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Responsible Travel in Africa

As more travelers have become aware of the impact of tourism in the countries they visit, there are a growing number of websites that provide resources for responsible travel. Keywords such as "Responsible Travel," "Sustainable Tourism," "Ethical Travel," "Conscious Travel" and "Ecotourism," all seem to hint at a complex code of travel rules, suggesting a restricted travel experience for the sake of political correctness. But in essence responsible travel comes down to a simple rule: Travel in a way that respects the people, culture and ecosystem of your destination and minimizes the impact you and your cultural values have on your destination. Below we have listed websites and programs in Africa which provide travel experiences that emphasize learning about the people and traditions of the various countries while treating the local environment and culture in a respectful and sustainable manner.


Responsible Travel in Africa

Featured Articles on Responsible Travel in Africa

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Community Ecotourism: Similar Opportunities and Challenges in South Africa and Mexico
Volunteer at a South African Game Preserve: Getting Up Close to an African Safari by Giving of Yourself by Lisa M. Chavis
Rural Tourism in Morocco: Women's Cooperative Promotes Development
Diving With Sharks in South Africa: Combining Ecotourism and Adventure
Letter from Ethiopia by Dr. Clay A. Hubbs
Kidnapped in Rwanda
Walking with Gorillas: Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Southwest Uganda
Nature Travel in Ghana, West Africa's Threshold
Namibian Safaris for the Responsible Traveler


Global Vision International
GVI has a huge range of volunteer programs to suit the environmentally conscious traveler who seeks responsible travel experiences in Africa. Be it tracking and conserving Africa's big game to volunteering with children in the townships of Cape Town, or even contributing to Kenya's only long term dolphin research program, you will find a range of exciting opportunities with GVI. Visit our website for further details!

Responsible Volunteering Worldwide in Africa with GVI

Contact in USA: 888-653-6028
Website: www.gviusa.com

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Action Africa Volunteer & Development Programme
Volunteer Projects, Internships and GAP Years in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi
Are you up for a challenge and life-changing experience? In our projects in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi you have the great opportunity to make a difference and to work with the community on a grass-root level. Join our non-profit organisation and take part in a variety of projects in the sectors of environmental conservation, animal welfare, children & youth development, community development and cultural research.

Regardless if you are in university, professional or even retired, all ages are welcome to support us in improving livelihoods and the conditions of our environment.

Action Africa

Dates: The projects are ongoing and volunteers can join us on a daily basis
Cost: Project fees ranging from US$500 for two weeks up to US$2000, for 3 months placement. We also offer the possibility of Lodge-Stays. If a volunteer wishes to stay rather in a lodge than a host family, please contact our team directly to give you the exact costs for the placement.
Contact: Action Africa, Programme Coordinator, 6078 Mkhosana, PO Box C.T. 502, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Tel / Fax 00263-13-40097 / 00263-13-40097
Email: mail@action-africa.org
Website: www.action-africa.org

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African Impact
Wildlife Conservation Projects
Interesting conservation and volunteer projects throughout Africa.

Contact: info@africanimpact.com, www.africanimpact.com

AVIVA
Convervation Projects in South Africa
A variety of volunteer social work and conservation projects throughout South Africa. See their website for details.

Contact: info@aviva-sa.com, www.aviva-sa.com.

Azafady
Join award-winning charity, Azafady, to volunteer on a variety of development projects in the coastal regions of southeast Madagascar. Project areas include health/sanitation, sustainable livelihoods and conservation; there is something for everyone on this project! Programs run for 10 weeks, 4 times per year starting in October, January, April and July. Please see website for details. £2000 donation requested.

Visit: www.madagascar.co.uk

Blue Ventures
An award winning not-for-profit organisation dedicated to facilitating projects and expeditions that enhance global marine conservation and research. The field research of Blue Ventures projects is carried out by our overseas volunteers, who work closely with our field research scientists and camp staff. We are currently looking for overseas volunteers to work at our site in Andavadoaka, Madagascar in Africa.

Contact: enquiries@blueventures.org, www.blueventures.org

Center for Global Education
Travel-Study Seminars in South Africa
Learn from Southern Africans of diverse backgrounds about their economic, political, and social realities. Emphasis on the views of those struggling for justice. Call for details or to organize your own custom trip.

Contact: Center for Global Education at Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Box 307TR, Minneapolis, MN 55454; 800-299-8889, fax 612-330-1695; globaled@augsburg.edu, www.augsburg.edu/global.

Community Tourism — Trekking in Ethiopia's Highlands
Trekking facilities (accommodation, food, guides etc) are offered to tourists in stunning landscapes and hosted by local communities. The enterprises are run for and by communities in North Wollo, Ethiopia (near Lalibela). This is your chance to get off the beaten trail and see the treal Ethiopia.

Contact: chapman@ethionet.et, www.community-tourism-ethiopia.com

Global Exchange
Responsible Travel in South Africa
You won't find a safari on this trip because South Africa has so much more to offer. On this alternative, socially responsible tour you will explore the troubling history of this complex country and marvel at how the people have emerged as a unified nation. Witness the ever-changing look of South Africa as we travel from Johannesburg to Umtata to Cape Town - from sophisticated cities to traditional rural villages to the townships in-between.

Contact: realitytours@globalexchange.org, www.globalexchange.org/tours

Global Seekers Development Expeditions
Volunteer in East Africa Program

Our Alternative travel services offer an unforgettable African experience, including educational and cultural tours in Kenya and Tanzania.

Contact: info@globalseekers.com, www.globalseekers.com.

Ibike Tours / International Bicycle Fund
Ibike Tunisia Odyssey

Small group, immersion, bicycle tours, designed to get you out of the box, enrich your life and introduce you to the rich diversity of the people, their culture and the environment of the area. IBF programs are designed to provide participants an opportunity to learn more about the world at a person-to-person level not usually available to tourist. Itineraries highlight the cultural, historical, economic and physical diversity of the area. Traverse the diverse cultures & fascinating lifestyles & beautiful landscapes of the coastal & Sahara zones of Tunisia. It is a wondrous array of people, architecture, cultures and landscape
Ibike Tanzania Surf to Summit
Starting on Zanzibar and ending with a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro; extraordinary diverse scenery, friendly people, visits to national parks, development projects, traditional villages and much more.
Ibike Uganda Pearl of Africa
Uganda features: traditional villages, social programs, development projects, schools, national parks, wildlife, the extraordinary beautiful scenery of western Uganda and a lot of people contact.
Ibike South Africa Sojourn
Features include: wonderful meetings with people at schools, development projects, social & environmental programs, visits to national parks, and breathtakingly beautiful biking.
Ibike Mali Sahel Journey
Explore the lifestyle of the "Sahel", including a once-in-a-lifetime boat trip on the Niger River, visits to Timbuktu and the fascinating, culturally rich Mopti/Djenne/Dogon region of Mali.

Contact: ibike@ibike.org, www.ibike.org/ibike

Kameleon Adventures
Wildlife Volunteer Projects in South Africa
We offer Volunteer Work Placements on hugely valuable conservation projects in South Africa where your support is vital for the survival of many habitats and animals in Africa. Each project has been handpicked by us for the quality of the educational program, the passion of the teams and their dedication to conservation and wildlife.

Contact: info@kameleonadventures.co.uk, www.kameleonadventures.com

people and places
Responsible Volunteering in Africa

Offer several projects — in Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and The Gambia — which enable each and every volunteer to make worthwhile contributions to communities of immense cultural richness, great ethnic and religious tolerance, yet often economically poor and in need of help, especially in the areas of education, business and economic development.

Contact: kate.peopleandplaces@yahoo.co.uk, www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk

Projects Abroad
Volunteer Conservation Work in South Africa
Work at a Game reseve on the border of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.

Contact: info@projects-abroad.org, www.projects-abroad.org

Real Africa Excursions Ltd.
Volunteer work visits and vacations, missions trips, school-college or youth exchange visits, cultural and community excursions, to Uganda and Kenya, for groups and individuals. Have you ever wished to go to Africa have fun and also make a difference in the lives of the people you meet? explore Africa while assisting those who are less fortunate?would you like to try something different?, come to Africa with us and make this an unforgettable experience.

Contact: info@real-africa.co.uk, www.real-africa.co.uk.

ReefDoctor: Volunteer Research Program in Magagascar, Africa. A small not-for-profit organisation which completes coral reef research and conservation on unstudied reef in SW Madagascar. ReefDoctor has positions in its volunteer research programme to anyone with diving qualification (min. of PADI OpenWater) willing to join in Ifaty for a minimum of two months (starting in November 2004 and then March 2005). Volunteers learn underwater survey techniques, including fish and coral ID skills, belt transects, quadrats etc, help to teach English at our local school and participate in our survey dives (twice a day).

Contact: info@reefdoctor.org, www.reefdoctor.org

Save the Earth Network
Voluntary positions as English and maths teachers in primary and junior secondary schools, in rainforest conservation projects, youth work, agro-forestry in or near Accra.

Contact: P.O. Box CT 3635, Cantonments-Accra, Ghana; 011-233-21-667791; ebensten@yahoo.com.

Timeless Ethiopia Tour
Discover Ethiopia for its Timeless Treasures!!
Timeless Ethiopia Tours is a private Ethiopian owned tour company that offers wide selections of package, tailor-made and customized tours throughout the beautiful and timeless country of Ethiopia.

Contact: tours@timelessethiopia.com, www.timelessethiopia.com

Volunteer in Africa: Internships and Volunteer Work in Ghana
Participants are placed on worthwhile and meaningful projects that includes orphanage projects, street children projects, HIV/AIDS education projects, hospitals and clinics (health), schools, tree planting projects, churches, computer training projects etc. Participants stay with carefully selected, respectable and dedicated host families. We also organize 3-day and 9-day group tours for our volunteers, interns and visitors.

Contact: ghanaprograms@yahoo.com, www.volunteeringinafrica.org/programs.htm

WWOOF International (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)
Many countries in Africa participate in this unique worldwide exchange organization. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. WWOOF organizations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms with people who are seeking volunteer help. Each country works slightly differently, but generally a very small membership fee is charged in exchange for a listing of available opportunities.

Visit: wwoofinternational.org

 

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