Social Impact & Code of Conduct
Smokey Tours hopes to bring societal change in our communities, either small or on a much larger scale. It is a huge goal, and we work in small steps. It is not easy, and sometimes things go smoothly, sometimes not at all.
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Smokey Tours' Social Impact is achieved in three ways, through:
Our Tour Leaders- We empower, train and give livelihood to people from impoverished areas to give safe and eye-opening tours for everyone. Our Tour Leaders are an example in their communities; they learn, learn to take the lead and help others who want to help themselves.
Our Guests - We aim to raise awareness about social issues and to bridge the gap between people from different backgrounds. Our slum tour in particular gives our visitors a chance to experience something unique. We hope to plant a seed in their conscience so that they think about the world and about helping out.
Our Communities - We use 100 % of the profits of the Slum Tour to improve the living conditions in underprivileged communities. We work toward the goal that our communities are equipped and empowered to create social change for themselves and others. We want to empower them and to help them to help themselves, so that they may learn to stand independently.
Our Slum Tour Community in Baseco
Smokey Tours aims to improve the living conditions in Baseco’s almost unreachable areas. In 2017 we have opened a Health Center In Aplaya. Aplaya is the part of Baseco that hardly receives any help from NGO’s because of its remote and isolated location. The Health Center has been open 6 days a week and it is a place where individuals and/or families can go to check on their physical and mental well being, for medical consultation and treatment and/or to obtain medicines - if necessary. The conditions of the people of Baseco by treating diseases or illnesses and providing them with clean water, are a little better. The local Health Workers are also visiting the community to check and help the weak and sick people.
In 2018 we will focus more on Health Projects and empowering and educating people. We have a group of 50 pregnant ladies, who will be getting additional vitamins, assistance of a midwife and proper guiding in Nutrition and Breastfeeding.
For more information about our vision on Social Impact; check out our Special Social Impact Newsletter!
Code of Conduct
Smokey Tours is part of World Experience Philippines, which is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that trains and develops talents of people from underprivileged communities to run eye-opening tours around Metro Manila. Smokey Tours offers a special experience that is not just bricks and mortar tours. Smokey Tours is a project of World Experience Philippines, Corp. which is a registered NGO in the Philippines. The goal of World Experience Philippines is to share skills, experience and knowledge.
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Smokey Tours is focusing on several ethical aspects described in the points below.
Smokey Tours wants to raise awareness about social issues and concerns and at the same time inspire individuals about societal change by bridging the gap between people from different backgrounds by becoming agents of positive change.
Smokey Tours works with partners that have a focus on sustainable tourism within their own organization and are concentrated on responsible traveling. In this way the economic value stays within the communities and local areas which are in line with resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change.
Tour leaders are from the areas that Smokey Tours operates in; this has a positive effect on Talent Development and Livelihood in these areas. This together with the projects supported by Smokey Tours has positive economic impact for the underprivileged communities in Metro Manila because of the use of local facilities as restaurants, shops and accommodations. Effort is put into Talent Development and the Livelihood through social inclusiveness and by supporting financial resilience. The Tour leaders are trained and receive knowledge, regarding English proficiency, cultural awareness, self-confidence, appearance, problem solving and geography. Training modules and tour notes are provided and coaching and guidance is given to provide staff with the support they need.
Smokey Tours promotes Talent Development in the areas of the underprivileged. Together with Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) projects are done that stimulate the use of the resources and livelihood in the area. In this way these areas are becoming more resource efficient and are helping to protect the environment.
100% of the profit from the Slum Tour is given back to the community to reduce the poverty in these areas. One of the main objectives is to support the local economy by to developing skills.
The t-shirts from Smokey Tours are from organic cotton to minimize the impact on the environment.
In the office of Smokey Tours, all paper that is printed is 2 sided and again used as scrap paper. Garbage is separated and recycled as much as possible and single use items are not used in the office.
Staff and guests will not use any plastic cups but will use mugs and glasses which are second hand or made and bought locally.
The office is located in Ali Mal Metro Manila without individual use of air conditioning.
Office staff is responsible for turning off the equipment, lights and other appliances after their office day.
Smokey Tours informs and explains to the guests what to wear during the tour(s), what to expect and how to act within the areas of the tours for a mutual understanding of the cultural differences and for security and peace of the residences of the areas from the tours.
A water refilling station has opened in the PRRC, to minimize waste.