Tibet is a special travel destination and tourism is one of the biggest sources of income for the region. However, people question whether or not their tourist dollars help or hurt the Tibetan way of life and the environment. We believe it all has to start with education for both members of local communities and visitors. For this reason, Tibetan Village Project created Conscious Journeys, and started ecotourism project.
Conscious Journeys is a unique volun-tourism program of the Tibetan Village Project. We offer a balanced blend of mindful-tourism and volunteerism excursions to Tibet. While traversing the world's most beautiful landscapes, we make time to teach English, lead Leave-No-Trace environmental clinics, distribute medical/school supplies, and assist on hands-on projects such greenhouses, sanitations and renovations. In addition, we offer teachings on Tibetan cultural etiquette and survival language skills.
Tibet Ecotourism Training Program started in 2007 by organizing a site clean-up at Drak Yerpa (a hermit sacred site near Lhasa) and environmental awareness training in Lhasa that attended by about 80 Tibetans. As result of this pilot project, TVP had opporunity to collobrate with Columbia University and other donors on ecotourism program. Between 2008 and 2011, we are able to make significant progress. Click here for our achievements.