Since 2006, Selective Asia has been directly investing in the lives and lands of the communities and regions we operate within. We support the retention and promotion of local cultures, and work alongside organisations that we believe are bettering the lives of the people, wildlife and environment in our destinations.
It is our firm belief that by bringing our clients to Asia, we are duty-bound to promote good travel practices, and we do everything within our power to ensure that the communities we love to travel amongst are flourishing.
As a tour operator specialising in Asia we are committed to donating a percentage of profits to charitable foundations and organisations within Asia and to fund initiatives we arrange ourselves.
With so many worthwhile charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) operating throughout Asia, selecting those to work with is never an easy task and it’s an area that is always under review.
The case studies set out below are projects and organisations that we have worked with for a number of years, however we're always looking out for new ways to help. Our charity initiative lets us donate our own funds, and provides a suitable structure for clients who wish to contribute safely towards truly worthwhile causes.
Lone Buffalo (LB) are an inspirational community project based in Phonsavan (Laos) dedicated to improving opportunities for young people from rural backgrounds through their free English tuition, sport and creative skills programmes. Besides the excellent work done in the classroom, LB also operate an acclaimed football coaching programme and have branched out into film-making, offering students fun, diverse opportunities to develop.
The project was co-founded by Mark Steadman, a former Wanderlust Guide of the Year, who lives in Phonsavan and leads the occasional Limited Edition Laos tour for us.
Selective Asia proudly sponsor Class 3C and have been avidly following each intakes development (like a proud parent!) since 2015. Students, who are in their early teens. We don’t get to personally visit the project as often as we’d like, however many of our clients who travel to Phonsavan stop by the English Development Centre and witness first-hand the extraordinary work taking place there.
Watch a short video introducing the project presented by Mark, Introducing Lone Buffalo and filmed in part by students, and be sure to check out their website at www.lonebuffalo.org. You can also view their excellent 2021 impact report
Every day, around 12 people are killed or suffer horrific injuries because of landmines and other explosive weapons. These weapons are indiscriminate killers during and after conflict. They don't obey ceasefire agreements. MAG's vision is a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed violence and conflict. Working in over 20 countries, many in the Asian region, since 1989; MAG are saving lives and building safe futures by reclaiming land contaminated with the remnants of conflict and finding ways to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians.
In early 2022, Selective Asia were proud to partner with MAG to help launch their Unlock the Land appeal, raising the funds required to allow their teams in Vangkhom, Laos to clear thousands of unexploded bombs which have laid buried since the 1960s, each one capable of taking a life.
Ahead of the launch spoke Nick Rebecca Letven, Country Director, MAG Laos. They spoke about the challenges on the ground, the current appeal’s focus, the impact that the pandemic has had on their work, and how tourism can help. You can watch their conversation here.