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We are the expedition specialists and since 2002 have been living, working and making a real difference in our locations in Africa and Asia. We are the only expedition company to own, manage and operate 25 permanent and exclusive camps in the heart of rural communities and wildlife areas, bringing significant revenue and assistance to the poorest rural communities that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. With an in-country team of over 150 local staff, we employ locally, pay fairly and treat ethically. Our permanent presence in our destination countries allows us to maximise benefits to the people and wildlife that need it most by committing year round to our projects, so you can be confident that the work you do will have a lasting impact on areas that you visit. This also means that we have unrivalled safety systems in place to deal with emergencies.
Working with communities is not unique to us; the way we do it is. Our award-winning projects are developed in partnership with local communities and address poverty, healthcare, education, welfare, conservation and environmental awareness. By doing so we have developed a relationship with the local people whereby they welcome us as part of their community and not simply as tourists passing through. This provides you with a unique opportunity to fully integrate into the community, away from the tourist circuit to get a true flavour of the country you are visiting. During your time with Camps International, you will visit several of our camps and work on a range of projects. We have up to 100 different projects running at any one time and the projects undertaken by our volunteers have benefitted over 25,000 people in developing countries so far.
Simon Englefield – Director Africa
My first real career was as a commercial diver in the North Sea and the English Channel. After a few years of freezing cold dives and very rough seas, I realized that I had made terrible mistake and moved to Kenya to manage a large recreational scuba diving operation. That was 28 years ago and I have been here ever since albeit with a few minor developments, including a beautiful wife and 2 kids. I got involved and developed the very first Camps International locations in Kenya 13 years ago and now oversee the African operation. My job has a very rare quality, which enables me to see first hand, some of the amazing effects our projects have on thousands of needy individuals. I am sticking with it for now!