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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: Ecotourism in South India
Bewerbungsende: 01.10.2009
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab Februar /März und August 2010 - 12 Monate
Sprache im Projekt: keine Angaben

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Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise im Sommer eines Jahres ist immer der 1. September des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist 30. September.
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Interest in the environmental and in cultural heritage
Adaptable person who is prepared to work independently (including to structure their daily work independently) at times with the support of co-workers only.
Experience in field research (e.g. interviews, evaluation) and report writing will be useful.
Experience and knowledge in environmental/geographical sciences, history, and/or culture studies is desirable.
basic knowledge about ecotourism and community development is required
• If possible, please bring a (digital) camera


The project:

Ecotourism involves two major themes: nature and culture. Ecotourism is a responsible way to travel which contributes to the protection of the environment in natural areas, and the preservation of culture in local communities. It also provides conscious travelers with unique experiences which cannot be found from mass tourism.

Ecotourism is a more responsible alternative to mass tourism; essentially the tourists’ impact on the community and environment is minimised; while the economic, environmental, and social benefits of tourism on the community are maximised. In ecotourism there is cultural exchange-for both the ecotourist and the local community. There is also a direct financial benefit for conservation, empowerment of indigenous people, sustainable resource usage, and of course the wealth remains within the local area.

Program Description

In India, the ecotourism movement is growing and FSL India works alongside many NGOs to promote and develop further this concept of ecotourism in India. The Program’s ultimate aim is to work towards the development of ecotourism in India, focusing on South India. The work is varied and you will be involved with the ongoing task of developing ecotourism in local communities.

The ecotourism project from FSL India has already set up backwater boat trips through the endangered mangrove forest in the surroundings of Kundapura. This backwater boat trip involves about 45 local fisher- and farmer families who want to take part in the ecotourism project, for example by conducting people by boat or providing meals.

Future Volunteers have to stay in close contact to the local families, who already agreed to be involved in the ecotourism project. Furthermore they have to organize the back water tour regularly. For the existing bicycle tours, future volunteers have to find more local people, who like to participate in the eco tourism project. Besides volunteers have to concentrate on the local well being like providing a first or second income within eco tourism and training programmes which are already set up from former volunteers. These training programmes shall educate local people for the eco tourism project now in beekeeping and ayurvedic treatment and there are lot of opportunities to create new ideas.

In order to develop ecotourism we will be working in three parts, A, B, and C:

Part A: Collecting, compiling, and presenting information

• Researching the local ecology, history, tourism to establish the present situation and potential of ecotourism
• Compiling the information into a report
• Designing and developing a ecotourism website

Part B: Establishing Ecotourism

Setting up ecotourism areas, this involves educating locals and introducing children to these project

• keep the already existing back water tour going
• The ecotourism project is based on a financial budget plan including a tourism and community fund. These two funds get a percentage of the income through ecotourism. For example the money from the tourism fund will be used to improve sewage and waste management systems. The community fund will support poorer people like elderly people or unemployed youth and women. Elections for the members of these funds have to be detained within village gatherings and the help of a translator.
• Stay in close contact to the local community members, NGO representatives, private enterprises and the State (Forest and Tourism Department).
• FSL India wants to improve the living conditions of local people by providing them education in the field of beekeeping and ayurvedic treatment. For these trainings the ecotourism project looks for unemployed people, especially women, to empower them in the future.
• carry out and register the existing evaluation questionnaires for taking care of the environment and the local well being

Part C: Promotion

• Promoting to eco-tourists via website, travel agencies, and seminars etc

The work:

Part A of the Eco Tourism Program is based on a structure which contains more fields of interest. The main fields are: art, traditional life, sights, environmental awareness, food, agriculture, industry, medicine, landscape, outdoor activities, religion, and spiritual experience.

Each of those fields is divided in more subfields. You will be working in a small team to complete part B and C, as part A is almost completed. The most challenging tasks will be to set up a board of resource persons with regular meetings, who could help to promote the ecotourism project and to keep the tours regularly running.

Time commitment: Monday to Friday, at least 5 hours per day, sometimes also on weekends.

Most weekends are free, and you can plan accordingly for any travel or free time activities. Holidays during your voluntary service are not allowed.

Program’s Aims:

• Ultimately to develop ecotourism in Kundapura and surrounding
• Do mangrove protection by keeping a backwater boat trip for tourists running
• train unemployed locals in ayurvedic massage and beekeeping with the help of locals
• inform local communities about the aims, advantages and limitations of ecotourism to communities
• Raise awareness regarding the cultural and natural heritage in local communities with the help of local resource persons (FSL Translator, NGO´s, Forest-and Tourist Departments, Self Help Groups, Artists)


You will be staying in a host family. Your main base will be in the coastal town of Kundapura but some work may involve traveling long distances.

Statement of a German volunteer who worked in the Ecotourism project 2008:

We already set up a back water tour throughout the mangrove forest in the surroundings of Kundapur. Therefore we focus on seven eco tourism villages with families who would like to be involved in the eco-tourism project in the future. Families were informed personally or within village gatherings about the aims, advantages and limitations of the ecotourism project. Local people were presented the opportunities of being involved in the eco tourism project in the future. For example families can work as host families for tourists who want to stay overnight or they can offer local dishes and drinks for tourists. Furthermore local people can work as a boat guide and conductor or as a guide for nature trails like mangroves or ayurvedic plants. Both are regional distinctions. Furthermore we have asked families, if they can sell their local handicrafts to tourists or offer cooking lessons and henna painting to tourists. We also asked local people, if they want to share their religious tradition as story tellers within organized evenings “under the star tent” to hand down cultural religious knowledge.

Furthermore we organized training programs for local people like beekeeping and basic courses in ayuervedic treatment to educate local people who want to be involved in the ecotourism project and to provide them a first or second income. Within the beekeeping program local people can sell honey and other bee products to tourists or can offer honey taste within the back water tour. Local people who are trained in ayurvedic treatment can offer ayurvedic oilmassages or can work as a guide for ayurvedic plants to explain tourists the different meanings of the plants for the health. Also they can arrange workshops for tourists to prepare ayurvedic oils. For these trainings programs we already found trainers and governmental subsidies.