Help rebuild Dominica after hurricane Maria

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Responsible tourism: Help rebuild Dominica after hurricane Maria

Environment

Before commencing construction we carried out an environmental impact assessment and stone is taken from the property for building work which avoids transport and pollution. All our electricity is solar, hydro and wind, and our hot water comes from a solar thermosyphon system.

We monitor the water both entering and leaving our land by testing the river water in the lab to ensure we do not cause any detrimental effects. We use low flow taps, rocks in the toilets for displacement, and grey water passes through a trap in the plug hole, a grease trap outside and then a soakaway.

All our gardens are organic and we use a rotating 4 bin composting system. Each building has 2 bins (compost and other) - there is currently no recycling in Dominica.

We are actively involved in an island wide scheme to increase general environmental awareness through our membership of the south east tourism development committee. We have also hosted a number of school visits for educational training, showing them our solar equipment, veggie oil truck and organic farming practises.

We employ only local people and have set up a local lady with a washing machine so she can not only do our laundry, but also run a small laundry service in the local village.

We have also been actively involved in creating a new library for the village - a previous customer from the USA donated a large amount of books and we installed electricity into an available room in the village which will be used for the project.

Community

The nearest village to Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge is called Grand Fond, and is home to around 1,000 people. Most of our workers are from this village, some others come from the nearest village in the other direction, Petite Soufriere, or another village near Rosalie beach called Riviere Cyrique. This is in keeping with our social policy.

As well as working closely with the local village councils to offer a number of community based activities for our guests, we also offer a community homestay programme, where visitors can spend one night with a family to experience village life for real, and the host gets a good income for their time. click here for details

Some of our other community projects include:

Computer Mission Dominica - 400 computers installed in schools and workshops on maintenance held at each school
Grand Fond Pre school Scholarship fund
The schools visit us for free to get an eco education tour.
The local school has a library for the village, using books supplied initially from one of our guests. Staff from the lodge installed all the electricity and donated the parts for the work carried out.
We bought a washing machine for a lady in the village and she now has her own laundry business. As well as doing the laundry for us and our guests, she is also able to provide a service for the villagers.
We have sponsored the village cricket team by providing them with a large amount of new equipment.
We have sponsored one of the village bands, The Blazing Squad, by helping towards the cost of a new keyboard which they greatly need, and by showcasing them, and another local band The Sucroze Band, occasionally here, at Rosalie Forest.
We have hosted environmentally educational school visits for a few of the island's schools, and continue to offer this free service to all schools in Dominica. We also offer this service to all interested parties, and all of our staff are fully trained in all of our environmental policies.
We ran an art competition in Grand Fond School to design our roadside banners. The four winners won some art equipment and a weekend at the lodge, during which time we held an art workshop and transferred their paper designs onto the large roadside banners which can be seen today around Dominica. We donated some art equipment to the school in order to run the competition.

If you would like to know more about any of our environmental policies and practices, please feel free to contact us any time, and we will always be more than happy to help.

We have a small library in our reception area, which contains a whole host of useful information and technical details about all of our systems, and other systems which we do not yet use.

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“There were two options on this volunteering trip, one of them being trail clearing and the other was working on a construction project.”
“I had a really great time. And a really rewarding time too. It was just a brilliant experience and I would encourage anyone to do it.”

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the damage done by hurricane Maria, with respect to both the landscape (trees) and houses.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go there, spend money, help the people there recover.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The intention was to go there and see if I could help with the recovery effort. I hope that the effort did a bit of good. Not sure what to say about reducing environmental impact. With respect to supporting conservation, I helped work on the national trail by clearing downed trees and tried restore the trail to be usable.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, I would recommend going to Dominica for vacation or help them recover. Read about the island before going.

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