Start-up redefining ‘voluntourism’


A Falmouth University graduate is showcasing her ‘voluntourism’ venture in an exclusive premiere later this month in Falmouth.

Chloe Lingard, who studied MSc Entrepreneurship, spent last autumn in Madagascar with a team of volunteers undertaking various activities to launch her voluntourism company, TSAP Travel.

She explained: “I volunteered in Madagascar in 2019, had a fantastic experience and met some life-long friends but realised that the impact was very short-term.

“The mission behind TSAP Travel is that we want to redefine voluntourism – instead of profiting off communities in developing countries we want to give back by upskilling. We’re providing students and graduates the opportunity to collaborate with Malagasy locals to support the economic growth and employment opportunities in the region, with the aim of leaving a long-lasting legacy.”

Lingard and her team spent three months on the island of Nosy Be working with 14 to 25 year olds, teaching English, delivering information sessions, inspiring entrepreneurship, and launching an eco-brick project.

The Falmouth University students and graduates that volunteered were also able to hone their creative skills during the trip, capturing content for TSAP Travel. One of them was filmmaker Giles Pitman who shot the documentary showcasing the legacy of this pilot project.

Lingard added: “I’m so excited for people to see the film and understand more about Malagasy lives, hear what’s next for us and how to get involved. It had highs and lows but was definitely a trip to remember. We even hired two local Malagasy people to continue the English classes we set up so it definitely feels like we’re helping make a difference.”

The TSAP Travel Documentary Premiere and Q&A takes place on Sunday January 29 at The Poly, Falmouth. Visit the Eventbrite page to book a free ticket.