….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
Recently I was asked by the President of Muzungu organisation in Uganda to act as their Non-executive Director so that we can set up some guidelines and future strategies on how to devise a responsible Volunteer and Eco-tourism strategies, in a way that will also enable wealth generation that will benefit the rural villages but also contribute to the vision we had of creating a HIV care outpatient hospital and HIV preventative education center in the biggest HIV slum of Uganda ie. Kampala.
I was always interested in the concept of sustainable & responsible wealth generation through ethical volunteer tourism. So I started considering the checklists of what will make a program, culturally sustainable? Of course this is a Ph.D research interest of mine in itself, but to summarise , these are the elements that I believe will contribute to a Responsible & Culturally Sustainable Volunteer tourism program, as a starting point for future consideration:
“Responsible Tourism is tourism which:
• minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts
• generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well being of host communities
• improves working conditions and access to the industry
• involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
• makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity
• provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
• provides access for physically challenged people
• is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence”
**** I look forward to developing these points with the President of Muzunga and his team in Uganda and I would like to forward his greetings to everyone:
Before we go for another “EXTREME” 2012. We wouldn’t want you to miss this year’s most highlighted experience. Very unique and fulfilling experience, where else will you find this?
Download the Mzungu Volunteer info pack here: Adventures in Africa
This was probably one of the best experiences of 2011 that the volunteers got to experience…. Becautiful moments all around our projects in Kabale and Lake Bunyonyi.
Because of you, this giving season, we’ve been able to spend and donate USD$50,000 in funds and in-kind on improving the lives of a thousand people around Uganda.
This holiday season we want to take pause to say thank you. As a team, Mzungu Volunteers has grown with a number of volunteers and increased support this past year and we couldn’t have done it without your support.
All of us here, with deep gratitude, thank you for your support and wish you and yours a happy holiday season.
So do not miss to be part of another EXTREME year, we are leaving for our 2011 highlighted adventure and we’ll share more with you after New Year’s.
All the best,
The Mzungu Team.
If you are interested in volunteering with Mzungu, please follow this link:
Cecilia is a Hong Kong Chinese-Australian Social Entreprneur, Artist, Directors of NGO in Africa, South Ameria, Asia and California who really really likes to "tell it how it is", having travelled to over 40 countries around the world & seen some interesting things every so often.
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