VIVPS Responsible Travel Policy
Red Lotus is an Australian owned and operated social enterprise, founded by Mr. Terry Donnelly. Red Lotus is an International Volunteer Placement Service that provides unique opportunities for volunteers from all over the world. Volunteers can participate in programs and projects that address the needs of the disadvantaged children and young people of Vietnam. Red Lotus carries out its functions in a manner that is Culturally respectful both to the people that we provide services for and to the environment.
Red Lotus will contribute and play a small role in the development of the disadvantaged people of the world through the unique programs that it offers to those who have a true compassion to help others, a compassion that only comes with sincere thought.
We offer an opportunity for people to share their skills with those that are most in need, and in doing so, we provide a platform for the exchange of cultures, and caring.
The disadvantaged people we serve are the most valued members of this organisation. We as human beings have an obligation to treat our stakeholders and partners with respect, compassion and love. Red Lotus also values the contribution that volunteers and our staff make to the enhancement of client potential, as yet unfulfilled.
“Red Lotus is committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. We are responsible to our partners, to Red Lotus employees and their families, to the environments we inhabit, and to the societies we serve. In discharging our responsibilities, we do not take professional or ethical shortcuts. Our interactions with all segments of society must reflect the high standards we profess."
When available Red Lotus sets aside a small percentage of profits to assist our programs and is dedicated to the development of our Helping Hands Vietnam program. Red Lotus only employs local people and draws on its local volunteer network to find these employees.
Red Lotus currently has two fulltime cordinators and also five local Ba Vi ladies employed through the generosity of international donors for our Helping Hands Vietnam program. We are extremely focused on the Ba Vi area and assist families, schools and hospitals in this area as well as helping out throughout other areas when we are requested to do so, and if we have the means available.
Recycling is not an easy thing in certain areas of Vietnam, but we set aside plastics and papers to give to the street vendors who then sell them off for recycling. Any printed documents that are past their use by date are used again in the form of notepads. It could not be said that all of our programs have a direct environmental benefit, more a humane benefit to our stakeholders.