Responsible tourism

(Edition: Travel as a metaphor of life, workshop 4/4)

Main objectives:

Reflecting on what responsible traveling means and how we can make our travels more responsible

During the workshops participants will:

Time: 

2h

Materials:

Posters, markers, paper (preferably recycled / reusable), pens, access to the Internet, objects which responsible tourists may have in their backpack (see Summarizing part of the scenario)

Course:

1. Warm up (20 min)

Start with participants introducing themselves (if they don’t know each other yet). Then, divide participants into small groups of 3-4 people. Give each group one poster/flipchart and markers and invite them to draw the portrait of the responsible tourist. What a responsible tourist does/doesn’t do? How does he/she behave, what he/she takes, what she/he should remember about? Ask participants to think not only from the personal safety point of view, but also from a broader perspective of local communities and environment. After 10 minutes of work in groups, ask participants to present their portraits.

2. Speaking and listening: debates (55 min)

As it is already the last meeting within this edition, invite participants into a new challenge – debating in English. Divide participants into two groups: “for” and “against”. You can group participants according to their opinions, but it is much more interesting to divide them randomly or even against their opinions – it provides a better opportunity to see the issue from a new perspective. Each group has 10 minutes to prepare arguments and choose representatives to present them during a proper debate. 

Debate 1

Topic to discuss: Airbnb is a good solution for responsible traveling

Step 1 (2 minutes) – explain the rules of debate 1, presenting all steps described below

Step 2 (10 minutes) – participants in two group (“for” and “against”) prepare arguments and choose one person which will present them in the proper debate

Step 3 (6 minutes) – one representative from each team presents the arguments discussed in the group, each representative has 3 minutes to speak

Step 4 (5 minutes) – summarize shortly the discussion asking how was the process for the participants, avoiding entering again the discussion of the particular topic.

If you wish, you may propose voting for the team which presented better debating skills. Voting can be done by moving to the side we vote for or by writing the winning team (“for” or “against”) on a piece of paper, then the trainer collects and counts the votes. It can be a good way to finish the debate, but not always necessary, as it brings an element of competition to the picture. 

Once finished, invite participants to a second, a bit more complex debate.

Debate 2

Topic to discuss: volunteering abroad is a good solution for responsible traveling 

Step 1 (2 minutes) – explain the rules of debate 2, presenting all steps described below

Step 2 (10 minutes) – participants in two groups (“for” and “against”) prepare arguments and choose representatives for the proper debate. Change the groups, so that those who were “for” in the first debate can now represent “against” and vice versa. This time groups need to choose 3 representatives (speakers) each and prepare not only arguments which support their point of view, but also think about arguments the other side may use and come up with possible counterarguments. Before the time is over they should also divide arguments among the speakers and decide who will speak first, second, and third.

Step 3 (14 min) – the three representatives from each side come to the middle and stay opposite to each other. They speak in the following order:

  1. Speaker 1 “for”- 3 minutes
  2. Speaker 1 “against”- 3 minutes
  3. Speaker 2 “for” – 2 minutes
  4. Speaker 2 “against”- 2 minutes
  5. Speaker 3 “for” – 2 minutes
  6. Speaker 3 “against”- 2 minutes

Speakers b-f not only present arguments, but also answer the arguments of the previous speaker.

Step 4 (5 minutes) – summarize shortly the discussion asking how was the process for the participants, avoiding entering again the discussion of the particular topic.

3. Speaking, reading, writing: alternative traveling (30 min)

There are many ways to travel alternatively, including sleeping in somebody’s house or volunteering and there are many programs and platforms on the internet which facilitate the process. Divide participants into small groups of 3-6 people. Give each group the name of one of the platforms listed below and 15 minutes to find it, check it and understand how it works and prepare 2-3 minutes presentations for the other people in the group. They can also include in the presentation their opinion on how responsible/interesting from a social and environmental perspective the specific idea/platform is.

To divide the groups you can write the names of the platforms on small pieces of paper (repeating the same name depending on how many people you want to have in one group). Then, ask participants to group accordingly.

Suggested platforms:

(platform through which you can host or be hosted in somebody house for free)

(platform for finding volunteering projects all over the world)

(similar to couchsurfing, but designed specifically for bikers)

(similar to workaway.info, but focused on volunteering in organic farms)

(detailed guide to hitchhike in any place in the world)

Depending on the time and size of the group you can use all the platforms or choose few of them. After 15 minutes of preparation, invite groups to present the results of their work. In summary, you can add information about other opportunities of traveling abroad, connected for example to AIESEC (international student organization) or Erasmus+.

Erasmus+ offers several opportunities for people of different ages (not only student exchanges, but also training, short and long term volunteering, collaboration between entrepreneurs, etc – check Additional materials for more information).

4. Summarizing (15 min)

Come back to portraits of the responsible tourist from the beginning of the workshop. Would you add something else to it now? Invite participants to the final round. To make it more interesting you can bring different objects which responsible tourists may have in their backpack and ask participants to pick up one, which somehow reflects how they feel after the workshop and what they take from it (examples of objects: rope, torch, reusable water bottle, map, etc). At the end, invite participants to fill the evaluation form.

After the workshop you can share with participants the additional material (Appendix 1).

Do you want to prepare and conduct a sayBabel workshop on your own on this or other topics? Do you need to know more about how to do that? You can find all sayBabel rules on sayBabel or just contact us.

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