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Eliminating Poverty through Sustainable Tourism
I started traveling the world when I was a young boy with my father when he took a job in Venezuela. I was hooked. As a college student I studied inequality and income disparity. I studied human trafficking and gender oppression. I studied environmental conservation and exploitation of natural resources.
I couldn't figure it out. It seemed hopeless. Then I came home and everyone I knew wanted to know what it was like to go to a place where there aren't first world amenities or security. They said to me, "I wish I could go with you!"
It then came to me. The solution was sustainable tourism. Teach the communities that the natural resources are worth more over the long term if people come to experience them. Teach them that their culture, their language, and their food is something they can share with others and it will bring them the power to rise up from poverty.
So I started to travel with the camera, taking photos, bonding with the locals, asking them about their culture, teaching them how to create that environment where curious travelers will want to explore their own backyard. I teach them what amenities foreigners want, how to treat them so they are comfortable, and how to show the rest of their village that this is the way to truly sustainable income that will last for generations.
I don't make any money. No one pays me to do this. Any income that I get either from donations or an occasional print sale or licensing agreement goes back into the same communities that welcome me into their homes to document their village in photos and videos.
Please support this cause. Please consider sponsoring me by donating goods or services. An airplane ticket or a hotel room goes a long way to make sure every penny goes to the communities. Together we can help them make the choice that will preserve their heritage for generations to come.