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“Even if I don’t receive monetary gains, I would choose a supervisor like Charlotte every single time because we, as a team, believe in something beyond ourselves.”  – Mahendra Sherkhane (Volunteer from India and living in Germany)

Fair Tourism works enthusiastically on sustainable tourism, where nature is protected and the local people are actively involved. This is the only way we can keep the world beautiful for us & many generations to come.

Our twofold goal is the following: Firstly, we want to make consumers and other stakeholders passionate about sustainable tourism, so we can create awareness of the importance of nature protection and involvement of local communities in tourism development. For example by organizing workshops or guest lectures, exchange programs and developing educational materials. Secondly, we assist local communities in destinations with the development of small-scale tourism activities that contribute towards poverty alleviation and nature conservation. We work together with different stakeholders, like governments, tour operators, NGOs and local communities, to achieve this goal.

“Internship at Fair Tourism was a great opportunity for me to learn how CBT concepts are actually practiced in the real settings.” – Haruna Chinzei (Japanese intern studying at Radboud University)

Fair Tourism started as a REISbeWIJS in 1989 to create a better awareness of ethically and environmentally friendly behavior by travelers. In the early days, they organized country days, developed educational materials (like study books & workshops or guest lectures) and set up an information center, making it the only communication organization in The Netherlands specialized in sustainable tourism. In 2004 the former board decided to stop with the foundation. Charlotte Louwman-Vogels, who was already active as a volunteer for the foundation since 2000, decided to continue with a new board. Since 2004 she is director of Fair Tourism and responsible for daily management, supported by the team and board.Furthermore, students and volunteers regularly assist with the activities run by Fair Tourism. We are happy to hear from you!

MEET OUR TEAM:

Hi! My name is Melanie and I am happy to say that I will write my bachelor thesis at Fair Tourism starting November 2020! I love to swim and hike in nature. Moreover, I have always been interested in different cultures, languages and sustainable tourism. When I had to choose a company for my internship, I wanted it to be a company that actively helps preserve nature and cares about local communities. That’s why I chose Fair Tourism. I will conduct research in cooperation with Fair Tourism to see how we can make more people aware and enthusiastic about community-based tourism.

Zdraveite, lovely people! My name is Nicoleta, currently pursuing the 4th and final year of my Bachelor’s degree journey (majoring in Tourism Management) and I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to execute my graduation internship and bachelor thesis at Fair Tourism! I was born and raised in the Bulgarian capital city Sofia. Growing up I’ve always been a curious bee and I always had questions (not much has changed since)! Particularly, I’ve had a passion for foreign languages and different cultures for as long as I can remember. So much so, that, during my early teens, I became determined to move abroad (right after high school) in order to experience life beyond my comfort zone. But where? After extensive research I decided that the Netherlands was the perfect place for me. Four years later I can confidently say that this has been the greatest decision of my life! My time here allowed me to grow immensely both professionally and as a person. Moreover, I got to spend a semester abroad in a charming Austrian town near Vienna. How cool is that? Apart from befriending people from all over the globe, during my exchange I discovered that I would like to work in the field of sustainability thanks to a course I followed, called Sustainable Tourism Development. I guess that the rest is history. With my work I strive to contribute to the much needed change for innovative solutions to mitigate the environmental footprint caused by mass tourism and irresponsible travel.

Heyhey, I am Lilli and just finished my Bachelor’s degree in Geography. As befits a true geographer, I love to discover the world, but also to improve it to some extent. That’s why my Thesis already dealt with sustainable tourism and now I would like to learn more about practical approaches through a voluntary internship at Fair Tourism. My desire is that one day tourism will be developed in such a way that both nature and people can benefit from it. Besides trying to change the world into a better place, I like doing sports and catching up with friends over a coffee. For the next 4 months, I will support the foundation and thus actively raise awareness for fair tourism on several levels.

Hi, I am Kim. A 23-year old with a passion for sustainable travel. During my previous travels I have realised that the tourism industry is not always organised in a sustainable way and that is when I realised that this was something I would like to work on. Therefore, I have obtained a Bachelor of Science in Tourism at Wageningen University and NHTV Breda (now BUAS). Afterwards I did a Master of Science in Sustainable Development with a specialisation in International Development. Both studies contained a research project on tourism abroad, in Vietnam and Indonesia, and that is where I got to see how tourism develops in those regions. With the knowledge I have gained during these studies I hope to assist Fair Tourism to spread sustainable tourism as a volunteer. Themes that I am interested in are inclusivity, equality and community-based tourism.

Hey! I am Sanne, a Human Geography student at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. I am interested in tourism geography and sustainability. Although I really like to travel, I do realize the strain it puts on communities, heritage, environment and the climate. In my opinion, the way we travel nowadays should change drastically to safeguard and respect the beautiful places, cultures, and nature of this world. Currently, I am doing a project on Slow Tourism as part of my Honours programme. I am delighted that I can support Fair Tourism with the knowledge I obtain during this project.

Hey everyone! I am Celina from Germany and currently studying Tourism Management in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. I am an outside-person, in love with travelling and doing sports like running and snowboarding. Meeting new people and learning about their backgrounds, as well as exploring the beauty of nature are two aspects within those passions, I really value which is why it is important to me to do so in a sustainable way. By doing my internship at the Fair Tourism Foundation, I hope to be able to do my part and support spreading this desire and the practice of community-based tourism, inspiring others and letting them realize their influence on the destinations and people they visit.

Hi, I am Meel, originally from Finland which partly explains the weird name. The past five to six years I have lived a bit all over the places such as in Australia, Germany, The UK and Netherlands. Living abroad has helped me to understand different cultures and backgrounds and shifted me to research more about cultural awareness. I am an International Tourism management student currently doing my minor at Breda University of Applied Sciences focusing on Sustainability, Social responsibility and identity. Through this minor, my interest in sustainability has taken over with all its aspects and therefore doing my thesis research how to make Fair Tourism a social enterprise seems like a perfect fit! For the future, I would like to combine my passion for the tourism industry and sustainability to work towards more sustainable tourism.

Hi there, My name is Mona, I’m originally from Germany and have been living in Amsterdam since I moved here for my tourism management bachelor programme three years ago. I would describe myself as an active person and like to do sports such as running and horse-back riding. I’ve loved travelling and exploring new places ever since I can imagine and have developed a passion particularly for sustainable tourism development during my study. I am currently in the last year of my study and already very excited to start writing my thesis for Fair Tourism in February. In this connection I am planning on developing a marketing and promotional strategy for the CBT project in Huay Pu Keng for the German market.

Hi! I am Nadja, a Tourism Management student at university InHolland in Rotterdam. I absolutely love traveling and learning about new cultures. After finishing my internship abroad I decided to enroll in a minor that focuses on responsible travel and community-based tourism. This minor made me realize that even though tourism is fun, it can put definite strains on communities and the environment . That is why I decided I do not just want to work in the tourism industry, but I also want to contribute to the development of responsible travel. So I am very excited to be writing my bachelor thesis for Fair Tourism!

Hi! My name is Guusje, a fourth year bachelor student, studying Tourism Management in Deventer. I am a typical tall dutchy, who is open-minded, social, driven, loves exploringand travelling and watching the sunset or going for walks with a coffee. Throughout my life so far, I have already lived in three different countries, namely, The Netherlands, Denmark and Australia. Due to my multi-cultural upbringing, I have gained a great passion towards travelling and exploring the world, together with gaining knowledge and awareness about the many unique and amazing cultures that are present on our beautiful planet. I have received the wonderful opportunity to write my thesis for the amazing foundation, Fair Tourism, and hope to open a door towards the development and awareness creation of community-based and indigenous tourism in Australia, together with the Aboriginals, who have a special place in my heart.

Hi! I am Fija, a Tourism Management student at Inholland, Diemen. My biggest passion is travelling the world, hiking to beautiful places, meeting other cultures, trying interesting food and learning new languages. Having travelled several years before studying, I realized that the tourism sector isn’t that sustainable in certain parts of the world. I want to contribute to a healthier and happier planet and help communities to benefit from tourism and writing my thesis for Fair Tourism in 2021 lets me do this. I will research the possibilities of CBT for the Maasai in Kenya and see what issues they are facing and conduct a preliminary study on the tourism situation now, also regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Hey! My name is Tjalda, I’m from the Netherlands and I study Tourism Management in Haarlem. Right now, I am following a minor about Responsible Travel, through which I found out that my interest lies in making tourism more sustainable and that after my studies I would prefer to continue in community-based tourism. That is why I am really looking forward to writing my thesis for Fair Tourism, starting in February! I will start a research into possibilities of community-based tourism for the Masai people in Tanzania. I feel very involved in this because I have been here myself and I would definitely like to go back. Because besides my interest in sustainability, I also love to travel, get to know other cultures, discover beautiful nature and I love animals and sports.

Hi! I am Nutthaya, a recent Masters degree in Tourism and Environment with architectural and design background from Thailand. I aim to develop a positive contribution to the tourism industry, with a special interest in destination management and community-based tourism. For that reason, I am currently volunteering for Fair Tourism as a Community Development Specialist.

Ahoy, I am Mahendra !!! An Internship at Fair Tourism Foundation has been an astounding learning savoir-faire starting from the basic aspects. I chose to be an Intern at Fair Tourism Foundation for the sole purpose of giving back to the planet and live as sustainably as possible. I landed in Cologne for my Master studies from a considerable medieval city called Pune, the cultural capital of India. Originating from a rich cultural background, I felt moments of bitter cheerfulness reading about Kayan hill tribe. With my academics in International Tourism and Event Management, an internship at Fair Tourism Foundation is the most pragmatic approach I could have exclusively picked. It is entirely enriching to work with a multi-cultural Tourism team. Moreover, I have a tremendous affinity towards Ecological Sustainability and Ethical Wildlife Tourism.

Hi! I am Haruna from Japan, a master student in Cultural Geography and Tourism. I love ballroom dancing and traveling around to immerse myself in different cultures, beautiful landscapes and enjoy local cuisines! Through my travel experience to over 30 countries, I became aware of how powerful tourism industry is to change the destinations as well as tourists ourselves. At Fair tourism, I am currently conducting my Master thesis research about how CBT is experienced by both hosts and guests in Kayan villages.

Call me Nisa, a master student of Tourism, Society and Environment at Wageningen University. I’m from Indonesia. My interest in tourism has been growing since I took a job as tour guide during my bachelor. Currently, I am currently finishing my thesis about tourism and local culture, which makes me even more interested in sustainable tourism. It is also a reason why I am an intern at Fair Tourism, where I am developing a revenue model and assisting CBT development in Huay Sua Thao.

Hello! I’m Saranyu from Thailand, a Masters degree student at Wageningen University in Tourism, Society and Environment with a specialisation  in Political science and Marketing. I have a strong ambition to alleviate poverty and marginalisation in our society.  I believe that efficient principles and approaches of sustainable tourism and CBT will contribute positive outcomes to our society at large. Therefore, I decided to do an internship at Fair Tourism Foundation due to there is an ongoing project in Thailand about the marginalised ethnic communities of Kayan hill tribe. This project interested me to look back at my country and start to pursue my personal goals.

Hi, I am Sina-Aline from Germany! I love Salsa dancing and reading historical books about different countries while holding a cup of coffee in my hand. Besides this, I love responsible traveling and diving into different cultures and languages. For this reason, I also studied one year in Malang, Indonesia and traveled to several countries in Asia. I am always up for a hike and cannot wait to see the sunset. At Fair Tourism, I am responsible for raising awareness of the Kayan hill tribe in the Mae Hong Son region. Additionally, I am writing Grant proposals for facilitating Community-Based Tourism.

We are three enthusiastic and motivated students from Leiden University College, which offers an international, interdisciplinary program aiming at educating its students in tackling the main Global Challenges. In our course “Development Project Management”, we are working with Fair Tourism to help attract more tourists to the wonderful village of Huay Pu Keng.

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