EF’s commitment to responsible travel

At EF Educational Tours, we believe that travel should help make the world better—now and for years to come. Our EF Responsible Travel initiatives focus on three commitments: to support local communities, promote animal welfare, and protect the environment. Each of these helps us work toward sustainability and fulfill our mission of Opening the World Through Education.

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Supporting local communities

Travel has always been about more than “seeing a place.” It’s also about providing sustained economic, social, and environmental benefits to the communities that you visit when you travel with us.

Women talking in traditional clothing

Lifelong learning


Your EF travel experience directly supports local businesses and livelihoods, and along the way, you’ll learn about the importance of local customs and production.

Experience it on tour: Learn about local agriculture and taste native products during a visit to a Buffalo mozzarella farm on Cuisine & Culture in Northern Italy.

Cultural immersion


We collaborate with the communities in which we live, travel, and work to preserve local cultures and encourage sustainability.

Experience it on tour: Learn about Kanazawa’s traditional handicrafts and make your own gold-leaf chopsticks on Experience Japan.

A movement for good


We seek to make a long-term impact, focusing on regenerative solutions that benefit communities long after you depart a destination.

Experience it on tour: Help design and plant family gardens on Exploring Art, Culture, and Service in Peru.


Promoting animal welfare

Truly experiencing a destination should not mean harming the animals that call it home. We’re committed to taking care of our furry, fuzzy, and scaly friends.

Tour group in wildnerness with koala

Celebrating wildlife


At EF, we're proud to work with the non-profit organization World Animal Protection to implement animal welfare guidelines throughout all our travel programs worldwide.

Experience it on tour: Take a boat ride around Monkey Island to learn about the variety of monkey species that live there on Discover Panama.

Improving lives of animals


Rescue and conservancy visits not only fund organizations creating positive change, but also allow us to learn about vulnerable animal populations.

Experience it on tour: Help maintain a local elephant sanctuary (and say “Hi!” to the gentle giants) on Culture & Service in Thailand.

Observing with respect


When we’re out exploring our world on safaris, cruises, and in national parks, we’re there to watch—never disrupt—animals in their natural habitat.

Experience it on tour: Experience it on tour: Participate in a field-based survey of wild koalas on Reef Regeneration and Conservation Down Under.


Protecting the environment

We’re taking steps toward sustainability by embracing eco-friendly practices that are kind to our planet and reduce our carbon footprint. Our tours include experiences that get you out in nature learning about traditional land use, conservation efforts, the protection of iconic sites, and more.




Putting the planet first


We work with local suppliers that promote eco-friendly practices—from reducing waste and recycling, to being mindful of our energy use and choosing locally-sourced ingredients.

Experience it on tour: Help preserve marine life as you participate in a mangrove restoration project on Marine Conservation in the Dominican Republic.

Supporting conservation


Appreciation and preservation go hand in hand. We prioritize the health of our environment by providing no-impact tourism in fragile ecosystems and learning opportunities at protected sites.

Experience it on tour: Visit the Manatee Lagoon to learn about wildlife conservation and manatee rehabilitation on Florida: An Ecology Adventure.

Going green


With our Hello Zero initiative, we’re committed to being carbon negative, with the goal of removing all the carbon we’ve ever emitted since our founding in 1965. To begin, we partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to plant three million trees in Kenya, Madagascar, and Mozambique last year.

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How you can be a responsible traveller

Travel is one of the most powerful educational tools we have. Let’s keep it that way. Working toward a better and more sustainable future for the destinations we visit is the only way to make travel accessible to all for decades to come. To help, we’ve put together a set of guidelines that we ask all our travellers follow.

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