The Exodus Travels Foundation - Our Projects

Projects supported by the Exodus Travels Foundation

The Exodus Travels Foundation supports a variety of projects around the world, each harnessing the power of travel to create sustainable, positive impact for the communities and places we visit; read and watch more below.

Community Kickstart Project

The Exodus Travels Foundation has launched the Community Kickstart Project to help our destination communities recover and rebuild following the impact of COVID-19. The idea is simple - enable our teams on the ground to kickstart local to support, rebuild, protect and empower. After all, our expert and passionate Exodus leaders and operators are best placed to identify the greatest needs across our destination communities and hard-to-reach places. Read more and donate here.

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Porter Projects - Inca Trail

We’re passionate about the welfare of our punctilious porters. Alongside setting the golden standard for fair treatment, we've taken the next step with our pioneering Porter Project. In Peru, despite trekking the Inca Trail numerous times, most porters never have the opportunity to visit the stunning ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. We’ve taken the initiative to fix this and in 2018 started a project to ensure each of our porters has the opportunity to experience an important part of their own cultural heritage. We can now proudly say that over 164 porters have been involved this project, and our mini-documentary ‘Carried Away’ about our porters, has helped raise awareness of the awesome job these porters do.

Porter Projects - Kilimanjaro

On Kilimanjaro, Exodus has been setting the standards for best practice and fair treatment for years, providing porters on the mountain with gold standard welfare, English language skills, First Aid training and more. In 2019 Exodus made mini-documentary, “Ngumu”,  with Olympic gold medallist Crista Cullen, which sees her embarking on a journey with the pioneering women challenging the face of Mt Kilimanjaro. Inspired by what she discovered, in 2020 we are proud to launch our Mountain Lioness Scholarship, committing to fund 10 women per year through guide training for the next 3 years. You can help our mountain lionesses on their journey here

Inspiration Project

Since the Inspiration Project began in 2017, we’ve worked with our partners to take more than 6,000 children in 30 countries on a day of adventure and exploration. Each inspirational day out is designed to introduce young minds to the wonders of our world and their place in it. From visiting cultural heritage sites to natural wonders, each trip has been packed with firsts – their first time leaving their own village, their first time seeing the sea, their first time visiting a busy city. We hope these outings will be the inspiration that encourages these children to protect and preserve the world as they grow up. 

Read more here.

Himalayan Community Project

The Himalayan region is a place close to our hearts; it's where Exodus Travels' journey began. Our long-standing networks there and in-depth knowledge of the region means that we can support isolated mountain communities that large aid organisations often can’t reach. So we've been able to fund many community-based projects here over many years, building the resilience of local communities as well as their ability to benefit from local tourism.

For example, in Ladakh, over the past year, we have contributed towards the set-up and equipping of two women’s Eco-cafes in Pensi and Kaya. These projects are economically empowering to the communities in these areas, specifically contributing to opportunities for women, and doing so in a way that respects the beautiful environment around them.

Freedom Kitbags

In some rural Nepalese communities, menstruation is still considered a 'curse', meaning girls and women are socially ostracized and don't have access to hygienic sanitary products.
Freedom Kit Bags distributes reusable, eco-friendly protection, and teaches reproductive health and menstrual hygiene to minimise the risk of infection whilst combating the stigma of menstruation in the wider community.