Asian tour operator adds sustainable development goals into educational trips

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Ground Asia has integrated 14 out of 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) into its 50 student travel and community engagement experiences in six Asian countries.

For example, the Rural Business Development Study trip in Cambodia supports goals 1, 8, 9, 10, 11: poverty alleviation; decent work and economic growth; industry innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; and sustainable cities and communities.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Physiotherapy in Vietnam student journey supports goal 3: good health and well-being.

Mangrove Protection in Bali supports goals 11 to 15: sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; and so on.

In the new SDG affiliation, Ground Asia also identifies learning outcomes that students can expect from each trip.

Lauren Groves, general manager of the Thailand-based company, said: “The UN SDGs are not going to be achieved without the efforts of many individuals, companies, NGOs, and civic organisations around the world. So, as Ground Asia is dedicated to the triple bottom line, we are doing what makes sense and committing to a wider, more noble set of goals through educational travel.”

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