About enodo
 
enodo our creed 
Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:

• Journey with an open mind and gentle heart

• Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter

• Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life

• Appreciate all cultures I discover

• Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome

• Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet

• Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,

• By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace


Our responsibility

Enodo Adventures observes a policy of responsible tourism. Our aim is to build understanding, appreciation and conservation of the cultures and environments where we operate. We conduct our tours in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and are committed to working with our participants and local contacts to create real economic and other benefits for the host communities. Our goal is to set the example for other independent operators in the travel industry.


Our Policy

We demand that Responsible Tourism must be at the core of each trip Enodo undertakes:

 We make Responsible Tourism the core of each trip Enodo Adventures undertakes

 We respect the fragility and uniqueness of other cultures, and aim to protect the integrity of their cultural practices and values

 We abide by international environmental regulations and the laws and guidelines of the countries in which we operate

 We encourage clients to ‘take only pictures and leave only footprints’

 We keep tour groups small - under 20 to minimize on environmental impact

 We donate a portion of the proceeds from each trip to a specific community- or environmentally-based project in the host community

 We utilize local human resources and expertise wherever possible

 We ensure all Enodo Adventures guides are professionals in their respective fields with training in RT policy, and expertise in travel, languages, cultural awareness, and First Aid

 We promote practical leadership, cultural and environmental awareness, and responsible travel in our education-based trips

 We assist in educating our clients about Responsible Tourism through all of our marketing materials

 We strive to get to know our clients in order to enhance their travel experience and provide better personal attention

 We price our trips competitively for what they offer
adventures
 
 
  1. Enodo's beginnings...

    Enodo Adventures is a family-run business based out of Kelowna, British Columbia, dedicated to responsible tourism and building trust, experience and friendships in the field. By getting to know a little about who you are, we can better fulfill your expectations on the road. We also feel it’s important for our clients to know and trust the owners and guides of their travel company.

    Enodo Adventures’ co-founders
    Laurie East and Jon Derksen have been leading adventure tours for over a decade now. Laurie grew up ranging the foothills of the Himalayas, wandering the Cypriot countryside and exploring the Middle East and Asia with his family. Jon, as the son of Canadian diplomats, spent his free time skiing in Japan, exploring the Malaysian jungle, climbing in the Andes and canoeing down Amazon tributaries. Their school years overseas left them with a well-developed sense of adventure, an indelible impression of the world, fluency in other languages, an understanding of responsible travel, and a desire to contribute positively to the global community.

    Laurie and Jon met while working at 150-year-old
    Woodstock International School, located in the Indian Himalayas. Laurie was the Supervisor at the boys’ residences and taught Politics and Sociology, while Jon headed the Outdoor Education Department and taught English. Although they led many student trips together, two expeditions in particular cemented their friendship—the Sian Valley in 1997 and the Baspa/Sangla Valley in 1998 (you can read about their adventures in Hiking in the Garhwal Himalayas: A Guide, Woodstock Publications, 1998), during which the idea of running their own adventure travel company was born. In 1999, Laurie married Jon’s younger sister, Sarah, completing the family connection.

    In 2003, Laurie and Jon joined forces again at Central Okanagan Academy, in Kelowna, British Columbia, and by 2004, they were working as international education consultants. Enodo Adventures was formed during the summer of 2004, and the company’s first pilot trip took them back to the Indian Himalayas and the Thar Desert. That same summer, Czech-born freelance adventure documentary maker,
    Jiri Bakala, joined the Enodo team, bringing with him a wealth of experience in professional multi-media.

    Laurie, Jon and Jiri believe that the primary aim of Enodo Adventures should be to set the stage for enriched adventures in remote locations, leaving that location better for the visit.