Explora brings together a select group of experienced coaches, guides and leaders that deliver trips, expeditions, social paddles and workshops. We strive to design unique experiences that will will develop your skills and connect you with new friends and nature. We go to beautiful parts of the world and work with local people to help develop their businesses and communities.
Explora is a Community Interest Company and as such is focused in delivering projects that improve communities through our Paddle4Change mindset.
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What we do
Paddle4Change is a mindset programme that illustrate that we have concern for our environment and the communities that host us all over the world. The programme ranges from plastic picking in the ocean and doing one-time use plastic awareness campaigns, to contributing for free to the training & assessment of sea kayak guides in countries far, far away!
The one thing we all have in common is our passion for nature and helping people develop their talents and skills. We enjoy bringing people to the outdoors in a safe and responsible manner. All our coaches are qualified and have years of experience providing courses and expeditions.
We organise kayaking courses, weekend trips, day trips and long expeditions to beautiful places all over the world. We welcome participants of all levels and are keen to provide an open and inclusive atmosphere on all our activities.
We are social and work through meetup, facebook and twitter.
OUR TRAVEL POLICY
Explora Expeditions delivers kayaking courses, trips and expeditions to beautiful parts of the world using fully qualified and experienced guides and coaches. We work with all levels of kayakers from beginner to advanced and our aim is to develop beginners into competent kayakers so they can enjoy unique environments in which we work with local communities to help their development.
As an Explora participant, you will develop your skills, make new friends on our network of paddlers, meet and interact with local people, get an experience removed from the tourists trails and you will kayak in special and unspoilt places.
PADDLE4CHANGE is the description of our mindset and the program we run where we work. The program emcompasses from environment activities such as plastic picking and beach clean ups, to rubbish disposal strategies in remote areas. We also support local development and both organise and sponsor training in the UK for local guides. We also support the business of remote communities to help them in their road to success.
In all our trips we make sure we are supporting the local communities and their business by using local guides, renting equipment from small local businesses, staying in local family hotels, using family restaurants and we generally, shop, eat and hire locally whenever possible.
In Greece, we use local guides and organise and sponsor training in the UK, so they can top up their qualifications and increase their job opportunities.
In Greenland we are working with an Inuit family run business set in a remote village of 24 people. We hope that our contribution to their business will help them succeed and stay in their community, keep their children in the local school and, in future, employ other people from the village. In Greenland many people are moving away from their traditions, but this family is keen to keep them alive and keeps a pack of 18 Greenland dogs for their sleds. Therefore, in winter, they are training their dogs, fishing and travelling the traditional way.
In all our trips we offer the opportunity to visit isolated family business. For example in Greenland, we go to a traditional Inuit Restaurant set in a tiny remote community and in Greece we stop in small tavernas and villages that are only accessible by sea. This brings the associated economic benefits.
Aside from supporting and sponsoring the development of kayak guides, we also recommend that our participants make a contribution to a polar bear charity if hey are going to Greenland and, if to Greece, we will soon add a Monk Seal charity operating in the Mediterranean.
Leaflets and trip information is only available online and we do not use printed materials to promote our activities. All our marketing is paper-free.
In our office, all our documentation is digital and we do not use printed paper. Our client forms are sent online and we receive them back via email.
During our tours in Greece, lunches are bought from the local bakery or prepared freshly in the beach from local produce such as brown soda bread, olive oil, tomatoes, peppers, olives and feta cheese by our guides. Therefore, we do not use commercial packaging. For our Greenland trip, where we explore very remote areas without human habitation, we prepare and dehydrate some foods in UK which are then packed to minimise rubbish. Other foods are bought in the local shops and we have a rubbish disposal strategy that is geared to minimise impact and pollution.
Unfortunately, in Greece, many people are not as aware of environmental issues. Therefore, we aim not only to raise awareness of the impact of certain behaviours but also to present some alternatives. For example, the use of plastic straws is very wide spread. We bring paper straws as well as thick pasta to drink our coffees and fresh juices! Many hotels will also change the towels and bedsheets almost on a daily basis. We ask our participants to tell the hotel owners they do not want their linens and towels changed with such frequency but only on request. This will help hotel owners understand that the service they provide can be improved and they can save money too.
As some of our trips take place in some very sensitive remote environments, we provide pre-trip training for our participants on human and general waste management, keeping the body and the clothes clean without polluting the environment and how to minimise the impact of trekking in areas with delicate flora.
In Greece, there is a very large issue with plastic water bottles as at present, there is no alternative drinking water in the islands we visit. We are constantly looking for a solution and have made the island authorities aware of our and our participants’ concerns. This gentle pressure can help bring change and the authorities are in negotiations with central government for a better water system.
We visit culturally varied places that may seem very different to UK visitors. Therefore, we produce a cultural pamphlet for our participants, going over some of the basics, such as how visiting Greenland and making a point of whale watching can help the Inuit preserve the whale rather than hunt it. Or why Greeks appear not to have the same rules for things as in the UK.
Greenland also has a sensitive history with colonialism and native people. Additionally, the traditional Inuit way of life is quite alien to most westners so we produce a cultural guide to the Inuit in Greenland.
In 2018, we have started a program of skills development with local guides in Greece. The program is based in the UK and guides will train and obtain UK standard qualifications. This will enable them to access more work opportunities. We will extend this program to Greenland in 2020 where the expedition leader will spend some days training and assessing local guides to give them qualifications.
Adriana Eyzaguirre: Linkedin Profile