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Responsible Tourism

Show respect for the people – Respect the local community you are visitingact responsible towards local people, customs and environment.

Do not try to push your cultural views onto the other people i.e. do not undermine one’s religion/belief, custom, life style, do not insult/criticize.

Support the Local – Support local businesses and their income by using locally owned accommodation, restaurants and shops.

Be Eco – Friendly – Make sure your impact for the environment is minimal; do not drop wastes, especially inorganic products.

Do not feed wild animals, allow them to act naturally

Use resources wisely

Dressing – Ethiopians are generally modest dressers, and visitors should be sensitive about going underdressed (shorts, tank tops and bare backed) into places of worship. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches and mosques.

Beggars and begging – Giving to one often provokes a flood of others and does not really solve the problem and one of the negative impacts of tourism has been to foster a culture of begging, even among those not  particularly in need. Generally, visitors should avoid giving pens, clothes and sweets to children – it is better to provide support to local schools. Donation should be done for the responsible community base organizations, for this Village Ethiopia is happy to facilitate donations to organizations working with the needy and to facilities like clinics and schools.

Photography – As a matter of courtesy, permission should be sought before photographing individuals and particularly among the ethnic group living by the Omo River, people will demand a fee.