful dinner on board tonight. Later, retire to your cabin or join the squid fishing program.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise/ Deluxe – 3D2N – Bhaya Classic Overnight SIC

Day 3 – Saturday 06 Oct 2018: Halong – Hanoi

Wake up early and partake in a Tai Chi demonstration which is held on the upper deck. And then enjoy light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating village.. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to discover local life on the waters. Return to your boat and relax. Enjoy the brunch before checking out. Arrive at the jetty late morning and transfer back to Hanoi. Drive back to Hanoi. Make a stop on the way at a local village for stretching your legs or having a chance to witness the local life of Northern countryside.

NOTES:

  • Please note that the itinerary detailed above may be subject to change without prior notice.
  • Meals: Brunch
  • Accommodation: Apricot Hotel Hanoi/ Sketch room
    • Address: 136 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District
    • Tel: 84 24 3938 9595. Fax: 84 24 3936 6565
    • www.apricothotels.com

Day 4 – Sunday 07 Oct 2018: Hanoi Departure (Your Personal Tickets)

Transfer from hotel to the airport (with guide).

  • Meals: Breakfast

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

VISAS

Please ensure your passport is valid more than 6 months from the date of return for every country you are visiting. Please also ensure there is sufficient space in your passport to allow for all immigration procedures, taking note that some South East Asian countries take up a full page for the visa sticker and need yet more space on a separate page for entry & exist stamps.

Kindly note that visa service is not included in our proposal. Please note the following general information is subject to change concerning visas from this part of the world.

Vietnam: A one month single entry visa is available on arrival with a pre-arranged visa invitation authorization letter. The visa invitation letter processing time is two weeks, rush service may be available at additional cost. The costs per person for the visa invitation authorization letter processing fee are $50 and an additional $25 per person must be paid in cash on arrival along with two passport photos at the Visa On Arrival Counter located in the International Airport. Selected nationalities can travel visa-free for 15 days if arriving by air or can apply e-visa (subject to change). Please refer for more details from Vietnam Visa Information

Download a .pdf of Southeast Asia Resources – click here.


“LISTEN AND LEARN” INSTEAD OF “SERVE AND SOLVE”

We will share some of GoPhilanthropic’s lessons learned over the years, such as the value of entering into visits with an openness to “listen and learn” instead of “serve and solve,” and ways to ensure we are respectful to culture and tradition while visiting. Learn how GoPhilanthropic Foundation selects the programs that they support. We will discuss both the opportunities and ethics of the use of photography in our journeys and explore ways to best capture and celebrate their dignity.

RECENT HISTORY AND MODERN DAY CHALLENGES – A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE

Our local guides will provide insight into the historical and political influences that impact day to day life. During our stay in each country we will enjoy discussion topics with them ranging from religion, war history, and societal challenges. Our guides will also provide valuable information regarding cultural norms and etiquette.

THE INSPIRATION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

When visiting with grassroots programs in each of the countries, we meet with the founders or integral staff members who are inspired to make a difference in the lives of those they are supporting. These discussions will give us the chance to better understand the needs in the communities and how these founders have chosen to drive positive change for the future. This is a valuable opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts with respect to effective community development.

OUR JOURNEY: REFLECTIONS

At the end of the journey, you may wish to share your thoughts and reflections on what you experienced — the most difficult or inspirational moments, and the visits that made the most significant impressions during the journey. You may also wish to explore possible ways to engage further with the people and organizations you have visited.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

You must be 18 years old (except for minors accompanied by a parent or designated responsible adult) and in acceptable health to join one of our tours. Acceptance of your booking is subject to our review of your application. We retain the right to request medical clearance or any other information or to refuse any applicant for any tour at any time for any reason whatsoever, at our sole discretion.

TO RESERVE

We require a 20% non-refundable deposit to reserve your trip with 80% due 45 days prior to the itinerary start date. We must receive your deposit within 7 days of reservation and we will invoice deposit via PayPal.

All prices are listed in US dollars ($) unless otherwise indicated and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

REFUNDS & CANCELLATION

Any cancellation must be submitted in writing. 80% of the cost of your tour is refundable on the following basis:

  • 45+ days before arrival – 100% of the refundable portion
  • 29 to 44 days before arrival date – 85% of the refundable portion
  • 21 to 28 days before arrival date – 60% of the refundable portion
  • 15 to 20 days before arrival date – 40% of the refundable portion
  • 14 days or less before arrival date – No refund

CLAIMS & REFUNDS

Refunds are not made for any missed services, except for verifiable extenuating circumstances. Please see our Limits on Liability below. For verifiable claims to be considered, they must be received in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program and be accompanied by supporting documentation and/or a statement from the Operating Company verifying the claim. Any adjustment considered will be based on the actual price of the services involved and not on a per diem basis. Adjustments will not be made for unused sightseeing trips or meals. GoPhilanthropic Travel will not accept any liability for any claims that are not received within 30 days of the termination of your travel program. All claims for days missed while traveling should be made in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program.

For verifiable claims to be considered, they must be submitted to GoPhilanthropic Travel in writing along with supporting documentation within 30 days of the traveler’s date of return from our planned itinerary. GoPhilanthropic Travel will make every effort to rectify situations of services rendered below standard. In this case any refund would be made based on the actual price of the service(s) in question and not on a per diem basis.

In the case where GoPhilanthropic or its partners cannot provide part or all of the travel itinerary, see Changes below.

CHANGES

Due to unforeseen circumstances, GoPhilanthropic Travel may need to make adjustments to the travel itinerary which could alter the final price or design of your program. While we make all of your arrangements in good faith, unforeseen circumstances may make it necessary to change hotels, transportation or tour arrangements before or during your trip. We reserve the right to make itinerary and price changes as deemed necessary. As none of the accommodation, transportation and tour guide providers is owned by GoPhilanthropic Travel, we cannot be held responsible for such circumstances and will pass any additional cost (or savings) on to the traveler.

HOTEL CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT

Hotel check out time is usually 12:00 PM. Extended check-in/check-out time may be granted subject to availability and agreement by the participating hotels.

PASSPORTS, VISAS & OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Be sure your passport is not close to expiring as some countries refuse valid passports soon to expire – generally within 6 months of expiration will not be accepted. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure that they have valid passports and visas, where necessary. Please note that GoPhilanthropic Travel cannot be held responsible for information on visa regulations, or in the case where passports or visas are not obtained or accepted by local authorities.

AIR TRANSPORTATION

GoPhilanthropic Travel does not book airfare to and from the travel destination. Once the traveler confirms the travel itinerary, he/she is responsible to ensure correct arrival and departure dates/times. GoPhilanthropic Travel will not be responsible for mistakes or errors in airfare bookings made by independent third parties. Change fees and/or airfare penalties may apply for travelers who miss flights in the itinerary.

Air transportation can be affected by weather, schedule delays or cancellation which can affect the design of your itinerary (see Changes above).

LIMITS OF LIABILITY

GoPhilanthropic Travel LLC., its employees, officers, directors, successors, agents and assigns, does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result GoPhilanthropic Travel is not liable for any negligent or willful act of any such person or entity or of any third person. In addition and without limitation, GoPhilanthropic Travel is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time.

RISKS

There are certain inherent risks in adventure travel of the type involved here. These include, but are not limited to, hiking, walking safaris, climbing injuries and altitude sickness, and in all trips dangers of animals, inaccessibility to medical attention and difficulty in evacuation from remote locations in the case of a medical emergency. Passenger assumes all such risks with regard to these possibilities and is hereby given notice that hospital and/or health facilities/personnel for treatment of serious medical problems are often unavailable, and further that evacuation, if available, can be prolonged, difficult, and expensive. We assume no liability regarding provision of medical care or evacuation services and hereby provide notice that any of our staff or subcontractors who may provide emergency medical care in the field may not have had formal medical or first-aid training and would be acting only as a “good Samaritan.”

TRAVEL ADVISORIES/WARNINGS

It is the responsibility of The Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U. S. State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov/ or by phone at 1-888-407- 4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should The Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, The Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.

ARBITRATION AGREEMENT

Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms and Conditions, to the Limits of Liability Clause, or any information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration Orange County, FL, USA, in accordance with the rules of the Arbitration Association then existent.

TRAVELERS REPRESENTATIONS

The Traveler represents that neither he nor she nor anyone traveling with him or her has any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to him self or herself or other members of the tour. GoPhilanthropic reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a trip. GoPhilanthropic reserves the right to remove from the trip, at his or her sole expense, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend taking the following precautions when booking your travel arrangements:

Take a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover your trip. Such insurance cover should provide sufficient coverage against unexpected cancellation charges, journey delays, medical costs that might be incurred while traveling overseas, loss of money, or belongings, or personal liability claims. In the event of a claim for loss or damages, in the first instance Client and/or Agent should make such claim through the Insurance provider.

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Upcoming Journeys

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31marallday06aprJourney to Nepal 2019An in-depth look at human trafficking & community health

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