Today we thought we'd tell you all about our fantastic Facebook pages, so you can get the latest project updates, photos, videos and news from where you're off to. So if you're off to any of the following destinations, make sure you get over to Facebook and 'Like' that location: Costa Rica, Madagascar, Tanzania Marine, Tanzania Savannah, Cambodia, Fiji, Central America Trail, South America Trail and South East Asia Trail.
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With the greatest concentration of biodiversity in the world, Costa Rica is a must for any conservationist. Over 25% of the country is protected in national parks due to the country's progressive policies on environmental protection and sustainable ecotourism. The rainforests, tropical forests, marine areas, and wetlands of Costa Rica are the subject of many university and scientific organisation studies.
This "biological crossroads" of the world offers a visitor an unforgettable glimpse of a tropical paradise with over 500,000 species of animal including endangered sea turtles, monkeys and jungle cats, and over 800 species of bird. Seen as an example of political stability in the area, Costa Rica has enjoyed democracy for almost 60 years and is an oasis of calm among its turbulent neighbours.
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Madagascar has been isolated for over 165 million years, creating a biodiversity resource of global significance, with over 80% of species found nowhere else on earth, including leaping Sifaka Lemurs, Lesser Mouse Lemurs or even the elusive Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur. Reptiles include tortoises, snakes, iguanas, and a vast array of chameleons, including both the smallest and largest in the world. The variety of life is reflected in the strong cultural heritage of the Malagasy people, contributing to the island's name as "Island of the Ancestors" with their belief in the power of the dead to protect and guide the living.
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Tanzania has long been a favourite destination of scientists and anthropologists seeking answers to some of life's most intriguing questions in its magnificent natural phenomena such as the Olduvai Gorge, home to one of the earliest human skeletons ever discovered; the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain; and the hugely biodiverse Eastern Arc Mountains.
Tanzania's marine environment is equally spectacular and holds vast coral reefs and maze-like mangrove forests, which are host to sea turtles, Manta Rays, Dugongs, dolphins, sharks, hundreds of species of reef fish, and the occasional passing Humpback Whale!
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Located between the world famous Selous Game Reserve and the wilds of the Udzungwa Mountain Range, the Kilombero Valley is a stunning part of Tanzania which plays host to warm, welcoming people and spectacular African wildlife. From the open savannah of the Kilombero flood plains to the forest and mountain peaks on either side of the valley, the area provides a rich mosaic of magical landscapes.
Traditional African villages, with their colourful tribal communities, share this land with the animals that still wander through on their journeys to the game reserves. We are working in this area to help people and animals to live in harmony, so that the livelihoods of local communities can be improved, while enabling wildlife to continue to use the habitat that remains intact.
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The remote tropical forests of Cambodia have lain inaccessible to outsiders for much of the country's fraught political history. Peace has revealed that these threatened forests harbour many of the world's most fascinating endangered wildlife, including elephants, tigers, leopards, sun-bears, and gibbons. Cambodia's ancient cultural heritage is today typified in ancient, weather-worn temples, vibrant, colourful cities, and warm, friendly people.
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The Fiji archipelago lies in the South Pacific, hundreds of volcanic islands scattered over 1.3 million km2 of the Pacific ocean; remnants of a sunken continent. Adrift in isolation for millennia, Fiji remains unspoiled, beautiful and tranquil, with one thousand miles of palm-fringed, white sand beaches, stunning coral gardens, and azure lagoons.
In days of old it was known as the Cannibal Isles, feared by mariners because of fierce warrior peoples and treacherous waters. In some places life has changed little over the centuries and the exotic customs and traditions of the many peoples that have settled in Fiji have been preserved. The modern islanders are vibrant, outgoing, and friendly.
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Central America Ethical Trail
An unforgettable adventure through Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, amongst Mayan ruins and the azure waters off the coast, with a teaching or conservation project.
What is so fantastic about this journey is that whilst travelling you will benefit from the leadership of a young, friendly, fun but also sensible and well-travelled guide who will take care of all the stress and organisation on the trip, whether it be recovering lost luggage, arranging bus tickets, booking hostels or extra activities, dealing with emergencies or even knowing the best places to go for a great night out!
South America Ethical Trail
South America is a region teeming with life, colour, culture and history. Throughout its past, civilisations such as the mighty Incas have given way to a wave of European colonisation and influences.
Today, a rich diversity of peoples and styles can be seen in every country on the continent, a continent which holds not only the titanic Andes mountain chain, but also the breathtaking Amazon River, carving its way through untamed rainforest. South America is a haven for those seeking adventure, a continent where rafting, climbing, kayaking, biking, horse riding can be done amidst astounding scenery.
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South East Asia Ethical Trail
The countries provide a world of unimaginable beauty offering the perfect setting for an adventure that will take you everywhere – from buzzing night bazaars full of jewel-bright lanterns, to pearl-white sand beaches and picture perfect vistas; from dazzling temples to formidable sunken Buddha statues hidden by a riot of rainforest vegetation; from refreshing waterfalls in breathtaking landscapes, to the remains on an ancient citadel; you will experience all this, and combine your journey with a 28-day conservation or teaching project.
This adventure trail takes in the best sites in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and will lead you to the highlights of these unmissable destinations. Who could resist swimming in crystalline waters off perfect white sand beaches and exploring lush green rainforest where leopard cats, elephants and other exotic creatures lurk?
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