All Out Africa

All Out Africa

Lobamba, Swaziland
Project Summary
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All Out Africa has an operating company with three divisions:

* a projects division aimed at providing working holiday, gap-year and career break experiences;
* an expeditions division aimed at providing guided wildlife, adventure and cultural tour experiences; and
* a lodges division aimed at providing inspirational accommodation experiences.

Our social projects tackle education and care needs for orphans and vulnerable children in schools, care centres and orphanages.

About You
Contact Information
Title

Mr

First name

Kim

Last name

Roques

Your job title

Founder

Name of your organization

All Out Africa

Organization type

NGO

Annual budget/currency

see attached program budget

Mailing address

PO box 153 Lobamba

Telephone number

268-5504951

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Street Address

PO Box 153

City

Lobamba

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Geotourism Challenge Addressed by Entrant

Quality of benefit to residents for the destination .

Organization size

Small (1 to 100 employees)

Indicate sector in which you principally work

Conservation/Preservation organization

Year innovation began

2004

Indicate sector in which you principally work

Living culture, Nature, Indigenous people, Education, General tourism, General destination stewardship/management.

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Innovation
What is the goal of your innovation? Please describe in one sentence the kind of impact, change, or reform your approach is intended to achieve.

"To engage people from around the world in the research and action necessary for a sustainable Africa ."

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All Out Africa has an operating company with three divisions:

* a projects division aimed at providing working holiday, gap-year and career break experiences;
* an expeditions division aimed at providing guided wildlife, adventure and cultural tour experiences; and
* a lodges division aimed at providing inspirational accommodation experiences.

Our social projects tackle education and care needs for orphans and vulnerable children in schools, care centres and orphanages.

Explain in detail why your approach is innovative

We develop Projects that uphold our mission and we offer the experience of joining these projects to people from around the world (gap-year students, career break volunteers, working holiday travelers and researchers) as a means of supporting them. We are involved in both conservation and social projects. Our conservation projects tackle both ecosystem and species level conservation issues within National Parks, Nature Reserves, Marine Reserves and areas of important biodiversity. Our social projects tackle education and care needs for orphans and vulnerable children in schools, care centres and orphanages. Both our conservation and social projects include hands-on action and research. We have a Research Unit which in addition to coordinating our research projects, offers advisory services in line with our mission.

Impact
Describe the degree of success you have had to date. How do you measure, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the impact on sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How has it transformed or contributed to the power of place or demonstrated the sustainability of tourism? How does your approach minimize negative impacts?

We currently operate in Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique. All Out Africa comprises an operating company which focuses on providing responsible travel experiences and a non-profit foundation which focuses on managing social and environmental projects.

The non-profit foundation has three sections:

* a research unit aimed at carrying out field research projects;
* a wildlife fund aimed at developing and managing projects to benefit threatened wildlife ; and
* a children's fund aimed at developing and managing projects to benefit vulnerable children.

We have focused effort on managing projects that meet the needs of the most vulnerable people and wildlife and without doubt the key to All Out Africa's success is that we have been able to do this effectively whilst offering a fantastic experience to people who have joined our program.

Orphan Care , Swaziland - We facilitated donation of R200,000.

In what ways are local residents actively involved in your work, including participation and community input? How has the community responded to or benefited from your approach?

Orphan Care

The Orphan Care Project aims to assist these vulnerable children in a number of different ways, to construct basic shelters, gardens, water systems and other physical structures needed at care centres and child-headed households. The project also supports the children through this process by transferring skills, providing basic education and helping to care for them. The project also involves investigating and researching into the areas that need help and raising general and community awareness of the children and their needs.

How does your program promote traveler enthusiasm, satisfaction, and engagement with the locale?

All Out Africa staff is comprised of native people from the communities we serve that work in diverse capacities. Our volunteer and project coordinator positions are shared "co-coordinator" positions that partner a native from the locale with a person from abroad. These teams plan, support and expedite projects using a shared expertise and knowledge. This further expands traveler experiences as they learn value and culture from those most impacted.

Describe how your work helps travelers and local residents better understand the value of the area's cultural and natural heritage, and educates them on local environmental issues.

Our volunteers have the opportunity to assist local care-givers and teachers to teach, care for and nurture these underprivileged children impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Projects involves working at a various sites within communities around Swaziland. Needs are identified on an on-going basis and projects planned accordingly. Some activities take place at community care centres others at the homes of needy families. Volunteers also help do the hands-on building work for small infrastructure projects under the guidance of our staff or building foreman. All work is with with local community representatives where all are encouraged to develop and share skills in a cross cultural exchange with far reaching benefits.

Sustainability
How is your initiative currently financed? If available, provide information on your finances and organization that could help others. Please list: Annual budget, annual revenue generated, size of part-time, full-time and volunteer staff.

The All Out Africa Foundation has received and successfully managed the following donations for this year:

* R256,000 from the European Union for year 2 of the Ecorat research project
* R82,800 from past volunteers and friends of All Out for various specific community projects , this includes support for 60 orphaned or vulnerable children to attend school through our child sponsorship programme.
* R55,000 from the British Ecological Society for the marabou research project.
* R35,000 from Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation for the Bat radio tracking research project.
* R9,700 from past volunteers and friends of All Out for various specific conservation projects .
* R8,000 from Boost for sports development.

Children's fund and Wildlife fund were started using a portion of the joining fees for All Out Volunteers. The Children's Fund spent R5,500 on community projects and the balance of invested funds is currently R15,200. The Wildlife Fund spent R8,200 on wildlife projects and the balance of invested funds is currently R24,000.
We have 13 full time staff.

Is your initiative financially and organizationally sustainable? If not, what is required to make it so? Is there a potential demand for your innovation?

All Out Africa has been a sustainable organization that has experienced program gorwth and expansion since 2004. Being the only such organization in Swaziland to combine social projects with wildlife conservation we draw the benefits of attracting individulas with diverse interests and talents. This model is a excellent vehicle for increasing awareness and action in small countries that do not gain the media attention and development support from countries and continents beyond Africa.

What are the main barriers you encounter in managing, implementing, or replicating your innovation? What barriers keep your program from having greater impact?

The current world economy poses barriers for maintaining and expanding our volunteer/tourism base. Marketing and technology is sometimes challenging from our remote location as the country struggles with expanding infrastruture with the current economy.

What is your plan to expand or further develop your approach? Please indicate where/how you would like to grow or enhance your innovation, or have others do so.

We joined the directory gapyear.com and started a google adwords campaign in an effort to become more visible to the Western world. We've also expanded marketing to 9 contacts abroad. We seek to continue this marketing and development effort to expand programming.

The Story
What is the origin of your innovation? Tell the Changemakers and media communities what prompted you to start this initiative.

Kim Roques - "My Dad dedicated his life to rural development work and having grown up in rural Swaziland I've always been keep to help improve the quality of life of people in Africa. But my love for wildlife and the outdoors lead me to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. The idea behind All Out Africa developed during my eight years of working in the field of wildlife conservation and rural development up until 2004 during which I worked for Government conservation authorities and international donors. And the idea was simple - to be the link between:

* people with resources who want to experience Africa and get involved in helping;
* and people or wildlife in need of help."

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Kim is an ecologist and project and organizational manager with an MSc in Conservation & Applied Ecology. He has an intimate knowledge of southern Africa, its biodiversity and its people. During the past decade he has initiated a number of conservation and rural development projects in southern Africa. He has managed a National Park, led a wildlife research department and published papers in a number of regional and international journals. He has also managed a Global Environment Facility and World Bank funded conservation and rural development program.

Describe some unique tourist experiences that your approach provides. Be specific; give illustrative examples.

Cape Town, South Africa- Child Care:

* underprivileged children
* township creches
* care centres & education
* basic english and math
* play activities
* life skill development
* outings
* games & sports days
Whaleshark Conservation in Mozambique:
*whaleshark snorkeling
*coral reef scuba diving
*turtle nest beach patrols
*manta ray scuba diving
*marine research & conservation

African Savanna Conservation:
*rhino & elephant
*bats & raptors
*tortoises & snakes
*field research
*radio tracking
*conservation
* game & fence patrols
* big 4 National Park

Mozambique

* dolphin snorkeling
* coral reef scuba diving
* turtle nest beach patrols
* marine research & conservation

Ezulwini, Swaziland
Orphan Care Ezulini, Swaziland
* orphans
* vulnerable children
* care centers
* education
* basic english and maths
* adult care and support
* feeding programs
* life skill development
* games and outings
Ezulwini, Swaziland

* homes and shelters
* child-headed households & needy families
* traditional building methods
* community gardens
* fencing & water projects
* mud bricks
* life skill development

Swaziland and South Africa

* tracking
* guiding
* bush survival
* navigating
* shooting & 4x4 driving
* identification
* sights & sounds
* birds, mammals & reptiles
* big game
* trees & grasses
* ecology

What types of partnerships or professional development would be most beneficial in spreading your innovation?

The All Out Africa Research Unit has published 6 scientific papers in international journals in the past year and offers free services to our partner organisations. We wish to continue to advance scientific research in the biodiversity of Southern Africa as well as expand marketing and volunteer recruitment relationships for project sustainability. Partnerships and resources that offer expanded technology, marketing and foundation development would be most beneficial for program growth and sustainability.