Camille Bangug

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Consultant for Georgetown Global Consulting at Georgetown University in Washington, DC

Camille is majoring in International Politics with a certificate in International Development. On-campus, Camille consults for Georgetown Global Consulting, a non-profit student organization performing pro-bono consulting for NGOs and microfinance institutions around the world. She has also served as At-Large Chair on the Student Executive Committee for Georgetown University HoyasForShe, a student movement working to bring UN Women’s HeForShe movement to campus. In her spare time she plays cello in her university’s Chamber Music Ensembles and explores DC’s food scene. She hails from Long Island, New York, and is excited to work on the Global Education Council to activate and support changemakers on college campuses around the globe. 

Highlight Project: El Nido, Palawan Sustainable Tourism Summit 

Camille is currently interning in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines for El Nido Resorts through the Georgetown University Beeck Center’s GU impacts Fellowship.

Sitting on the northwestern side of Palawan Island, El Nido municipality is home to a biodiversity hotspot and some of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is also, however, experiencing rapid development and urbanization as tourism has increased exponentially in recent years. The unprecedented rise in tourism levels and the lack of preparedness for these developments has taken a toll on the natural environment, and the community itself is having difficulty coping with the effects of urbanization.

Since its establishment, El Nido Resorts (ENR) has worked to combat irresponsible tourism development by constructing resorts that focus not only on profitability and guest experience, but also on the environment and community it works in. Under its quadruple-bottom line approach of financial growth, environmental stewardship, community engagement, and organizational development, ENR has become one of the world’s most successful sustainable eco-tourism destinations.

As an intern through the GU Impacts Fellowship program, Camille and her fellow interns have been assessing ENR’s sustainability operations to find ways that they can be improved, expanded, and bettered. Along with this holistic assessment, they are also working on hosting El Nido’s first Sustainable Tourism Summit. Sponsored by El Nido Resorts, the Summit will be held on July 17th and 18th and will convene stakeholders from the entire municipality, such as local government officials, business owners in the tourism industry, community groups, and others. The goal of the Summit is to create a comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Agenda for El Nido to ensure that the future development of tourism in the area is environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.