The Ethical Hedonist Series 1
Like most people, Bob Kelly loves a holiday but, mindful of the impact tourism can have, he wishes he could re-balance his karma. So Bob transforms himself into The Ethical Hedonist; still able to enjoy the delights on offer but also happy to volunteer in helping out wherever required. Starting off in Malta, a well established tourist favourite, Bob enjoys some beach time before volunteering for some litter-picking and a day's hard work in a local bird sanctuary. Whilst in Namibia, Bob takes in the stunning wildlife before helping out at a local kindergarten and providing lunch for twenty five appreciative children. Ecuador could be considered the destination that forged the way for ethical travel and voluntourism. Here Bob meets up with members of the Amazon defence coalition and investigates the impact a huge oil spill on the area. Lastly, Bob takes on the mighty challenge of finding ways to be ethical in Las Vegas; a city synonymous with hedonism. Bob finds a solution by offering himself for a day's volunteering with international organisation Habitat for Humanity, who build low cost housing for families in need. The Ethical Hedonist shows that sacrificing a small amount of time on holiday to help out can lead to a much more rewarding break all round.
No. of Episodes: 4
On arrival, Bob Kelly checks out all that Malta has to offer: historical recreation shows, ancient sites, beautiful beaches and sunset cocktails, before deciding to dig a little deeper. He meets a Maltese marquis before enjoying a gourmet lunch with a fellow ethical hedonist at his organic farm. Heading over to the island of Gozo, Bob lends a slightly disastrous hand at the goat farm of local slow food champion Rikkardo. Back on Malta, Bob meets a local journalist and activist who enlightens him to the issue of bird hunting and wildlife on Malta, and decides to volunteer as a labourer for a day with Birdlife Malta, before rewarding himself for all his hard labour by booking a private sailing trip to the third island in the Maltese trio.
Bob Kelly starts his trip booking himself into a luxury lodge in Etosha National Park for a safari experience, where he realises how his tourist dollars can positively contribute to animal conservation. Travelling south to Windhoek, Bob visits Penduka, a woman's collective, where he meets Martha, the founder, who takes him to Windhoek's "township", Katatura. Here Bob comes to some enlightening conclusions about buying handicraft souvenirs, before finding himself making lunch for twenty five appreciative children at a local kindergarten. Heading towards the Namib Desert, Bob meets Johannes, founder of Elephant Human Relations Aid; working to conserve the desert elephants. He finally gets sweaty helping to build walls but is more than happy when he is rewarded with some stunning elephant viewing.
Bob Kelly begins his time in Ecuador by flying deep into the Amazonian jungle region to the Kapawi eco-lodge; owned and run by the Achuar people who are fighting to preserve their land and culture. Next stop is a few thousand meters higher in the Andean region, famous for its beautiful volcanoes and farming people. Bob meets up with members of the Amazon defence coalition to learn more about the world's biggest oil disaster which happened there, before they offer to take him to the area affected in the north near Lago Agria. Once there, Bob really gets to witness firsthand the extent and effect of the disaster. Lastly our Ethical Hedonist rewards himself by treating himself to a lifelong dream: to visit the Galapagos islands.
Bob Kelly time in Las Vegas starts by experiencing some of the hedonistic highlights of the city: incredible hotels, swim up blackjack, huge trampolines, big shows and helicopter rides over the nearby grand canyon, before meeting up with some true Las Vegans and going out to a local burlesque evening. It is then time for Bob to start giving back so he offers himself for a day volunteering with international organisation, Habitat for Humanity, who build low cost housing for families in need. Being a big fan of golf, Bob then arranges a round with members of the local Native American nation, the Paiute, at the course they own where he learns more about the current state of their culture. Bob is lucky to meet Oscar B Goodman, the ex-mayor and ultimate spokesperson for Las Vegas, and spend some time following this charismatic gentleman to his appointments and engagements. Finally, he is taking a helicopter ride out of the city for the day to fly over, and land in the Grand Canyon.
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