Giving Back ... to People
For the past 18 years we have been passionate about helping people get away on the ski trip of their dreams. Closer to home, we've been looking for a way to give something back.
We wanted to get more people out on the mountain and participating in snowsports, particularly if they may not have had the opportunity to do so before. We found Snow Camp!
Snow-Camp is an innovative youth charity that uses a unique combination of skiing, snowboarding and life-skills programmes to support inner-city young people.
Through a combination of snowsports and life-skills, their programmes enable young people to grow in confidence and self esteem, develop as individuals and make positive choices for their lives.
Snow-Camp programmes also enable young people to reflect on the key issues impacting their day to day lives, and help them develop new skills to support their futures – particularly towards careers in the snowsports industry.
The charity has grown steadily from 2003 and now works with at least 400 young people each year across 12 London Boroughs. Their vision is to expand Snow-Camp to other cities across the UK and bring the success of their approach to benefit many more inner-city young people.
How we're supporting Snow-Camp
We support young people in their journey through Snow-Camp's full programme over one life changing year. The bursary takes a young person from first accessing skiing or snowboarding on one of our introduction courses, all the way through to a qualified level 1 Snowsport England ski or snowboard instructor.
Meet Deana, Tyler and Jeremiah:
Deana Irwin, 16, Camden (teaching, right).
"Wow I am so happy to have passed my Level 1 Snowboard Instructor Qualification! Thanks to everyone at Ski Safari for supporting me to get through Snow-Camp, it really has changed my outlook on life and now I really want to apply for the Snow-Camp Apprenticeship so that I can use my new skills to instruct others at Snow-Camp and hopefully one day get a job in the snow industry. Thank you!"
"I was really nervous about the live teaching weekend, as I was instructing people I had never met before but once I got into it, it was great fun. Thanks again Ski Safari for believing in me to get this far."
Tyler McBride, 16, Redbridge.
"The opportunity your company has given me to advance in my snowboarding career towards becoming an instructor, is unlike any other opportunity I have been given before. Without your funds I would not be able to be in this position with Snow-Camp. Today, down to your input I was able to progress in my boarding skills to make the next level and make it down the slope without falling! Thank you."
Jeremiah, 15, Lewisham.
"I just wanted to say thanks for giving me such a unique opportunity. Not many people get chances like this and I want to let you know that I am very grateful. So far, I have been making great progress in terms of my snowboarding all thanks to you guys! Thank you."
We will be supporting Snow-Camp's fundraising efforts which include a variety of exciting challenges from cycling to marathon running, from trekking the UK's 3 highest peaks to skiing or snowboarding a total of 150km over 2 days, plus many more! We will keep you posted of upcomimg events...
Snow-Camp (and Jeremiah!) on BBC Breakfast on 2 January 2013:
Giving Back .... to the Environment
Ski Safari has recently donated £5000 World Land Trust during their Borneo Rainforest Appeal. As part of their 'Big Match' appeal, every donation was matched by generous benefactors meaning a £10,000 contribution in total.
At Ski Safari we all love skiing in Europe, North America and Japan and our team has the enviable job of making that happen for our customers, and of course getting to sample it for ourselves! We are not, however, oblivious to the fact that our trips do have an impact on the environment and that carbon emissions are inherent in the overseas travel that we facilitate. To this end we wanted to make a contribution that would enable us 'give back' to the environment.
When the opportunity arose to get involved with the World Land Trust's Borneo Rainforest Appeal in October, we were delighted to get on board. Not only because we could see that the appeal was to preserve a fragile jungle environment, thereby providing a 'carbon offset' benefit, but also from a personal angle, James our North American project manager and environmental specialist, is very familiar with this area having travelled there in 2011.
About the Borneo Rainforest Project ...
The rainforest in Sabah, northern Borneo, has been decimated by logging and the development of huge palm oil plantations. The area alongside the Kinabatangan river is a particularly rich habitat for endangered species such as the Orang-utan, Bornean Gibbon and Proboscis Monkey to name a few. The critical issue with the continually encroaching palm plantations is that it is leaving islands of forest through which the animals cannot migrate. Migration is imperative for wildlife survival and the World Land Trust aims to purchase and preserve areas of this rainforest to establish permanent migration corridors before it's too late.
The appeal still needs to raise £275,000 to reach their overall goal of £1,000,000 and save all the land identified in the big appeal. If you're interested in finding out more about the project, please either contact James -
firstname.lastname@example.org - or the World Land Trust direct -
Latest update on the Borneo Rainforest Project.
Please visit the World Land Trust website to find out more about the wonderful conservation work that the trust is doing across the globe.