Trainers authorized by the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA)
Indigenous Tourism Engagement Framework Methodology
According to our experience in the field, a well-prepared traveler actively contributes to the preservation of cultures and natural spaces. Conversely, a poor understanding of the culture encountered can cause serious damage, which can directly and irreparably contribute to its extinction.
Indigenous cultures can be fragile in terms of human bond and it is advisable to be fully prepared for the protocols to be respected.
Intensity of the experience, the return can be accompanied by a real culture shock. He then calls for special attention to the traveler, to help integrate the experience for a more serene and meaningful return home.
What and for who?
Native Immersion offers a specialized service called the “Conscious Traveler Kit”, which is very easy to add to their travel experience. Whether you are an independent traveler or a travel agency, our system prepares and supports you and your (co) travelers, to immersion in indigenous territories.
NB : If you choose a trip offered through Native Immersion partner agencies, this service is already included in your package.
This precaution activates protections so that:
- the trip undertaken really contributes to respecting the rights of indigenous peoples
- you are not the accomplice of any exploitation in spite of you (economic, natural, cultural or spiritual)
- you are trained enough to understand the basis of the cultural codes of your native hosts, in order to be comfortable in your exchanges
- experience turns you into a knowledgeable and responsible ambassador
(the price is given including tax, per traveler)
Independent traveler | 210 €
Reservation by partner agency | 180 €
How it works?
1 . Moral commitment
We establish a “traveler engagement charter” to be inserted in your agency contract, as moral rules to be respected when meeting with indigenous communities. We act as cultural and ethical mediators in the event of conflict or misunderstanding between Aboriginal hosts and travelers during or after the trip. We make sure that travelers respect their moral commitment once they return home, particularly with regard to the use of photographs, sound recordings, videos.
For certain specific experiences, we proceed to the examination of the traveler profiles with a view to a selection process, established according to the level of knowledge of the cultures visited, this in order to orient the travelers towards the experiences which correspond to them (levels: everyone, intermediate or expert) or to adjust their preparation before departure.
2 . Your travel diary
We produce a pocket digital travel diary for each trip, in English or French. Adapted for offline reading on smartphones, the digital notebook, with an editorial design, is made up of high quality photos and documentation. It is your reference travel companion during and after travel: glossary in native language, protocols, portraits of your hosts, information on local life and historical lines to have good references during the experience.
3 . Pre-departure training
We carry out a web conference (1 to 2 hours), organized up to 2 weeks before departure. We train travelers in the basics of ethics and wisdom when traveling, practical details and cultural protocols to be observed on site. When we can, we invite a member of the host indigenous people to make a first contact and answer your questions.The conference is recorded so that travelers unable to join the session (scheduling conflict ) can still attend.
4. Personalized follow-up
The immersions experienced can deeply challenge our certainties, our conception of the world in question. Also, for travelers needing tools to manage the cultural shock felt, we organize collective and individual live sessions, during 1 month after the return (up to 3 sessions of 30 to 45 min: 1 collective, 2 individual) . These sessions allow you to debrief, analyze and shape the trip into a transformative experience.