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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.
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.
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
Hidden City Tours
Pragulic is a social enterprise that challenges the stereotypes associated with homelessness by enabling people to experience the world from a homeless perspective.
Shedia Invisible Tours
"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
There are many Favela Tours in Brazil
Delhi & Mumbai Reality Tours and Travel
There are many Township Tours in Namibia
There are many Township Tours in South Africa