What is the meaning of responsible tourism?
Responsible tourism refers to an approach to tourism born in the late 80s and is characterized by a double concern for the environment of the places visited by tourists and well-being of people living there.
In most cases the term is used in reference to tourism in the countries of the Third World or developing countries, and that is where an essential part of the planet’s environmental heritage is, and often is in danger.
To understand the concept of responsible tourism in Africa we shall respond to questions.
- Why mustn’t we give money to children?
In Africa, children are everywhere and very often, when they see white people, they ask them for money. We must remember that whilst the little money tourists give to children can become a source of income for local families with serious difficulties, they may prefer leaving children begging on the streets instead of sending them to school. Thus, we are destroying the future of these children. Donations are good, but it is important that we do it through structures capable of giving a real contribution to the lives of children. Investigate before you leave which partners can be useful to tell you what to do for them.
- Where is more appropriate to stay or eat?
Each time you select a property and a restaurant run by local people contribute to the local economy, encouraging the initiative of individual self-development and help the country. . And, equally important, will give a small step for discovering a different and welcoming world.
- Why should we be careful with what we buy?
There are shells, jewellery, belts, rugs and a wide range of craft products, which vary from country to country, which are made of endangered animals. Purchasing these items supports the looting of public property and damaging to the economy and future the country.
Before you buy something we must consider if our gift will actually be the memory of a journey that brought us closer to others in connection with nature, people and animals living on land that welcomes us.
Our house and services
If your trip to West Africa takes you to Benin, and you would like to discover the history and beauty of Ouidah and experience the life in a foster home, the Joyful House offers the following services.
Today, our facilities are:
- 10 double rooms with fan and mosquito net
- 3 bathrooms for the exclusive use of tourists
- 1 dining room
- possibility to connect to the web
- 2 kitchens
Tourists who want to spend a period in our family home can choose among:
- full board
- half board
- bed & breakfast
All rooms are equipped with bed linen.
You can also make use of laundry and ironing service on request.
The House is not a hotel but a family home to help needed children and women to have a better future.
In a perspective of responsible and free development, the House is able to offer the following services:
- Accommodation and car hire with driver
- Only car hire with driver
- Complete management of a travel package (accommodation, means of communication with the driver - guide to Benin and Togo)
- Transportation to and from the airport in Cotonou
- Laundry and ironing
All products of tourism and related activities contribute to the growth in education and care of our children.
Our goal is to build a self-funded home to create some employment opportunities.
The prices are below average but we can formulate package of proposals to ad hoc groups based on specific needs, including all necessary services (accommodation - out of a few days - week of travel or more).
Prices are on a daily basis.
- Full board: 13500 CFA (20 euros)
- Half board: 10000 CFA (15 euros)
- B&B: 7500 CFA (11 euros)
Transportation to and from the airport: cfa 16.000 ( 25 euros) (including petrol)
Transportation to and from Cotonou: cfa 16.000 (25 euros) (including petrol)
If you want to get information or make reservations you can contact us, we will be happy to answer all your questions.