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STA Travel' Social Responsibility

Yes to exploring, no to exploiting

Over the last four decades, we've helped millions of travellers explore the planet, watching them return with a greater sense of the world we share.

Today, we recognise more than ever that with these great adventures, comes an even greater responsibility. Travel has the power to change how we think, to break down boundaries and to leave a positive imprint on communities. As a company, we're making a stand for what we believe in. And as travellers, we encourage you to do the same.

Your trip can help us change lives. Donate with your booking to our global teen cancer collaboration and say no to adventures that exploit animals.

Making a STAnd: CHOC Teen Cancer Project

We help millions of travellers explore the world each year, yet for thousands of young people, their worlds are turned upside down by cancer. In 2018, STA Travel formed a fundraising partnership with CHOC to help support young people living with cancer. You can help us reach our goal by adding R50 or more to your booking. Find out what we've been doing and how your trip can help.
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Making a STAnd: Animal Welfare

We were one of the first travel companies to make a STAnd on animal welfare. So far, we have excluded over 4,000 of our suppliers’ tours and activities, including elephant riding, Pamplona Running of the Bulls and Tiger Temple Thailand. We work closely with ABTA and their Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism, to ensure the animals in activities we promote are properly cared for.
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Making a STAnd: Customer Safety

We've been trusted by travellers for almost 40 years, and we take that trust seriously. We operate a comprehensive policy to promote the good health and safety of our travellers abroad, only working with reputable operators who meet our high standards. We're constantly on the road assessing our operations, withdrawing any products where the safety of our customers is compromised.

Making a STAnd: Volunteering

We love that our travellers want to give back on their trips. But unfortunately, volunteer projects can often be mismanaged, exploiting communities for profit rather than helping them. We believe that volunteering should have a lasting and positive impact, meeting both the local needs of communities and the desires of travellers to make a worthwhile contribution. View our code of conduct below.
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Making a STAnd: Anti-slavery

We are proud to be the world's largest student and youth travel company. As industry leaders, we are committed to ensuring that all our employees, guides and instructors are fairly treated in their workplace (whether that be 17,000 feet above ground in Nepal, or beneath the ocean's surface in Belize) and that the suppliers we work with are free from slavery and human trafficking.
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