Encountering the other…..

One of the reasons that we travel is to experience other cultures, to encounter “the other”, to understand and to share something of the other vicariously and briefly. Sometimes this is voyeuristic and exploitative. This resource page has been created to enable those who facilitate responsibly encounters with the other, whether for local, domestic or international visitors.

Slum tourism makes all but the most voyeuristic feel uncomfortable. Tourists have leisure and money to travel in the backstreets and slums, or guided by the homeless the experience of a fundamentally unequal encounter is stark.

Inside the Controversial World of Slum Tourism National Geographic

Slumming is not a new phenomenon. the Oxford English Dictionary dates the first use of the word slumming to 1884, in this first phase it was often driven by philanthropy, the desire to see how the other half lives, but also for illicit sex and drugs. Gazing on the poor, better engaging with them, bring s awareness of their plight. More

Over the last decade, there has been a significant growth in organised opportunities to  see those places not visited by tourists or see tourist places through the eyes of the economically poor and marginalised


This resource page provides links to organisations, businesses, charities and NGOs which enable encounters with the other, those who would otherwise not have the opportunity to benefit from tourism.

These tours are available in the developed world, for citizens and tourists alike.
London
Unseen Tours
a Social Enterprise working with homeless, ex-homeless and vulnerably housed Londoners. Brick Lane, Camden, Covent Garden, London Bridge & Shoreditch
Hackney Tours: alternative experience walks, radical running tours & brilliant bike rides in the most exciting part of London

Graffiti Walking Tour of Camden Town

Edinburgh
Invisible Edinburgh 

Barcelona
Hidden City Tours 

Amsterdam
Amsterdam Underground
FHT
  City walks by former homeless guides

Prague
Pragulic
is a social enterprise that challenges the stereotypes associated with homelessness by enabling people to experience the world from a homeless perspective.

Athens
Shedia Invisible Tours

Berlin 
Homeless     Refugees 

Ljubljana 
Nevid(e)na Lublana

Vienna 
Shades Tours

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“International migration is increasingly characterised by transnational traits that create strong linkages between different places and cultures and that impact, in particular, the routes and spaces of urban migration. In 2010, from this observation, sprung the idea of promoting a form of responsible tourism at kilometre zero that envisages as its protagonists, fellow citizens of sometimes very different backgrounds.”

Between 2010 and today in Turin, Milan, Florence and Rome, over 11,000 people, have taken part in these walks – mostly secondary schools students, but also curious citizens, tourists, local residents, groups and associations” more

Bologna

Florence

Genoa

Lisbon

Marseille

Milan

Napoli

Paris

Rome

Turin

Valencia

 

 

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Brazil
There are many Favela Tours in Brazil 

India
Delhi & Mumbai Reality Tours and Travel

Nambia
There are many Township Tours in Namibia

Phillipines 
Slum tourism 

South Africa
There are many Township Tours in South Africa 

Other resources

Better Host-Guest Encounters

Why visiting orphanages is not acceptable 

Poverty Tourism and the Problem of Consent 

Articles debating poverty tourism