Pillars of YMCA Altenative Tourism


Learning and Sharing

Programmes in the YMCA Global Alternative Tourism will provide learning and sharing opportunities for the visitors and host community.



Care for the Present and the Future

Programmes in the GATN will care for the present and future through protection of the rights of the indigenous people, addressing the challenges of exploitation, Climate change, empowering youth and women, caring the elderly and promoting peace and harmony.

Each programs listed in the GATN are developed by the YMCAs by prioritizing different issues which are relevant in their context or which should be celebrated, considering the diversity of culture and environment. Special care has been made for the preservation of the environment, values, rights of the local people and local cultures.


Beneficial for Hosts and Travellers

Programmes in the GATN are taking place in communities, natural and cultural heritage sites and environments. YMCA recognizes Global alternative tourism as a tool to conserve and enhance local, natural and cultural heritage as well as strengthening the local economy. Emphasis are made for empowering the local communities to exercise control over the forms of tourism that they wish to see in their communities, while developing the programs for GATN.



All GATN programs provide safe, affordable, meaningful travel with community experiences for the participants and ensure quality services at reasonable cost.


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