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Visiting communities abroad

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Many people are interested in combining travel outside their home countries with visits to intentional communities. The FIC has made available a large amount of information about intentional communities world wide, both in the printed editions of the Communities Directory and online at [directory.ic.org]. A further source of information is GEN, the Global Ecovillage Network. In addition, many national and regional directories exist (See Community networks) and there is the Eurotopia directory for communities in Europe.

General Information

When you wish to visit communies abroad, most of the information in the existing articles about visiting applies. See Visiting based on the article Red Carpets and Slammed Doors, by Geoph Kozeny from the 2005 Communities Directory , and How to visit an Intentional Community by Kat Kincade. Furthermore, a number of other factors must also be taken into consideration.

Language and culture

It is important to know something about the culture and language of the country where you intend to visit communities, and also to know which languages are used in the communities. While the information in the international directories is mostly in English, the majority of communities will be speaking the local languages. This can mean that requests to visit made in English may not receive the same priority as enquiries in the local language. Some international communities and eco-villages do use English as their main language, but if you are really interested in a community it always makes sense to know some basics of the language used and to contact the community in that language. And while you may share a religion or philosophy with the communities you wish to visit, the surrounding culture may have different standards of dress or behaviour, especially for women.

Visas and other requirements

A second major difference from visiting communities in your own land is that of visas and other bureaucratic requirements such as health insurance. While some communities can inform visitors from other countries about what is required, e.g. Auroville –
Coming to Auroville, or the Israeli Kibbutz Movement – Registration, many communities will not know the details, which may differ depending on your destination and your home country. These are things that you should find out yourself well in advance of your journey.

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