Expedition Code of Conduct

All people taking part in BraveHearts Expeditions’ expeditions and adventure activities (the Adventurer or Adventurers) are required to accept that their participation is conditional on their continued compliance with this Code of Conduct (‘The Code’).

Purpose and Policy
The Code establishes standards of personal behaviour for those taking part in expeditions and adventure activities, which contribute to morale, teamwork and participation and ultimately, a successful expedition.

Standards and Obligations
Each Adventurer must comply with the general standard of behaviour that is recognized as reasonable by the wider Ghanaian community. The Adventurer is also required to meet the additional and specific standards of behaviour outlined in the Code. The Code is not intended to be exhaustive on matters of personal behaviour. The Code outlines broad standards of behaviour that serve as a guide to acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.

Coverage and Essential Information
The Adventurer should understand that their participation in expeditions and adventure activities is conditional on their continued compliance with the provisions of the Code. It is the responsibility of the Adventurer to familiarize themselves with the contents of the Code.

THE CODE

1.
WORK
1.1 Adventurers have been selected largely because of their interests, humanitarian skills, sought-for experience, aspiring knowledge and personal qualities. The Adventurer is expected to be efficient, effective, diligent, responsive, productive and timely in meeting their individual responsibilities. The performance of the Adventurer should clearly show that they meet these expectations with minimal supervision.
1.2 It is expected that the Adventurer will:
  • Work with others in the most effective manner to meet the objectives of the expedition;
  • Show leadership, consult, coordinate, delegate, negotiate and counsel as appropriate with other individuals, especially those under their control; and
  • Comply with and ensure that their team understands and complies with occupational health and safety principles and practices.
 
2.
INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION TO EXPEDITION AND TEAM
2.1 The Adventurer shall manage interpersonal relationships in such a way as to promote and maintain group harmony and well-being.
2.2 Adventurers are expected to treat others with consideration, courtesy, respect, fairness and tolerance. The general standard expected is one where conduct would not cause dissention or discord among Adventurers, or disrupt programmes or other responsibilities. The Adventurer is expected to respect others’ rights, opinions, duties, aspirations and privacy.
2.3 Difficulties may arise between an Adventurer and other Adventurers and it is the responsibility of all to ensure that such difficulties are resolved quickly and effectively.
2.4 Smoking is strictly prohibited on all expeditions.
2.5 Use of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited. Drug and alcohol use, including prescription drugs, have clear implications for occupational health and safety and the maintenance of harmonious relations and the Adventurer is expected to moderate their prescription consumption so that they are capable of performing their duties and other responsibilities at all times in a safe and effective manner. Adventurers are reminded of their legal obligations as they relate to the possession and use of prohibited or restricted drugs.
2.6 The Adventurer shall not behave in a manner that may be classified as ‘extreme’ or encourage others to behave in this manner. Examples of extreme behaviour include:
                   *Consuming alcohol;
                   *Causing threat to personal safety;
                   *Disorderly behaviour, including being violent, threatening, insulting or abusive;
                   *Indecent exposure and other gross, obscene or offensive acts;
                   *Wilfully or negligently causing loss or damage to property; or
                   *Causing annoyance through the use of offensive language, excessive noise or in other ways.
 
3.
RESPONSE TO AUTHORITY AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW, LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS AND EXPEDITION POLICY AND PROCEDURES
3.1 The Adventurer will comply with lawful directions and reasonable instructions. Lawful directions, instructions and standards of performance are normally issued or determined by the various Project Managers, Leaders, Facilitators or persons in charge of any vehicle, field party or work group.
3.2 The Adventurer will comply with relevant codes of occupational health and safety and ensure that their actions do not threaten their safety, health and welfare or that of others. In particular, the Adventurer will have read and will follow the safety rules issued to them by BraveHearts Expeditions (‘the Statement of Policy on Safety’).
3.3 The Adventurer will be sensitive to harassment issues and will not engage in any harassing behaviour. Harassment can take many forms and may consist of offensive, abusive, belittling or threatening behaviour directed at another individual or group. It is often based on some real or perceived attribute or difference. Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unsolicited and unreciprocated behaviour of a sexual nature that is objectionable to another individual. Any behaviour or series of behaviours, despite the intention of the individual performing the behaviours, will be considered as sexually harassing if they are experienced that way by the recipient.
3.4 The Adventurer will respect and comply with requirements of the Wildlife Department, the Forestry Commission, the Ghana Armed Forces and all other relevant land holders in the area. Overseas researchers will comply with Ghanaian customs, quarantine, and conservation regulations regarding the export of biological materials and fossils.
 
4.
BREACHES OF THE CODE
4.1 Breaches of the Code may result in the Adventurer being required to leave the Expedition. Transport will be provided to the airport with a transport service and the former Adventurer will then be responsible for their transport and accommodation requirements thereafter. Reference may be made to the appropriate authorities of any matter that may appropriately be handled under relevant law.
 
OUR OBJECTIVES
Our Expedition Objectives:
  1. To advance profitable education and global citizenship.
  2. To advance environmental protection and sustainable community development.
  3. To harness African tourism profitability for sustainable development
These objectives are achieved through our expeditions and adventure activities carried out in Ghana and on the African continent for the purpose of providing experiential learning and personal development through adventure, challenge, and through community, environmental, and development projects.