Putting the Community in Eco-Tourism
Before everyone separates for ITT, we will all head to the Eastern Province and Akagera National Park. We will begin our time here outside of the fences of the park, partnering with community-based tourism projects that directly benefit local communities. We’ll spend our days engaging in water collection activities, tree planting, and possibly bee keeping, while also learning about what successful and community-oriented animal conservation actually looks like in practice.
Then, we safari! We’ll head into the park to seek out some beautiful scenery and big game animals, camp under the stars, and meet with officials from the park to discuss conservation initiatives, community involvement, and the challenges facing the movement before parting ways!