Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
Escuela de Guías de la Patagonia
This description of Francisco Vio Giacaman's work was prepared when Francisco Vio Giacaman was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Francisco Vio sees tourism as an opportunity for the Patagonian population to improve their quality of life, preserve their culture, and protect the environment. He founded the Patagonia School for Guides to combat the migration of young people from Patagonia and to help integrate tourism into local markets. Francisco’s Patagonia School trains youth to become some of the best guides in the world, and after graduation, supports them in establishing nature-oriented tourism businesses that benefit the community and are environmentally friendly.
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