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Solidestinations is a social
business operation comprising locally embedded solidarity tourism and
social/civil society wellbeing projects. We aim primarily to promote economic,
social and cultural development in the local communities in which we are
embedded – principally those in Batticaloa in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka
– which are a hub of homestay tourism and social project activities.The ethic of the operation, which blends intersecting solidarity tourism/ecotourism (contra mass tourism), social justice, Fairtrade and other principles, is encapsulated
in our motto: ‘a nice place for us to live, a pleasant place for you to visit…’
A foundational part of our activities is to
facilitate opportunities for travellers to responsibly engage in sightseeing
and cultural activities, from a base amongst collaborators in the village. Travellers
are afforded immersion and experiential learning opportunities and,
potentially, an impetus to develop solidarity bonds and supportive practices
after leaving the host. This in turn helps to generate funding for facilitation
of community development projects – in particular, our soon-to-be International
Play Association (IPA) affiliated children/youth play centre.
The operation functions, ultimately, to provide
opportunities for youth (particularly girls) to develop play and leadership
skills, and to help improve the status of local leaders (particularly
women) by supporting skill development resource access (so existing skills can be deployed). In this way the homestay tourism/ecotourism/community tourism economic initiative has
complementarity with the social projects – all of which travellers/volunteers
and others are welcome to contribute to, if requisite capacity can be
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