RESEARCH, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

 

INTRODUCTION TO RESPONSIBLE TOURISM PROJECT OF TGG

TGG Foundation has focused on building a model initiative to train youths on Responsible Tourism and its role in developing a responsible society that cares for the environment, respects culture, contributes to sustainable development, and empowers rural communities since its foundation in 2014. Ms. Allison Platt, in conjunction with TGG Foundation and Tufts University in the United States, undertook a need-based assessment research in 2016. TGG Farm was created for practical experience and currently provides sustainable living practice and experience. We’ve also built a Responsible Human Mission (RHM) Center to help people live more simply (What it takes to survive on this planet). The Foundation is now integrating artists into our initiative to help them engage in this social transformation effort and to boost the project’s creativity. At the TGG Farm, the TGG Foundation is now developing a Creative Center dubbed “Collective Energy” for many types of ideas. We’ll open a Research Center for Medicinal Plants and Regional Cuisines once the Creative Center is operational.

OBJECTIVES

The participants engaged in this project will focus on following objectives:

  1. Engage and document the work done by TGG Foundation in developing a Responsible Tourism Research, Training & Development program in Wayanad.
  2. Conducting a study on the integrating factors such heritage, culture, cuisines, history, agriculture, architecture, tourism potential, bio-diversity, ecology, health, hygiene, zero waste, carbon footprint & other direct and indirect element that has an impact on tourism in Wayanad.
  3. Collect the necessary data for implementing a Responsible tourism project in the location selected by the participant and to submit a detail project report.

TIMELINE

The participants have to follow a strict time line to complete the research:

  1. Objective -1: 10 days (Wayanad)
  2. Objective-2:  4 days  (Wayanad)
  3. Objective-3: 60 days (Remote)

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

In accordance with the criteria, this article seeks to further broaden and deepen the understanding of Responsible Tourism discourse and offers how to bridge the gap by utilising explicit definitions of each word such as heritage, culture, cuisines, history, agriculture, architecture, tourism potential, bio-diversity, ecology, health, hygiene, zero waste, carbon footprint, etc. The architecture of the study is guided by certain exploratory approaches.

Engaged study emphasises improvements in scientific and practical knowledge, which suits the theoretical and practical nature of the current research (TGG Farm). This research incorporates academic knowledge since it is based on continuing research and academic thought on responsible tourist development. Furthermore, it connects with reality by drawing on existing practises in strategy and policy creation, as well as Responsible Tourism implementation. Both are iterated to suit the suggested model.

Furthermore, the study adopts an action research approach, which says that the goal of any action research project is to result in the practical improvement or growth of social practice, as well as practitioners’ improved knowledge of their practices. One distinguishing element of this action research technique is that the inquiry is carried out by a person who is directly involved with the social context under examination (Allison Platt, 2016), which is drawn from the researcher’s previous experience with academic research. It means that this methodology not only focuses on knowledge transfer and dissemination for the purpose of adding to the existing body of tourism knowledge, but it also emphasises critical thinking about that knowledge and co-creation of new knowledge by learning from both sides (academic and practical), whether through academic papers, conferences, or work experience with the tourism industry and the public and private sectors in designing responsible tourism.

The proposed TGG’s Sustainable Living Model, which combines sustainable and experiential tourism to become Responsible Tourism, brings the responsible tourism discussion to a close. To interpret, visualise, and concretise the theoretical model, its phases, and penetration processes, certain metaphoric examples of climbing a mountain are used as inspiration. The outcome of this conceptual thinking is summed up in the section headed Framework for Understanding the Experiential and Sustainable Discourse, which shows how to shape that discourse in detail.

BACKGROUND OF THE RESEARCH

Need based assessment study conducted by Allison Platt : Click here to read

Development and evolution of the Sustainable Living Project – TGG Farm

Basic Study on Responsible Tourism Conducted by Laura, Sara & Mario

Laura made a general overview of the social conditions of these areas, concentrating in particular on the role of women

Mario analyzed the economic and development aspects, with a specific focus on the structure of rural areas’ economy and its contribution to the national wealth.

Sara presented primary needs and concrete actions that could be implemented in the Indian rural areas including ways to enhance financial stability.

Experience of absolute bliss amidst superb nature , The Green Gardens (TGG Farm) is situation in a bio-diversity hotspot of Western Ghats. It is an organic certified farm maintaining ethical standards consciously set by TGG Foundation. Since 2014, international communities have been volunteering, students interning and participating in research enabling experiential living and it also provides livelihood opportunities to the rural communities to transform their lives.

This project has received overwhelming support from people across the world. Together we identified the primary needs of the areas of reference and the main strategic objectives to achieve the goal of developing local communities and enhancing the contribution of rural areas to the Indian economy and the role of women in Indian society.

We believe unity is strength and every big change starts with a small step, so our collaboration has allowed us to lay the foundations, one step at a time, for this important and precious responsible & sustainable tourism project in Indian rural areas.

Finally we defined some possible forms of funding this research project through “ONE RUPEE REVOLUTION”

LOCATION OF THE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Wayanad, Kerala with the epi center as The Green Gardens (A Sustainable living Farm developed by TGG Foundation since 2014) and adjoining Edakkal Caves (a UNESCO) approved world heritage site.

DETAILS OF OUR UPCOMING EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Starting on 20th October – 2nd November 2022

For professionals enrolled under Work, Earn & Develop, the program is offered free of cost.

For all other participants Rs.14000/ will be charged for a 14 day program

For more details about the activities please visit Experiential Learning Program

OUTCOME & IMPLEMENTATION

All stakeholders involved in this programme should benefit from the research and training, which should lead to the creation of a successful, ethical model with the chance for impact evaluation every two years. The participants who are enrolled under Work, Earn & Develop should be able to further engage in the project and implement it in the location they chose while registering for this programme with the help of TGG Foundation and its Associates. After completing the programme, the participant is required to develop a responsible tourism project with a defined revenue stream in order to sustain them economically, to scale it up, and give many more young people the chance to get involved and benefit from it while also improving the lives of those living in rural areas.

OPPORTUNITIES

ENTREPRENEURIAL:- Hotel Management Graduates or any Graduate with experience in hospitality / Travel and Tourism / Rural Development / Sustainable development between the age group of 23 and 29 with freelance or entrepreneurial experience can Associate with TGG under the Work, Earn and Develop program to establish Research, Training & Development on Responsible Tourism Projects in Rural areas. Model project location is in Wayanad, Kerala, India. Implementation potential-Worldwide. Interested professionals can fill the Application Form and submit. (RHM Registration is mandatory, Type of Engagement – Associate Member, once selected. We request you to understand the Responsible Human Mission (RHM), your role and your contribution as an Associate Member before filling the Application form).

RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS:- Hotel Management Under-graduates or any Under-graduate students in hospitality / Travel & Tourism/Rural development can join as research volunteers. (RHM Registration is mandatory, Type of Engagement – Short term engagement)

RUPAK DAYAL FELLOWSHIP

Rupak Dayal Fellowships will be awarded to passionate youths (Age group 23 to 29) with necessary qualifications who want to conduct methodological research in the field of Responsible Tourism. Students with a Masters degree or Research Scholars undertaken research in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, responsible tourism, and sustainable tourism can opt for fellowship . Creative students with artistic talent will be given special consideration during the selection process. The research should be completed and the report to be submitted in a maximum period of 3 months. Such research will be conducted in different locations across India where ever we have appointed Project Associates under Responsible Tourism projects.

The Fellowship of Rs.25,000/- consists of :

  1. Basic Accommodation during the visit to wayanad (Rs.500 per person on twin sharing, per day for 14 days) = Rs.7000/-
  2. Local Traveling Allowance (visit to various sites) : Rs.5000
  3. Stipend : Rs.13000/- (payable on successful completion of the research and submission of the research report)