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The Ethical Traveler: Dominica a Top Three Travel Destination

December 15, 2014

We think there’s a lot to love about Dominica, home of Ross University School of Medicine’s Foundations of Medicine curriculum. Many already travel here for the sights and experiences:  The country is home to rainforests, waterfalls, hot springs, and numerous diving spots, plus local flora and fauna that you can’t find anywhere else. 

There’s more to Dominica than just its beauty, though. CNN recently posted an article listing the Top Ten Ethical Travel Destinations, as selected by Ethical Traveler, a nonprofit organization.  Dominica landed in the third spot on the list.

Ethical Traveler looked at three criteria when creating this list—environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights. The nonprofit consulted databases from sources like Freedom House, UNICEF, and Reporters Without Borders, and reviewed detailed case research about each of the candidates.

"In Dominica, native species and forests are relative unspoiled in comparison to neighboring islands," writes Ethical Traveler. "Impressive efforts are underway to save endemic mountain chickens, which only inhabit two islands in the world. Other notable strides in Dominica include the expansion of solar power across the island, work to preserve native populations of frogs and iguanas, and a stated goal to become energy independent and carbon negative by 2020."

There’s more to making this list than doing well in the three categories above, though. “Each country selected as a Best Ethical Destination also offers the opportunity to experience unspoiled natural beauty, and to interact with local people and cultures in a meaningful, mutually enriching way,” writes Ethical Traveler on its website.

Check out the CNN article here.

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