Sense Earth uses local tour guides, making sure your money stays in the destination. Simply by travelling with Sense Earth you are supporting the destination you visit. We do our best to use accommodation and other services which provide assistance to local community initiatives or support local conservation projects. In our minds, responsible travel is an intricate part of your holiday.
Ask before taking photographs of local people. If you have a digital camera, then please show your pictures. Not only is this polite, but it also can break the ice and encourage conversation.
Please buy handicrafts and souvenirs from local stalls rather than imported souvenirs from neighbouring countries. In doing so you are directly supporting the local communities and encouraging local initiatives which are reliant on tourism.
Please don’t buy souvenirs made from endangered species such as ivory and ebony.
Learn a few words of the local language, it shows respect for the culture and helps you to integrate into the local community.
Respect local customs, wear appropriate clothing and behave in an appropriate manner. Sense Earth can organise for you to donate to a local school or community. There are certain ways to give gifts in an appropriate and fair manner. We will advise you how do this.
Importantly, don’t give sweets to children as this encourages begging and it isn’t a healthy option.