Sense Earth encourages guests to be responsible tourists, travelling with respect and sensitivity to the local environment.
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.
We encourage our guests to learn a few words of the local language which shows respect for the culture and helps our guests to integrate into the local community. Appropriate phrases are given in our handbook.
We ask guests to respect local customs, wear appropriate clothing and behave in an appropriate manner. Sense Earth can organise for guests to donate to a local school or community, and we can organise this in advance. We advise on how to give gifts in an appropriate and fair manner.
We discourage the giving of sweets or money to children as this encourages begging, takes children out of school and isn’t a healthy option.
We inform our guests to ask before taking photos of local people. If guests have a digital camera, we ask them to show their pictures to their subjects. Not only is this polite, but it can break the ice and encourage conversation.
Sense Earth encourages that guests buy handicrafts and souvenirs from local stalls rather than imported souvenirs from neighbouring countries. In doing so this directly supports the local communities and encourages local initiatives which are reliant on tourism. We also stress not to buy souvenirs made from endangered species such as ivory and ebony.