what it means to the porters...
The porters in our group for the day were 17 year old Usitina, 26 year old Chris and 32 year old William. Each of them has a different requirement from this sort of work, for example Usitina is finishing her senior year in school (equivalent to GCSE in the UK or finishing high school in the US) and will use these funds to complete her studies. William will be using the money to ensure his children can continue to study and Chris is using it to make some improvements to his house. It is exactly these communities that tourism needs to support as it is with them on board benefiting from tourism that the success of mountain gorilla tourism or eco-tourism in general can continue; without it the road would be much harder. And of course you aren't just making a charitable donation; your experience trekking to view the mountain gorillas is improved as a direct result of the service they offer.
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