Oct 15 - American and British vacationers are mixing a beach holiday with working in a Sierra Leone community as part of an eco-tourism experiment set up by a UK entrepreneur. Natalie Armstrong reports.
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Trading -- for beach towels. Vacationers from the US and the UK are taking part in tribe wanted Sierra Leon. An experiment an eco terrorism and sustainable development that eighty kilometers up the -- island's capital Freetown the eleventh so called I've members are helping build an eco resort. Using the latest sustainable technologies at the nearby small fishing village up. John -- British entrepreneur and founder and he hopes the venture would give something back to the village but the project will only work if he can convince enough people to make the trip to Sierra Leon. The biggest challenge is not head on the beach from the village from a coordinate the building of this community it's it's persuading people here. I only got this warm reception. Understandably. Sierra game that actually that's the case. Well Sierra Leon has been politically and socially stable since the end of its civil war in 2002. Perception that kind of country have been difficult to change. We've got Yeltsin to make it work and if we can get the pistons hand the tribe members here and now it at least double figures on operates throughout this year's attendance at times been a few hundred dollars a week and this thing. Can sustain itself. Tribe wanted now hires thirty local youth and donates 500 US dollars every month to the village that travelers pay 450 US dollars for a weeklong stay it covers student accommodation and helped fund the venture. Iraq in the pitched tents at midnight. -- dropping my command might tend to success he on the first morning sun sun was about coming out. And it was exactly like the pictures that I see on the website so that was very positive. People -- really nice and friendly. The work includes establishing a solar towered powered -- a small bridge and blocking essentials such as it laptop will allow phone and camera chargers. The resort has visitors in round cut made with the technology called earth banging the volunteers -- -- -- a small amount of concrete mixed with dirt and power from nearby quarry for the foundation of the first -- magnets. They also hope that at this so called chop house. If you're on here like say fancy hotel and the security of that I think this might not be your thing that if you like adventure. And view of our. Into nature is a great place in the especially if you want to work. I think it's a unique opportunity to work side by side can get involved in real lives real people and and a beautiful country. At the end of the day the vacationers have time to relaxes -- with local children played football and stretch out and panicked as the sun that. Natalie Armstrong for Reuters dot com.