How does tourism affect the places we all visit and are we doing harm without even realizing it?
The culture all throughout East Africa share many similarities, but from village to village traditions and language can vary slightly. Communities consist of families who have lived there for generations, such as my homestay family who were fourth generation, making a livelihood. With more than 80% of the active working population engaged in food production and being the country's primary source of income in Tanzania much of the culture revolves around the agriculture industry. My homestay village consisted of many small house space out from each other with fields of crops between them. People in the villages rely on one another to watch out
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All I could do was laugh, I had barely made a scratch on the field I was working. At that moment is when I realized what people in Tanzania thought of Americans, that we can’t work a day in the fields and I don’t blame them for thinking that. Many of the people who visit East Africa in general from either Europe or America are people who make their wealth through business not manual labor. Where we value success as going to a good university, finding a job, and making money, people in the local villages value a hard days work and the people in their community. The culture is simple they live their lives day to day with only the necessities of food, water, and family. They believe they can overcome anything, and they chanel this through religion. They believe that everything good or bad happens because its gods plan, and that he is the reason why people are strong, blessed, and happy and with god you can overcome any obstacle. The people in East Africa are some the happiest people I have ever met and I believe this quote captures their lifestyle, “Perhaps it is only those who understand just how fragile life is who know how precious it is.”
One of the biggest reasons many people visit East Africa or Africa in general is not to volunteer or not to visit local communities, but to see is