Passions Hosts ISV Site Visit
Passions of Paradise is host to many diverse tour groups, each with a unique mission statement and client base. Some groups cater to travellers looking for a relaxing ocean-going experience on a large sailing boat. Others enjoy the party atmosphere that can radiate when the sun is out and the passengers and crew are enjoying a great day out at the reef. And for some there is the chance to have a positive impact on the environment and contribute to the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef as a natural resource. This last category especially applies to one of our newest clients, International Student Volunteers (or ISV, for short). International Student Volunteers has partnered with Passions of Paradise to take around students out to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, and a recent site visit by some ISV staff verified that Passions is the high-standard, committed operator they had been looking for.
International Student Volunteers was launched in 2002 as a United States-based, non-profit organization. One of the first of its kind, the program features a unique combination of volunteering, education and adventure travel. The pilot season, with a total of 80 students volunteering on conservation projects in Costa Rica and Australia was a huge success, and the program has grown leaps and bounds since then. International Student Volunteer’s mission is to support sustainable development initiatives around the world through life-changing volunteer and responsible adventure travel programs designed to positively change the world and to educate, inspire and result in more active global citizens. Passions of Paradise recently hosted three ISV staff: ISV Australia Tour Director Leanne Roberts, and Tour Leaders Brodie Philp and Alex Domino for a site visit, where they were able to explore and verify all of the sustainable initiatives that Passions of Paradise undertakes to adhere to the highest levels of Eco-Certification.
During the visit, Leanne, Brodie and Alex took turns verifying the sustainable and safety aspects of Passions’ daily operations, from first aid and risk management, to environmental practice and information sessions. The goal of the site visit was to ensure that key aspects of Passions’ operations adhered to ISV’s commitment to sustainable development and conservation initiatives when travelling through countries. We are pleased to say that Passions did not disappoint, and despite some less-than-cooperative weather, the visit provided ISV with a great insight as to how Passions of Paradise operates an ecologically sustainable and environmentally responsible marine tourism product. We look forward to hosting these groups, and invite anyone else think of taking groups of any size, from 8 to 80, to come and see why Passions of Paradise really is the leader in sustainable reef tourism.
Remember: We have one reef, let’s take care of it!