Code of Conduct
As visitors to Gilgit-Baltistan, we expect you to acknowledge and respect the local culture, heritage, and environment of the region. In the spirit of responsible tourism, we request that you adhere to the following code of conduct while participating in the GB Volunteer Tourism Program.
- Respect and honor the local customs, traditions, and cultural practices of the communities you visit.
- Refrain from smoking, playing loud music, or engaging in behaviors that may be deemed offensive or disrespectful to the local culture.
- Maintain proper behavior during the volunteer period and maintain good communication with program staff and people from the community who participate in program activities.
- Avoid damaging or disturbing plants and wildlife, including refraining from picking flowers or disturbing natural habitats.Refrain from littering, and dispose of waste in designated areas in accordance with local guidelines.
- Conserve resources by using water and electricity responsibly, considering the scarcity of these resources in the area, for example, by turning off lights and appliances when not in use.
- Follow designated trails and paths to avoid disturbing the natural habitats and ecosystems.
- Support local businesses, artisans, and entrepreneurs by purchasing locally made products and services. Avoid excessive bargaining and pay a fair price of goods and services.
- Refrain from promoting or selling personal services or goods to the local community while a volunteer tourist.
- Speak and act with kindness and consideration, promoting a positive and harmonious atmosphere within the community. Do not engage in any form of disrespectful conduct, and provide an environment where people are free from discrimination or harassment.
- If you plan to take photographs, please do so with the utmost respect for individuals and their privacy. Kindly seek consent before taking pictures of local residents, especially in up close, intimate, or religious settings.
- Comply with all travel advisories, safety regulations, and guidelines provided by local authorities.
- Engage in meaningful cultural exchange, sharing knowledge and experiences while fostering mutual respect and understanding.