It is committed to making a pleasant, enjoyable experiences and meaningful connections with local environment, people, host communities, tourism companies and tourists themselves. For sustainable tourism to thrive, it requires responsible planning and management, informed participation of all relevant stakeholders and strong political leadership and good will to widen participation and consensus building.
The Virunga Community programs acknowledge conservation as a prerequisite for sustainable tourism and economic development. Gorillas’ tracking is undeniably a highly treasured unique experience which attracts many tourists globally. It is has been an overwhelming conservation and economical success for Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The major challenges facing conservation efforts are extreme poverty which compels communities to rely on forest for food and other resources, mining activities, rebel groups, hunting and deforestation. The Virunga community programs aims to encourage research on the threatened ecosystems and conservation education, and also providing assistance to local communities through education, health, training and economic development initiatives.
The Virunga community programs strive to achieve the set UN’s sustainable development goals by initiating viable programs
Our volunteers work around different sites such as Kahuzi-Biega, Virunga National Parks-DRC, Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable forest-Uganda and Volcanoes National Parks-Rwanda, depending on the volunteer’s request. Therefore, we would like to advise our volunteers to be specific when choosing a program. The volunteers and host communities need to share their skills, experiences and knowledge for the betterment of both parties.
In addition, Virunga Massif has various opportunities available, such as visiting the mountain gorillas in the parks, golden monkeys, and mountain hiking and biking experience, visiting the caves, organising education tours, visiting museums, bird watching, cultural villages, visiting Dian Fossey site and Community activities among others.
Currently, Virunga Community Programs has a partnership with the following organizations in order to promote sustainable Tourism within the Virunga massif: