If you have been reading my previous blogs you will know that I am working in Tenerife for the next 2 months as a volunteer.
What is sustainable tourism?
Sustainable tourism is the idea of travelling to a country as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy.
Activities with AWdF
The Atlantic Whale and Dolphin Foundation (AWdF) promotes eco-tourism so activities include hiking, dog walking, diving, kayaking, paragliding and surfing.
This week I went surfing in the morning at El Medano, and then paragliding in the afternoon. I honestly had the best day. I never thought I would be brave enough to go surfing but I met some amazing people who are really fun and reassuring, and they watch out for each other so I really felt safe and excited to go. I had the most fun because I wasn’t as afraid as I knew that my friends would look after me (even though we have only known each other for 1-2 weeks).
I did fall off a lot more than stand on the board, and it’s really important to arch your back when swimming for the wave. I learned the hard way that if you don’t, it’s dangerous because I went under the water and the surfboard went on my head and kept pushing me under as more waves carried on crashing against me… so if you do decide to go, make sure you arch your back!
Paragliding was the most fun, I just wish we were in the air for longer. The only part I was scared of was running down a really steep hill with all the equipment on my back in order to create lift and take off. I slipped the first time I tried because I was unsure how much I had to run and was worried I would fall. The land was very slippy too. However, when we did take off the views were stunning and it felt absolutely amazing!! You should definitely go and try it out!
I also went dog walking this week which was really lovely, but we have to take the dogs in the morning as it’s far too hot here in Tenerife during the day. All of the dogs are a pleasure to walk and the rescue centre really appreciate any support that anybody can give. They also have cats and one of them had kittens, they were extremely cute 😍
Remember that all of these tourism activities are friendly to the environment, society and economy so when you go on holiday, try to choose sustainable activities.
Thanks for reading!