Doing Right By You
We aim to promote the cross-cultural aspect of all our trips and we encourage all challenge participants to take an active interest in the well-being of the dedicated staff who support them during their time overseas. Whilst preparing our participants for their challenges, we stress the importance of leaving each destination as you found it, supporting the local economy by purchasing locally-made crafts, and treating local people, environments and wildlife with utmost respect. In order to uphold our high ethical standards, we have sought accreditations from a number of relevant charities and schemes.
Ethics isn’t just about being ethical in the countries in which we run challenges but also being ethical in the way we sell our own tours.
ABTA is the UK’s largest travel association, representing both travel agents and tour operators that sell over $48 Billion worth of holidays and other travel arrangements each year.
ABTA accredited tour operators such as ourselves abide by the ABTA Code of Conduct, which governs areas such as accurate advertising, fair terms of trading, changes to bookings and managing customer complaints.
The ABTA membership number for RW Travel & Events Ltd (of which Choose a Challenge is a trading name) is Y6303.
As well as accrediting our operations and holding us to the highest industry standards, ATBA also provides expert help and advice for holiday makers, working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and with destinations all over the world to provide around-the-clock expert advice in a crisis.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Beyond this accreditation we also recognize that the student market is a unique market. As such we have an incredibly generous and industry leading 72-hour refund period and are as flexible as possible in allowing deviations in trip set ups. Similarly our adjustable pricing timetable is designed to fit the student budget and based on feedback from thousands of climbers who have gone before you.
Tourism Concern is a charity (registered charity no. 1064020) who works to accredit those organizations who work to benefit local people in their destinations, to expose and campaign against human rights abuses in the tourism industry.
We have been a proud member of Tourism Concern’s Ethical Tour Operator Group since 2009.
We've taken the TAP pledge to help our participants commit to reducing and avoiding using single-use plastics whilst traveling on each of our trips.
Across our treks, water provided will almost always be purified by your support team, from rivers and streams alongside the trail. Where this isn't possible, we encourage our participants to bring purifying kits or bottles with them (This is listed in your kit list, found in your Challenge Briefing Pack).
With regard to reusable bottles, in-country and in our UK and US offices, our team is committed to a low-plastic future. We do a huge amount of domestic and international travel ourselves, and we each use our own reusable bottles both at home and while traveling. We encourage you to do the same!
Ethical Travel Group
The other accolade we wish to highlight is our 4th consecutive year being featured in the ethical travel guide.
On top of this, we are a well respected vendor and sponsor of a variety of student fundraising conferences including a gold sponsor at the national RAG awards, proud winner of the student fundraising award and a two-time silver sponsor of the North Eastern Greek Leadership Association conference.
A final note
Each year, we review our challenges to ensure they meet the high ethical standards we expect, as well as keeping up with the practices and legislation within our destination countries. We encourage our participants to partake in responsible tourist practices - both in general, and specific to their destination country - and guidelines for this are given in the Briefing Pack for each challenge.
On top of our own accreditations our suppliers in country boast an incredible amount of in-country qualifications, memberships, awards and accolades. Including but not limited to; LATA, APTAE, Atlas, 1% for the Planet, Adventure Travel Trade Associates Membership, Institute of Fundraising, Certified B Corps, MKPS, The International Ecotourism Society, TAAN etc.