Terms and Conditions

Disclaimer

Use of this website is subject to the terms and conditions set out below. Please read these carefully as they contain important information regarding copyright and liability. By using this site you indicate acceptance of these terms and conditions (it is not necessary for you to read these terms to be bound by them). Real Planet Connections (referred to as ‘we’ or ‘us’) directs the content of this site. While Real Planet Connections has taken every reasonable step to ensure that the content of our site is factual and accurate, we do not accept any responsibility for any errors made.  We also reserve the right to change site content and these terms and conditions at any time and without notice.

Our website

Conservation volunteering trips and tours

This website provides information on products available in the market. We do not act as agents/employees or in any form of partnership with the tour providers or providers of any component of the tour. We do not deal with bookings, payments  or queries in relation to any product referred to on this website, to the extent that your contract will be with the tour providers and any loss or liability arising therefrom will be according to their terms and conditions. It is your responsibility to check these terms and conditions in full prior to booking.  Real Planet Connections does not accept any liability for, or warrant the quality and standard of any of the volunteering trips that you are sold by the tour providers listed on this site.  And specifically, Real Planet Connections is not liable for any injury and/or damage to persons or property occurring during or as a result of any tour taken following enquiries made through this website.

Tour protection

We provide information on conservation volunteering trips and projects from tour companies around the world. As the bonding regulations are different in each country we strongly encourage you to enquire about how your money is protected directly with the company you are booking with, or take out personal travel insurance that covers the failure of the tour provider.

Information only site

Although we provide you with information about a range of conservation volunteer trips on this site, we do not endeavour to sell these volunteering trips directly to you, as it is our belief that this is best done by the people who design and operate these tours.  They are the experts and so we refer you directly to them.

Limitation of liability

General

In no event will Real Planet Connections be liable for any damages, including without limitation direct or indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, losses or expenses arising in conjunction with this site or use thereof or inability to use by any party, or in conjunction with any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus or line or system failure, even if Real Planet Connections, or representatives thereof, are advised of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses.

Liabilities for information service

Because of the service we provide in this instance and how we provide it, it is important for you to understand the limitations of our liability, so we have detailed these below and by reading these and using the site you are agreeing to these limitations in full and you are also agreeing to accept the application of Irish law to govern matters between Real Planet Connections and yourself.

Tour provider responsible practices

The volunteering trips featured on this website are provided by hundreds of tour operators and accommodation providers around the world..  While we do our best to ensure that all the tours abide by the policies that these operators and accommodation owners claim to follow, we are not able to guarantee that they do all the time. However, if we are alerted to bad practice by any of the tour providers we have listed on this site we will use our best endeavours to check the veracity of such a complaint and have a notice and take down policy. However the only positive action within our power will be removing the offending tour provider from our site.

Information relating to conservation volunteer tour providers on the site

We  assume no responsibility for the information provided by tour operators or advertisers on this website and give no warranty to it’s accuracy or otherwise.

Real Planet Connections is not liable for any injury and/or damage to persons or property caused by any actual or alleged defamatory  statements, infringements of intellectual property rights/privacy or image rights, or product liability, whether resulting from negligence or otherwise, including without limitation, from any use or operation of any ideas, instructions, procedures, products or methods contained in the material published on the site.

Recommendations

Any  recommendations by marineconservationvolunteer.com regarding conservation volunteering projects, trips and/or destinations are our own personal views and are intended for information and guidance purposes only.  Whilst we may recommend the suitability of some tours for a specific purpose, eg. family friendly products,  we give no warranty as to the suitability and you must make your own enquiries with the provider and assess suitability or otherwise based on such direct enquiries  and replies.

Contributions to the site / Submissions 

We are delighted to receive your contributions to the website (these include reviews of conservation volunteering projects and tours, locations and destinations, articles, tips, photos and general feedback comment).  We point out that the website is internationally accessible and that by contributing in any way to the website, as above, you are consenting to the publication of your contribution on marineconservationvolunteer.com, on linked marineconservationvolunteer.com sites and on any site or in any medium which Real Planet Connections deems fit. 

Real Planet Connections cannot be required to treat any submission as confidential and is not liable for any ideas for its business or publication(s).  The user acknowledges that he/she is responsible for whatever material he/she submits and has full responsibility for the message, including its legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality and copyright.  Marineconservationvolunteer.com is merely acting as a passive conduit for such distribution and is not undertaking any obligation or liability relating to contents or activities on the site.  However, Real Planet Connections reserves the right to block or remove communications or content that it determines to be (a) abusive, defamatory, or obscene, (b) fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading, (c) violation of a copyright, trademark or, other intellectual property right of another or (d) offensive or otherwise unacceptable to Real Planet Connections in its sole discretion.  We also reserve the right to edit any contributions where necessary.

Please note that any photographs posted on any Real Planet Connections website may be downloaded and electronically altered by another user of that site.  Whilst this is prohibited by the terms of marineconservationvolunteer.com’s copyright notice, contributors should be aware of this risk before submitting photographs for publication on the site.   You hereby waive any claims against marineconservationvolunteer.com for any alleged or actual infringements of any rights of privacy or publicity, or moral rights, or rights of attribution in connection with our use and publication of such submissions.

Featured products

Although all advertising is expected to conform to the appropriate advertising standards, inclusion of such material in this site does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement of the quality or value of any products or the claims made for them by the advertiser.  Users are advised to verify product information with the advertiser.

Health advice

Information on this site relating to health risks overseas and related medical advice and/or precautions (eg. what to include in a medical kit when travelling to the tropics) is not intended to be treated as a substitute for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical condition or question.  Always seek the advice of your doctor for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or requirements before considering participation on a conservation volunteer project or before travelling.

Copyright

All photographic images, maps and text on this site are the property and copyright of Real Planet Connections, or acknowledged copyright holders.  All intellectual property rights are reserved.  You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer or sell any information obtained from this website, without the express permission in writing of Real Planet Connections. You may only download to your own personal computer for viewing purposes orprint out pages for your own personal use.

Trade marks and other Intellectual property rights

You are not permitted to use the trademarks, trade names, designs, logos and service marks displayed on the website without the express permission in writing of Real Planet Connections. You shall not make reference to nor attribute any information to Real Planet Connections in any public medium or otherwise imply any endorsement by, or relationship with Real Planet Connections.

Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks to other Internet resources are at the user’s own risk; the content accuracy, opinions expressed and other links provided by these resources are not investigated, verified, monitored or endorsed by Real Planet Connections.  We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies of information, which may be accessed from these web pages through hypertext links.  Nonetheless, Real Planet Connections seeks to protect the integrity of this website and the links placed upon it and therefore requests any feedback on not only its own site, but for sites it links to as well (including if a specific link does not work).

Use of Information and Materials

The information and materials contained in these pages, as well as the terms, conditions and descriptions that appear, are subject to change. Your eligibility for receiving particular services provided by Real Planet Connections is subject to our determination and acceptance.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Real Planet Connections, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers (collectively the ‘Service Providers’) from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorney’s  fees, resulting from any violation of these terms and conditions by you or any other person accessing the site using your Internet account.

Law and jurisdiction

These terms (and the provision of goods and services by us) are governed by and to be interpreted in accordance with Irish law. In the event of any dispute arising in relation to these terms or in relation to the provision of any goods and services by us or on or through our website, the Irish courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over such a dispute.

These Terms and Conditions were last updated on 24th December, 2014.