The Global Alternative Tourism Network

Global Alternative Toursim Network

Global Alternative Tourism Network or GATN is a network of different YMCAs that promote Alternative Tourism. Initiated by the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs, the GATN  is a community-based initiative anchored within the concepts of fair-trade and global citizenship. The Young Men's Christian Association, because of its unique community-based policies and extensive world network, strive for healthy and meaningful tourism experiences aim to engage local communities and promote a fair, responsible and beneficial model for tourism. 

The CHANGE Principles

The CHANGE Principle lists the folllowing as the features of the YMCA Alternative Tourism experience: 

Community-centered
  • Reflect Community Based Tourism Values through community participation in Alternative Tourism programmes 
  • Understand and help address the Economic, Political, Social, Cultural needs of the community 
  • Empower the community towards sustainability 
  • Promote and consuming local products 
  • Ensure benefits remain in the community to ensures that the benefits remain in the community 
  • Protect the dignity and rights of the communities 
  • Pursue reasonable policies for the benefit of the communities 
  • Promote local networking 
  • Challenge tourists with experiences for developing Body, Mind & Spirit 
  • Values based on understanding and serving others 
  • Appreciate local culture, values and wisdom 
  • Learn to care for each other whether visitors or hosts 
  • Create innovative & learning tour programmes 
Holistic in Approach
Advocates Global Citizenship and Global Networking
  • Multicultural coexistence, interdependence and global solidarity 
  • Promote values of Global Ethics such as: Human Rights, Peace Cooperation, Justice and developmnent 
  • Concerned with challenged communities facing concerns such as HIV_AIDS, interfaith and gender issues 
  • Respond to the call for unity implicit in the YMCA motto:"That they all may be One" 
  • Environmentally responsible, and ensure low environmental impact and ecologically sustainable outcomes 
  • Understand ecological issues of the visited community 
  • Build awareness among turist during the programmes such as Natural Resource conservation 
Nature and Heritage Conserving
Gender and Child Sensitive
  • Build awareness among tourists for gender just and child protective 
  • Empower youth and women 
  • Provide affordable and competitive programmes to tourists 
  • Ensure sustainable and income generative outcomes for communities 
  • Develop volunteer and philantrophic resources 
  • Promote ethical consumption of local products and services
  • Optimize utilization of YMCA resources 
  • Coordinate promotions and sharing of best practice within the global networks of YMCAs and ecumenical communities 
Economically Viable