An interview with Valle dei Cavalieri, awarded for “Excellence and Innovation in Tourism” by the UNWTO.

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A little mountain community at risk of disappearing, due to the depopulation. They decided to work together cooperatively to save their territory, their culture and their history. They believed in another kind of development. Based on the values of collective participation, mutual help and internal democracy. Tourism has been an important tool in the process. […]

Community-based tours in the biggest favela of Latin America

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Few years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, I met Ailton Macarrão, who introduced me, as one of its promoters and founders, to the Rocinha Community Tourism Forum (Forum de Turismo da Rocinha), which was the community-based response to the growing demand for tourism in the favela, and, which represented Rocinha’s organised response to the exploitation […]

Seed Madagascar’s approach to achieve best practice in volunteering

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There is a certain dichotomy of thought in motivation for overseas volunteering that lies at the root of the abuses of voluntourism companies. Individuals often laudably recognise their charmed lives and consequently want to help those where problems are most acute. Yet this recognition of a privileged position does not always negate and can even […]

Community owned and managed travel experience in Kerala, India

Posted by Madhavan Namboodiri:  The Coastal Wetlands area of Kerala is one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the world. The beautiful natural water bodies such as estuaries and tidal canals supported a sustainable livelihood and navigation system. For this reason traditionally local community have maintained these water bodies regularly in good condition. But […]

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