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The Altruistic Traveller Blog
I’d travelled to Cambodia once again, not only because it’s one of my favourite travel destinations, but because I wanted to shed some light on the vast number of inspiring responsible tourism initiatives happening in this region. What I didn’t expect to find however, was a different type of tourism - one which I had come to learn through Ayana Journeys, a responsible travel company with a passion for providing educational travel experiences.
I hadn’t delved much into the term “Educational Travel” but as I read through the Ayana Journeys mission statement the concept began to unravel in my mind. Below is a snippet of the Ayana philosophy and how it relates to our adventurous pastime.
Many of the awful things that happen in our world come from a desire to assert control over others, a confusion between ‘different’ and ‘wrong’, or a combination of the two. We believe that respect and empathy are crucial to combatting these causes of much global unhappiness, and that the best way to achieve these is through immersive, hand-crafted, and open-minded travel.
So we [Ayana] reject the conventional model of ‘observing’ new places and cultures, which ultimately encourages us to feel distanced from them. Instead we craft engaging, ethical learning journeys that support open-minded travellers keen to develop an appreciation for other cultures, learn about different ways of life, explore international issues, deepen their own sense of empathy, and reflect on themselves as global citizens. - Ayana Journeys