Responsible Travel

Responsible travel is about the attitude you take and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

As your ground partner in Indochine, our commitments and actions in responsible travel are:

- We use locally owned ground transportation, local guides and drivers.
- We include locally run accommodation in our preferred list where possible
- We work only with local partners rather than international conglomerates.
- We hire local staffs where Sen Travel Group operate, therefore contributing directly to local employment.
- We recommend community tourism projects from home stays to craft shops.
- We avoid the exploitation of the vulnerable - including women, children, animals and endangered species.
- We support local charities and NGO’s within the destinations that we work in
- We respect historic sites by not providing any activities inside the archaeological, historical, prehistoric and scientific sites and remains which are important to local   heritage and science.

SEN FOUNDATION

As a Destination Management Company in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, we are committed to donating a percentage of profits to charities and local communities within destinations we operate.

The Sen Foundation is not-for-profit fund that supports non-government organizations. The following list is a selection of charitable organizations that we are going to work with. These are intended to help a wide variety of causes from wildlife, human rights and education to the environment and conservation.

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation-Vietnam

Blue Dragon address the issues keeping children and families in the poverty cycle, with an individualised approach.
Blue Dragon kids are street kids, children with disabilities, children from rural families living in extreme poverty, and victims of human trafficking and slavery.
Blue Dragon’s primary aim is to rescue kids from danger, reunite them with their families when possible, and provide all the services needed for recovery and growth. These include education, nutrition, health care, counselling, physical and creative activities, rescue, legal advocacy, safe shelter and a warm environment. Their team includes social workers, psychologists, teachers and lawyers who work directly with the children for a period of a few months, or several years, depending on their level of need.
In recent years, Blue Dragon has become involved in the rescue of children who have been trafficked for child labour, often into clothing sweat shops, or into the sex trade. They employ short-term rescue operations, and offer long-term support for victims of trafficking, while working with local government to fight the causes of trafficking. So far they have helped rescue more than 300 young people.

The Goodwill Centre Sihanoukville-Cambodia

The Goodwill Centre is a small, unique project which aims to address issues of deprivation through education and life skills training, enabling children to break out of the poverty trap and take control of their future. With a regular staff of four, the centre caters for over 160 children and young adults who have limited access to schooling, fresh water and basic sanitation.
The charity encourages participation in a range of activities outside school hours, aiming to keep children off the streets. Classes are offered in English and Khmer literacy, computer studies, basic science and arts and crafts. With a strong hygiene program, it promotes health, physical education and has its own ambitious football team. This safe environment encourages play, teamwork and the development of social skills.

MAG (Mines Advisory Group)

MAG is one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations providing conflict-affected communities around the world the chance of a better future. It clears the remnants of conflict from some of the world's poorest countries, educates and employs local people and helps provide solutions for those trapped by poverty and economic devastation through no fault of their own. Operating since 1989 and having worked on a variety of conflict-related projects in over 35 countries, including Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, MAG is also co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for their work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.