One of the great joys we experience at Mountain Travel Sobek is that you, our valued guests, often get inspired to help the people and places you visit after your MTS adventure. Many of you decide to sponsor a student, donate funds to local health clinics, or contribute to other worthwhile projects. Besides doing our part in the field in order to preserve and sustain the world's unique cultures and delicate environments, we are proud to support a number of worthy organizations that contribute to the betterment of societies around the world. You'll find many of these organizations listed below and on the pages of our catalog.
Alaska Conservation Foundation works to ensure that Alaska's inspiring and extraordinary wilderness will retain their beauty and viability for generations to come. Mountain Travel Sobek supports the ACF through corporate membership and through donations from our guests to Alaska Discovery's "Dollar-a-Day" program.
Mountain Travel Sobek is a proud longtime supporter of the American Himalayan Foundation. One of the foundation's major initiatives is the restoration of ancient monasteries in Mustang and training local artisans to continue the work themselves. Nuns and monks receive a traditional education to ensure the monasteries continue to maintain the old ways. AHF also provides a safe and nourishing environment for children in Mustang while their parents work in the fields.
The Fund For The Tiger works to help prevent the extinction of one of the world's most magnificent animals by providing support for work in Asia to protect the tiger and to help maintain a level of public awareness of the magnitude of this problem. MTS has been supporting this program through an annual "giving back" trip, Save the Tiger. Together with our guests, we have raised $140,184.
The Galápagos Conservancy formerly known as Charles Darwin Foundation, Inc., advocates for the lasting protection of the Galápagos Islands through programs of constituency building, education, and fundraising in North America. GC raises more than $2 million annually to fund the conservation work of the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galápagos National Park Service (GNPS), and supports local actors in Galvpagos that work in partnership with the CDF and the GNPS. Galápagos Conservancy manages $4.5 million in endowed funds to support conservation in Galápagos. Mountain Travel Sobek groups visit the GC research station in Puerto Ayora on all trips.
Working together, WildAid believes that the governments and communities of the world can reverse the devastation our our planet's wildlife. Our goal is simple and specific: to decimate the illegal wildlife trade within our lifetimes, allowing threatened species to recover to safe levels.
Through our partners in southern Africa, we contribute to The Wildlife Trust, an organization that addresses the needs of existing wildlife populations, seeks solutions to save endangered species, and provides education and training for local people and their communities. Current projects include rhino relocation and reintroduction in Botswana, anti-poaching efforts in Zimbabwe, rural school projects, and "Children in the Wilderness," a program that aspires to educate the youth of Africa and help them to appreciate and protect their magnificent natural heritage. A portion of the proceeds of each Botswana Flying Safari and South African Trails are contributed to the Trust (between March and November 2006, approximately $100,000 was donated to projects throughout southern Africa by the Trust!). Ask us about ways to make tax-deductible contributions.
“A different kind of travel organization, Mountain Travel (USA) has been established through the combined interests of mountaineers-explorers Barry Bishop, Leo Le Bon, and Allen Steck–all members of the American Alpine Club, Sierra Club, and other organizations, for the purpose of creating backcountry wilderness trips where foot travel is the only means of access. Emphasis is on genuine exploration of the many remote areas of our planet that fortunately have not yet been touched by modern civilization or commercial development. Many of these wild and beautiful places need protection, which can only be accomplished through awareness by enlightened citizens.”