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Posts Tagged ‘local culture’

A Life-Changing Experience Challenge in Ghana

  • Jiah Ham
  • 27 July 2015

The author first heard about the Experience Challenge through colleagues who had participated in an earlier trip. The story she brought back from her time in Ghana with AfriKids’ Blue Sky Travel Ltd. was one about people. And it was one she was not prepared for emotionally.

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The Brutal Truth About Voluntourism – And What to Do About It

  • Andrew Motiwalla
  • 13 July 2015

Not all volunteer travel experiences are bad, so it’s up to the industry to tell the truth about voluntourism and start weeding out the bad apples. Only by creating a set of standards that can guide travelers toward organizations doing voluntourism right can the industry transform its reputation.

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The Homestay Initiative in Malawi: Appreciating Local Culture

  • Alice Tilton
  • 23 February 2015

The Responsible Safari Company and Youth for Development and Productivity are designing a Homestay Initiative through which guests can experience authentic village life in Malawi. With that in mind, I decided to experience a village homestay in Malawi myself.

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Responsible Travel Week 2014. It’s On Right Now, So You’re Not Too Late

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 13 February 2014

This week, from February 10 to 16, 2014, is Responsible Travel Week, the sixth annual online unconference focusing on responsible travel. It’s free to take part, and there’s no jet lag, as all events occur online and around the world through local events organized by participants. Look for (and use!) the #rtweek14 hashtag.

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Colombia’s Call: From a Lost City to the Amazon with Mambe Travel

  • Andrew Thompson
  • 10 November 2013

Once a place travellers were advised to avoid, Colombia no longer suffers from the ill effects of powerful drug cartels at war with one another and the government. It is now a place attracting ever larger crowds, drawn in by its world-class natural and cultural attractions. Here are just two of them, as well as the kind of community-conscious tour operator that will help you make the most of your stay.

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Walkability and Journeying on Foot: An Interview with Jonathon Stalls

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 October 2013

Expert wayfarer Jonathon Stalls is on a mission that is anything but pedestrian. He advocates for civic and personal wellness through walking. From his home base in Denver, Colorado, he organizes community walks through his social enterprise, called Walk2Connect, and lobbies for more pedestrian-friendly urban planning. He calls for a return to the mode of travel for which we are built, challenging those around him to slow down and experience life at a pace of three miles an hour.

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Exploring Hidden Britain: Bringing Local Communities to Life

  • Nicole New
  • 7 October 2013

Deep within the depths of rural Britain, communities are stirring. Shabby but iconic telephone boxes are being reclaimed, shuttered shops are being repurposed and visitors welcomed in with open arms. And it all has to do with community tourism, a proven way to rehabilitate local infrastructure and bolster local economies.

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Community-Based Ecotourism, the Good-Living Tourist Model: An Interview with Felipe Zalamea of Sumak Travel

  • The Travel Word
  • 26 August 2013

Felipe Zalamea is the London-based brain and brawn behind Sumak Sustainable Travel, a tour operator specialising in community-based ecotourism and focusing on building bridges between local communities active in tourism and travellers interested in seeing a different side of the world. The Travel Word had a chat with him about the work he is doing to connect travellers to amazing off-the-beaten-track travel in Latin America.

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Indigenous and Community-Based Tourism in Bolivia

  • Andrew Thompson
  • 5 August 2013

Set in an Andean mountain valley, the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, is headquarters of a unique organisation known as the Bolivian Network of Community and Solidarity Based Tourism (the Spanish acronym is Tusoco). A product of grassroots peasant and indigenous community organisations, Tusoco is a thriving organisation with a new approach to sustainable and responsible tourism.

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Six Things to Do in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Samuel Hopkins
  • 6 May 2013

Often mislabelled and maligned by a sometimes ruthless and distorted media as the granddaddy of hazardous African cities, Nairobi, Kenya, is to many travellers simply a no-go zone. This is their loss, for, in reality, Nairobi is one of region’s biggest draws, catering to all types of interests. To help you make the most of your time there, here is a list of six unforgettable and essential, but slightly off-the-beaten-track Nairobi experiences.

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