Worldwide, 2.1 billion people live in extreme poverty, on less than $60 a month. The World Bank has identified tourism as a source of economic development in order to sustainably pull certain regions out of poverty.
However, often developing in an uncontrolled way and ignoring the needs of local populations, this economic activity does not have the positive effects that they could have on the latter. By keeping them away from this creation of wealth and causing a strong negative impact on their natural and cultural environment, mass and industrial tourism is creating significant social and environmental imbalances.
Village tourism, based on community initiatives outside traditional circuits, is a solidarity-based tourism that respects the environment and the local populations. It offers direct and lasting benefits, being integrate into the heart of the local economy and way of life. This form of alternative tourism values the authenticity of the welcome and the exchanges between the communities and the traveler.
Village tourism values village natural and cultural richness, strengthening the pride of the villagers. By offering new opportunities for young people and women, community tourism also reduce acute problems of rural depopulation and migrations.
Our traveler’s charter presents the basic principles to respect and to preach for all the types of stays abroad in order to support a respectful and beneficial tourism for the communities. Check it out!
Village tourism, a unique experience for the traveler
Another way of travel, an authentic experience, a human adventure, a journey of learning, of discovery, of encounters and sharing between the traveler and the villagers in destinations abounding in natural and cultural richness.
The traveler, by its presence, becomes a positive vector and generates direct benefits in the villages where it is hosted. In that way, he discovers the reality of a country or region by creating a healthier and more equal relationship with the local inhabitants.
Different exceptional experiences are offered and there is something for everyone. Our destinations are categorized by type of accommodation and type of experience. Find out more about the categories of the Village Monde label and the experience pictograms here.