A new short film released in August 2017 explores the successes and lessons learned from a recent knowledge exchange visit that took fishers from Ataúro in Timor-Leste to Raja Ampat, in Indonesia.
We’ve been helping set up a new homestay association on Ataúro where our volunteers spend part of their expedition time. The Raja Ampat Homestay Association, winners of the 2017 UNDP Equator Prize, are renowned leaders in the homestay game, and the people in Raja Ampat are subsistence fishers and share many similarities to the communities we work with on Ataúro. The homestay association has offered a way for community families to access the international tourist market, diversifying and strengthening alternative livelihoods, providing a clear and measurable link between protecting the environment and the economic benefits that tourism can bring.
Find out more about Raja Ampat Homestays at www.stayrajaampat.com or volunteer with Blue Ventures and experience an Ataúro homestay for yourself.
We would like to extend our thanks to 73-ltd and WWF International for their support of this exchange programme.