Responsible Traveller Charter
In order to really have a positive impact on the local communities, the agency and its local partners should be responsible, … but the travallers should also be involved ! That’s why Endallah organizes before each trip a preparation session to raise awareness about fair and solidarity tourism, to prepare the travellers to the experience they are about to live and give some tips ! We also ask them to sign a Responsible Traveller Charter to prove their commitment.
Here are some commitments that our travellers should respect:
The respect of local population and their culture
It all starts with a good preparation for the trip: get to know the country, its history, its political situation, the customs of the locals, their religion and their beliefs. It’s important to avoid blunders. The traveller should be careful and not judge local believes and customs and not discuss about sensitive topics. He can ask the advises from his guide.
Taking pictures … with respect !
How to resist to the camera in front of all these colours, these new faces, new customs … ? It’s absolutely normal to take pictures but it should be done with the agreement of the locals and with respect regarding their private life and culture. We advise you to just wonder “Would I do the same in my home country?” before taking a picture of a wedding, funerals, or school. Just ask the permission before taking a picture in a situation that could be embarrassing.
Protecting the environment
Tanzania is rich of so many natural resources. Please make sure that you don’t take souvenirs in natural sites or buy souvenirs from endanger species (although they are difficult to find …).
As you would do in your home country, make sure that you carefully use natural resources and save water and energy that are even more scarce in Tanzania.
Due to the economic and social situation of the locals, you might want to help them with donations before, during or after your trip and we are very grateful for your generosity. However, we need to be aware and careful about the potential downsides of donations. First, your trip is meant to be an exchange with locals (in both ways). Donations often introduce a kind of hierarchy and dependence. They also entertain the myth of the rich white people who can help anybody in Tanzania and can create jealousy and encourage begging. In Tanzania for example some kids have left school to just beg in the streets because a lot of tourists are giving them pencils or money. However, donations remain a way to improve living conditions of the locals. If you want to help, we recommend you to ask us or a local NGO to be guided about the needs and the best way to give. If you can, it’s also better to buy the materials directly in Tanzania so it benefits to the local economy and its adapted to the local needs.