Kumba la Jaiva !
two weeks odyssey into traditional, ritual and popular
Dance and Music workshops
in Dominican Republic
expressions of the Caribbean...
of Ethics for Kiskeya Alternativa and Kalalú-Danza,
Code of Conduct
Program and Activities
A Quick look at Afro Dominican Rhythms and Dances
Republic and Real life experiences
About Kiskeya Alternativa
that is a non for profit organization focusing on Afro-Caribbean identity
revaluation, and conducts research and training activities as artistic
performances and projects involving marginal communities and children.
created Kiskeya Alternativa
as a program to use the Internet tools to enhance alternative tourism social,
economical, cultural and environmental sustainability in the Dominican
Republic and Haiti. By generating income out of tourism activities, Kiskeya
Alternativa supports its activities and the projects of its umbrella organization
tour operator, Kiskeya Alternativa creates packages with different
aspects, as culture nature and community. Community integration is
a big issue in our developing of tourism products. We conceive alternative
tourism as a conscious way of travelling, wherein open-minded travellers
and host communities meet each other with mutual respect. In this meeting,
traveller and host learn about each others social, cultural and environmental
background. Alternative tourism is a personal search for real experiences
and original entertainment away from the crowd in luxurious isolated resorts.
It is about building paths oneself, while the traveller chooses where to
stay and what to do and always looks for harmony with the hosting space.
out what we really stand for and to realize sustainable tourism development
and community participation, we created a code of ethics
for Kiskeya Alternativa and other collaborating organizations and a code
of conducts for visitors.
of Ethics of Kiskeya Alternativa
communities, our intentions are to:
local culture, our intentions are to:
valorize and not degrade the social, cultural, human and environmental
background and values of the hosting community.
involvement and active participation by community members in the project.
community members to be actors of their own development process.
financial benefit to the community or bring resources for community development
(infrastructure, education, organization skills, etc.).
structure of host population intact by our activities and we avoid improper
intrusions into their private lives.
Try to use
local supplies of accommodation, food and beverages and additional necessities
as much as possible.
any form of prostitution, vandalism or criminality.
natural environment, our intentions are to:
the integrity of the culture and try to avoid visitor contribution to a
decline of cultural values.
local culture and traditional expressions as a form of commercial merchandise
but maintain and stimulate their original sources and authentic values.
visitor understanding of the local culture and traditions and stimulate
cross-cultural exchange between tourists and local residents so they learn
about one another.
and threatening of biological diversity, natural beauty and resources and
in efforts to protect and recover natural environment.
small groups at a time to reduce visitor impacts on the carrying capacity
of the environment.
and habitats in (protected) natural areas intact.
waste disposal in such content it doesn't damage natural environment.
setting up these guidelines, we develop monitoring mechanisms so we can
ensure the guidelines above are going to be applied.
travellers before departure, to minimize their negative impacts and maximize
their positive impacts while visiting natural areas and local communities.
We offer educational material to inform them about social structures, culture,
history and environment. We have also a Code of Conduct
small groups of visitors to minimize group impact on the destination.
general travel ethics addressing standards for behaviour in natural areas
and towards local culture.
interaction between visitors and local communities while overseeing contact
to avoid cultural errors.
quality interpretation at all times in order to give visitors the proper
Alternativa has developed a Tourism
Sustainability Certification Program program with the objectives
of (a) develop a tool to be sure to integrate in our project only partners
(tourism operators) that meet minimal levels of sustainability on the environmental,
social and cultural aspects (unfortunately in Dominican Rep. and Haiti
anyone can today label itself as "ecotourism"); (b) develop and continue
the process in collaboration with other institutions (environmental Ngos,
academic, official) to build real and complete tool for establishing a
National Certification Program; (c) Establish mechanisms for permanently
monitor our integrated partners on their activities sustainability and
tool was build up: The Tourism Sustainability Identification Questionnaire
that you can access on line starting at our Tourism
Sustainability Certification Program pages.
of conducts for the visitors
Alternativa is a local, responsible ecotour operator. We treat the environment,
the culture and her members with the highest respect as stated in our Code
Republic is a beautiful country with a great diversity of animals, flora
and fauna and cultural sites. We ask you to help us to establish a harmony
between people and the natural environment so that fragile habitats and
places of cultural importance are conserved for our future generations.
the next travel tips and following them you could only help preserve the
Dominican environment and culture and upgrade your own quality of life.
the natural environment and the cultural sites
prostitution and Discotheques
footprints. Take only photographs, no litter and don't take away ‘souvenirs’
from historical and natural areas.
respect for nature: keep to the proper footpaths, don't feed wildlife,
don't pick flowers or other vegetation and don't buy products made from
endangered plants or animals
the environment by walking or other means and try to minimize the use of
and carefully as noise can disturb native birds, animals and reptiles,
and in cultural places like churches.
litter in a bin or bring it home. Don't expect others to clean after you.
before photographing: at some historical and cultural places it is forbidden.
the privacy and dignity of others.
may be required to visit some cultural sites.
the privacy, cultural heritage, habits and traditions of the host community:
dress properly before entering historical sites: suitable wear for women
then should be a skirt beneath the knees or trousers and sleeveless shirts
aren't desired. Haitians and Dominicans are used to dress conservatively:
try to dress to these standards. Beachwear should never be worn away from
the beach or poolside, skirts above the knee are considered risqué
and men should wear a shirt away from the beachside.
pictures, respect the privacy of others: ask permission and use restraint.
and don't pollute
scarce in the country so practice conservation and avoid pollution
system here is different from which we are used to: try to avoid throwing
toilet paper into the toilets.
litter in a dustbin or carry it home.
local fire restrictions and be careful with cigarettes butts and matches.
and social travelling tips
sex tourism also appears in the Dominican Republic, and is mostly presented
in the beach areas. To avoid any problems or encourage their business they
are practising, don’t get involved with these people.
in discotheques are a bit different compared to western standards. It isn't
common for Dominican women to go out alone. If they do, you can assume
they are pleasure girls and want something of you. To avoid problems, always
be careful if you ask Dominican women to dance. When you go out with
Dominican boys, always make clear that you want nothing more of them than
just having a nice time.
to registration form
the geography, customs, manners and culture of the island. Take time to
listen to the people and encourage local conservation efforts. Share your
own stories, help them the locals to gain a realistic view of life in Western
the local economy by buying local goods and services.
to beggars only encourages their begging. If you really want to help them,
give a donation to a project, school or health centre. It is a more constructive
way to help.
to hearing ‘gringo/a’, ‘rubio/a’ shouted at you. Don’t take it as an insult;
it is a generic term for ‘foreigner’ rather than a jibe at your colour.
Most of the time it is intended as a greeting, and a smile is a welcome
involved with any kind of illegal drugs, as a foreigner you are always
at a distinct disadvantage. The local police will be very harsh on foreigners.
these guidelines you will help to protect the environment, enjoy you stay
at the utmost and we all pull together to preserve it for future visitors.
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