What makes your innovation unique?
The Sustainable Tourism Schools are a unique and innovative methodology. This methodology has proved to be 70-80% efficient when applying new knowledge. Traditional ways of training fails by disconnecting from local realities and its issues. The STS takes into account the community interests and what they want for their own development and from there set up a participatory structure to reach those goals.
The Community Sani Isla is looking for ways to get more benefits from tourism. We want to develop with them a structured day tour, so tourists will know more about the community traditions and how they make their way of living.
There are about 400 people in Sani Isla. They also live from diverse agriculture and have cacao farms. They have a collection center where they gather their entire cacao and are planning to build a handicraft house. The purpose of using STS is creating a day guide tour with the community that will put together their initiatives and that will probably benefit them by charging a low fee. This fee could be used as a fund to finance future initiatives or capitalized the up going ones. The tour may well include visiting a cocoa farm, their collection center, and in a short future, their handicraft house, where they could enjoy having a fresh made cup of chocolate and buy the handicrafts made by woman.