A HopTour in South America with Nela and Ben

#Permaculture #Bioconstruction  #ResponsibleTourism #LatinAmerica #voluntourism

In April 2017, Nela & Ben start their journey through South America in the search of those tourism initiatives that promote responsible practices in order to generate a positive social and environmental impact at the destination. They will also be sharing their advice about hospitality, customer service, photography and videography in exchange of food and lodging. Likewise,  they will participate in the development of the Collaborative Platform of  Hopineo.

What skills do Nela & Ben offer to swap?

Nela & Ben offer to stay with initiatives of responsible tourism, and to contribute with the following in exchange of food and lodging

  • Create a Hopineo profile for the host organization.
  • Photography and videography.
  • Advice about social media management and content creation.
  • Advice on customer service.

They will also volunteer at responsible initiatives to learn about:

  • Permaculture
  • Gardening
  • Bio-construction
  • Waste and water management
  • Local gastronomy
  • Craft brewing and wine-making

Who are Nela & Ben?

Nela has worked with initiatives of Responsible Tourism in Nicaragua and Guatemala, that support environmental education programs and kids from indigenous communities respectively. After having finished her master studies in Tourism at Aalborg University, in Denmark, Nela has returned to Nicaragua, her home country, where together with Ben, they will set off on their journey through South America.

After gaining invaluable experience as a travel agent in Belgium, Ben set off on a year long journey. During this time, he spent 7 months in Nicaragua volunteering at an NGO as a guide. After his Nicaraguan adventure Ben returned to Europe and worked as a hostel assistant in Scotland, spending his free time hiking around the country. He will return to Nicaragua to further discover the secrets of Latin America with Nela.

What is their itinerary?

Their journey starts at the end of April 2017 in Nicaragua, heading to Costa Rica, then Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

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