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Code of Ethics for Visitors to Third World Countries
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Travel in a spirit of humility and with a genuine desire to learn more about the people of your host country
Be sensitively aware of the feelings of other people, preventing what might be offensive behaviour on your part. This applies very much to photography.
Cultivate the habit of listening and observing, rather than merely hearing and seeing.
Realize that often the people in the country you visit have time concepts and thought patterns different from your own; this does not make them inferior, only different.
Instead of looking for that "beach paradise," discover the enrichment of seeing a different way of life through other eyes.
Acquaint yourself with local customs people will be happy to help you.
Instead of the Western practice of knowing all the answers, cultivate the habit of listening.
Remember that you are only one of the thousands of tourists visiting this country and so do not expect special privileges.
If you are really want to experience to be "a home away from home," it is foolish to waste money on travelling.
When you are shopping, remember that the "bargain" you obtain was only possible because of the low wages paid to the maker.
Do not make promises to people in your host country, unless you are certain you can carry them through.
Spend time reflecting on your daily experiences in an attempt to deepen your understanding. It has been said that what enriches you may rob and violate others.
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