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Welcome to the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report for Mad Monkey, where we strive to provide you with a comprehensive update on the remarkable endeavors that are shaping a positive impact in our world. As fellow travelers, we deeply appreciate the significance of purposeful travel and the significance of giving back to the communities we encounter. Hence, we take great pride in sharing our impactful stories from the second quarter of 2023 with you.

From hosting fundraising events to spearheading clean water initiatives, Mad Monkey is dedicated to becoming the foremost socially responsible travel hostel worldwide. So, grab a cup of coffee and join us as we embark on our latest adventures!

A joyful CSR Fiesta in Panglao, Philippines

Mad Monkey Panglao joined the vibrant Bgy. Danao – Daorong Fiesta, a community celebration that fostered connections with the residents of Bgy. Danao. In line with our commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), we made a meaningful contribution by offering a cash prize of 3K and additional prizes worth 2K which included an assortment of delightful treats including biscuits, chocolates, candies, chips, and drinks for the children. Our involvement added an extra touch of joy and excitement to this festive event.

Backpacker Brunch in Hoi An, Vietnam

Mad Monkey Hostels’ partnership with Children’s Hope in Action (CHIA) allowed us to play a significant role as a major sponsor in a remarkable project—the repainting of an entire school building in anticipation of schools reopening in Vietnam.

The event itself was an immersive experience, starting with a delectable 2-hour free flow brunch buffet that satisfied attendees’ taste buds. The energy soared as the festivities continued with an exciting pool party featuring a talented live DJ. Adding to the excitement, guests had the opportunity to participate in a charity raffle with enticing prizes up for grabs. This initiative not only showcases our dedication to creating a positive impact in the lives of Vietnamese children but also strengthens our support for CHIA’s noble mission.

Thanks to the collective efforts of our attendees and supporters, we successfully raised an impressive $1,217 for CHIA, further empowering their impactful initiatives. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most.

CSR efforts in full swing in Hoi An, Vietnam
CSR efforts in full swing in Hoi An, Vietnam

Doing our part for the community animals in Siargao, Philippines

Mad Monkey Siargao remains steadfast in our dedication to animal welfare, and this commitment was exemplified through our active involvement in the Strategic Power for Animal Respondents (SPAR) Philippines initiative. SPAR provides vital services, including free vaccination, spaying, and neutering, for community cats and dogs.

To rally support for this initiative, Mad Monkey strategically placed sign-up posters within our hostel, encouraging guests to contribute and participate in this worthy cause. Through a range of efforts, including a special F&B Promo and donating a percentage of our walk-in revenue for the month of May, we successfully raised Php 5,000.

Our collaborative efforts with SPAR Philippines highlight the importance we place on animal welfare, as we continue to make a positive impact within the community. Together, we are championing the well-being of our furry friends and creating a better future for them.

World Ocean Day, various locations across Southeast Asia

In honor of World Ocean Day, Mad Monkey Hostels embarked on a remarkable journey to celebrate and raise awareness with a series of captivating CSR events under the theme “Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing.” Our primary goals revolved around highlighting the significance of ocean conservation, providing guests with engaging and educational experiences, and promoting sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices.

In a synchronized effort, each of our hostels passionately embraced this initiative, organizing a range of activities designed to make a positive impact. These included invigorating beach clean-ups, captivating ocean-themed nightly activities, and enticing food and beverage promotions. Through these events, we not only nurtured a sense of responsibility toward our oceans but also encouraged active guest participation in preserving and safeguarding our invaluable marine ecosystems.

CSR Efforts at Mad Monkey Gili T

Mad Monkey Gili T made an enthusiastic and impactful celebration of World Ocean Day, extending the festivities over two consecutive days, on June 7 and 8 (Wednesday and Thursday). The event commenced with a Beach Cleanup on Wednesday, where dedicated participants joined forces to clear the beach, promoting environmental consciousness and embodying our commitment to ocean conservation.

On Thursday, an unforgettable Snorkeling Tour combined with an Ocean Cleanup allowed participants to immerse themselves in the mesmerizing marine ecosystem while actively contributing to its preservation. This unique experience fostered a deep appreciation for the beauty and fragility of our oceans.

Furthermore, this momentous occasion served as the official launch of the Gili Eco Trust monthly donation drive. Mad Monkey Gili T pledged to donate 50% of the profits from water refills to support the Gili Eco Trust’s vital initiatives. By actively engaging guests in this important cause, we demonstrated our unwavering dedication to making a positive and tangible impact on the environment.

CSR Efforts at Mad Monkey Panglao

At Mad Monkey Panglao, we orchestrated a Beach Clean Up at the picturesque beachfront of Daurong Panglao from 4pm to 5pm. This collaborative effort involved the active participation of Mad Monkey team members, volunteer guests, and dedicated members of the Sangguniang Kabataan of Danao, Panglao.

Following the successful clean-up, a well-deserved snack was provided to reward the participants for their hard work and commitment. With an impressive turnout of 38 participants, an astounding 152 kilograms of trash were collected, showcasing the collective impact that can be achieved through community engagement and environmental stewardship.

Guests collect trash on the beach in Panglao
Guests collect trash on the beach in Panglao

CSR Efforts at Mad Monkey Cebu

Meanwhile, Mad Monkey Cebu joined forces with Barangay Maribago, Mactan Police, and the esteemed non-government organization JCI Mactan Reyna Bulakna. The event’s highlight was a Beach Clean Up, which saw the remarkable participation of 60 dedicated individuals working together to create a positive impact. Through their concerted efforts, an impressive 45 kilograms of trash were successfully collected, underscoring the importance of collaborative action in preserving our coastal ecosystems.

Cebu trash collectors form part of our Mad Monkey CSR efforts
Mad Monkey Cebu guests collecting trash

CSR Efforts at Mad Monkey Siargao

Mad Monkey Siargao took part in the meaningful observance of World Ocean Day through a collaborative event with the LGU of General Luna. The event’s centerpiece was a Tri-Island Hopping clean-up, where a dedicated group of 15 participants united to actively clean the surrounding islands.

In recognition of their efforts, guests who filled their bags with plastic bottles or recyclables were rewarded with a special Mad Monkey Siargao singlet, adding a touch of excitement to the event. Together, the participants collected an impressive 47 kilograms of trash throughout the tri-island tour, making a tangible difference in preserving the pristine beauty of the islands and their surrounding waters.

CSR Efforts at Mad Monkey Hoi An

Mad Monkey Hoi An embraced the spirit of World Ocean Day by organizing an engaging Bicycle Tour that culminated in a meaningful beach cleanup activity. The event enticed the participation of 10 individuals who actively contributed to the cleaning efforts while promoting environmental stewardship.

As a gesture of gratitude for their involvement, participants received a complimentary Hoi An singlet, symbolizing their commitment to preserving the beauty of the local environment. Upon returning to the hostel, they were also treated to a refreshing complimentary beer, providing a well-deserved moment of relaxation and celebration.

CSR Efforts at Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach

Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach marked the occasion of World Ocean Day with a dynamic CSR event centered around a beach cleanup contest. The event saw the participation of four teams, each driven by the goal of collecting the highest amount of trash. In recognition of their dedication, the winning team was awarded a coveted Mad Monkey Tumbler.

A total of eight enthusiastic participants actively engaged in the event, resulting in an impressive collection of 38 kilograms of trash. This remarkable achievement exemplifies the power of collective action in preserving the pristine beauty of Nacpan Beach and the surrounding marine environment.

By blending enjoyment with education, Mad Monkey Hostels wholeheartedly dedicated ourselves to the cause of ocean conservation on World Ocean Day. Together, we fostered a deeper appreciation for our oceans and inspired a collective commitment to protect them for generations to come.

Guest celebrate collecting 38kg of trash in CSR efforts
Mad Monkey guests collect trash along the beach

CSR Visits

Mad Monkey’s esteemed CSR leader, Cristina, embarked on a series of impactful visits to local CSR sites, leaving a lasting impression on the communities we serve. On June 11, Cristina personally visited the Super Monkey Kids school in Siem Reap, where she had the privilege of meeting Dany and the Khmer children benefiting from Mad Monkey Siem Reap’s CSR Program. This visit provided an invaluable opportunity for Cristina to assess their English learning needs and explore avenues to further support their education. Engaging with the children through activities like reading them a story and playing crossword puzzles, Cristina fostered a positive and enriching learning environment.

Furthermore, on June 7, Cristina paid a visit to the Cambodian Children’s Fund, where she met with Claudia to discuss ways to strengthen our partnership. This meeting proved instrumental in gaining crucial insights into the needs of underprivileged children in Phnom Penh, allowing us to explore additional avenues through which Mad Monkey Phnom Penh can provide meaningful assistance.

Cristina’s personal visits and hands-on approach exemplify Mad Monkey’s unwavering dedication to making a lasting impact on the lives of children in Cambodia through education and support programs. By engaging directly with the communities we serve, we continuously strive to identify and address their unique needs, ensuring that our initiatives create positive and sustainable change.

Children gather in the classroom as part of our CSR efforts

A special thanks, to our very own Golden Monkey

Mad Monkey is proud to present the esteemed Mr. Jayson Lico, General Manager of Mad Monkey Panglao, with the prestigious Golden Monkey Award. This esteemed recognition is bestowed upon individuals who embody the essence of volunteering and community engagement, and Jayson’s exemplary actions have truly set him apart.

Jayson selflessly devoted his personal time and resources to represent Mad Monkey Panglao during the Flores De Mayo Culmination event at Barangay Daurong Danao. Going above and beyond, he personally sponsored the last day of the Flores De Mayo catechism class on May 31st. With genuine generosity, Jayson distributed delightful loot bags filled with small trinkets and sweets to the young catechists of the Sta. Cruz Daorong chapel, bringing smiles and joy to their faces.

We commend Jayson for his selflessness, unwavering dedication, and for being an outstanding ambassador of Mad Monkey’s core CSR values. His actions exemplify the spirit of making a difference and leaving a positive impact on the communities we serve. The Golden Monkey Award is a testament to Jayson’s exceptional commitment and serves as an inspiration to all members of the Mad Monkey family.

About the Author

Mad Monkey is Southeast Asia’s leading hostel operator — born in Cambodia with more properties in Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Laos, and the Philippines. We pride ourselves in creating meaningful and sustainable travel experiences for our guests, whilst promoting socially responsible tourism.