Wildland Adventures was founded on the principle that culturally and environmentally responsible travel can be a powerful force for change. Tourism should contribute to conservation and benefit local communities. The Travelers Conservation Trust (TCT) was founded in 1986 by Kurt Kutay as a non-profit, affiliate program of Wildland Adventures to foster means by which our travelers can support local conservation initiatives and small-scale community development projects. By forming and strengthening links between environmentally conscientious travelers and host-country grassroots conservation groups, together we can preserve natural areas and cultural heritage. This link between adventure travel, conservation and sustainable development enhances your vacation experience by creating more meaningful and authentic cultural encounters through learning, sharing and giving something back.
Wildland travelers who visit Myanmar will have the opportunity to support our local efforts building water wells for the local communities in Bagan. Bagan is best known for the thousands of exquisite ancient temples dotting its countryside. What travelers may not know is that Bagan is located in the heart of Myanmar's dry zone which has struggled with severe drought for all of its recorded history. Thirty four percent of Myanmar's population resides in this dry area, covering about 55,000 square kilometers. Finding viable water is a constant struggle. Some villagers regularly have to travel several hours just to find water for their families. Although the Myanmar government tries to provide water delivery, there is still a widespread lack of water and people are dying from preventable illnesses.
The best source of drinking water in Bagan is located very deep below ground, about 600-700 feet deep. Generous contributions to this cause help raise the $1,700-2,000 needed to drill a well and build a storage basin and install pumping equipment in these remote villages. Through the generous contributions from previous travelers, three wells (and counting) have already been built in these remote villages just since the start of 2015.