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Bench turns 45 and celebrates with volunteering venture

February 10, 2014 Corporate, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Leading African safari operator Bench International has celebrated its 45th anniversary by introducing a program of volunteering projects to expand the range of activities in which clients can indulge. Participants will be able to give something back to Africa, all well as enjoying the many delights of that continent.

Bench general manager Martin Edwards told a 45th anniversary lunch in Sydney that Bench would introduce the program this year, arranged in conjunction with well-known operator, Camps International in London.

Bench team in Sydney at company's 45th anniversary, with founder Charles Bench at centre

Bench team in Sydney at company’s 45th anniversary, with founder Charles Bench at centre

Edwards said Bench continued to work very closely with the retail trade. It offered passionate reservation teams who loved Africa. The reservation team had increased in size.

The range of programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda would enable people of all ages to become personally involved with human welfare and Africa’s unique wildlife research and support programs, Edwards said.

Camps International, widely recognised as a leader in its field, has been operating in a number of countries since 2002.

Bench will offer ethical tourism program for three groups of people: 7-18 year olds on fully-supported school expeditions;18-25 year olds looking for gap-year activities between educational plans; and individuals older than 26 and family groups.

Participants will be able to join volunteering holidays ranging in length from two weeks to three months.

Since its foundation in 2002, Camps International has been involved with projects supporting more than 35,000 people. It has built 30 schools, protected more than 50,000 hectares of the environment and planted 650,000 trees.

Camps International’s philanthropic activities also provide participants with new skills, increased confidence, improved social skills and a rewarding sense of achievement.

The value for money is excellent. Edwards told his audience that he had been looking through old brochures to obtain some cover shots for the 45th anniversary celebration. They harked back to the days when you could fly Sydney/Harare on Qantas, he said, but the big difference was in value and prices.

“It is so much cheaper today,” he said.

Written by Peter Needham

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