This is an Aalto LAB Mexico project, a program affiliated to the Sustainable Global Technologies (SGT) course at Aalto University Finland. Every year through the SGT course, Aalto students are given hands on projects in different scopes which are aimed at improving lives and making the world a better place through sustainable technologies.
In 2017, one of such projects is to implement a sustainable community-based tourism in a Mayan village called Uxuxubi in the Mexican Caribbean. The project is being executed in a collaboration between Aalto University and Instituto Tecnológico de Cancun, Mexico. The project starts at Aalto University in January 2017, where we formed our team and began preparations for a field visit of the Uxuxubi community. There are four Aalto master’s students in our group: Lawrence Ofosu Gyinaye, Elizabeth Miller, Jennifer Pitkänen and Niina Repo. We are also working with students from our partner university in Mexico during our visit to the community.
Our project is now in the diagnostic phase, therefore we will be collecting data and information about the village and identifying tourism potentials. Multiple stakeholders who are involved in improving sustainable rural tourism in Uxuxubí and the livelihoods of its residents will be brought together during this project. This 2017 diagnosis phase of the project will form the foundation for the project to continue successfully in the future in the development and implementation phases.
We invite you to follow this project as we present to you the exciting and beautiful scenery of Uxuxubi that promises to make it your next holiday destination. We will share our experiences and adventures in series of blogs everyday during our time in the beautiful community.
“Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos.”
― Bill Mollison,
Welcome on board!