Over the past decade ‘slum tourism’ has sky-rocketed to popularity, seen as a new way to branch outside the more conventional tourist activities. It was further fueled by a rising demand helped on by films such as 'City of God' and 'Slumdog Millionaire'. This form of tourism can actually be dated back to Victorian times, when the curiosity of the upper-classes drove them to London’s East End to witness the living conditions of the poor. A century or so later and slum tours were being offered…Continue
Adventure Alternative have spend recent years working to support the indiginous Penan people who live in the rainforests of the Sarawak region of Malaysian Borneo.
A number of villages are represented as a whole, by a central community co-operative, the total number of people represented…Continue
Often enough, the West imposes its view of development on to the developing world. This issue extends to the ‘gap year’ and volunteering industries, when the tourist’s needs are places ahead of the communities and environments that they claim to help.
There’s real potential for these international development schemes to do good, yet their sudden increase in popularity has seen many organisations cash in on their popularity, without taking the time to develop a business…Continue
On Tuesday Gavin Bate (Director of Adventure Alternative and founder of Moving Mountains Trust) attended an event to discuss what will happen when the date for completion of the Millennium Development Goals expires. This week the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, co-chaired by the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting to discuss the new global framework of development and in…Continue