Code of Conduct for Guest
As a guest, you can do a lot to help ensure that tourism in developing countries remains a positive experience for everyone. The following guidelines offer suggestions for low-impact and culturally sensitive travel:
Stay on the trail
Straying from the trail while on safaris, trips to remote villages or while hiking can cause erosion and other environmentally harmful impacts.
Respect the wildlife
viewing animals from a safe distance is fine; touching, feeding, or cornering them is not.
Respect endangered species
Do not buy products that exploit wildlife, aid in habitat destruction, or come from endangered species.
Do not litter
this is one time when the old adage “When in Rome, do as the Romans” doesn’t apply. Even if you see a local person littering, set an example and dispose of your garbage appropriately.
Recycling is extremely limited or non-existent in most villages and city areas. Avoid products with excess packaging; opt for beverages in glass bottles as they tend to be re-used.
Protect local water systems
in desert areas of India we have major problems with drinking water, so please don’t be wasteful with water on trip/safaris.
Respect cultural differences
Local customs and traditions may be different from our own. Take the time to learn what behavior is acceptable and what isn’t.
Take photos with care
always ask permission to take photos of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take a photo, offer to send copies back to them and make sure to follow through with your promise. If your subject wants immediate compensation in return for the photo taken, offering a piece of fruit or cookies, or a souvenir from your home are ways to do it.
Learn a few phrases
take the time to learn about the country state, city and village you are visiting. Learning about the customs and a few words in the local language can go a long way and is appreciated by the local people. It also makes your interactions more meaningful and memorable.
EDSA highly discourages offering money to people begging in rural areas. Parents often send their children out into the streets, since a child can make more than their parents make begging on the street. This promotes further dependency and encourages more parents to send out their children. Instead, we would suggest offering a cookie or piece of fruit. Perhaps you could offer a postcard from your home etc.
Support Local Artisans
Support local artists and artisans by purchasing locally made goods. Many communities sell handmade crafts that you may purchase while on tour. You may also ask your Tour guide/ Leader for recommendations about where to find local markets, stores and cooperatives.
Making A Difference
Often guests who return home from a trip having interacted with local people and experienced life in another culture, look for ways to give back to those less fortunate than themselves. It is for this reason that we developed the EDSA Foundation. Through fundraising and donations, we are able to provide needed items to local people, communities, schools and organizations that you visit on your tours
There are also many organizations working worldwide that you may chose to volunteer with. Volunteering abroad in the place you visit can be an extremely rewarding experience with local people and culture.
Giving Back On Tour
Starting in 2001EDSA is proud to announce the development of a new tour for travelers who wish to have a true cultural experience while helping to improve the basic living conditions in remote Bhisnois, bhils-bhopa and rajput communities.