local cultures on ecotours
Culture Holidays, Ecotours, Responsible Tourism,
Ecoclub, Traveller, Ecotourism
is worth mentioning that you can choose to be
either a tourist (an ecotourist) or a traveller.
tourist might simply "parachute into"
a local environment and after a few quick fire
pictures, "parachute out" again. A traveller
on the other hand might observe, ask questions,
accept what is there and not form early opinions.
You may wish to read more on the responsible tourist,
responsible tourism and how
to become a traveller.
cultures and personal studies
are studies abroad like Senegal where you can
engage with ecovillagers and indigenous villagers
on topics of sustainable development and ecotourism.
You can explore theories and get hands-on experience
collaboratively assessing the needs of different
communities by developing skills in Participatory
Action Research (PAR) and Appreciative Inquiry
There are several West African villages that are
working to improve their quality of life while
preserving their millenia-old culture, you could
pursue service learning projects protecting natural
resources, creating livelihoods, improving education
and health and celebrating cultural diversity.
in the local cultures, listen, observe and be
sensitive to their differences, try not to judge
or form rigid opinions which are based on your
own westernised culture. Be prepared to accept
that things can really be different. Try not to
change things and remember that you are a traveller
in their world.
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